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7th Annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:45 am to 3:15 pm

NW Educational Services District 189
1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, 98221

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy, sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, is designed to encourage you to care for and protect our local marine and shoreline environments.  Your day will include an inspiring keynote address and three interesting breakout sessions of your choice.

Please bring your own water bottle or drinking cup. Friends of Skagit Beaches works with a zero waste policy!

Online Registration

Testimonials from the 2017 FSA:

"Interesting, inspiring, useful!"  "I loved learning about my local community"

"The speakers were great - they really knew there subjects..."

"Coming together with like-minded people, learning and sharing - it was fantastic..."

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Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jude Apple

Eelgrass, Blue Carbon and Climate Change

- The valuable and surprising services of PNW nearshore marine habitats

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Jude will take a close look at the work being done at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) and across the Pacific Northwest to quantify the capacity of coastal wetlands such as eelgrass beds, salt marshes, and tidal swamps, to sequester and store carbon, aka “blue carbon”, and the potential mitigating effect these wetlands have on ocean pH/acidification. Some opportunities for restoration associated with evolving carbon markets will also be explored.


Biography for Dr. Apple:

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Dr Jude Apple is an estuarine ecologist and Research Coordinator for the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR). As Research Coordinator at Padilla Bay, Dr. Apple provides oversight and guidance for research efforts and collaborations to address local, regional, and national priorities regarding coastal ecosystem science and management. Through grant funding from NOAA, he is currently conducting an assessment of carbon stocks (i.e. storage) and sequestration rates associated with coastal wetlands of the Pacific Northwest, including both native and non-native eelgrass meadows and other blue carbon ecosystems (e.g. salt marshes).

 Register Online HERE or download a print-friendly form to mail in

Online Registration starts on September 14, 2018. 


Adult (non-members):            $35.00

Adult (member):                     $30.00

Student/Americorp VISTA      $20.00 

Lunch Option:                         $11.00  (choice of sandwich, chips and cookie)

lunch orders need to be recieved by October 13, 2018 

Choose a Presentation from each of the 3 Sessions:

For more details on these topics and the speakers - click here

Session 1: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

  • Class A: Return of the Sea Otter - The story of the animal that evaded extinction on the Pacific coast.  -Todd McLeish
  • Class B: Shoreline Processes - Why we need to stop interfering with Mother Nature. - Andrea MacLennan, MS
  • Class C: Puget Sound Underwater - A conservation message about our local underwater wildlife. - Drew Collins

Session 2: 1:00 pm - 2:00pm

  • Class A: Kelp Monitoring - Kayaks and technology help us understand this important alga. - Suzanne Shull & Helen Berry
  • Class B: Point Elliot Treaty - How does it impact Skagit County today? - Allan Olson
  • Class C: Minke Whales - The other whales of the Salish Sea. - Frances Robertson, PhD

Session 3: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

  • Class A: Stories of March Point - From camas cultivation to petroleum production. - Betty Carteret
  • Class B: Fungi - We know there are fungi amungi, but where are they and what are they doing? - Frank Caruso, PhD
  • Class C: Great Blue Herons of Skagit County - Citizen scientists share some fascinating characteristics of these iconic birds. - Sue Ehler & Anne Winkes

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Registration, Coffee and Muffins all start at 8:45 am

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