SWS Whidbey Monthly Members’ Meeting-Freeland. Speaker Emily Grason-Green Crab

Whidbey Monthly Members’ Meeting

When: Weds. 26 February 2020 10:00am-12:00pm        

Where: Freeland – WhidbeyTel Conference Room

Mark your 2020 calendar…

*2nd Friday 8:30 SWS breakfasts-location to be announced via e-mail

*Next Monthly Members’ Meeting Mar. 25 – Freeland-WhidbeyTel

*SWS home page:   http://soundwaterstewards.org/

  • Please bring: a copy of agenda, mussel disks, your name tag, travel cup & water bottle.
  • We will provide snacks and a door prize.
  • Please remember: Sound Water Stewards don’t let other Stewards miss the monthly meetings. Bring a SWS buddy and share a ride!

Call to order by this month’s facilitator: PaulBen McElwain.  Thank you!

Snacks generously provided by Jeanie McElwain & Kristin Galbreaith.  Thank you!

Community Announcements/Events 10:00 – 10:55

  1. Coordinator report – Allie Hudek
  2. SWS Board Status report – Linda Ade Ridder
  3. Sound Waters U. 2020 wrapup & report  – Anne, Sue
  4. Update on Volunteer Education & Training [VET] Committee & 2020 Class – Kris Holley
  5. Technology Team update – PaulBen
  6. Admiralty Head Lighthouse & LEP update – Wendy Visconty
  7. Whidbey Watershed Stewards & Outdoor Classroom – Lee Chavez, Wendy Visconty
  8. Other announcements
  9. Door prize drawing – Are you feeling lucky?!?

 Break – 10:45 – 11:05

 Emily Grason, Ph.D. is a Marine Ecologist with Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington. For “work”, she plays in the mud with 200 adventurous volunteers, tribal and agency staff partners, to help protect the Salish Sea from invasive European green crab. As a specialist in marine bioinvasions, Emily is interested in learning what happens to an ecological community when a new species shows up, and how to avoid invasions entirely.   Since 2016, the globally-damaging invasive European green crab has been found at a handful of sites across the Salish Sea. You will hear the latest updates on this non-native invasive crab, and you will learn about the valuable role community science volunteers have in protecting the Salish Sea.