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Session A 11:00-12:15
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A.1 A History of Food and Abundance in North Puget Sound

Years ago an internship at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Provence served as a senior project for this instructor's Bachelor of Arts degree, "A Cultural and Historical Perspective on the Culinary Arts." Come learn how the culture and history of the Puget Sound area has affected how we 'see' food. Vincent Nattress

A.2 Cultural Resources Management 101: Archaeological Stewardship

This class will outline the federal and state laws that protect artifacts, human remains, and historic buildings and the unique field methods used by compliance archaeologists. It will be especially beneficial for developers, those who enjoy outdoor recreation, students, and people of all ages who have an interest in archaeology. Gideon Cauffman

A.3 Dams and Dirt: Shoreline and Nearshore Response to the Elwha Dam Removals

Class participants will learn about the physical and ecological changes observed in the nearshore zone during and after dam removal on the Elwha River. Ian Miller

A.4 Discover Your Inner Marine Naturalist at the Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve

Hone your naturalist and scientist skills while participating in hands-on observations and curiosity-building activities. Then discover how you can apply theses skills as a citizen scientist participating in the SMIAR kelp forest habitat and bird monitoring programs. Rick Baker,  Birdie Davenport

A.5 Emerging Science at the Intersection of Ecology, Genetics, and Law

How to know that a species is present without seeing or hearing it: This class will introduce attendees to potential uses of environmental DNA samples in exploring questions of ecology, conservation, law and policy. Ryan Kelly

A.6 Fishing For A Living: Kingfisher, Terns, Gulls . . . And A Few Surprises

Belted Kingfishers are chunky, cranky year-round residents, while Caspian Terns are elegant birds that grace Whidbey’s waters only in the warmer months. These opposites share fishing grounds with gulls and some birds that may surprise you. Learn their fishing techniques and other fascinating information about their natural history. Steve Ellis,  Martha Ellis

A.7 Growing Food with High Tunnels

If you are thinking about putting in your own 'pea patch', then take this horticulture refresher course and learn about the advantages of using high tunnels to grow vegetables. Carol Miles

A.8 Impact of Wastewater Effluent and Sewage Sludge on Puget Sound.

Once sewage is treated, the byproducts are not without environmental and health impacts. Learn about the methods used to dispose of these byproducts and how they are contaminating the Salish Sea. Richard Honour

A.9 Island County Hydrogeology: Your Groundwater

You will learn about the genesis and function of our aquifers and aquitards. You will also learn about the risks to our water resources, such as contamination and over use, and how government agencies work to protect our water resources. The course will provide details regarding local groundwater availability and issues. Doug Kelly

A.10 Life History and Management of Dungeness Crab in Puget Sound

Overview of the Puget Sound Dungeness crab fishery. Don Rothaus

A.11 Marine Heatwaves: Emerging Climate Phenomena

Take a feverish in-depth look at marine heatwaves: focusing on what these events look like, how they are characterized, and what impacts they have. Hillary Scannell

A.12 Overview of Washington State Environmental Stewardship Legislation

Find the ingredients for a better Washington for future generations: Washington State legislation and recent policy proposals related to environmental stewardship, the stakeholder process, and critical discussions around responsible policy. Norma Smith

A.13 Pollinator Conservation and Ecological Pest Management for Your Farm and Garden

Explore the ecology and benefits of pollinators and predatory insects. Learn about practical approaches for enhancing their populations to improve crop yields, beautify our landscapes, and sustain our region’s food web. Eric Lee-Mader

A.14 Puget Sound Fault Zones, Focusing on the South Whidbey Fault Zone and Darrington-Devils Mountain Fault Zone

Be warned, be knowledgeable, be prepared: hear about the active faults all around the Puget Lowland. These faults have produced large earthquakes in the recent geological past. Come see high-resolution images produced from LiDAR surveys that help guide geologists conducting field studies to document past earthquakes. Brian Sherrod

A.15 Salish Sea Shoreline Habitats, Ecological Processes, and Monitoring

Boost your next beach walk experience by knowing about types of shoreline habitats, the organisms that live there, and how physical and ecological processes affect them. We will discuss the methods scientists use for monitoring biodiversity. Megan Dethier

A.16 Shifting Paradigm: Orca Research

Get up close to view the research projects conducted by the Center for Whale Research over the last four decades and those planned for the future. Information will be presented about the changes in habitat use by cetaceans throughout the Salish Sea and exciting new studies for the coming year, including a partnership with Exeter University on research into menopause and social behaviors of Southern Resident killer whales. Deborah Giles,  Howard Garrett

Howard Garrett will give this talk in lieu of Deborah Giles

A.17 The Giant Pacific Octopus - Smarter Than a 5th Grader ?

