Science Café - "Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Science Café will meet in January at ORCA BOOKS.

"Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"
Jodi Bush and Theodore B. Thomas
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Lacey, Washington).
7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia (Phone 360.352.0123)

The grasslands and prairies of Puget Sound stretch from coastal southern British Columbia through Washington south into the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This presentation will focus on two species recently proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that are native residents of the prairie-oak ecosystem of South Puget Sound, specifically in Pierce and Thurston Counties.

Although the prairie-oak ecosystem covers a small amount of land area (approximately 4 percent), more than three-quarters of the human population reside in the same area of the states and province where the prairies are found. The challenge of conserving species in areas of dense human settlement is compounded by the need for commercial and residential development, the threats of invasion onto prairies by woody vegetation, the spread of invasive, nonnative organisms (plants and animals), and changes in the climate.

Winter Twig Field Identification

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Add a new dimension to your winter outings when you join local plant experts to learn the secrets to identifying local shrubs and trees without their leaves. The Native Plant Salvage Foundation is offering “Winter Twig Identification,” a 2.5-hour field class held on Sunday, January 27. Choose either a morning class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

These "walking workshops" will take place on a West Olympia-area nature trail. Small groups of learners will be matched with knowledgeable instructors to learn the keys to identify over 25 native plants. The skill is useful for gardeners and anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors throughout the year.

The workshop fee is $5 per person,  which can be paid upon arrival. Participants will be given a free handout and an opportunity to purchase a detailed winter twig identification book. The nature trail requires that vehicles display the Discover Pass, or participants can offer volunteer service at the trail in exchange for parking during the class.

Advanced registration is required  at www.nativeplantsalvage.org so that participants can receive full details and directions.


Renewables = Jobs

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Climate Crisis Rally

on the State Capitol Steps in Olympia

MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The public is invited to participate in a rally supporting the climate and urging the Washington State Legislature and Governor Inslee to take bold action.  The rally will occur on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, Monday January 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building.

“Extreme weather patterns throughout the world, historic rates of polar ice melt, and other realities confirm scientists’ increasingly strong findings that the climate crisis is already upon us,” said Bourtai Hargrove, one of the event’s organizers.  “Every person, local community, state and nation must take bold actions to reduce climate disruption.”

The rally will include brief speakers, music, and dozens of persons in a human tableau spelling out “NO COAL” and “350.ORG.”  The organizers oppose exporting coal through Washington and Oregon ports to Asia, where it will be burned and return to us in air pollution and climate damage.  A nonprofit organization at www.350.org has done excellent work.

More information about speakers and musicians will be released when confirmed.

When the climate crisis rally ends at 1:30 p.m., brief speakers will address several other issues needing bold legislative action.

The rally is one of many activities organized by “Confronting the Climate Crisis,” the active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which works on a variety of issues related to peace, social justice, and nonviolence. 

Mushroom to Mushroom Cultivation Course

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 11/18/2012 - 6:00pm

In this 2.5-day course we will cover the essentials of small scale mushroom production. This class is tailored to the person seeking to grow edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or as a means to develop a small income stream. Friday evening will be an introduction to the ins and outs of cultivation and related logistics. Saturday will cover the full spectrum of sterile mushroom production from spores or cloned mushroom tissue, through working with agar, grains, and wood based substrates, all the way to fruiting bodies. Sunday we will break the rules of the foundation we built on Saturday to learn the cutting edge techniques of low-tech cultivation, much of it unpublished at this time. We will also explore the aspects of cultivation for food sovereignty, medicine, and remediation (aka pollution reduction & mitigation). At the end of the course, participants will get 4 pure mushroom cultures and a workbook of all techniques covered.

Dates: November 16-18 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
Location: Westside Olympia
Instructor: Peter McCoy

Cost: $150-200 (sliding scale, pay what you can)

To register or for more info, please email radmycology (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and contact info.

Teacher Peter McCoy has been cultivating fungi for several years, learning the tricks and tips (along with the mistakes) that come with the trade. He has presented on fungi and taught cultivation at the Olympia Food Co-Op, The Radical Mycology Convergence, The Olympia Transitions Fair, and the Olympia Village Building Convergence.


Science Café - Sarah Morley: "Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future:"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future
7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

Sarah Morley, Research Ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Watershed Program, Fish Ecology Division) will present an overview of the Elwha restoration project, and highlight changes observed in this first year of dam removal.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project will offer a free “Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife” class on Thursday,  November 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tumwater Fire Hall on Israel Rd.


The class will feature detailed, hands-on information about how to incorporate beautiful native and other drought-tolerant plants into your landscape to attract amphibians, birds and butterflies while protecting water resources. Participants will learn how to transform their landscape while also saving time, money and resources!


Advanced registration is required as space is limited. For details and registration call 360-867-2166 or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.


Secondhand Safari & Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

The fair's annual Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., where people can buy, sell and trade their secondhand treasures. There will be plenty of treasure seekers and bargain hunters, with over 1,500 visitors and about 100 vendors on average in recent years. 

Community Youth Services booth will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Secondhand Safari, and winter clothing donations will still be accepted from 1-3 p.m. in a collection box at the Community Youth Services booth. 

Representatives from community groups, non-profits, businesses, agencies and individuals working on sustainability issues are invited to sign up for an educational booth or display. Contact the Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 for details. 

Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day. 



Public Welcome to Attend Evergreen's 32nd Annual Harvest Festival

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshops will include: Kombucha, Cider Press, Double Digging, Composting, Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, Wine & Beer Making, Jam Making, Canning, Edible Garden Walk, Mushroom Inoculation, Seed Saving and Hands-On Garlic & Cover-Cropping.

The public will also be welcome to participate in farm and garden tours.

Live Music By: New Slang, Camp Wisdom, Mythologies, Farewell to the Woods & More! Kid-Friendly Activities Include: Pumpkin Carving, Arts & Crafts and Face Painting. Come celebrate food & community with Evergreen. Enjoy tasty food and live music. This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in C Lot. Follow the signs along the trail to the Organic Farm. Handicap parking is available at the farm. For directions visit this page: http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htm

Water-Wise Plant Sale

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Native Plant Salvage Foundation will offer a water-wise plant sale with aneducational twist on Sunday, September 30. Horticulture experts will offer one-on-one advice about the best plants for your yard to save water, attract birds andbutterflies, and reduce maintenance. Thousands of hard-to-find native and drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and groundcovers will be featured.Stormwater Stewards will help those interested in rain gardens and can schedulehome visits to help with design.

The event takes place rain or shine at the WSU Extension/County Parksoffices at 4131 Mud Bay Rd. W (formerly McLane Fire Station). Call 360-867-2166 or see www.nativeplantsalvage.org for more details and directions.

Why in the World Are They Spraying?

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Look up and what do you see? For the most part, they're not contrails.

Come to Traditions Cafe in downtown Olympia at Water & 5th on Wednesday September 26 at 7 p.m. to view the 2012 film "Why in the World Are They Spraying?" Since the release of the groundbreaking documentary “What in the World are They Spraying?”, millions have awakened to the damaging effects of chemtrail/geoengineering programs. As a result, movements around the world are being formed to address these crimes. While many who were previously unaware of these programs are now taking action, the question that is often asked is why is this happening. Michael J. Murphy, co-producer of “What in the World are They Spraying?” and Barry Kolsky have produced "Why in the World Are They Spraying?" to answer that question.

If you can't come, send a friend to pick up your burned DVD.

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