Habitat Monitoring

​​​​​​​​​To ensure that the City of Bellingham is reaching its restoration goals, the Natural Resources Division conducts a variety of studies and assessments including:

  • Fish Studies – spawner surveys, smolt traps, forage fish, and nearshore monitoring studies
  • Macroinvertebrates – aquatic insects, worms, clams, s​nails, and other animals without backbones
  • Culverts – assessmen​t of all culverts within the city limits
  • Water Qu​ality and Q​uantity​​ – data on wa​ter quality and quantity in urban streams​
  • Habitat Photos – a community photo monitoring proj​ect that shows changes at​ restoration sites over time
  • Post Point Heron Colony – ​annual monitoring reports for the only known heron nesting site in the City​