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Session A 10:45 - 12:00

A.1 Sea Star Wasting Disease

Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality called sea star wasting syndrome. This talk will summarize what we know about the disease from field surveys and lab studies, and how citizen science monitoring is aiding in the effort to document the extent and spread of sea star wasting syndrome. Melissa Miner

A.2 Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project

This estuary wetland project covers 400 acres and is located on the Snohomish River. The project will reestablish tidal conditions to farmlands that were historically estuary wetlands, will benefit federally threatened species by increasing the quantity of fresh to salt water transitional estuary habitat critical to their recovery, and by improving access to 16 miles of stream habitat. Kurt Nelson

A.3 Sharks of the Salish Sea

This presentation will provide a general overview of the ecology and biology of common and not so common sharks of the Salish Sea, with emphasis on Puget Sound. Learn how shark populations have changed due to fishing and other pressures, and the possible impacts these fluctuations have on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Veronica von Allw√∂rden

A.4 Puget Sound Initiative Cleanup Sites - Focus on Port Gardner Bay

Under the Puget Sound Initiative (PSI), the Washington Department of Ecology is working with landowners and stakeholders to clean up contaminated sites in the Port Gardner Bay area. This presentation will describe Ecology's cleanup work conducted under the PSI including our engagement with local, state and federal agencies, local Native American tribes, and property owners in accomplishing this work as well as describing what is happening with the clean-up sites in Snohomish County. Andrew Kallus

A.5 Clean Water and Shellfish, Nature's Test Kitchen

Learn about the different types of clams to be found on Snohomish County beaches and why shellfish beds open and close for harvest. This presentation will also share how shellfish can be indicators of upland and aquatic pollution, as well as how they can help clean the water. Franchesca Perez

A.6 Putting the Garden to Bed and Planning Ahead

Fall is a great time to prepare the soil for a bountiful harvest next year. In this class you'll find out why mulching is so important, what to add to your soil to make it healthier and how to get your soil tested--for free! This workshop will also share ideas on how to save seeds, reduce pesticides and herbicides, plus ways to attract native pollinators! Kate Riley,  Jessica Paige


Session B 1:00 - 2:30

B.1 Bald Eagle Ecology, Yesterday and Today

Want to better understand and appreciate Washington's most iconic raptor from a scientific perspective? Bring your questions and join us as we discuss aspects of year-round bald eagle ecology and explore the ecological and management implications of a species that is now recovered from threatened status. James Watson

B.2 Elwha Revegetation

Revegetation of the Elwha River former reservoirs, Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell, is an unprecedented effort to reverse the impacts of dams on a major river. The revegetation of the reservoirs began during dam removal in 2011. Joshua Chenoweth will discuss the progress of the natural and managed revegetation after three growing seasons. Joshua Chenoweth

B.3 A Guide to Marine Mammals of Greater Puget Sound

How can you tell all the marine mammals apart? This presentation will review the occurrence of marine mammals in the Puget Sound region including how to identify different species. We will highlight recent research results on marine mammals and some of the potential conflicts with humans. Talk will also include what to do and how to report a marine mammal sighting or stranding. Jessie Huggins

B.4 Mussel Watch Overview

Scientists from the Puget Sound Ecosystem and Monitoring Program (PSEMP) have monitored the extent and magnitude of toxic contaminants in Puget Sound fish and shellfish since 1989. Attendees will learn how contaminants enter Puget Sound and are transferred through marine food webs. Case studies for several toxic contaminants will be presented, as will results from a recent, large-scale mussel monitoring project in the Puget Sound, with particular focus on Snohomish County. Jennifer Lanksbury

B.5 Ocean Acidification in Pacific Northwest Waters

Ocean acidification is the process where our global increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide equilibrates with the ocean, causing changes in seawater chemistry that reduces the pH and carbonate ion concentration. These chemical changes are known to fundamentally affect the ability of certain organisms, such as oysters, pteropods, and corals, to thrive. In this talk we will cover what is known about ocean acidification in Pacific Northwest waters and what state, national, and global efforts are underway to assess its status and impacts. Jan Newton

Dr. Brooke Love will give this presentation, instead of Jan Newton

B.6 What is Biochar?

Biochar is a name for charcoal used for particular purposes, most often as a soil amendment. Biochar has the potential to help mitigate climate change, via carbon sequestration. In this presentation, Norm starts at ground zero talking about what biochar is, it's history, and how to make and use, providng an entire range of applications. Norm Baker


Session C 2:45 - 4:00

C.1 Shorebirds

Shorebirds are a conspicuous feature in the coastal estuaries of northern Puget Sound. Understanding how shorebirds navigate this highly altered landscape is critical for crafting conservation strategies. This presentation will include information on shorebird ecology, share results from research in the Skagit-Stillaguamish River Delta, and describes how citizen scientists can participate in a new Puget Sound-wide monitoring effort. Gary Slater

C.2 Coastal Geology

Learn about the geologic processes that have formed Snohomish County's shoreline, with an emphasis on its beaches drawing from local examples to discuss bluffs and erosion, the movement of sediment along the shoreline, and the formation of spits and estuaries. This presentation will cover both the hazards associated with living on dynamic shorelines and the environmental impacts of building on them. Hugh Shipman

C.3 Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea provides essential habitat for not just one, but two completely different types of Orcas. The fish-eating Residents and the mammal-eating Transients look almost alike and cross paths often, but do not interact and are genetically and behaviorally distinct. Each clan maintains its own strong cultural traditions, and each member is engaged for life with family matters. Howard Garrett

C.4 Toxics Impact 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. This seminar will present several lines of research into the toxic effects of stormwater runoff on salmon and the potential for new development strategies to prevent these effects. Dr. Jenifer McIntyre

C.5 Return of the Plankton

Puget Sound is alive with creatures of all sizes and shapes. Using his underwater movie, "Return of the Plankton" and other related film clips, John will take you for a tour of Puget Sound that is impossible in real life, yet is essential for grasping the "system" part of our marine ecosystem...and for seeing how we humans are a part of this system. John Williams

C.6 Connections between Chemicals in Cleaners and Personal Care Products and Puget Sound

Washington State has been a national leader in addressing toxic chemicals in our everyday household products, our stormwater and our waterways. This presentation will address the toxic chemicals that are found in our products, how they move into stormwater and ultimately into waterways. Tips on what you can do will also be covered. Heather Trim