Here is basic and awesome biology and ecology of Giant Pacific Octopus and its little cousin the Red Octopus, with a focus on their intelligence. Tim Carpenter,  Rus Higley

Rus Higley will give this class in lieu of Tim Carpenter

A.18 Underwater Photography: Made in Puget Sound

Discover Puget Sound and other areas of the Salish Sea through underwater photography. Also get tips from an award-winning photographer on how you can improve your photos on land. The presenter will also stress the importance of restoring and maintaining the health of our local waters. Drew Collins

A.19 Whidbey Island Beaches: A Geologist's View

Take a look at the formation and flux of beaches on Whidbey and make sense of the differences between beaches. Topics include bluffs, erosion, landslides and spits. Discover what could happen to homeowners and the beach when building close to the shoreline. Hugh Shipman

A.20 Whidbey: A View from the Water

Sue Ellen circumnavigated Whidbey Island in 2014 and documented the trip for the "South Whidbey Record" in an award-winning series, "A Week around Whidbey." This class will share images and perspectives from the trip and will give participants an opportunity to discuss how living on an island influences the lives of its inhabitants. Sue Ellen White


Session B 1:30-2:45
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B.1 Crabbing 101

This class is a true crabbing 101. We will cover crab habits and addictions, the rules for catching and possession, the many ways to catch crabs, how to keep crabs alive, and how to cook and clean them. We'll discuss the best baits, Whidbey Island fishing locations and times, and how to keep from losing your pot. John Hudson,  John Post

John Post will give this class in lieu of John Hudson

B.2 Down the Drain and into Salmon: How Contaminants Find their Way into Puget Sound Salmon

Here you will gain a greater understanding of why the Puget Sound ecosystem is more impacted by contaminants inputs than other urbanized estuaries and why some of our salmon species and populations are more exposed than salmon from other regions. Sandie O'Neill

B.3 Eat - Prey - Love: The Fascinating Lives of Dragonflies

A lively and informative course exploring the world of dragonflies including slow -motion videos of dragonflies laying eggs, bathing and spinning at 1000 RPM in midair. Learn tips for how to get a dragonfly to perch on your finger and how to see the famous Happy-face Dragonfly discovered right here in Puget Sound. James Walker

B.4 Ecology and Intertidal Monitoring on the Pacific Coast

The ecology of the exceptional biological communities of the Olympic coast: how they are shaped by their complex and unforgiving physical environment and how they may be affected by changes associated with global climate change. Steven Fradkin

B.5 Electricity on Whidbey: Safety, Distribution, Restoration and Stand-by Generators

Learn about your energy grid from Puget Sound Energy experts, and hear about their response to restore energy after outages. Get tips on selecting, installing and using a back-up generator and get a hands-on demonstration of electrical safety practices. Walt Blackford,  Greg Parkinson,  Brian McCleary

B.6 Forest Stewardship: Sustainability and Habitat on Small Forest Ownerships - WA DNR

Have you hugged your trees lately?--Acquire some new skills in wildlife management and forest silviculture practices for actively maintaining sustainable, healthy, multiple use forests on family owned forest land. Boyd Norton,  Ken Bevis

B.7 History of the Salish Sea

Enter this classroom and enter a time machine that transports you through Native American history of the Salish Sea. Realize the changes over time in water and land-use following European settlement. Sarah Aldrich

B.8 Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage

Experience Susan Conrad's story and images of her 1,200-mile kayak expedition through the Inside Passage from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska. Relive this journey of the sea and soul with Susan as she shares her intimate connection and understanding of the marine environment that surrounded her. Susan Marie Conrad

B.9 Getting Ready to Rumble; Natural Hazards Encountered on Whidbey Island and Emergency Preparedness

Island County is susceptible to many hazards. These include coastal erosion, wild land fires, earthquakes, tsunami and landslides. Find out about the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, and what you can do to develop the tools to recover and rebuild your community and your home. Eric Brooks,  Rhonda Paulson,  Sue Ryan

B.10 Raptors of Western Washington: From Shoreline to Summit

As apex predators in western Washington, raptors are often seen, often admired, often maligned. This class will look at key specialized adaptations of raptors, the ecology of various species, and address some of the mythology surrounding raptors as fact or fiction. James Watson

B.11 Salish Sea Soundscape: Underwater acoustics from a marine mammal perspective

