2017 Dungeness River Festival
At the 2017 festival the Clallam MRC booth was one of 24 booths staffed by local, state, federal, tribal and nonprofit entities active on the North Olympic Peninsula. The booths offered interactive nature exhibits and activities, as well as exhibits providing information on numerous environmental topics from the impact of pet waste on water quality and marine mammals to wildlife living in the Olympic National Park. The display at Clallam MRC’s booth focused on the importance of good habitat and clean water for healthy shellfish populations. Live geoducks, Olympia and Pacific oysters provided a way to talk about water quality and other essentials of marine habitat. Many of the visitors were also interested in learning about the biology of geoducks. The geoducks were provided by Clallam MRC member Ralph Riccio from Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the Olympia and Pacific oysters were on loan from Feiro Marine Life Center. The booth also displayed the two posters made by the 2017 summer interns and a poster which summarized all the major Clallam MRC projects throughout the years.
Clallam MRC members Alan Clark, Jeff Ward, Bob Vreeland, Lyn Muench and Ann Soule along with Clallam MRC staff staffed the booth during the one-day event and potential reached about 1,500 festival participants of which 900 were 3-5 grade school students. This year students visiting each booth asked the following question of the booth presenters “what is your organization doing for the Dungeness watershed?” After listening to the answer each student received a stamp under the question printed on their festival passport. The question and the live shellfish provided a way to talk about water quality and other essentials of marine habitat, and the stamped passport offered a reminder to the student about both the geoduck and the importance of marine habitats.
The festival was featured in Sequim Gazette and in Peninsula Daily New . The festival was also featured on the Dungeness Audubon River Center website and blog.
2017 Tour of Dry Creek Waterfowl Sanctuary
On August 3rd, a lucky group of Clallam MRC members, interns, families and friends were given a tour of the Dry Creek Waterfowl Sanctuary run by Arnold and Debbie Schouten.
In 1980 Arnold and Debbie bought 50 acres of Olympic wilderness, which they have transformed into a sanctuary for threatened and endangered northern sea ducks. They raise waterfowl for breeding and research projects and they are international recognition for their successful captive breeding program. Currently the sanctuary has about 270 birds. Everybody on the tour was impressed with their efforts and the sanctuary. An article by Peninsula Daily News provides additional information about the sanctuary.
2017 Celebration of Science
The “Celebration of Science” held April 22nd on Port Angeles City Pier was a great success. The event was the North Olympic Peninsula satellite to the "March for Science" which was held in Washington D.C. and more than 600 other cities across the world on Earth Day.
More than 20 booths displayed on the City Pier and the room was full (standing room only) at the speaker series. The Clallam MRC booth was staffed by members who talked about our projects and handed out a brochure about CMRC and the work we do.
2017 Science Saturday Free Family Event
The family event February 25th titled "Food Webs Can Be Fishy" offered hands-on activities for children and three presentations for adults.
Phil Dionne, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, gave a presentation on the importance of forage fish and Bob Boekelheide, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, presented on seabirds feeding on forage fish. Ed Bowlby, chair of Clallam MRC, rounded out the presentations by discussing the Clallam MRC's current pigeon guillemot project and informed the audience about volunteer opportunities including participation in the monthly forage fish spawning surveys.
The event also offed hands-on demonstrations for the adults of forage fish spawning surveys and the laboratory egg analysis. The event was attended by 31 adults and kids from the community.
2016 Speaker Event: Our Marine Resources Facing Climate Change
The speaker forum and panel discussion was held at the Red Lion Hotel conference room September 28th. The speakers examined the ecological impacts of ocean acidification, the impacts of ocean acidification on local shellfish, water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula, and how individuals can be involved to help make a difference. Ginny Broadhurst, Executive Director at the Northwest Straits Commission, facilitated the event and the panel discussion. Ms. Broadhurst also outlined actions that individual citizens can take to help reduce the impacts of ocean acidification. The presentation is available here.
Anna McLaskey, PhD student at University of Washington, discussed the ecological impacts of ocean acidification. A member of the West Coast Ocean Acidification 2016 Cruise, Ms. McLaskey introduced the cause and chemistry of ocean acidification. Ms. McLaskey’s research focuses on the impacts of ocean acidification on crustacean zooplankton such as krill and copepods. The presentation is available here.
Bill Dewey, Director of Public Affairs for Taylor Shellfish, explored the impacts of ocean acidification on oysters and other shellfish. He travels around the world speaking about ocean acidification, how ocean acidification impacts the shellfish industry, and how it will impact the ocean food web. Taylor Shellfish started as a family business in 1890 and today they are the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the country. The presentation is available here.
Ann Soule, Resource Manager at City of Sequim, described future water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula. Based on future weather predictions with drier, warmer summers and wetter winters. She has worked extensively on surface water and stormwater, and water quantity and quality issues in the Dungeness watershed and Clallam County and she explored potential relationships between freshwater supplies and marine resources. The presentation is available here.
A panel discussion followed the presentations engaging the audience in a discussion about ocean acidification and water availability on the North Olympic Peninsula. The speaker event was well attended with 73 in the audience.