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    San Juan Island

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »

  • Brief American and English Camps Visitor Center Closure

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Intertidal Organisms

Purple Seastars
Rebecca Smith
 

Don't miss an opportunity to go exploring at low tide. Tidepools in American Camp are especially rich with sea anemones, pink, purple, and orange sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, periwinkles, dogwinkles, great tangles of kelp and the largest chiton in the world: the gumboot.

Intertidal communities are valuable vital signs of important changes in the near-shore marine ecosystem as well as marine water quality. They are vulnerable to stressors such as pollution (e.g. oil spills), harvest, trampling, and global climate change.

Links:

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories
http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/

Fishing and Shellfishing
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/

NCCN Intertidal Monitoring http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/nccn/vs/intertidal/intertidal.cfm

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

James Alden, commander of the USCS Steamer Active, carried dispatches during the Pig War crisis. During the Battle of Mobile Bay he led the Union fleet into the harbor until stalled by Confederate mines. That's when Admiral David G. Farragut shouted "Damn the torpedoes..."