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Walk and Talk: South Sound Forage Fish Monitoring

March 11, 2023 , 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Where: GPC’s Johnson South Sound Refuge in Longbranch, Washington. Driving directions will be provided via email to event attendees. Please RSVP!

What: We’ve all heard the old adage about teaching a man to fish… but have you heard the one about teaching him to monitor forage fish? Join us on Saturday, March 11th from 11am-1pm for a Walk and Talk event featuring the community science endeavors of Terence Lee, Science Director at Nisqually Reach Nature Center. Together, we’ll explore the shoreline of GPC’s Johnson South Sound Refuge and learn about how forage fish monitoring can add to our knowledge of the ocean ecosystem and its health. Each year, Terence and a team of gung-ho volunteers head out to explore the extent and timing of surf smelt and sand lance spawning all along South Sound shorelines, including some of GPC’s preserves! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear from one of our regional experts and get your hands in the water using the tools of the trade.


  • Please dress for the weather
  • There might be an opportunity to practice some monitoring skills so please bring tall rubber boots or waders if you have them
  • The walk to the water’s edge is ~1/4 of a mile
  • Please RSVP at the link below to receive directions to the meet-up location