The Nisqually Reach Nature Center proposes to engage citizen stewards in research and education outreach in South Puget Sound communities. Citizen scientists will collect data on active waterfowl breeding
sites and forage fish spawning beaches in the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve and report that information to Aquatic Reserve managers, state and federal agencies, and the public. As the site proponent, the Nature 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 be working with the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Implementation Committee (the governing body) on a proposal to expand the Aquatic Reserve to include McNeil Island. We will also be partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on an effort to help monitor planned restoration projects on McNeil Island. Over the next few years, there will a heavy focus on removal of overwater structures, groins, bank stabilization, and debris from McNeil Island (an uninhabited island and site of a former prison), The Nature Center is poised to be a leading advocate for this restoration work.