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Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Fidalgo Bay Resort
Contact info: Catherine Buchalski, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, 360-428-1559

At this one day university for everyone, chose from a variety of presentations about current issues facing our marine environment and an array of topics about Salish Sea ecosystems and culture.

Online registration is available at

Keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Gaydos, will share highlights of his work as the Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Chief Scientist for SeaDoc Society, a science-based marine conservation program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center located on Orcas Island with a focus on designing a healthy Salish Sea.  For over a decade Joe has been working on wildlife health and ecosystem health issues in the Pacific Northwest. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers on topics related to diseases that impact human and wild animal health in species like harbor seals, river otters, porpoise and killer whales. While he's a bit of of a science nerd, he also has a passion for all things wild: wildlife, wild places and wild people. Joe works to connect people to the amazing resources of the Salish Sea and was recently honored with the 2014 Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award. We're excited to offer a special book signing opportunity for his recently co-authored book, The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, at the event.

Additional presentations will include:

Current Research & Direction of the Shannon Point Marine Center - Dr. Erika McPhee Shaw, WWU Shannon Point Marine Center

The Effects of Ocean Acidification in Puget Sound - Dr. Paul McElhany, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Impacts of Microplastics on the Marine Environment - Dr. Julie Masura, UW-Tacoma Center for Urban Waters

Impacts of Urban Stormwater Runoff for the Salish Sea - Dr. Jen McIntyre, WSU Stormwater Research Center

Coastal Restoration in Skagit County and Beyond: How you can play a role in Salish Sea Recovery - Lisa Kaufman, Northwest Straits Foundation

New this year!  Sharing Shorelines - Trail Tales volunteers are teaming up with local experts to provide 3 unique sessions with ideas & hands-on demonstrations to inspire the naturalist in you!  Learn how to get the most out of any shoreline experience whether it be with family, friends or students!


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