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Jay Adams
Avid bird watcher and Whidbey Island resident since 2015. He is active in Island Co Sound Water Stewards, he is the immediate past president of Whidbey Audubon and he is a Chair for the Christmas bird count. ...

Jeff Adams
Marine Water Quality Specialist and Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at Washington Sea Grant. ...

Bob Bailey
A Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arborculture (ISA), a Utility Specialist, and Hazard Tree Risk qualified, Bob has evaluated thousands of trees over his career. He currently works for the City of Oak Harbor where he is actively involved with Garry Oak restoration and propagation, and provides community education about efforts to preserve these beautiful trees. ...

Phoebe Barnard
Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute and affiliate full professor at the University of Washington. ...

Barbara Bennett
Holding a MMA degree from UW and a MA in Adult Education from George Washington University, she worked as program coordinator of WSU Island County Beach Watchers 2010-2015, and led the project to complete the Coupeville wharf marine display. Barbara currently serves as outreach coordinator for the NOAA ocean acidification team in Mukilteo. ...

Danielle Bishop
Land Protection Specialist at Whidbey Camano Land Trust ...

Walt Blackford
Puget Sound Energy expert on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electrical safety and emergency preparedness. ...

Ginny Broadhurst
Director, Western Washington University's Salish Sea Studies Institute. ...

Eric Brooks
Director, Island County Department of Emergency Management. ...

Terry Buchanan
Historian and author of a history book: Fort Casey. ...

Tim Carpenter
Curator of Fish and Invertebrates at the Seattle Aquarium. ...

Ed Carriere
Suquamish Elder and Master Basketmaker. ...

Eric Cheney
Emeritus Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington ...

Dale Christensen
Experienced sea kayaker here in the Salish Sea. ...

Tracy Collier
Former Director, Environmental Conservation Division, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA. ...

Jennifer Convy
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and Director of the Wildlife Department for the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). ...

Dale Croes
Adjunct Professor with WSU Department of Anthroplogy in Pullman, WA. Founding member of the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center, working with the Director, Charlene Krise, to assure that the Qwu?gwes artifacts are properly preserved and transferred to the museum archives. ...

Phillip Dionne
Lead research scientist with the Habitat Science Team of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. ...

Martha Ellis
Local naturalist and member of the Washington Native Plant Society and Whidbey Audubon Society. ...

Steve Ellis
Local naturalist and vice-president of Whidbey Audubon Society. ...

Richard Gammon
Professor(Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, Adjunct Professor(Emeritus)of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). ...

Howard Garrett
Co-Founder of Orca Network and whale advocate. ...

Brad Gluth
Stormwater Engineer and Certified Stormwater Manager for the City of Oak Harbor, as well as a founding member and current board member of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society. ...

Florian Graner
Marine biologist and marine cinematographer. His films have been shown around the world, and his images appear in various films, books, field guides, and dive magazines. ...

Janet Hall
Interpretive Specialist with Washington State Parks and Recreation. ...

Rus Higley
Manager at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center in Des Moines, WA. ...

John Hudson
Past Squadron Education Officer of the Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron and aspiring member of the International Society of Crab Whisperers. ...

Rick Huey
Biologist for the Washington State Ferry System. ...

Sego Jackson
Strategic Advisor for Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship for Seattle Public Utilities, and Policy Committee Chair for the Northwest Product Stewardship Council. ...

Jody Jeffers
Island County CERT Coordinator at Island County Emergency Management. ...

Commissioner Jill Johnson
Commissioner, Island County District Two. ...

Doug Kelly
Hydrogeologist with Island County Environmental Health. ...

Karen Krug
Owner of Spoiled Dog Winery of Whidbey Island, acting as both grower and winemaker. Karen started her Pinot Noir vineyard and winery from scratch in 2003. ...

Mariko Langness
Marine Ecologist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program - Toxics in Biota team. ...

Jennifer Lanksbury
Marine Ecotoxicologist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. ...

Lu Lee
Lu Lee works in the Payless Meat Department. She is an important part of the presenting trio for this class because Lu will demonstrate how to masterfully fillet a whole salmon. Lu is a member of the Fishin' Club, and she is their Raffle Manager for the club. ...

Eric Lee-Mader
Co-Director of Pollinator Conservation Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. ...

Tom Leschine
Professor Emeritus at UW's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Current member of the Puget Sound Partnership's Social Sciences Advisory Committee. Research interests in marine and environmental policy and use of scientific and technical information in formulating public policy. ...

Alex Lowe
Graduate Student Researcher at the University of Washington. ...

