Note: This refers to PREVIOUS SL event, held in October 2012
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Session A 10:30 - 11:30

A.1 At Home on the Sound

Marine mammals rely on Puget Sound shorelines for rest and relief. By learning more about these wonderful animals that share our shores and waters we can ensure a safe, healthy environment for us all! Learn about some common (and some less common) seals and whales that depend on the Salish Sea. Find out what makes these animals special and what you can do to help protect them. Help spread the word about respectful behavior for our fellow beachgoers; Sharing our shores..we all benefit! Rachel Mayer

A.2 Beaches on Puget Sound: Past, Present and Future

This session will answer several questions: How have erosion and storms shaped Snohomish County beaches and bluffs over time? In what ways have these beaches been affected by human development? What are the prospects for the future of our beaches given regional population growth, advances in coastal restoration, and the prospect of significantly higher sea level? Hugh Shipman

A.3 Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

This presentation shows evidence for climate change in the Pacific Northwest over the last century and potential impacts of climate change in the region by the end of the twenty first century. The impact of climate change on snow pack, energy demand, and sea level rise will be discussed along with how climate change might impact the natural environment. LuAnne Thompson

A.4 Meet Your Intertidal Neighbors

There's more on our beaches than barnacles and mussels! Cindy knows that healthy beaches are complex communities of plants and animals, often overlooked or abused by thoughtless passers-by. Discovering these communities is the first step to understanding them, which leads to valuing them, then watching for changes, and finally protecting them from harm. Cindy Ridgeway

A.5 Yours, Mine, but not Ours... Washington State Tideland Ownership

In most coastal states in the U.S., public ownership of the shoreline begins at the high tide mark, but not in Washington. Two-thirds of the population in the Puget Sound region lives in counties bordering the Sound, yet a majority of the shoreline is not in the public domain. An historical overview will be presented of how this relatively unique situation has evolved since the late 1800's, and whether so much "private "ownership of the state's tidelands is in the best interest of the citizens of the state and its natural resources. Susan Tarpley

A.6 Estuary Restoration: a Nut to Crack

Why is estuary restoration one of the most important recovery actions in Puget Sound? What does it mean for the people who live in and around historic estuaries? These are critical questions in Snohomish County, part of Puget Sound's salmon and farming center. We will explore these questions, look for solutions, and examine some of the projects underway. Kat Morgan


Session B 12:30 - 1:30

B.1 Alternative Energy Strategies in Snohomish County

This presentation will discuss renewable energy technologies such as wind, geothermal, solar, tidal, electric-hybrid vehicles, and hydropower. Ms. Peel will discuss the role of conservation and the smart grid relative to implementation and integration of these technologies and highlight resources grants available through the PUD. Dena Peel

B.2 Function Follows Form: The Story of Restoring Shorelines

Local waters have been subjected to a wide range of alterations interrupting the physical and biological processes that, under natural conditions, maintain important littoral habitat form, and the associated ecological functions of that habitat. Mr. Houghton discuss examples where, in the absence of natural processes, people have reconstructed the form of good habitat and thereby restored ecological functions. Jon Houghton

B.3 Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea

Throughout the Salish Sea we often see "resident" orcas and "transient" orcas. They look similar, but everything they do, from diet to language, is completely different, and they have avoided each other for centuries. Studies have revealed that orcas are "without parallel except in humans" in their cultural capabilities. Now field studies have described orca cultures worldwide, but nowhere else are they so visible as here in the Salish Sea. Howard Garrett

B.4 The Pharmacy in Your Backyard

Western Washington native plants have many medicinal and nutritional properties and have been used by the Salish people of Puget Sound for many generations. This presentation will focus on plants you might find in your own backyard or ones you can plant that provide alternatives to items found in your medicine cabinet. Tamara Neuffer

B.5 Turning the Tide on Toxics: The Connection Between Humans, Our Waters, and Wildlife

There is a strong connection between our everyday activities and the health of wildlife in our creeks, lakes and Puget Sound in ways that you may not be aware. In addition to past activities that resulted in pollution, there are hidden chemicals in products we use in our homes and businesses that impact human health and also are getting into our waters. Learn about these chemicals, how they are moving around, and what you can do. Heather Trim

B.6 Tale of Two Sea Grasses

This presentation will explore the story of two seagrasses. Zostera Marina is a native grass that grows in intertidal and subtidal locations around the Salish Sea. It provides vital habitat for species of economic and cultural value such as Dungeness crab and salmon. Zostera Japonica is a non-native relative from Asia that has been accidentally introduced into the Salish Sea. Until recently, both species were protected because of the value to fisheries. Now only one is protected. Glen "Alex" Alexander


Session C 1:45 - 2:45

C.1 An Overview of Dungeness Crab Fisheries

Dungeness crab fishing in Puget Sound has become a large, valuable, and politically-charged business. This overview will cover Dungeness crab biology, some techniques employed by crab fishermen today, describe the significant changes that have occurred in the last 20 years and highlight the role of education and stewardship in sustaining this valuable resource. Don Velasquez

