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Guest Speaker Series Announcement for Harbor WildWatch in 2019

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Harbor WildWatch is excited to announce the guest speakers for their 2019 science-social series, Cocktails & Fishtales.

Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and over. Held once a month, each
event features a speaker on an ecological topic at either Gig Harbor Taproom (3155 Harborview Drive) or Ocean5 (5268 Point Fosdick Drive NW). These programs are an opportunity to enjoy an evening out in Gig Harbor while engaging with like-minded eco-enthusiasts in a lively and social learning experience.

For all Cocktails & Fishtales presentations, doors will open at 5:30 pm and presentations will
take place from 6-7 pm. Harbor WildWatch Steward Club members have free admission; guest
tickets cost $5 each at the door.

Harbor WildWatch’s 2019 Cocktails & Fishtales season welcomes scientists, researchers, and
environmental artists. The full schedule is below.
Marine Debris in the Wilds of Alaska
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Our season will kick off with Ken Campbell from the Ikkatsu Project. The Ikkatsu Project
was formed in 2012 in Tacoma to remediate marine debris through coastal surveying and
exploration. Ken will be presenting the Ikkatsu Project’s film on marine debris in the wilds of
Alaska and discussing their efforts to raise awareness about the many issues facing the global
marine environment. This presentation will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

"Being Hear": Noise Pollution in Olympic National Park
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
New York filmmaker and acoustic ecologist Matt Mikkelsen will screen the National
Geographic-recognized film Being Hear and discuss noise pollution in Olympic National Park.
Matt and Palmer Morse documented the work of acoustic ecologist Gordon
Hempton in Olympic National Park. Gordon founded One Square Inch of Silence, a sanctuary of silence in Olympic National Park and the quietest place on earth. Being Hear was awarded
National Geographic’s Top 10 Best Short Films of 2017, and has been selected and screened at
over 20 film festivals around the world, including Banff Mountain Film Festival and the
International Wildlife Film Festival. This presentation will take place at Ocean5.

The Connection Between Habitat Restoration and Salmon
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mendy Harlow, Executive Director at The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
(HCSEG), will discuss the Hood Canal Watershed, habitat restoration, and salmon. HCSEG
strives to deepen the connection between land, people, and salmon through habitat restoration,environmental education, and ecosystem research at their headquarters, the Salmon Center, in Belfair, WA. They focus on habitat restoration projects, research, and education programs throughout the Hood Canal Watershed. This presentation will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

Restoration of Olympia oysters, Pinto abalone, and Bull Kelp
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Puget Sound Restoration Fund biologist and hatchery technician, Stuart Ryan, will present
a three-part restoration discussion on Olympia oysters, Pinto abalone, and bull kelp in the Puget Sound. Puget Sound Restoration Fund was founded in 1997 on Bainbridge Island, and works collaboratively to restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound through tangible, on-the-ground projects. This presentation will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

Forage Fish in the Puget Sound
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Phill Dionne, biologist with Washington Fish & Wildlife, will be discussing forage fish in the
Puget Sound. Forage fish include herring, anchovies, and sandlances – all fish that are generally preyed on by larger predators for food. Phill and his team have been focusing on research and conservation of these species by assessing population structures and spawning surveys. This presentation will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

Rockfish in the Puget Sound & Abalone in Southern California
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
This co-presentation from Adam Obaza and Amanda Bird, researchers at Paua Marine
Research Group, will discuss rockfish and abalone. Paua Marine Research Group focuses on
marine research in the Pacific. Adam will discuss the latest research on rockfish in our area, and Amanda will take us to warmer waters and present on current abalone research in southern California. This presentation will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

Environmental Trivia Night
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Join the Harbor WildWatch team for our first-ever Environmental Trivia Night! How well
do you know your local flora and fauna? How about your marine and environmental ecology?
Gather your friends and create a team, or stand your own ground during what is sure to be a
lively and fun evening. Trivia Night will take place at Gig Harbor Taproom.

Climate Change and the Impacts on our Health
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Dr. Kris Ebi, United Nations Climate Change Report Contributor and University of
Washington Global Health Professor, will discuss human health risks from climate change,
and the adaptation and mitigation options to manage those risks.
Kris is the only researcher in Washington who contributed to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2018 report, Global Warming of 1.5° Celsius. You may have heard of this report in the news or on social media as the "12 years to limit climate change" report. This Cocktails & Fishtales location is currently TBA.

Investing in Ecosystem Service Credits
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Theda Braddock, professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma, will join Harbor
WildWatch to discuss ecosystem service credits. The EPA defines these credits as the products
of functioning ecosystems that benefit people. These credits might come in the form of incentive for landowners in exchange for managing their land in a way that provides an ecological service or benefit. This presentation will take place at the Gig Harbor Taproom.

State of the Sound Report
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
To wrap-up the 2019 Cocktails & Fishtales season, Puget Sound Partnership will be presenting
their biennial State of the Sound Report. Puget Sound Partnership intends for these reports to
inform legislature and the public on the status of restoration efforts across the Puget Sound,
including how the ecosystem has been responding to state-wide measures that have been
adopted. This presentation will take place at the Gig Harbor Taproom.

Cocktails & Fishtales are educational events. As such, Harbor WildWatch does not endorse any
speaker, service, or product represented at Cocktails & Fishtales. Harbor WildWatch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental education organization based in GigHarbor, WA. Their mission is to inspire stewardship for Puget Sound by providing learning opportunities about the environment to the people in the local community. Through more than 600 fun and interactive programs each year, Harbor WildWatch hopes to inform residents and visitors about local marine life and elicit their involvement in preserving our natural resources.
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