“Padilla Bay Foundation Spring Newsletter”

Feb. 2020                                                                                                                         

    The Foundation is pleased to announce “Samish & Swinomish Indigenous Wisdom – Tribal Approaches to Preserving Local Waters & Coastal Habitats” on Saturday March 28, 2 – 4:15 at the Reserve.  Explore the unique ways that two local indigenous tribes have blended tribal culture and traditional science to preserve and protect habitat for current and future generations.  Join Todd Woodard of the Samish Indian Nation and Todd Mitchell of the Swinomish Tribe for two fascinating presentations with plenty of time for audience questions.  The presentation is co-sponsored by the “Lance Christopher Smith and Benjamin Fisher Aquero Memorial Trust and the Padilla Bay Foundation  Although free and open to the public, we’d appreciate folks registering at https://tinyurl.com/Indigenous-28  or call the Foundation office.  360-757-3234

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the Reserveand the Foundation is planning a Dinner-Auction Gala on Saturday, August 22nd. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for an evening under the big tent – great food, tasty beverages, and visiting with good friends. And, yes, raising funds to support all the great work the Reserve does for environmental education, research, and stewardship of our ecosystem.

Anyone who has visited Padilla Bay’s aquariums lately has felt the excitement – or maybe the hammering. Progress on the new aquarium exhibit is right on schedule, and under that blue tarp now out there we have a new exterior wall. We anticipate a May completion for our new aquarium, and we’ll soon be recruiting and training volunteers to assist visitors. If you’re interested in being a Touch Pool Guide, contact the reserve at swood@padillabay.gov.  

Skagit County school classes are better able to visit the Reserve this year thanks to a grant from Shell Puget Sound Refinery. The grant covers bus transportation for approximately 15 buses and hundreds of school children.

High School and Middle School science teachers are bringing ocean acidification and climate science into their classrooms thanks to a a grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Padilla Bay Foundation. It is part of a state-wide project called ClimeTime. Our next workshop is in early March.

And, thanks to the Borman Foundation for again funding a research assistantship, offering students support for research in Padilla Bay.

The next time you visit the Reserve, swing by the Interpretive Center lobby and check out the Gift Shop. We spruced up the merchandise displays, and added some great book titles for youths and adults alike. Also, some nifty new shirt designs for all ages.

A grateful THANK YOU to all those who contributed to our yearend appeal! A total of $10,655 was raised so we can continue to do the good work in support of the Reserve.  

In early November the Padilla Bay Foundation held a board retreat to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. The last retreat was eight years ago, and the fact that we have a rich mixture of seasoned members and talented newcomers to the board, we felt the timing was right for us to discuss our shared vision of our future, and kickstart the strategic planning for the next few years. The committees are now hard a work to craft goals and objectives to flesh out the plan.

Would you like to share your talents and skills to support the programs of the Reserve? Foundation members and others within the community are invited to help the board pursue its goals and initiatives by serving on a committee or taskforce. Please contact us if you’d like to offer your ideas for improving our website, communications, gift shop merchandising, and fundraising efforts: foundation@padillabay.gov

The Padilla Bay Foundation currently has 240 valuable members. Grassroots involvement is the core of Padilla Bay Foundation’s commitment to protecting our estuaries and supporting the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Members of the Padilla Bay Foundation contribute directly to environmental education and research at Washington State’s only National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of 29 in the nation. To renew your membership or become a new member, go to the JOIN US page on this website.