Kevin Lungren
Avid angler, President of the Whidbey Island Fishin' Club and experienced fishing instructor with a passion for the outdoors. And he can teach a thing or two about oysters. ...

Nathan McCurtain
Field Organizer with Washington Environmental Council. ...

Paul McElhany
Research ecologist with the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center. ...

Doug McKeever
Mountain climber and retired charter faculty member of Whatcom Community College, teaching natural sciences and sharing his love of the outdoors. ...

Ian Miller
Coastal hazards specialist with Washington Sea Grant. ...

Ruth Milner
District Wildlife Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She covers San Juan, Island, and Snohomish Counties. ...

Kelsi Mottet
Marketing, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Whidbey Island Conservation District. ...

Heather Mulligan
Market manager at Puget Sound Energy for Customer Renewable Programs. ...

Tyla Nattress
Her restaurant career started as a teenager on the east coast. In Napa wine country she learned about wine, food and hospitality and she has a great understanding of how wine and food interact. Their family is now settled in the Pacific Northwest, on a 5 acre farm on Bayview in Langley. ...

Kyle Ostermick-Durkee
Stewardship Assistant at Whidbey Camano Land Trust. ...

Bellamy Pailthorp
Environmental reporter with public radio station 88.5 KNKX based in Seattle/Tacoma. ...

Rhonda Paulson
Vice-president of the Camano Preparedness Group. ...

Robert Pelant
Founder and CEO of the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. ...

Loma Pendergraft
Graduate student at the University of Washington studying crow communication and cognition. ...

Gary Piazzon
Amateur naturalist and avid birder. ...

Joe Quintana
An advocate to reduce light pollution in our night sky, he is working toward making Island County a Dark Sky County. ...

Kyle Renninger
Board Member of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society (OHGOS)and fifth generation Whidbey Islander. ...

Linda Rhodes
Program Manager for the Marine Microbes and Toxins Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. ...

EZ Rider
Avid angler, not feared by many fish. Carpenter by trade, sign painter and artist by passion. Vice President of the Fishin' Club where I am on the Scholarship Committee (one of my proudest achievements). ...

Govinda Rosling
Regional Coordinator for Guillemot Research Group. ...

Don Rothaus
Shellfish Biologist for 29 years with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Manages crab and shrimp resources in Puget Sound. Author of children's books on animals and the environment. ...

Bart Rulon
Professional wildlife artist and photographer. ...

Sue Ryan
Program Director of the Camano Preparedness Group sponsored by Island County Department of Emergency Management. ...

Sarah Schmidt
Local bat expert, active with Whidbey Audubon Society and Beach Watcher (class of 2000; now Sound Water Stewards). ...

Nat Scholz
Aquatic Conservation Biologist, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center. ...

Dyanne Sheldon
Restoration ecologist and wetland planner, retired. Board member of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. ...

Brian Sherrod
Project Chief and Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. ...

Hugh Shipman
Coastal Geologist, Washington Department of Ecology. ...

Bill Steele
Director of Outreach and Information Services, University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. ...

Lieutenant Commander Blair Sweigart
Chief of the Enforcement Division for US Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound. ...

Mary Jane Topash
Coordinates and conducts educational tours, community outreach and the general operations of the Hibulb Cultural Center Museum. Her educational focus is to challenge the dominant narrative of Native Americans by addressing stereotypes and working to change that imagery. ...

Aaron Varadi
Since 2016, Aaron has been Farm Manager and Lead Instructor at the Organic Farm School (OFS) in Clinton, WA, where he and a yearly class of farmers-in-training produce certified organic vegetables, pastured poultry and lamb, as well as vegetable seed crops. ...

Jim Waddell
Retired civil engineer who was involved in the development and ongoing re-evaluation of the feasibility study undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to breach the four Lower Snake River dams to restore salmon runs. ...

James Walker
Retired Washington State University Physics Professor and dragonfly enthusiast. ...

David Wallin
Professor and Chair of the Environmental Sciences Department at Western Washington University. His research focuses on forest ecology and wildlife conservation and, over the past two years, he has begun using unmanned aircraft for his work. ...

Elizabeth Wheat
Elizabeth Wheat is a farmer at SkyRoot Farm and a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Washington. Her academic background is in marine ecology, but her passion lies in the application of ecological knowledge in the context of food production systems. ...

Sue Ellen White
Award-winning Whidbey Island journalist and kayaker. ...

Lee Whitford
Co-founder of Northwest Mushroomers Association. Chair of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. ...

Frances Wood
Writer and naturalist. ...

Todd Zackey
Marine and Nearshore Program Manager for the Tulalip Tribes Natural Resources Department. ...

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