Science Café: Dr. George Mayer speaking about new materials inspired by nature

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 7:00pm

The Science Café topic for September is "New Materials Based on Inspiration from Biology".  During the past twenty-five years, discoveries by biologists, zoologists, chemists, material scientists and others have provided exciting and important information about how
materials behave in natural environments. Areas such as camouflage, sensing, protection from moisture, adhesion, and the toughness of new composites have been prominent areas of study.

Dr George Mayer of the University of Washington will review some of his work on the toughness of composite materials found in nature, as measured by their ability to dissipate energy. His work has focused on the structure and properties of seashells and sponge skeletons, and the knowledge gained may be applicable to the repair of human bones and teeth. Other practical applications of the research will be discussed.

Dr. Mayer is Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

The Science Café will meet at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave East in downtown Olympia. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course

Fri, 10/18/2013 (All day) - Sun, 10/20/2013 (All day)

Radical Mycology co-founder Peter McCoy will be holding a 2.5 day intensive on the theory, practice, and application of mushroom cultivation this October in his home town of Olympia, Washington. This course covers the essentials of mushroom production for all budgets, with an emphasis on techniques and tools that keep costs and complexity to a minimum. Whether you are looking to start a small mushroom farm or grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use, this course will cover the core skills needed to hit the ground running.

Topics covered include:
Budgeting, planning & preparation
Cultivation and fruiting environments
Tool making and improvisation
Sterile practice with agar, grains, compost, and wood-based substrates
Alternative, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation techniques and tools
Medicinal mushroom processing and myconutraceutical product production
Wild mushroom identification and cultivation
Outdoor mushroom forest planning and installation
Mycoremediation concepts and strategies
Fungal & plant relationships
Mycorrhizal cultivation
& much more!

The instruction model Peter uses caters to all learning modes by offering a blend of visual presentation, live demonstration, hands-on practice, and a tour of a home-based mushroom lab. At the end of the course, participants will get 4 pure mushroom cultures (valued at $100) and a 100-page workbook of the techniques covered.

Dates: October 18-20 (Friday eve, Saturday & Sunday full day)
Location: Olympia, WA
Cost: $200

For more detailed information on the course, the instructor, and how to register, please visit the link here:

Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 8:00am - Sun, 08/04/2013 - 5:00pm

Meet the Trees of Washington

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project will team up to present a free field class, “Meet the Trees of Washington,” on Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Olympia. After classroom instruction, participants will take a field trip to a local nature trail to learn to identify native trees, shrubs and perennials. Bus transportation will be provided for the field trip.

The class is especially beneficial for newcomers to our area or anyone else who has ever wondered about the benefits and horticultural uses of native trees and other plants. Participants will learn about several different ecosystems to visit in South Sound and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

The workshop is free but registration is required. Register at streamteam.info or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com with your full name and phone number. 


Olympia Science Café - "Polar Bears, Ice Dependence and Other Stories"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Polar Bears, Ice Dependence and Other Stories
Dr. Dean Gushee, MD, MS, FACEP

7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Orca Books - 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia
(Phone 360.352.0123)

Using images from the polar regions, Dr. Dean Gushee will lead us in a conversation on the importance of sea ice to those ecosystems. While media coverage often begins and ends with a statement that ‘sea ice has no impact on sea level,’ Dr. Gushee will discuss how sea ice supports a wide range of animals that includes not only charismatic mega fauna, such as polar bears, but lesser known and equally important animals. Images will help illustrate what is at risk in these regions. The effects of sea ice change is a natural segue to the broader discussion on global climate change.

Dr. Dean Gushee, MD, MS, FACEP, is a physician and photographer whose photographs of his expedition to Antarctica have appeared in the National Geographic magazine.

NOTICE: We are taking a break in July and August, but will be back in September. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer.

Kayak on the Bay

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Tomorrow afternoon, go for a paddle with Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis. There will be opportunity to organize with your fellow human beings to protect the Earth against reckless fossil fuel industry antics. When: Noon to 4pm. Where: West Bay Park, Olympia. Who: You and your friends and neighbors. What: There will be about 15 or 20 kayaks and people can cycle through them.

Sweetwater Nannauck from Seattle IdleNoMore will be doing a water ceremony.

Trip Jennings will be instructing folks on water and kayak safety.

