Friends of Skagit Beaches 14th Annual Winter Lecture SeriesMarch 15, 2019
Join the Friends of Skagit Beaches each month (Jan-April) for an evening of discovery. Lectures highlight the fascinating life in and around the shoreline and marine ecosystem. The lectures are free and open to all ages. 7pm-8:30pm. NWESD Bldg, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes. For more information please visit: www.skagitbeaches.org
March 15, 2019
Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring:
Long-term Active Biological Monitoring of Nearshore Contaminants
Presenter: Jennifer Lanksbury, Wildlife Biologist,
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Learn how mussels (Mytilus edulis) are being studied as pollutant monitors through collaborative efforts among conservation groups, citizen science volunteers, and government partners.
Toxic contaminants are entering the nearshore food web of the Puget Sound, especially along shorelines adjacent to highly urbanized areas. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife together with the Stormwater Monitoring Program and numerous citizen science volunteer group partners, conducts biennial nearshore contaminant monitoring using caged mussels as an indicator species. This presentation will share the results of two rounds of mussel monitoring in the Puget Sound and detail how conservation organizations, citizen science volunteers, and government partners have worked together to make this cooperative monitoring program a success.
April 12, 2019
Plankton of the Land:
Mosses, lichens, and fungi in Pacific Northwest forests
Presenter: Kem Luther, PhD; Naturalist and Author,
Vancouver Island, BC
Plankton are the foundation of life in the ocean. Is there an analogy in terrestrial ecosystems? Yes there is! In the Pacific Northwest, the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems is the “Stegnon”, the layer of organic life just above, within, and below the soil of the forest floor. Here in the Stegnon, mosses, lichens, and fungi play an important role in forest ecosystems. Naturalist and science author Dr. Kem Luther’s presentation will look at the environmental services these inhabitants of the Stegnon provide as they process and convert organic matter into nutrients in a form useable by other organisms.