Welcome to the inaugural issue of Salish Magazine!
The articles herein will unlock some of the mysteries of our intertidal zone, here in the Salish Sea.
This summer (2019), the tides will be extremely low for several days on either side of July 4th, with more lows again in mid and late-July, and in August. Check your favorite source for tidal predictions. If you don’t already have a favorite, a simple one for Seattle is published by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Of course the low tide times vary by an hour or more around the region, and one place that tide times for specific places around Washington can be found is on the NOAA Tides & Currents site. Tides for British Columbia locations can be found on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada site.
by Jeanne Wright, Nancy Sefton
Several kinds colorful sea star species can be seen on our shores at low tide, but to see them you need to go underwater or visit our shores at low tide.
by Jill Needham, Kathleen Alcala
Mussels have adapted a novel way of rooting themselves in place where they feed on free floating plankton and other microscopic sea creatures.
by Greg Geehan, John F. Williams
Imagine a huge glacier thousands of feet thick slowly grinding its way into our region, carrying all sorts and sizes of stuff it picked up along the way.
by Tasha Smith, Leigh Calvez, Deb Rudnick
From hard, circular pyramid-shaped shells, six pairs of feathery, olive green legs, swept through the salt water around them, feeling for a meal.
by Briana Sandoval, Sharon Pegany
Aggregating anemones are commonly found at low tide around the Salish Sea, particularly in areas with hard surfaces, such as large rocks or abandoned structures.
by John F. Williams
One of the big goals of this magazine is to help introduce a better sense of the “system” in ecosystem into our culture.
What is the Salish Sea?
The SeaDoc Society describes the Salish Sea as: “an inland sea that encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the waters off of Vancouver, BC. The area spans from Olympia, Washington in the south to the Campbell River, British Columbia in the north, and west to Neah Bay and includes the large cities of Seattle and Vancouver.”
We chose this area because it offers wide diversity with a “local” feel. In other words, while it encompasses marine, fresh water, and forest habitats, there is a similarity in the way the lowland forests surround relatively protected marine waters, and are fed by fresh water sources.
So when you read an article about conifers, sand dollars, feeder bluffs, trilliums, sea stars, or other local topics, the items described can be found in many places around the Salish Sea — so all of us here in the Salish Sea region have an opportunity to see these things first-hand.
Map Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy / Erica Simek Sloniker
Publisher: John F. Williams
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Extra special thanks to: Susan Merril, Courtney Cole-Faso, Sheila Kelley, Kathleen Thorne, Georgia Browne, Tom McDonald, Jenise Bauman, Bob Simmons, Neva Welton, and all of the credited authors and image contributors.