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Molt Search Molt Blitz (San Juan)

September 15, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Two Molt Search trainees on beach inspecting a pile of molts

Past Molt Search training in action (credit: Jess Newley)

Are you a beachwalker? A shell collector? Keep an eye out for invasive green crabs while you do by participating in “Molt Search“, a new early detection community science program by Washington Sea Grant & WSU Extension designed to help managers direct resources to undersearched or green crab detected beaches. It’s a systematic beach walk, where you spend 20 person-minutes collecting and identifying all crab molts you find and submit that information via the MyCoast app.

Learn more about the program at wsg.washington.edu/moltsearch.

You’ll leave this on-beach “MoltBlitz” event knowing more about European green crab in the region, crab ID, and Molt Search protocols. You’ll get to put it all into practice by participating in a Molt Search or two with friends you bring along or meet there!

Where: Jackson Beach Park (Friday Harbor)

What to bring: Comfortable shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, smartphone or camera, small container for collecting molts (like a tupperware)

Sign me up! Send an email to Friends of the San Juans Coordinator Jess Newley (jess@sanjuans.org) to reserve your spot. Those who sign up can expect an email with details on what to bring and where to go (but walk-ups also welcome).

Keep in touch: To keep up-to-date on future Molt Search volunteer opportunities and program updates, sign up for the “Molt-o-Meter” newsletter.


September 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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