6:00 PM18:00

Frans de Waal at SeaView Theater

The SeaDoc Society will host a free talk at the SeaView Theatre on Monday, October 1st with acclaimed scientist and New York Times bestselling author Frans de Waal. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include a meet-and-greet and book signing.

De Waal’s 2016 book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition—in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos—to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. 

Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

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Salish Sea in Focus Photo Contest Gala
6:30 PM18:30

Salish Sea in Focus Photo Contest Gala

We will celebrate the top photos from the Salish Sea in Focus photography contest at a gala at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The event will feature photo projected across an IMAX screen and photographers and scientists sharing stories about the photos and the sea. Food and drinks will be served. Photo by: Nathan Bawaan

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11:00 AM11:00

COASST Marine Debris Training in Friday Harbor

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting marine debris data for COASST. We are a citizen science program involving participants in the collection of high quality data used in natural resource management and conservation decisions.

Marine debris participants collect data on the characteristics and location of debris - data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris and to identify potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. No prior experience is necessary, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, visit our website to learn more about our program and join us at our training session:


Saturday, October 13, 2018
11am - 5pm (ferry arrival times may push some arrivals slightly later: come as soon as you can!)

Friday Harbor Laboratories - Commons
620 University Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

There is no charge to attend, but we ask participants to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST survey toolkit. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training. Training activities take place indoors. Please plan to bring a sack lunch for our mid-day break.

Please RSVP to coasst@uw.edu or 206-221-6893. If you’re unable to attend, please email us to let us know that you’d like to be contacted about future trainings near you.

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9:45 AM09:45

Joe Gaydos at the Vancouver Aquarium (Kids' Book Event)

Join SeaDoc Science Director Joe Gaydos in the 4D theatre of the Vancouver Aquarium at 9:45am and 11:15am for a presentation focused on SeaDoc's recent kids' book. 

The event is part of the aquarium's Super Saturdays program, which is an opportunity to visit the Aquarium without line-ups, and instead enjoy quiet galleries and specialty programming. We open our doors early for this special members-only event, where each Super Saturday has a unique theme with lots of activities for kids and adults alike.

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9:00 AM09:00

Professional Development Seminar (Kids' Book Curriculum)

Meet one of the authors, Science Director of the SeaDoc Society and marine veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos, to hear about the launch of this book that hopes to inspire children to learn about the unique ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the British Columbia. Network with local colleagues about ideas to integrate this new book with engaging activities that meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Lunch and clock hours provided.

We hope to find out about teacher interest in infusing existing curricula with local context and what teachers need in order to facilitate the dissemination of the text with a lens for inspiring youth to care about where they live and understand their connection to this place.

Participants registered by the end of July will receive a free copy of the book to explore before the workshop, bringing ideas to share.


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2018 Wine & Sea Auction
5:00 PM17:00

2018 Wine & Sea Auction

On July 14, 2018 SeaDoc will hold its annual Wine and Sea Auction fundraiser on Orcas Island from 5-8pm. This special event will be a unique opportunity for 150-175 philanthropists to combine their appreciation for fine wine with their desire to heal the Pacific Northwest’s inland sea. Premiere wines from the cellars of the region’s collectors, purveyors, and vintners will be auctioned by Jay Fiske; while attendees will enjoy wines from our friends at Coeur de Terre Vineyard. All proceeds will benefit the SeaDoc Society’s work in the Pacific Northwest.

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