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Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington

State

Washington

State Partner

Washington State Department of Ecology

Acres

11,000

Est. Date

1980

The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 11,000 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.

Explore the impact of Padilla Bay in 2019, from their volunteer-based water quality monitoring program to their hands-on education programs for middle-schoolers.

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

Talk NERRdy to Me: Dr. Sylvia Yang

Talk NERRdy to Me: Dr. Sylvia Yang

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-on-the-loose Nik Charov chatted with Dr. Sylvia Yang, research coordinator at the Padilla Bay Reserve. They talked about the complexities of science, why estuaries are more cheese than crab, and what mysteries await NERRds traveling to the Annual Meeting…

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15 billion and counting

15 billion and counting

Although the Japanese mud snail (Batillaria attramentaria) has lived in Padilla Bay for nearly 100 years, its population has surged, and scientists at the Padilla Bay Reserve are trying to figure out why.

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Recipe Challenge: Salish Salmon

Recipe Challenge: Salish Salmon

We asked for your best estuary-sourced recipes, and Dennis Parent—retired commercial fisherman and volunteer with the Padilla Bay Foundation—delivered. His recipe for grilled Chinook salmon had our mouths watering and our spirits thinking about a trip to Washington.

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Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington