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Families: Padilla Bay center hosts Beach Seine program at Bay View State Park

A net is dragged through the shallows during a recent Beach Seine program.
A net is dragged through the shallows during a recent Beach Seine program. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

See the creatures that inhabit the eelgrass meadow under the waters of Padilla Bay and learn about the estuary ecosystem during a free Beach Seine program from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Bay View State Park in coastal Skagit County.

It’s like scuba diving, only without the gear, as participants and naturalists from the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve drag a large net through the shallows and catch critters to examine. No registration is necessary.

Bay View State Park requires a $30 seasonal Discover Pass or a $10 day-use fee. Parking is free at the Breazeale Interpretive Center about one-quarter mile north on Bay View-Edison Road, but the center itself is closed Tuesdays. For more information, call 360-428-1558 or go to padillabay.gov.

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