Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day in Gig Harbor

Harbor WildWatch volunteers
gather critters for the touch tanks ...

The educational sailing ship Adventuress offers tours ...

And SUNSHINE attracts walkers to the harbor.

Gig Harbor was buzzing Friday with Earth Day activities, made even more enjoyable by the sunshine. After taking dozens of photos, I realized my camera setting had somehow been switched to low-resolution so these aren't as clear as I had hoped. But I'll show some of the marine creatures that Harbor WildWatch displayed in its touch tanks at the historic Skansie Net Shed downtown. (Only gentle, one-finger touches allowed.) They all came from the water right off our public dock and were carefully returned a few hours later.

Check out HWW at to learn more about its mission to inspire stewardship of the Puget Sound. It has a lot of beach and dock activities planned for the summer that are free to the public.

The mighty sea cucumber!

A naturalist volunteer displays the underside of a sea star.

A mottled sea star gets a dusting from a tube worm.

Smaller ochre sea star has lost one of its five arms.

Back outside:

A heron scouts for food at low tide.

A nesting Killdeer was spotted near Eddon's Landing.

Have a colorful day

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