There’s so much to learn about environmental science in the Pacific Northwest! Here are a few resources to get you started:
Watersheds are land areas draining or channeling rainfall and snowmelt first to creeks, streams, and rivers, and then to larger bodies of water, and the ocean. Stormwater is the water that enters local watersheds through storm drains without being filtered or cleaned. Use some of these simple stormwater action steps to improve the health of Puget Sound. You may already be doing some of them!
Local Water Quality Data
Native plants are a precious natural resource. When they are endangered by human development or invasive plant species, the birds, insects, and even fish that depend on them can also become threatened. Choosing native plants in gardening and preserving them in our natural environments improves biodiversity and the overall health of our watershed. View our guide on the native plants of Seahurst Park, and likely of your local neighborhood.
The organisms found on local shorelines have some very interesting adaptations to live in this unique ecosystem. Use our beach guide to identify local creatures and ways you can help them as you explore gently.
Learn more about Puget Sound marine life and environmental issues through King County. Here you can do everything from view a photo collection of marine plants and animals (including Puget Sound fish, invertebrates, and algae), to identify common intertidal sea stars.
Check this resource to view the tide and current predictions. This is a great tool to check before planning a visit to the beach. Through this NOAA website you can look up any beach at any date and see what the tide predictions are.
The numbers of salmon in our waters have been on the decline. It is directly related to the health of our Puget Sound. Many of our programs involve reporting local water quality data and educating people about stormwater action steps. See if you have the same questions for NOAA scientists as local students and find out what others are doing to help with salmon recovery.
The Puget Sound shoreline is vital to life for many plants and creatures. Salmon and other species depend on marine nearshore habitat for food and shelter. Find out why Seahurst was home to the largest bulkhead removal of its kind on Puget Sound and what that means for the health of our ecosystem.
Most people rely heavily on plastics from day to day. The consequence is that a staggering amount of marine debris is negatively affecting species from small plankton to large whales. Learn some ways to limit these effects from the Ocean Conservancy and Plastic Oceans, which include recent and upcoming films on the subject.