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April 2014 update

In this issue: Where have the Western grebes gone? GiveBIG is May 6. New videos from our Marine Science Lecture Series on prehistory, harbor porpoise, and derelict … [Read More...]

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Gary Davis on the History of Saving the Oceans

Gary Davis, a former scientist with the National Park Service, was one of the "Aquanauts" who lived underwater on the continental shelf in the 1960s. He's also the originator of the Great Annual Fish Count, and a long-time SeaDoc board member.

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How large is the Salish Sea’s smelt population, and why does it matter?

"Can you imagine making your family’s budget without knowing how much is available to spend? That is essentially what’s happening with smelt." Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc Society and Ginny Broadhurst of the Northwest Straits Commission recently wrote a joint statement calling for increased investment in the study of the small schooling fishes that form a foundation for the food web of the Salish Sea: On April 11th the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear from the public about a … [Read More...]

How to better communicate as a scientist

Why does good communication matter when it comes to science? In a recent article for The Wildlife Professional, a journal published by The Wildlife Society, Joe Gaydos discussed the imperative for scientists to become better communicators. "[Wildlife scientists] are thinkers motivated by questions and answers and a dedication to managing resources for long-term sustainability and the good of the whole. ...But we are living in an age where most people get their information from places … [Read More...]

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Video: Robyn du Pre on derelict gear removal

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Robyn du Pre of the Northwest Straits Foundation came to Orcas to talk about how the local effort to remove lost fishing nets and crabbing gear has strengthened our local economy and helped recover marine wildlife populations. Over the last decade, the Northwest Straits Initiative has removed 4,605 nets from shallow waters in the Salish Sea, saving the lives of more than 3.5 million marine animals that would have otherwise been entrapped and killed by these nets … [Read More...]

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Video: John Calambokidis on Harbor Porpoise and other cetaceans in the Salish Sea

Although the harbor porpoise is the most abundant and widely dispersed cetacean species in the Salish Sea, its probably one of the least well known. Believe it or not, we still know very little about their habitat preferences in the Salish Sea, if the population is increasing, decreasing or stable, how they are related to harbor porpoise outside of the Salish Sea, and even when and where they have their young. We do know that Harbor porpoise are among the smallest of the cetaceans, reaching … [Read More...]

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Video: Julie Stein on archaeology and early coastal settlement patterns

From the press release: Have you ever wondered how people lived in the San Juan Islands thousands of years ago? What resources did they depend upon? Did they always eat salmon? What about elk? Where did they live? Dr. Julie Stein, author of “Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory,” will share the stories that archaeology tells about life in the San Juan Islands before recorded history. A professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington and the director of the Burke Museum of Natural … [Read More...]

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How to keep killer whales out of oil spills (Exxon Valdez anniversary)

Imagine if you woke up one day and parts of your town were coated in a hard-to-see but highly-toxic chemical. How would you know what to areas to avoid, where to find safety, or even which grocery stores had non-contaminated food? For humans the answer is signs, police tape, announcements on the radio, and breathless disaster reporting on the television. But for marine mammals the techniques are a little different. 25 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez spilled tens of millions of gallons … [Read More...]

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