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Ecology researchers study climate effects on Puget Sound food web

Unusual phytoplankton blooms caused by warm ocean water give scientists a glimpse into the future of marine life, from shellfish to whales.

If fish could talk — what Palouse River fish are telling us

Crews from Ecology and local Conservation Districts spent six weeks collecting fish from the Palouse River in Southeastern Washington.

Size matters — What can we learn from biomass and size classification?
We're studying benthic invertebrate biomass (critter size) for the first time on a large scale in Puget Sound.
River and stream health in Northeastern Washington

Our Watershed Health field crews will be out in six counties in Northeast Washington collecting samples from rivers and streams through October for the first time since 2012.

Marine spatial plan adopted to protect our coastal resources

The state worked closely with numerous partners to develop the marine spatial plan which contains policies to protect sensitive ecological areas and fisheries.

The "unicorn" shrimp is pure magic
Nebalia pugettensis is a tiny crustacean that lives on the sea floor, with a horn-like rostrum and leg-like appendages that function as lungs.
It's field work time!
Sediment monitoring field season is a perfect opportunity to talk about how we collect Puget Sound critters.
The brittle stars embody nature's fragility...and resilience
The brittle stars truly are in a class all their own.
All you need is mud! The sea mouse is muddy but mighty
The sea mouse may be brown and fuzzy, but that is about all it shares with its mammalian namesake. Believe it or not, the sea mouse is actually a marine segmented worm, or polychaete.
Going nuts over the peanut worms
Peanut worms belong to the phylum Sipuncula, meaning "little tube or siphon." They can retract their bodies into a tubular trunk like a balled up pair of socks.

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