A.1 The Giant Pacific Octopus - Mysterious Denizen of the Salish Sea
Giant Pacific octopuses are the largest octopus species in the world, and they occur right here in Western Washington. Learn about these amazing animals, their habits and abilities, and current wisdom about their population and management in our local waters.
A.2 Local Effects of the Blob, La Nina and El Nino Explained
Puget Sound is known for its beauty, bounty and recreational value. Many conditions which have shaped the quality of life for marine organisms in the past are still present, however Puget Sound is weathering global record-breakers. In this session, learn how recent climate phenomena have contributed to Puget Sound marine conditions...be they good, bad or ugly.
B.1 A Peek at the Mystery of Amphibians, Here and Around the World
Amphibians, among the most poorly understood animals, are making news because of our changing climate. With skins they use as lungs, poisons for protection, a dislike for salts, and often really odd life histories, amphibians make for stories better than the craziest mystery novels. Come learn about the peculiar world of amphiabians and how they affect you.
Dr. Marc Hayes
B.2 Native Northwest Pollinators
Life without pollinators would be dismal! Bees are essential to farm production of our food. Our local 200 species of bees are integral to the health of natural ecosystems and play important roles in home landscape and gardens. But bees everywhere are under stress and some are disappearing. Dr. Sugden will discuss what we can each do to help them in the face of many challenges.
Dr. Evan Sugden
C.1 Forest Health in Western Washington - Climate Change and Forest Diseases
Tree health, forest pests and wildlife risks are closely related to moisture and temperature. Find out what's bugging the forests now, and what effects are anticipated with climate change.
NOTE: Daniel Omdal will now give this class and discuss the changing effects of forest diseases on forest ecosystems as climate changes. He will review knowledge of relationships between climate variables and several forest diseases, as well as current evidence of how climate, host and pathogen interactions are responding or might respond to climate change. Daniel Omdal
C.2 HAS BEEN CANCELLED --
Introduced Mountain Goats in Olympic National Park: Some Inconvenient Truths
Introduced mountain goats in the Olympics are controversial. Rich will review the history of their introduction and research on their impacts to plants and soils. He will discuss the challenges, limitations, and risks of various population management techniques. The session will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the biology and public policy aspects of managing charismatic non-native mammals.