Seventy One New Trees Planted on Maury Island Thanks to Whale Scout Volunteers

On Saturday, October 8th Whale Scout volunteers planted 71 native trees at the Maury Island Marine park. It was a beautiful stormy fall day in Puget Sound with dark clouds, occasional strong winds, and by the end of the day, rain – perfect planting weather! The views over Puget Sound were stunning even without seeing any whales.


The soils in the area are very rocky which made digging the holes very challenging and we all worked up a good sweat. Experimenting with some new native vegetation for this challenging site, we planted Garry Oak trees. King County Parks staff will return to the site to monitor the mortality rate of these trees over time.


We took a break half way though and enjoyed some delicious fair scones brought by a King County Parks staff member and they were still warm!


Tena and Laurie worked together and shared plenty of laughs too! Hanging with great friends makes these events so much fun.


In light of recent events we planted one tree at the very top of the bluff to honor L95 Nigel, who died earlier in the year after being satellite tagged by scientists. Director Whitney said a few words about Nigel’s life and the importance of taking responsibility for our human actions and impacts on the environment.


Each tree we planted makes a difference and represents hope that things are heading in the right direction. The view from Nigel’s tree overlooks one mile of undeveloped shoreline where his pod mates will swim by delighting us whale watchers hopefully very soon.


Read more about Nigel and NOAA’s tagging program.