*SWS Members Meeting, Erin Gless, Speaker on Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea

Second Monday each Month via Zoom – zoom link and agenda to be provided via email to Stewards. The usual schedule is:
10 am to 10:30: SWS Business Meeting and Announcements

    • Board report – First Vice President Kris Holley
    • Education Program – Allie Hudec/Nancy Neudecker
      • “What’s in the Water Today” – June 16 at 4 pm
      • Newsletter – Joan – starting a new column, “Beach Naturalist” focused on observations, reactions, appreciations
    • Stewardship Program – Kelly Webb/Scott Chase/Joan Schrammeck
    • Citizen Science Program – Scott Cole/Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico
      • Asian Giant Hornet update
    • Executive Director Report – Kelly Zupich

10:30 am: Speaker Presentation
11:30 am: Breakout Rooms for Camano (definitely) and Whidbey (occasionally) to meet. 2021.06.14 Camano SWS Agenda

Featured Speaker: Erin Gless on “Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea: Past, Present, and Future”

Erin Gless is the new government relations and community outreach director at Pacific Whale Watch Association and former Lead Naturalist at Island Adventure Cruises

Humpback whales are among the most recognizable and beloved whales throughout the oceans. After decades of industrialized whaling, these behemoths were almost lost from the Salish Sea forever. In just the last few years, however, humpback whales have made a triumphant return to local waters, now numbering hundreds of individuals. Join us as we learn about their complex social interactions and surprising migration patterns as well as what challenges humpback whales might face in a modern Salish Sea environment not yet adapted to their presence.

Erin Gless holds a B.S. in Biology with Marine Emphasis from Western Washington University and has been a passionate member of the whale watching community since 2008.