Habitat Photos

​​​Habitat Photos is an opportunity for the community to help monitor the changes that occur at habitat restoration sites. Your photos will document each site’s progress and show how the​ hard work from community and agency partners has contributed to a healthier ecosystem for both wildlife and people. Photos collected through this project will be compiled into time-lapse videos to show how these sites mature over time.

How it Works

Photo stations are installed at various sites to help you capture and send photos to the City. When you are at the photo stations, simply place your phone or camera horizontally in the Chronolog bracket(s) provided. You can email or text your photos to habitat@cob.org.

There are currently photo stations installed at two habitat restoration sites in Bellingham, with plans to install more photo stations in the future. Photo stations are installed at the Padden Creek Daylighting site near the Rotary Trailhead, and the Squalicum Creek Re-route site near the Sunset Pond parking area. ​​

Click the image below to view a map​ with the photo station locations. 

Time-lapse Videos​ 

The following time-lapse videos will be updated when there are significant site changes, using the photos that Bellingham community members and visitors submit via e-mail or text to habitat@cob.org.

Squalicum Creek Re-Route Phases 1 and 2 Project

​These videos show a downstream and upstream view ​of the Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 1 and 2 restoration project completed in 2015, which removes fish passage barriers, improves water quality, and reconnects the stream to its floodplain. 

Downstream View (using photos from May 2018 to March 2020)
Upstream View ​(using photos from ​July 2017 to February 2020)

Padden Creek Dayligh​ting Project 

​​These videos show a downstream and upstream view ​of the Padden Creek Daylighting restoration project, which moved Padden Creek out of an underground tunnel into a newly constructed channel to improve fish habitat and reduce flooding risks to nearby homes in 2015​.

Downstream View​ (using photos from July 2017 to July 2019)
Upstream View (using photos from July 2017 to July 2019)​

Thank you to the many people who have contributed photos to this project so far!​

Photo Stations


​Public Works Natural Resources
(360) 778-7800