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The Connection Point Between the Big Trees and the Salish Sea – Whidbey

February 5 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

Guide: Gwendolyn Hannam

Gwendolyn Hannam holds two Masters degrees, one in plant taxonomy and biodiversity and another in oceanography. She has extensive practical knowledge about habitat restoration and adaptive management and has worked at all levels of government, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Whidbey Island Conservation District. Currently, she is the principal scientist at a private consulting firm.

With more than 15 years of experience in integrated watershed conservation and restoration, she is well-versed in the connection between forests, water, and people and how human activities can help or hinder the functioning of these ecosystems.  

Gwendolyn is an avid naturalist and enjoys botanizing, hiking and backpacking, sea and whitewater kayaking, and open-water swimming. When she isn’t outside, she indulges in cooking, reading, and spending time with her family, dog, and two cats.

Environmental Consultancy | NW Environmental Services | Everett, WA

The Field Trip (only for Sound Waters University registrants; requires event + field trip ticket):

Our local shorelines provide a vital connection between the forests and the Salish Sea. Understanding and appreciating the role played by shorelines in maintaining the health of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems allows us to protect and improve this critical link between land and sea.

Please join us to talk about shoreline conservation and how we can each participate in active stewardship of this essential resource and the element that binds us all: water.

The first hour will focus on Cornet Bay, which is ADA friendly and involves only light walking. The second hour will focus on Hoypus Point which is accessed via a gentle forest trail that is not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers.

Please note: Discovery Pass is required for parking

Cornet Bay Restoration Area
Hoypus Point Restoration

Meet up: Cornet Bay Marina, Deception Pass State Park.

Address:160 Cornet Bay Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Map

160 Cornet Bay Rd
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277 United States
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Gwendolyn’s website here