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Nisqually Reach Nature Center
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Project Title:
Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2021
Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
South Sound
Project Description:

Nisqually Reach Nature Center (Center) proposes to engage community stewards in research and education outreach in South Puget Sound communities. This outreach is particularly important after a year of limited volunteer opportunities due to the global pandemic. Community citizen scientists will collect data on active seabird breeding sites and forage fish spawning beaches in South Puget Sound and report that information to both state and federal agencies, and the public. Center staff will motivate and organize volunteers to accomplish this effort. Citizens will be engaged in the long-term stewardship of these aquatic resources. During this next two-year period, we will continue working with the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Implementation Committee (the governing body) on a proposed Aquatic Reserve expansion to encompass all of McNeil Island and extend to Key Peninsula. We are also currently working on a partnership with state agencies to include our volunteers in restoration projects on McNeil Island. We will also continue partnering with the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group on a regional study of Dungeness crab populations.