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Molt Search Molt Blitz (Whatcom County)
September 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
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: We will meet in the parking lot of the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. From there we’ll take a 0.7 mile easy walk followed by a 0.1 mile moderate descent to the beach. No pets, please!
What to bring: Comfortable shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, smartphone or camera, small container for collecting molts (like a tupperware)
Sign me up! Click here to register for this free event to help us prepare. 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.