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April 2020

Hooded Mergansers captured by none other than our talented volunteer photographer Wendy Feltham



As we adjust to the new challenges of maintaining a hands-on science organization in midst of COVID-19, we are proud to report that our online auction was a HUGE SUCCESS. Together we raised $114,375!  

Our Executive Director Janine Boire reflects: "I was in awe of how quickly the Auction Team pivoted and produced the beautiful online experience for all of us to enjoy. It is that ability to turn adversity into opportunity that will carry us through." 
Read Janine's Auction Report here.

We at PTMSC face the coming days ahead with confidence, thanks to your continued support. Thank you.


- All of us at Port Townsend Marine Science Center



Social Distancing Friendly!

Saturday, May 9th, 10 am 
to Sunday, May 10, 10 am

Fort Worden State Park*


We will be conducting our third annual iNaturalist BioBlitz! The goal for this project is to document as many living species as possible within a 24-hour period in Fort Worden State Park. For this year's event, we are making the entire experience available while still following all the guidelines for social distancing. If you aren't going to be outside of your home, you can still follow along throughout the day by watching the results roll in.

*PLEASE NOTE: Currently Fort Worden State Park is closed in accordance with the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe Policy. The Bio Blitz Program is contingent on Fort Worden reopening by May 9th.  

For more information, check out the full event description and visit our page on iNaturalist


From Aquarist Ali Redman:

"Our beautiful animals are still getting the care they need. Sadly, they aren't as accomplished at conversation as our visitors and volunteers!"


Stay informed on Facebook and Instagram!

PTMSC Working From Home

AmeriCorps Volunteer Mandi Johnson's at-home workstation includes Northern elephant seal flipper bones that she is articulating and her dog. Ted the dog, is a huge fan of this change in her routine and is eyeing those bones closely.


Executive Director Janine Boire says the best thing about working from home is her best friend, Snow Bear, and how lucky it is that she can see the Aquarium and Admin office building right out the windows behind her. This way the Marine Science Center is always in her sights!


Get an inside peek on Facebook and Instagram!


GiveBIG 2020 is just around the corner!

Celebrate local philanthropy as we kick off another annual event of giving. Watch your email for details!


Keeping Us Connected!

As we settle into working from home, a big part of the work is planning for a strong start once we reopen.

Staying connected with volunteers is an important part of that, and we have a great tool already in place for keeping volunteers informed and involved.

The Volunteer Update goes out every Saturday, and as the coronavirus situation has evolved, so has the update.

We are sharing online volunteer and citizen science opportunities, as well as great resources for staying engaged. Take a look at the update here!

To get involved in future volunteer opportunities, check out our Volunteer page to learn about our Volunteer Information Sessions, and fill out a Volunteer Application form. 


As featured in our Aquarium Update:

Pile Worm
Nereis vexillosa

In our aquarium: Sometimes hidden under rocks,  in sediment, or in clumps of mussels and barnacles. 

  • Also called sea nymphs or clam worms. 
  • Lifespan is about 2 years
  • Watch out! It bites. 
  • It lives in the intertidal, usually in sediment or clumps of mussels and barnacles. 
  • In the spring, vast swarms gather at night to spawn.  The fertilized eggs form the clumps pictured above and can sometimes wash up on shore. 
  • This is CO Sole's favorite food. 
  • Find out more

Sign up for our Aquarium Update!


PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us as we move through the days ahead--together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!


Contact Us:
532 Battery Way  | Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582 | info@ptmsc.org

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