Annual beach naturalist class now offered in Birch Bay

Published on Thu, May 22, 2008
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Annual beach naturalist class now offered in Birch Bay

RE Sources’ Beach Naturalists will kick off their eigth season with slideshows open to the public in Birch Bay and Bellingham.

The entertaining presentations will be followed by volunteer-orientation sessions for people interested in becoming Beach Naturalist Volunteers. The slideshow and orientation class will be offered Wednesday, May 28 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7 p.m. and repeated at the Bellingham RE Store on May 29 at 6 p.m.

With fun stories and photos of shoreline wonders, Doug Stark, coordinator of RE Sources’ Beach Naturalist program, will share tips for exploration.

The slideshow will highlight the naturalist’s favorite Whatcom County area parks and the organisms that live there.

After attending the orientation, individuals can then participate in two or more four-hour field trips to study beach life at Birch Bay State Park on June 1, Semiahmoo County Park on June 3, Bellingham’s Marine Park on June 5 and Larrabee State Park on June 7. A final evening class on June 11 will complete the training and include a visit to the Marine Life Center.

Following these trainings, participants volunteer on three afternoons at some of our areas’ most popular beaches, including Larrabee and Birch Bay State Parks and Semiahmoo Park.

Marine biologists, park experts and veteran naturalists will help train volunteers. Classes focus on marine biology, species identification, communication techniques and beach etiquette.

Registration is recommended, as space is limited. To sign up contact Doug Stark at or 733-8307 or visit at