Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington

State

Washington

State Partner

Washington State Department of Ecology

Acres

11,966

Est. Date

1980

The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 11,966 acres of diverse coastal lands are home to many species of birds and fish, as well as harbor seals and river otters. The Reserve is located on Washington’s Salish Sea at the saltwater delta of the Skagit River. Reserve staff work together with partners to prioritize coastal resource management through research, training, education, and monitoring programs.

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.

Latest News from the Padilla Bay Reserve

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

For the members of 16 Tribal Nations, Reserve staff, and partners who traveled to Hawaiʻi’s Heʻeia Reserve last April, stepping into a loʻi kalo was the perfect way to begin a conversation with wide-ranging implications—how to indigenize conservation science.

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Finding Common Ground on Padilla Bay

Finding Common Ground on Padilla Bay

In the mid-1800s, more than 7,000 acres of tidal marsh thrived in Washington’s Padilla Bay. Today there are fewer than 220. With $2.3 million in NOAA funding, the Padilla Bay Reserve …

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The Great Octopus Rescue of 2023

The Great Octopus Rescue of 2023

Here’s one for the feel good file: A Giant Pacific octopus stranded on a Washington state beach was saved by a little girl, park staff, and personnel from the Padilla Bay Reserve.

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Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington