On October 12th the Clallam MRC held their first Friendraiser event at Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles. At the event several of the members spoke about the work done by the Clallam MRC and a display of all our projects and the 2018 intern posters gave the audience an opportunity to learn more about the Clallam MRC. More than 45 people participated in the event which was funded by NWSF. The refreshments were provided by the local restaurant H2O.
2018 Dungeness River Festival
At the 2018 festival the Clallam MRC booth was one of 20 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 impacts of marine debris and failing septic systems 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. The festival reached about 1,500 festival participants; an estimated 350 local residents came Thursday for the family and community evening and approximately 800 3-5 grade school students enjoyed the festival the following day along with their teachers, chaperons and other residents which made up the remaining 350 participants. This year students visiting each booth asked the following question of the booth presenters “What do you wish for the future of the Dungeness River?” After listening to the answer and coming up with their own answer each student received a stamp under the question printed on their festival passport. The booth also displayed the two posters made by the 2018 summer interns and a poster which summarized all the major Clallam MRC projects throughout the years.
The festival was featured in Sequim Gazette http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/entertainment/sequims-river-festival-celebrates-20-years/ and in Peninsula Daily News http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/life/photo-feting-20-years-of-river-education/. The festival was also featured on the Dungeness Audubon River Center website and blog http://dungenessrivercenter.org/dungeness-river-festival
2018 Ocean Science at Clallam Bay
On June 15th Clallam MRC partnered with the Olympia Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Clallam Bay School District to teach a one-day field and classroom event at Slip Point in Clallam Bay. Approximately 30 grade school students participated in the program and together with approximately 20 adults the students explored the intertidal during a super low tide. The Clallam MRC provided a kelp guide used by the students to identify the most common seaweeds.
2018 Workshop for Shoreline Landowners
On May 5th the NWSF in collaboration with Clallam MRC offered a free workshop for shoreline landowners who live on a bluff and want to reduce erosion, drainage, or vegetation impacts on their property or are considering installing, removing or repairing armoring on their shoreline. The workshop included how to manage beach and bluff erosion, alternatives to hard shoreline armoring, enhancing beach access, and native vegetation for slope stability and habitat. More than 30 shoreline owners participated in the workshop and several of them requested the free technical site visit by qualified professionals who gave management recommendations for their property.
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. Clallam MRC members 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 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.
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. The event also offered hands-on demonstrations for the adults of forage fish spawning surveys and the laboratory egg analysis.