Edmonds Discovery Programs
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Wildlife of Edmonds Poster

Pick up your free copy of this great resource at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. The poster features photographic portraits of local species (many by local photographers), habitat information and suggestions for actions that you can take to help protect wildlife and watersheds.  Click on the image at left to view a PDF of the poster.
Note:  Although Mason Bees do occur in backyard habitats in Edmonds, the bee photo on the poster is actually a Honey Bee.



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Biggs (Transient) Killer Whales Visit Edmonds

On February 1, 2014, visitors to Marina Beach Park in Edmonds were treated to an uncommon site.  A group of Killer (Orca) Whales passed by very close to the shore, and Alisa Lemire Brooks of Shoreline was able to capture them on this video.  The photo on the left is by Bill Anderson of Edmonds.  Read more about Biggs Killer Whales on the Vancouver Aquarium's website.




Defending Place-Based Education

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about the value of immersing our students in the community where real, authentic and meaningful experiences can be had.




New Interpretive Signs!

In January, 2012, five new signs were installed on the Edmonds waterfront, depicting a Harbor Seal pup resting on shore.  The signs were provided by NOAA Fisheries, through a grant for permanent educational signage.  The grant funding and production of the signs were facilitated by Kristin Wilkinson, Marine Mammal Stranding Specialist with the Protected Resources Division of NOAA Fisheries.  The intent of the signs is to educate beach visitors about what to do when they encounter seal pups on the beach.



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How Many Whales?

Gray Whale Feeding Behaviors - (PICTURES)

The outstanding whale watching in 2010 on the Edmonds waterfront poses the question why are they here, and who do all those fins belong to? - Read More

WSU Beach Watchers                                Young Great Blue Herons Fledged - (PICTURES)

It was an interesting spring and summer in Edmonds for bird watching. Over the course of the spring of 2010 a pair of Herons raised two chicks successfully in a nest that was built on the Port of Edmonds seawall right in front of Anthony’s Beach Café. - Read More

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Gray Whales Visit Edmonds! - (VIDEO)

For two weeks during March 2010 the beaches of Edmonds were frequently visited by feeding Gray Whales, much to the delight of beach goers. The whales were just some of the thousands of Gray Whales that migrate each year between Baja Mexico and Alaska - at over 10,000 miles annually, the longest mammal migration on earth. - Read More

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PBS FRONTLINE - Poisoned Waters

Watch Poisoned Waters VIDEO on PBS Online! - More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition.

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Help Protect Water Quality for Our Grandchildren!

Become a Beach Watcher!
You don't have to live on a beach, or even have beach access, to become a WSU Beach Watcher.  All you need to become a Beach Watcher is passion for the waters, wildlife and lands of Puget Sound; time to volunteer; and a willingness to work with others - Find Out More.

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Invasive marine life threatening Puget Sound and displacing native species. - (PICTURES)

Arriving as stowaways on cargo vessels, these new invasives may encrust a ship's hull, or swim in the vessel's ballast water. Here is a survey of invasives found on our Edmonds beaches, both recent and historical - Read More.

←The Asian Green Mussel, one of many recent introductions to our Edmonds beaches. Follow the link to read more.

orcas under pier                            Interpretive Signage for Fishing Pier - Read More.
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"Noctiluca" Algal Bloom Along Edmonds Shore - (PICTURES)

A large "bloom" of bright orange Noctiluca algae appeared on Olympic Beach on July 19th, 2008, prompting many questions about this "red" tide - Read More.


USCGC Eagle Visits Edmonds

America's Tall Ship visited Puget Sound delighting onlookers on the Edmonds waterfront. Read about the amazing history of this magnificent sailing vessel - Read More.
edmondssealsitters                                                                                   The Edmonds Seal Sitters (

Edmonds Seal Sitters is a group of trained volunteers who respond to seals that "haul out", or rest, on the sandy beaches of the Edmonds waterfront.It is common and natural for seals to do this --- but people should not interact with the seals! Please do not feed seals, give them water, pet them, or try to put them back in the water! Seal Sitters help set up a perimeter to give the seals lots of room to rest, and the volunteers also help educate the public about seal behavior. If you would like information about how to become a Seal Sitter, contact

If you find a seal on the beach, you can report it to the Seal Sitters by calling 425-327-3336.
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Giant Squid in Puget Sound? - (PICTURES)

Every few years, a large specimen of Onykia robusta, the Robust Clubhook Squid wash-up on local Puget Sound beaches - Read More.