Washington’s Padilla Bay reserve is located on the Salish Sea at the saltwater delta of the Skagit River. It is comprised of 11,000 acres of open waters, eelgrass beds, intertidal bays, uplands, freshwater sloughs, and high salt marsh. These habitats support herring, smelt, salmon, flatfish, Dungeness crab, ducks, eagles, shorebirds, and peregrine falcons. Mammals found in Padilla Bay include harbor seals and river otters. Reserve staff work with partners to address the priority coastal resource management issues in Padilla Bay through a combination of research, monitoring, training, and education programs.Visit the Reserve's Website
The Coastal Volunteer Partnership program protects and restores natural resources of the marine shoreline and offers training, volunteer opportunities, special events, and workshops. The Skagit Stream Team trains volunteers to collect water quality data in the reserve’s priority watersheds or analyze data in the reserve laboratory.Learn more
Did you know?
Algae of the intertidal and subtidal areas in the Salish Sea produce twice as much plant material as the most productive crops in the Pacific Northwest.