Trip Jennings first became a kayak instructor in 1998 and since then has shared his love of water as an instructor, competitive whitewater kayaker, expedition kayaker and filmmaker. In 2008 he was recognized by National Geographic as an 'Adventurer of the Year' for a kayak expedition to Papua New Guinea and was featured in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine. But most passionately, Trip is a climate justice activist working to confront the root causes of climate change. He is a member of Portland Rising Tide, campaigning to stop the onslaught of energy export proposals in the NW and professionally Trip works with groups such as the Power Past Coal Coalition and Columbia River Keeper as a videographer. He is currently producing a documentary on the oil, gas and coal export proposals in Oregon and Washington.

More information about the event here on this facebook event page: O3C Kayak Event.

Talking Crude: Stopping the Oil Trains

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Come hear leaders of Citizens for a Clean Harbor (CCH) from Aberdeen/Hoquiam discuss their opposition to 21 new oil tanks in the Port of Grays Harbor. You've heard about coal trains and oil pipelines, but this new oil trains plan also affects us locally.

The plan involves 50 oil tanker trains a month coming from North Dakota, on a route through the Columbia Gorge, Centralia, and along the Chehalis River to Hoquiam. The oil would be then shipped in huge Panamax oil supertankers in Grays Harbor and along our Pacific coastline.

The Ports of Grays Harbor and Olympia are colluding with the oil industry that has been waging war against climate stability. What can we do to stop them?

Join us at the Olympia Center (downtown at 222 Columbia St NW) on Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 pm for "Talking Crude," for this unique chance to hear from our neighbors, and discuss how to stop the oil trains! For questions contact Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis at Bourtai31@gmail.com For background see Citizens for a Clean Harbor at www.cleanharbor.org/

Event Schedule:

1:30 Paul Pickett will talk about the climate crisis, and explain how burning more oil will add CO2 to the 400 ppm we already have in the atmosphere;
1:45 Zoltan Grossman will speak about fracking for oil in the Bakken shale, and explain how the Port of Olympia is colluding with big oil by downloading materials necessary for fracking;
2:00 PM Arnie Martin and Arthur (R.D.) Grunbaum will present their slide show about the proposed oil trains, storage tanks, and huge tankers in Grays Harbor;

"Building a Sustainable Food System in the South Sound" - 23rd Rachel Carson Forum

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 5:00pm - Thu, 05/23/2013 - 8:00pm

Garden Equipment Sale - Left Foot Organics

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From today's inbox:

As many of you know, Left Foot Organics, a beloved local non-profit, closed its doors a few months back.  The former garden manager there (and new GRuB garden manager!), Lydia Beth Liembach, is in the process of selling LFO’s goods.  Lydia Beth will be at Left Foot tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 6:30, selling items at garage sale prices.
I’m sorry we can’t provide a complete list of what is available at this time, but here is a partial list: hoop house materials, shelving, concrete blocks, PVC, compost, wood chips, rototillers (may already be spoken for), driplines, office supplies, kitchen supplies, pots, flats. There are few, if any, hand tools left at this point.
If you are interested in checking out what is available, you are welcome to come to Left Foot at 6:30pm April 25.  If you can’t make it, but would like more information, send Karen Ray an email. (She will take photographs tomorrow night and write up an inventory and send it out to you.)
Left Foot is located at 11122 Case Road (off exit 99).

Randy Keyes, PhD: "Conservation Biology in the 21st Century: At the Human-Environment Interface"

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From today's inbox:

Conservation Biology in the 21st Century:
At the Human-Environment Interface
Global Partnerships in Research, Training & Outreach

Randy Kyes, Ph.D

Thursday, April 4th, 7:00pm
Seminar II C1105
The Evergreen State College

Dr. Kyes is the founder of the One Earth Institute for Global Health and Conservation and also a research professor at the University of Washington. In his field work in Indonesia and Nepal, Kyes and his collaborators have studied global health though our relationship with animals and the environment.

For 16 years, Dr. Kyes and his Indonesian colleagues have conducted conservation-related studies of the black macaques at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Kyes and his team have also worked tirelessly on conservation efforts, focusing on the close relationship between environmental health and human health. In February, Kyes announced that the population seemed to have stabilized.

In his fieldwork in Nepal, Kyes and his colleagues found that humans living in close proximity with primates can swap parasites that pose a serious health risk. Thus as animals suffer from human encroachment, the implications for human health could be equally severe.

Dr. Kyes believes we have reached a tipping point in global health. Indicator species, such as frogs and corals, are rapidly disappearing, and now robust animals like gorillas, tigers, polar bears are in trouble. To address these issues we need to be thinking differently about health and the environment.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most prominent researchers and activists in this field.

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