Beach Monitoring -Purdy Sand Spit (middle)

Beach Monitoring is one of Harbor WildWatch’s signature Participatory Science Programs where twice a year (summer & winter), we collect data from different beaches throughout the South Sound area. This information helps us determine how the beaches change over time and could be useful in determining the impact of a future natural or human induced event.

We meet in the parking area of the beach around the scheduled time to organize gear before heading out to our monitoring site (Usually 10-15min past the scheduled start time). See below for more detailed directions about the monitoring location. Participation with these special participatory science events gets you, your friends, and family directly involved with the protection of our local beaches and who knows, may even inspire future ecologists. Mark your calendar for any or all of these upcoming events. Remember, you don’t have to have a science background to participate, nor are you required to stay for the entire duration of the typically 3-4 hour program. All ages welcome.

For Winter Beach monitoring, it just so happens that the lowest tides are during the dark of the night which adds an adventurous twist to our monitoring procedures. While winter Beach Monitoring is a great excuse to visit your favorite beaches at night, you will need to gear up differently than our summertime programs. Because this event is a mix of only the best conditions, COLD, DARK, and WET, here is a list of items to think about having with you: Headlamp, rain coat, rain pants, rain boots, fleece or wool layers, toe warmers, hand warmers, neck gator, hat, gloves, thermos of warm beverage, adventurous attitude!

Purdy Sand Spit: Our monitoring site is midway across the Purdy Sand Spit, near the lone madrone tree on the public side of the spit. There is parking on West end of the spit (use extreme caution when crossing the highway) with easy beach access down the boat ramp however, there will be a fair trek to the middle of the spit. It’s closer to park along the road but beach access requires a scramble over the rocks to get to the beach. Please use caution when entering and exiting your vehicle.If you arrive late, we should be pretty obvious to spot as we will be mid-spit with all the gear.

Contact for information prior to the event. (It’s not likely that I will check emails night of the program).


Nov 26 2023


8:00 PM - 11:30 PM


Purdy Sand Spit
Purdy Sand Spit, 7726 WA-302, Gig Harbor, WA 98329, USA


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