Earth-Day-Weekend Tide Walk
- WHEN: Saturday, April 20th at 10 am
- WHERE: Meet us in the Point-No-Point Lighthouse parking lot -- 9009 NE Point No Point Rd, Hansville, WA 98340
- WHAT TO BRING: Shoes that you don't mind getting wet and sandy; A water bottle; Weather appropriate layers; Binoculars, if you have them
KEEP IN MIND: The full walk down to the beach and back will amount to about 3.4 miles. The tide will work in our favor between 10 am and 2 pm, and the packed sand of the shoreline should make for a fairly flat and easy hike. Feel free to walk just a portion of the way and enjoy some of the best bird-watching and whale-watching around. A GPC volunteer will talk briefly about the Cohoe Beach Preserve property, and about the ecological significance of the area before we set out on our walk.
WHAT: Join GPC the Saturday before Earth Day for a walk from the Point-No-Point Lighthouse parking lot to GPC's Cohoe Beach Preserve. On April 20th at 10 am, low tide will allow us to hike the 1.7 miles down to our pristine stretch of shoreline on Puget Sound. GPC is very lucky to have salmon biologist, Steve Todd, and whale biologist, Erin Falcone, attending the event to give some context about the ecological importance of the area and the species that thrive there.
The seven-acre Cohoe Beach Preserve is adjacent to a thirty-acre county-owned property envisioned as a future park. Together, these properties protect 2,100 feet of exceptional shoreline with tidelands that extend nearly one quarter mile out before dropping. The result? A unique home for creatures big and small, including the forage fish, shellfish, and water birds who feed and dwell in the shallow water, and the massive grey, humpback, and orca whales who swim and hunt in the depths off the shelf.
Let us know you plan to come by signing up below. Write us a note if you would like to come as a volunteer and share some of your expertise with GPC members along the way. We are always looking for volunteers with birding experience, fish expertise, plant identification skills, etc.
Many thanks to Dave and Katherine De Bruyn, longtime GPC members, who saved this special place for future generations to enjoy! Additional thanks to Kitsap Audubon Society and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who provided supplemental grants to complete the project — and to all our members who donated to our 2018 Challenge to save the spectacular shorelines of the Great Peninsula!
— source: 9 April e-announcement from GPC