Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
The power of community and science combined: Taking action!

The European green crab, considered one of the world’s worst invasive species, is endangering the health of Washington’s marine waters. With only a limited amount of shoreline being monitored by existing programs, there is a need for volunteers to help search for these invaders in order to protect local marine ecosystems. Friends of the San Juans, a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands, is inviting the public to participate in WSU Extension and Washington Sea Grant’s “Molt Search” program, a community science initiative aimed at addressing this threat.

The Molt Search program involves monitoring shorelines for old shells of green crabs and learning how to conduct surveys using a mobile app. Virtual training sessions will be held on June 18 via Zoom and in-person training will take place on Orcas Island on June 19 and Lopez Island on June 26. Participants can register for the workshops on the Friends of the San Juans website.

Through this program, community members can contribute to a meaningful cause by getting involved in the fight against invasive species while learning valuable scientific skills. By combining community efforts with scientific research, individuals can take action to protect Washington’s marine waters and preserve the health of local ecosystems. So if you’re interested in making a difference through science and community action, consider joining Friends of the San Juans in their Molt Search program!

By Aiden Nguyen

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