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Climate Change in Haiku lecture

Over 100 people attended Friends of Skagit Beaches first lecture of 2016, "Climate Change in Haiku" by Dr. Gregory Johnson on Friday, January 15.  Dr. Johnson distilled the entire United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report into 19 illustrated haiku. His work of art provides powerful talking points and a visual guide to understanding this important document.

View the haiku and illustrations on the Sightline website. 

Curtis Wharf - The Heart of the Working Waterfront

Curtis Wharf - The Heart of the Working Waterfront
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By Jan Hersey

blog photo of Curtis Wharf ca. 1904, courtesy Anacortes Museum Wally Funk collection

First mapped by Spanish explorers in 1791, the swift, navigable channel between Fidalgo and Guemes islands has long been the heart of the Anacortes working waterfront.

The channel’s deep, natural harbor spurred Anacortes’ dream of becoming a major northwest maritime terminal, and the waterfront quickly became the nexus of local commerce, governing the flow of goods to and from the city.

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Cleanup and Redevelopment at Quiet Cove

Cleanup and Redevelopment at Quiet Cove
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Standard Oil Complex at O Avenue & 2nd Street (Nov. 1909), photo coutesy of Anacortes Museum

A D.O.E/Port of Anacortes partnershipBy Betty Carteret

Quiet Cove has been anything but quiet over its busy history!

This latest Washington Department of Ecology–Port of Anacortes cleanup site is located on Guemes Channel, at the north end of “O” Avenue—a center of local commercial and marine transport since the early 1900s, when Curtis Wharf was built nearby.

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Student-Made Marine Film Shorts

Student-Made Marine Film Shorts

As part of the 2015 fall Film Series, Trail Tales funded two short, student-made films about topics relevant to Skagit County. The first video "Forage Fish of the Salish" was shown at the fall film series on October 23rd. You can view this film on the Friends of Skagit Beaches Vimeo channel at Our second video about Skagit County Marine Reserves will be shown on Friday, November 20, before the feature film Mission Blue.

Films with Friends 2015 film series

Films with Friends 2015 film series

Get there early for a seat at this popular film series! Friends of Skagit Beaches and Trail Tales are again offering four feature-length, environmental-themed documentaries at its Friday film nights.  On October 9th we'll watch the documentary "Just Eat It" and on October 23rd we will have the special privilege of having the Samish Indian Nation share their documentary, “The Maiden of Deception Pass – Guardian of her Samish People.”

On November 6th we will watch the documentary "Easy Like Water" and on November 20th host Coastal Volunteer Partnership will show the film "Mission Blue". Prior to each showing, a short, student-made documentary will debut on topics of local interest and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the talented local filmmakers.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7pm at the Northwest Educational Service District 189 building,1601 R Avenue, Anacortes. Films with Friends is free and open to all ages.

Visit the Friends of Skagit Beaches events calendar for all film listings. 

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