Community Events

Community Events

2019 Dungeness River Festival

At the 2019 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 failing septic systems to wildlife living in the Olympic National Park. The display at Clallam MRC’s booth focused on how to catch more crabs by using proper crabbing techniques and thereby reduce the number of lost crab pots. For the educational outreach to the students the MRC summer intern had made a game consisting of a wheel with nine slots; six of these slots displayed proper crabbing techniques and three incorrect techniques. Each student would spin the wheel once and if the wheel landed on a proper technique the student was awarded a “catch more crab” sticker. The festival reached about 1,400 festival participants; approximately 950 3-5 grade school students enjoyed the festival along with 450 teachers, chaperons and other residents. The members thought the game went pretty well, however they decided to change the rules and give everyone a sticker as long as the losers promised never to do the bad practice again.

The festival was featured in Sequim Gazette https://www.sequimgazette.com/life/river-festival-returns-for-21st-year/ and in Peninsula Daily https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/entertainment/river-festival-returnsfor-21st-year/ and https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/entertainment/river-festival-focuses-on-health-of-dungeness/. The festival was also featured on the Dungeness Audubon River Center website and blog http://dungenessrivercenter.org/dungeness-river-festival.

2019 Ocean Science at Clallam Bay

On June 4th 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 20-25 grade school students participated in the program exploring the intertidal during a super low tide. The Clallam MRC provided a kelp guide used by the students to identify the most common seaweeds. After the fieldtrip the students went to the school and played a food web game and did an ocean acidification experiment with vinegar and chalk under the supervision of Sanctuary staff. The Clallam MRC provided a kelp guide used by the students to identify the most common seaweeds.

2019 ORCA FORUM

On May 10, 2019 Clallam MRC hosted a free public forum about Southern Resident Orca Whales. The forum was attended by more than 50 local residents. Four members from the Governor's Orca Recovery Task Force highlighted the current status of the orcas, and some of the Task Force recommendations. They discussed how the decreasing availability of Chinook salmon is impacting our orcas, the need to reduce toxins in our waters, funding for continuing restoration efforts, and how we can reduce noise or acoustic disturbance affecting the whales.  The forum was facilitated by Ann Murphy President of the Northwest Straits Foundation and the speakers were:

  • Dr. Rich Osborne, Whale Museum/Soundwatch/UW; Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership board, Science Seat on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council; member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force
  • Dr. Todd Hass, Chair, Puget Sound Partnership, Vessels Task Force Lead; member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force
  • Dr. Scott Veirs, Chair, Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring program (PSEMP) Marine Mammal Work Group; member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force
  • Donna Sandstrom, Founder and Executive Director of The Whale Trail; member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force and Vessel Impacts Working Group.
Question & Answer Session
Forum Presenters and Planning Team

2019 Participate in the State Launched MyCoast

You can help document the changing coast in Clallam County by using  MyCoast  to document tides, storm damage, marine debris, creosote pilings and much more. Take a picture using the MyCoast mobile app or submit it via your browser when you get back to your computer.  The MyCoast servers fetch the background data such as tides and weather to add context to your picture. State and municipal employees, planners, developers, business owners, and others can use your data to make better decisions.

You can take pictures anywhere and upload them in MyCoast, but Clallam MRC has selected two beaches to focus the effort. The first beach is the Three Crabs restoration site and the second beach is Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles. 

Find the location shown in the picture and include the objects in the circles.

Three Crabs Restoration Site

2018 Friendraiser Event

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. 

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