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Session A 10:35 - 11:45

A.1 Salish Sea Orcas - Smart and Resilient in Tough Times

Our endangered Southern Resident Orcas are struggling to find enough Chinook salmon, their traditional food, and yet in 2015 four new calves have been born, with no losses recorded. The real Vital Signs for these beloved Orcas are, however, far upstream, in the spawning beds for the salmon they depend on, and those signs present a challenge to improve. Learn how our local Orca pods are faring today. Howard Garrett

A.2 Rivers and Streams - Lifeblood of Puget Sound

Water is what weaves together the Puget Sound landscape, supporting 4 million people and many types of wildlife. Looking at our streams through the eyes of stream bugs, attendees will learn what can affect water quality, and how habitat restoration, stormwater management, and small changes by individuals can restore and protect our waters. Leska Fore


Session B 12:30 - 1:45 PM

B.1 Vital Signs from Beached Birds

Can what washed onto a beach really be useful in assessing the health of the Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest birds? Find out how COASST program data keep the pulse of the Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest birds, with four citizen science "So What?" stories: 1) local breeders and a changing climate, 2) harmful algal blooms and the fall molt, 3) the water "blob" leaves nowhere to eat and 4) when salmon fisheries and seabirds overlap. Julia Parrish

B.2 Protecting and Restoring Habitat in a Growing Region

The Central Puget Sound region is expected to grow by over 1 million people and 850,000 jobs between 2014 and 2040. How can we protect and restore critical habitat in the face of this growth? This session will look at how the region's landscape has changed over time and how development affects habitat and species. We will also explore strategies being used to counteract these trends to protect and restore habitat. Erika Harris


Session C 2:00 - 3:00 PM

C.1 Swimming at Puget Sound Beaches - Is it Getting More Safe?

Although the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, we're still seeing some Puget Sound beaches closed for swimming because they exceed federal standards for fecal bacteria levels. The ability to get into Puget Sound without danger of illness is an important Puget Sound Vital Sign. Learn about the status of marine beach swimming safety, and how to keep your families safe. Debby Sargeant

C.2 Snohomish Delta Restoration - A Tale of Struggle and Success

The Snohomish Estuary, the second largest in Puget Sound, included a rich mosaic of tidal channels and productive marshes that provided abundant food for numerous populations of salmon. Since alterations beginning in the 1860s, only 20% of the lower tidal marsh is intact, disconnecting the Snohomish River from many tidelands and marshes and greatly reducing salmonid rearing productivity and capacity. This talk will weave together the story of historic change, Chinook salmon life strategies and potential restoring portions of the estuary back into a natural system. Morgan Ruff