Sea Star

Reimagining Our Future Shorelines

The Washington Coastal Resilience Project will continue to help communities prepare for shoreline hazards for years to come  

By MaryAnn Wagner

Owen Beach, located in Point Defiance Park, is a popular area for many communities in Tacoma, providing beach access for boaters, swimmers and kayakers, and a space for public events. A few years ago, city planners ...

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Making Adventure Accessible

Sea Wolf Adventures takes passengers with disabilities to the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places

From the spring 2020 Sea Star print newsletter

Kimber Owen, owner of Sea Wolf Adventures, has an exceptional memory for the people that she’s taken on her 12-passenger cruise ship, which frequents Pacific Northwest jewels such as the San Juan Islands and Glacier Bay National Park. There was the police officer who wanted to propose to his girlfriend but, fearing he ...

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A Summer Boat Ride on a Mobile Sewer

From the autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

By Brittany Hoedemaker, WSG Science Communications Fellow

Ever dream of slipping out of your dark, air-conditioned office for an afternoon boat ride under the warm mid-summer sun? We did. Our summer daydreams became a reality when Washington Sea Grant (WSG) Communications Director MaryAnn Wagner and I got a ride on Seattle’s Portage Bay with Katie Wixom and her four-legged co-captain, Roger, one sunny July day.

In partnership with State Parks, WSG leads the Pumpout ...

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King Tides Provide a Window into the Future of Washington Shorelines

From the autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

By Andrew Chin, WSG Science Communications Fellow

On a quiet day in Oak Harbor last January, the surface of Puget Sound was as smooth as glass. The water gently reflected the winter sun as 45 pairs of eyes watched the tide slowly overtake the shoreline, reaching the line of driftwood that had been thrown ashore in storms past and the grass lawn of Flinstone Park. This encroachment was a king tide: the edge ...

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Friday Harbor Labs: A Marine Biology Student’s Dream Educational Experience

From the autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

By Helen Kesting, guest student writer

Just 50 miles away from Seattle as the crow flies, the University of Washington runs a marine field station on San Juan Island called Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Wooden buildings, grass fields and grazing deer cover the campus, which is surrounded by nearly 400 acres of mixed coniferous forest. During the weekends, students entertain themselves by hiking or by taking a rowboat to a nearby cove. At ...

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