Beach Monitoring – Tacoma Narrows Beach Park
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 citizen 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!
Tacoma Narrows Park: Meet at the top of the hill, before the entrance gate, at the scheduled start time. We will close the gate behind us (~10min after scheduled start time) so please arrive on time or coordinate with Stena for other arrangements. Despite the name, this park is on the Gig Harbor side of the bridge. Through the gate, you will enjoy a tree-rich drive winding down to the parking area. As you walk down the concrete path to the beach, our monitoring site is a ways down the beach to your right (when facing the water).
Contact Stena@harborwildwatch.org for information prior to the event.