Impress friends and family after you learn these important themes in underwater acoustics. 1) The Basics of acoustics. a. What is sound? b. How do we measure it? 2) Salish Sea Soundscapes. a. Geophony: natural sounds of non-biological origin b. Biophony: natural sounds of biological origin c. Anthrophony: sounds of human origin 3) Marine mammals and sound. a. How they produce sound. b. How they sense sound. c. How sounds can affect them. Jason Wood

B.12 Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk in Island County

This class presentation will explore a recently completed sea level rise risk assessment for Island County, and address questions such as, "Why is sea level rising?", "How much has sea level risen?", and "How much will sea level rise?" Ian Miller

B.13 Shrimps of the Salish Sea

Discover and marvel at the many fascinating species of shrimp that inhabit our waters but never make it to our tables: bizarre shapes, dazzling colors and strange habits. Learn why these often overlooked creatures are essential to our marine ecosystems and fisheries. Gregory Jensen

B.14 Stormwater Impacts to Marine Habitat

Be a part of "Knowledge to Action" in watersheds. You will start with the characteristics of watersheds, continue with how various factors impact nearshore marine ecosystems, and finish with what you can do to reduce pollution from storm water runoff. Rob Hallbauer

B.15 The Importance of Place: Place-based Science and the Swinomish Culture - Swinomish Approach to Environmental & Resource Issues, and Restoration of Kukutali Preserve

Enjoy a beautiful story of how Kukutali Preserve became the first Tribal State Park in the history of the United States to be co-owned and jointly managed by a federally-recognized Indian tribe and a state government. Todd Mitchell

B.16 The Seastar Wasting Syndrome and Citizen Science

Learn about the importance of seastars in the "chain of life" of Puget Sound. What is Seastar Wasting Syndrome and what effect is it having on seastar populations in our region? Learn the latest trends and monitoring results from academic researchers and citizen scientists. Michael Kyte

B.17 Thinking Outside the Hive - Using Native Bees for Pollination

Join Dave Hunter, founder and owner of Crown Bees, in a discussion of pollinating with native hole-nesting bees which cannot produce honey, but far surpass imported honey bees in their pollination ability. Learn how to find and raise these gentle bees, tips on how to gain the most pollination in your yard, orchard or garden, and how these gentle bees can increase out world food supply without use of chemicals or GMOs. Dave Hunter

B.18 HAS BEEN CANCELLED -- Unraveling the Secret Life of Kelp Using Population Genetics

Why did samples of bull kelp from Puget Sound travel all the way to Wisconsin last year?--Help us welcome this out of state scientist who wants to teach us all about the microscopic and macroscopic life stages of kelp and how genetic analysis reveals clues about the history of kelp growing in the Salish Sea and along the Pacific Coast. Filipe Alberto

We regret this class has been cancelled due to presenter illness

B.19 Update on Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea

All around Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands and throughout the Salish Sea we often see "resident" orcas and "transient" orcas. They look very similar, but everything they do, from diet to language, is completely different. Class participants will be introduced to the natural history of the resident orcas and come away with an understanding why chinook salmon are so crucial to their survival. Howard Garrett

B.20 Want to help with wildlife conservation?--Start with Washington's Action Plan

SWAP (Washington's State Wildlife Action Plan) directs the focus of many of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's conservation projects and guides in determinations of our state's species and habitats of greatest conservation need. Learn about 2015 updates to the SWAP and about Citizen Science projects that help implement this important plan. Wendy Connally

B.21 Weather in the Marine Environment

Planning a day on or near the water?--Learn about the tools used for knowing the weather almost any minute in almost every square meter of Puget Sound. David Wilkinson


Session C 3:00-4:15
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C.1 A Glacial History of Puget Sound and Its Relevancy to Communities Today

Emphasis of this class will be linking events of the last glacial period to what we see on the ground, along our shorelines and in the water today. Understanding the legacy of the last glacial period provides insights as to how our communities have grown and challenges we now face. Dan McShane

C.2 A Taste of Place: Learn the Basics of Common Edible Native Plants and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Garden Landscape

Would a rose by any other name taste as good?--Develop the skills to identify common native plants, and learn how you can include them in your garden and eat them at your next meal. Kelsi Franzen

C.3 Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Puget Sound

Learn about unregulated man-made chemicals that are found in small amounts in Puget Sound and how they might be affecting wildlife or humans and whether evidence exists that negative effects are actually taking place. Andy James

C.4 Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve: A Legacy of Community Preservation

Learn how mobilization of community, historical, and environmental groups and decades-long public discussions eventually led to an innovative approach to preservation of the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Class participants will come away with a deeper understanding how the Reserve protects and shares the heritage of Central Whidbey Island, from the Native Americans who settled the island, to the explorers and pioneers who were lured to the area by politics, adventure, or the desire for a new way of life. Kristen Griffin

