Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Habitats

Explore the web's most complete and up-to-date habitat classifications for the shorelines of Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Species Library

Our updated species library features checklists of species found in the Puget Sound watershed, from vertebrates and invertebrates, to plants and algae. Read thousands of descriptions from the Encyclopedia of Life and find status and trends for regional species of concern.  

Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Report

Forage fish represent a critical link in the Puget Sound food web, but may be vulnerable on a variety of fronts according to a study panel report from the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute.

Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
Document Archive

Our document archive includes a rich history of Puget Sound science, from the State of the Sound to a complete collection of Salish Sea conference proceedings.

Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Report

A report by the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute describes a 2013 workshop to integrate the social sciences into Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring.

The Paradise River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Our scope

Puget Sound is fed by its many water sources, from high elevation snowmelt to floodplains and wetlands. Articles and accounts feature terrestrial species and environments, as well as nearshore and marine systems. View watershed boundaries.

Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Biennial Science Work Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership is collaborating with the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute to prepare an inventory of current scientific research related to Puget Sound recovery. This draft assessment will eventually be available as part of the Partnership's Biennial Science Work Plan. 

Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
The Paradise River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Toxics building up in Puget Sound auklets

A study this month by NOAA shows a disturbing trend among Puget Sound seabirds. Persistent organic pollutants like flame retardants and PCBs continue to find their way into the marine food chain and are showing up in high concentrations in rhinoceros auklets and other birds in Washington, especially those birds that feed near the waters of Puget Sound.

Featured paper

Seeking higher calories for Puget Sound killer whales

A southern resident killer whale eats a Chinook salmon. (Credit: Astrid Van Ginneken, Center for Whale Research, Friday Harbor, WA)

Biologists say calorie counts for Puget Sound salmon species can vary by population, something that may influence management of the region's orcas. More>

Recent papers

View selected papers and reports related to Puget Sound science. The list is generated monthly through alerts by Google Scholar, and we welcome additional suggestions.

Species of the day

photo of Histrionicus histrionicus (Harlequin Duck). Source: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8114/8614655276_a554ef91b2_z.jpg
Magazine

Brighter future for salmon at downtown seawall

Seattle's central waterfront at sunset. Photo: Michael Matti (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The decaying seawall along Seattle's waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. It could also show the way for habitat enhancements to crumbling infrastructure worldwide. One University of Washington researcher describes the project.

Read more about the Seattle seawall in Salish Sea Currents.

News

Persistent organic pollutants like flame retardants and PCBs are showing up in high amounts in rhinoceros auklets in Puget Sound. Read more. 

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As featured in Seattle Magazine.

Defining the watershed

How do we define the Puget Sound watershed? The boundaries are mapped using hydrologic unit codes (HUCs), nationally standardized divisions used by conservation agencies.

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