Environment

Science Café - Return of the Giants to the Salish Sea

Event: 
Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Return of the Giants to the Salish Sea:
New findings and research on humpback and gray whales
including their increased occurrence in our waters

John Calambokidis
7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

The talk will focus on some of the new research findings on some of the large whale species especially humpback and gray whales that have become increasingly common in our waters. The talk will include original research including findings from new tags attached to whales that have revealed their underwater behavior, feeding, and response to Navy sonar and ships. These include new video tags that show their behavior from the whale’s perspective. 

John Calambokidis is a founder and senior Research Biologist at Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington. A graduate of Evergreen State College, he has been studying marine mammals and especially blue, humpback, and gray whales for more than 30 years. He has authored two books on marine mammals ( the award-winning Guide to Marine Mammals of Greater Puget Sound from Island Publishers, with R. Osborne and E.M. Dorsey  and Blue Whales from Voyageur Press, with G.H. Steiger) as well as more than 200 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, and others. 

Volunteer to Support the Native Plant Salvage Foundation

Event: 
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

 Volunteer to Support the Native Plant Salvage Foundation

Community members are invited to help prepare for NPSF's annual Water-Wise and Native Plant Sale, and to help staff the event! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and allows us to continue providing hand-on education and service opportunities to protect and conserve habitat and water resources across the South Salish Sea region.

Detailed volunteer descriptions are available on our websitePlease email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com if you can help out on any of the following days! We will follow up with further details and directions.

  • Thursday, April 27th anytime from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday or Saturday, April 28 & 29 anytime from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30 between 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Choose a morning or afternoon shift

Thanks for your support!

Volunteer to Support the Native Plant Salvage Foundation

Event: 
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:30am - 3:00pm

Community members are invited to volunteer their help to prepare for NPSF's annual WaterWise and Native Plant Sale, and to help staff the event! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and allows us to continue providing hand-on education and service opportunities to protect and conserve habitat and water resources across the South Salish Sea region.

Detailed volunteer descriptions are available on our website. Please email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com if you can help out on any of the following days! We will follow up with further details and directions.

  • Thursday, April 27th anytime from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday or Saturday, April 28 & 29 anytime from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30 between 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Choose a morning or afternoon shift

WASH Pirg Olympia Climate Action Panel

Event: 
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Stories of the Natural World

Event: 
Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Spend an evening with author and professional photographer Alan L. Bauer as he shares images from his collection which focuses on the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Whether hiking, birding, or just pausing to look more closely at the world around us, Alan finds the beauty in everyday life. Join him to celebrate what is right with the world and make each day a better experience.

The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Olympia Science Café - Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Past, Present and Future

Event: 
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Maija Benitz
7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

Large-scale offshore wind energy has become a reality in Europe over the past decade, with continued development on the horizon in Europe, as well as Asia and the United States. While the vast majority of offshore wind energy development utilizes fixed bottom support structures, in shallow waters that are close to shore, floating offshore wind turbines show great potential for harnessing the wind resource far from shore, in transitional to deep water where the wind resource is greater and concerns about visibility are reduced. However, in both near shore, shallow water applications, and especially in deeper waters farther from shore, technical and economic feasibility challenges must be overcome. Understanding the fundamental hydrodynamic forces in the offshore environment, and in particular the added challenges of operating floating platforms in the ocean environment, is crucial to the success of future projects. Not only are floating platforms subject to loading from ocean waves, but also increased motion due to the wave–body interactions.

In this talk, Dr. Benitz will discuss offshore floating wind turbines, and how her research addresses the challenges of offshore wind energy development, as well as promotes its future success.

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Party

Event: 
Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Parties
Tuesday, May 9th 
3:30 – 6 P.M.

Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone!

Spend a few hours with Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team as we mindfully trim back growth along the trail, pulls weeds, clear the paths, and enjoy the great outdoors! Snacks and tools are provided, and volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event.

Please register online through Stream Team: http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/

You can also email us to register, or with any further questions: nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com  360.867.2167

www.nativeplantsalvage.org

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Party

Event: 
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Parties

Tuesday, April 11th & Tuesday, May 9th
3:30 – 6 P.M.

Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone!

Spend a few hours with Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team as we mindfully trim back growth along the trail, pulls weeds, clear the paths, and enjoy the great outdoors! Snacks and tools are provided, and volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event.

To register for the event, please email us: nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or call 360.867.2167

Online registration also available through Stream Team: http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/

Arbor Day Celebration

Event: 
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Children and families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day at the Tumwater Timberland Library by making some simple tree-related crafts. While supplies last, the City of Tumwater will also give away free tree seedlings and other Arbor Day memorabilia.  We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

South Sound Climate Action Convention

Event: 
Sat, 03/25/2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

David Roberts, who writes about environmental issues for Vox, will be giving the keynote, and there'll be some closing remarks from Congressman Denny Heck. There's an agenda and details about the program online.

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