C.5 El Nino and La Nina and What it Means for Our Waters

What are the Pacific atmosphere-ocean system, El Nino and La Nina? How do these events affect weather in the Pacific Northwest? Nick Bond

C.6 Fantastic Beast: The Life and Times of the Happy-face Dragonfly and its Darner Relatives

Come on get happy with the Happy-face Dragonfly and the other members of the darner family of dragonflies that call this part of the world home. Learn about their role as a top insect predator in northwest lakes and ponds and their fascinating behaviors including territoriality with dramatic midair battles,and their splash-dunk baths followed by 1000 RPM head-over-heels spins to dry themselves. James Walker

C.7 Ferry Tales

"Ferry Tales" will bring together maritime stories - old and new - from Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. There will be stories of the boats - and the people who run them and ride on them; stories that provoke laughter, demonstrate courage, and cause us to reflect. Jill Johnson

C.8 Forage Fish: Why We Care and How We Monitor

Join the few who know that looking at forage fish eggs through a microscope is both entertaining and rewarding. Learn about the forage fish of Washington and their role in the ecosystem. Find out how to volunteer to help save our forage fish and salmon populations. Phillip Dionne

C.9 Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

Current research being conducted at the University of Washington to better understand these clever birds will be presented. Learn about the fascinating behaviors crows and ravens can exhibit and what benefits they gain from these behaviors. Loma Pendergraft

C.10 Gray Whale and Other Cetacean Research off the Pacific Northwest

This class will present new findings on gray whales, humpback whales, and harbor porpoises in the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of an active researcher studying a number of local species. Information will include recent results from photo-identification and tag deployments. John Calambokidis

C.11 How Does a Community Address Climate Change?

A background on how Swinomish define health and wellbeing on familial and community-wide scales, rather than the individual scale, and the myriad connections between human, environment and spiritual worlds: Description of the Indigenous Health Indicators which we use in health planning and decision-making; examples from our most recent project assessing climate change impacts from sea level rise and storm surge to Swinomish community health. Larry Campbell,  Dr. Jamie Donatuto

C.12 Marine Renewable Energy

Right in our own backyard is a source of clean, affordable energy: This class covers the fundamentals of how energy is transferred to the oceans, how that energy travels to Washington, and how a variety of state-of-the-art devices harvest energy from waves and tides. Come find out about leading research on how these devices might affect our day-to-day lives, touching on topics from the sand on the beach to our utility bills. Benjamin Maurer

C.13 Maritime Shipping Threats in the Salish Sea and Options to Protect Our Shared Waters

Learn about maritime shipping threats in the Salish Sea and actions being taken to protect marine life by encouraging alternative energy sources, minimizing and removing vessel traffic risks, and advocating for best practices that care for our marine wildlife while preserving our economy. Stephanie Buffum

C.14 Our Forests in a Shifting Climate

Trees and forests are open books: Learn how to read the cycles of disturbance and development that occur in forests and how forests respond to climate change in the context of these cycles. This class includes discussion of interactions between disease, pests and climate and effects on forest health and biodiversity. Kevin W. Zobrist

C.15 Shore Friendly Approaches For Protecting Your Shoreline

Learn about Shore Friendly alternatives to bulkheads and riprap that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife. Anna Toledo

C.16 Understanding Your Local Water System -- Best Practices in Management and Operations

Everything about water is important to everyone. Meet with several experts to learn the legal aspects of local water systems and best practices in management and operations. Jim Patton,  John Lovie,  Jennifer Kropack,  Virpi Salo-Zieman

C.17 Update on the Pacific Northwest's Earthquake Hazards and Earthquake Early Warning System

This class discusses recent developments in our understanding of Puget Sound Area Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards. We will also discuss the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system that could go public in as little as two years. Bill Steele

C.18 Water Is A Public Resource - What Is Island County Doing About It?

County Government is responsible for implementing and enforcing a wide range of programs designed to meet state and federal mandates for water protection. This class will identify ways Island County supports local water quality protection and what you can do to help. Helen Price Johnson

C.19 Will Ocean Acidification Impact Mussel Farming in the Puget Sound?

Ocean acidification is real and mussel farmers know about it. Learn about mussel farming on Whidbey Island and possible challenges in the future. Matt George,  Molly Roberts

C.20 Wolverines in the North Cascades: The Return of North America's Most Enigmatic Carnivore

G-r-r-r-r-r: The natural history and current status of wolverines in the Cascade Mountains; cutting-edge methods for studying wolverines in the wild; personal accounts from a husband-and-wife research team. Paula MacKay,  Robert Long

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