Beach Monitoring – Purdy Sand Spit

Winter is coming. Break out the foul weather gear, put new batteries in your head lamp, and join Harbor WildWatch for an exciting night of community science at the beach! During the winter monitoring months, it just so happens that the lowest tides are during the dark of the night which adds an adventurous twist to our monitoring procedures. Hence, the need for a headlamp. Winter Beach Monitoring is also a great excuse to visit your favorite beaches at night when parks are normally closed. Having extra assistance during these nighttime events makes an incredible difference in our ability to collect information about the organisms living on the beach. 

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 hour program. Mark your calendar for any or all of these upcoming events and come do some science with Stena and Mike Behrens!

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 about midway across the Purdy Sand Spit, near the lone madrone tree. There is public parking on West end of the spit but it’s closer to park along the road. Please use caution when entering and exiting your vehicle. There is a small scramble over the cobble to get to the beach. Our site is near the old pilings on the public side. Meet on the roadside at the scheduled start time. 

Contact for information prior to the event.


Dec 09 - 10 2022


10:00 PM - 1:00 AM


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


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