C.2 Shorebirds of the Greater Skagit / Stillaguamish Delta

This session will discuss recent and future shorebird projects focused on the vast estuary complex of Port Susan and Skagit Bays. We will share what we've learned and describe ways in which citizen volunteers can become involved in shorebird monitoring in our area and how these efforts tie in with larger scale shorebird conservation objectives. Ruth Milner, Gary Slater

C.3 Steep Slope Living: Reducing Your Risk of Erosion

People are drawn to coastal areas. We have developed whole communities in areas that are subject to the dynamic forces of gravity, weather and time. This session will cover simple, and not so simple, things that any residents living on or under steep slopes can do to reduce their risk of slides. Chrys Bertolotto

C.4 Treaty Rights and Tribal Natural Resource Management

Treaty Rights & Tribal Natural Resource Management: Treaty rights are the aboriginal fishing, hunting, and gathering rights that the tribes retained in the mid-19th century agreements in which they ceded most of the land to the United States and its citizens. The current interpretation of treaty rights is based on a long series of United States court decisions. As part of treaty rights, tribal governments share authority and responsibility to manage natural resources with the State of Washington. Today, Puget Sound tribes manage salmon, shellfish, wildlife, plant, and many other resources for the spiritual, cultural, and economic benefit of their people and all people Kit Rawson

C.5 Vegetation Exploration

Forests of huge conifers once dominated the shores of Puget Sound. Non-forested grasslands, estuarine tidal marshes, and freshwater wetlands added diversity. Remnants of these habitats still exist and are being restored in Snohomish County. This virtual "field trip" will explore the vegetation that characterizes these varied ecosystems. Holly Zox

C.6 Weathering the Storm: Effects of Runoff on Salmon

When it rains, runoff from urban surfaces transports a complex mixture of contaminants to urban creeks before making its way to Puget Sound. In general, stormwater runoff degrades aquatic habitats, reducing biodiversity and the resilience of aquatic communities. However, the direct toxic effects of urban runoff contaminants on aquatic wildlife are not well understood. This seminar will present several lines of research into the toxic effects of stormwater runoff on salmon. Jennifer McIntyer


Session D 3:00 - 4:00

D.1 Kayak Local Waters: How and Where?

The Salish Sea comprises the inland waters from the southern end of Puget Sound to the northern edge of the Strait of Georgia - with many of the best places on the planet to paddle. Kayaking can be a lifestyle enjoyed by all ages and our own backyard offers amazing opportunities to enjoy this sport. Learn about possible destinations, get out into the wilderness where you can observe seals, eagles, gray whales, porpoises and seabirds in local waters, learn safety considerations, equipment needs, and potential hazards. Debbie Boitano

D.2 Natural Yard Care: A Menu of Options

From learning how to site a rain garden on your property to improving the health of your soil, this presentation will have something for anyone who takes care of a yard. Natural yard care practices reduce stormwater runoff pollution and create and maintain a healthy, diverse landscape while also saving water and creating a low-maintenance landscape. Learn practical tips and resources available for some of the bigger efforts. Philomena Kedziorski

D.3 Seabirds in Puget Sound: Exploring Trends, Involving Citizens

What makes a seabird a seabird? What do they eat? What seabird has the longest recorded migration and where can you see it in Washington? A look at Washington State's ongoing seabird research, both for migratory and resident species, and the best places to visit for seabird sightings. Jane Dolliver

D.4 Wildlife of Port Susan

Designated by the National Audubon Society as an "Important Bird Area" and by Island and Snohomish County communities as a "Marine Stewardship Area," Port Susan is the seasonal home to thousands of migratory birds and fish. In this presentation learn about some of the wildlife, as well as the cultural and natural history, of this vibrant shallow bay and its surrounding uplands. Franchesca Perez

D.5 From the Cascades to the Sound

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest(MBS) is an awe-inspiring source of beauty and inspiration for the residents of the Seattle metro area. Nature is at the heart of this place we call home, creating inspiration, growth and discovery. The MBS touches many communities and contributes to what we need to support and enrich our lives - clear air and water, food, wood jobs, history, culture, and places for recreation. I'll describe ways that the MBS provides services for the Seattle metro area residents through clean water, access, jobs, recreation, protection and recovery of species, and restoration. Some examples include Puget Sound Partnership, sustainable road system, restoration of streams and rivers, recreation opportunities, and others. Jennifer Eberlien

D.6 Poke Your Head into Puget Sound: An Introduction to Local SCUBA Diving

Join Christine for an overview of the gear needed to dive in the "balmy" 50 degree water of Puget Sound. See the beauty below through a slide presentation, while learning about the critters that live in the waters of Puget Sound. You'll also learn about some of the efforts local SCUBA divers make to help restore our waters Christine Longdon