The Dungeness Drift Cell: A presentation by the Coastal Watershed Institute’s Executive Director Anne Shaffer on the forces that created and maintain the Dungeness Spit

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Dungeness River Audubon Center
2151 West Hendrickson Road
Sequim, WA 98382

The Dungeness bluffs, an approximately 7 mile long stretch of shoreline extending west from the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, provide sediments to the Dungeness Spit. These high bluffs are extremely complex in their composition and ecological function. This talk will provide a general overview of the unique important features and function of the Dungeness bluffs and Spit, including linkages to Dungeness Bay, the Salish and coastal seas, and how we can protect these important national resources.

Anne Shaffer is the Executive Director and a marine biologist with the Coastal Watershed Institute. She has studied northwest nearshore systems including the Dungeness drift cell for 30 years. A PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, her work is widely published leading to much of the current understanding of the important functions of nearshore marine systems on the north Olympic Peninsula

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

For more information please call the Refuge office at 360-457-8451 or send an e-mail to:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.  It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations.  The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. 

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations.