Today is Sound Waters day here on Whidbey. All my marine science and enviro friends are gathered at South Whidbey High School for the Beach Watchers annual One Day University. This year’s keynote by UW Oceanographer, Dr. Rick Keil, deals with the long list of stuff – some of it tasty, like espresso and cinnamon, some not, like microscopic bits of tire rubber – that continually pours into Puget Sound.
I have only made it to Sound Waters once – something always comes up to keep me from attending, but I’m there in spirit. Some good friends are attending to learn, or speaking on their areas of expertise.
Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria – UW seagrass scientist and mentor on the Beach Watchers eelgrass videography project.
Mary Jo Adams – Intertidal Monitoring dynamo.
Dan Pedersen – author of Whidbey Island’s Special Places and the people who love them
Candace Allen – COASST bird monitor
Jan Holmes – Cox Conserves hero
Elliott Menashe – coastal vegetation expert and sounder of the bamboo alarm.
Mike McVay and others from the newly formed Island Citizens for Public Beach Access that I wrote about in a recent column.
I’m pouting about not being there, but I’ll survive and I’ll get the goods to share with readers in this month’s column.