May
11
3:00 PM15:00

Native Trees of Whidbey Island

Forests are key to the natural beauty and quality of life on Whidbey Island. Join Kevin Zobrist to learn about the native tree species that call Whidbey Island home. Held at Clinton Community Hall.

Kevin Zobrist is an associate professor with the Washington State University Extension Forestry program. As part of the WSU Extension Island County team, Kevin provides forestry education programs and resources for property owners, and he is the author of the book "Native Trees of Western Washington." Books will be available for purchasing and signing.

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May
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Albatross of Midway Island: An evening with photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan

  • Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center (map)
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Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is excited to announce the 2019 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series featuring Chris Jordan. In the heart of the great Pacific, a story is taking place that may change the way we see everything. Over the course of eight trips to Midway Island, Jordan documented the beauty and the plight of the resident albatross as the result of massive plastic pollution in our oceans. Meet artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan on Whidbey Island May 3 & 4.

Chris Jordan, American artist and photographer based in Seattle, Washington, is well-known for his photographic work that explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture. A former corporate lawyer, Chris is dedicated to raising consciousness through his photographic art that illustrates the far-reaching and destructive impact of our everyday habits. His works are exhibited and published worldwide.

The public is invited to meet Chris Jordan at two free events. Registration is not required; however seating is limited at both venues.

Friday, May 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Avenue, Langley

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7 p.m.
Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center
501 South Main Street, Coupeville

In addition to the free lectures, Chris’ film Albatross will be shown at the Clyde Theatre in Langley on Sunday, April 21, 2:00 pm, in honor of Earth Day. Albatross is more than a documentary: it is a stunning and truly spiritual work of art. The film unflinchingly shows the horror and grief of the tragedy facing the albatross, ultimately bringing us to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for life on Earth. 

The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series is supported by Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and generous local donors (thank you!). For more information or to make a donation please visit sno-islefoundation.org/. You may also contact Marshall Goldberg, Trudy Sundberg Planning Team president, at mfgold@comcast.net

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Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Are Salmon Doomed?

From climate change to pollution, take a deeper look at the past, present, and future of salmon in Washington State. Presented by Nick Bond, Washington State climatologist. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Held at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Avenue

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Away from Plastic, Towards Zero Waste

Plastic collected from about 20 families over a month will be displayed in a hanging fish net, an icon that reflects the plastic that is filling our oceans. The collected plastic will demonstrate how much we use without even thinking about it. Tables will be set up with resources and ideas how individuals can stop using plastic and reduce, reuse, refrain, and recycle. 

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Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Pollinators Are All Around You

  • Coupeville Elementary Multipurpose Room (map)
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Early Release Day - Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, and they're everywhere! At the Coupeville Elementary School Multipurpose Room.  For children ages 5 and up and their caregivers.  

They are an important part of the food web, even for humans. Unfortunately, pollinators around the world are in decline and they need our help. Whidbey Camano Land Trust staff will present fun, interactive information about how we can help pollinators, starting right in our own backyards.  Supported by Friends of the Coupeville Library.

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to Bring Lolita Home Again

In her new book "A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to bring Lolita Home," Sandra Pollard details how dozens of now-endangered orcas were torn from their home between 1964 and 1976, and sent to marine parks around the globe. Just over a decade later, all but one had died. This lone survivor is Tokitae, also known as Lolita, and she's spent most of her life performing at the Miami Seaquarium. For twenty years, the Orca Network has called for her release, and now the indigenous Lummi Nation, People of the Sea, have joined the fight. Author Sandra Pollard chronicles the extraordinary effort to bring Tokitae home.

Author of "Puget Sound Whales for Sale" and certified marine naturalist Sandra Pollard has continued to advocate for the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, including Tokitae (Lolita), the sole survivor of the capture era. Based on Whidbey Island, Washington, she is a member of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network and a volunteer with the local education and whale sightings nonprofit organization Orca Network. Her writing career spans fiction and nonfiction publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Zero Waste Movement with Milena Alvarez

In honor of Earth Day, learn about the "zero waste movement" and why it's important to do what we can to reduce waste. It doesn't have to be all or nothing any effort to reduce waste is well spent.   

What is "zero waste" and why is it an important movement? "Zero" isn't really attainable for most, but with the right information we can do what we can to reduce waste.

Learn about resources available and learn tips for lowering waste during the holidays: giving experience and consumable gifts, planet friendlier wrapping, etc. Presented by Milena Alvarez.

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Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Lessons of the Land: a new After-School Program

ENROLLING NOW FOR BLOCK 3!!
Tuesdays, 3pm-4:30pm
For children in grades 1-5 

Students will:
Learn from the land through the seasons 
Deepen connections to self, community and nature 
Gain practical skills through forest & garden experiential 
learning 
Explore nature, Indigenous & medicinal uses of plants

Instructor: Jules LeDrew, Whidbey Institute Westgarden Steward & Practicing herbalist and owner of Wild Standard Botanicals

Location: Whidbey Island Waldorf School & Whidbey Institute 

Dates: 
Block 3: April 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 28
$90/block - 6 classes per Block

Registration: enrollment@wiws.org
Or call Karina, 360-341-5686
www.wiws.org

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Apr
22
5:30 PM17:30

A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to Bring Lolita Home again

In her new book "A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to bring Lolita Home," Sandra Pollard details how dozens of now-endangered orcas were torn from their home between 1964 and 1976, and sent to marine parks around the globe. Just over a decade later, all but one had died. This lone survivor is Tokitae, also known as Lolita, and she's spent most of her life performing at the Miami Seaquarium. For twenty years, the Orca Network has called for her release, and now the indigenous Lummi Nation, People of the Sea, have joined the fight. Author Sandra Pollard chronicles the extraordinary effort to bring Tokitae home.

Author of "Puget Sound Whales for Sale" and certified marine naturalist Sandra Pollard has continued to advocate for the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, including Tokitae (Lolita), the sole survivor of the capture era. Based on Whidbey Island, Washington, she is a member of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network and a volunteer with the local education and whale sightings nonprofit organization Orca Network. Her writing career spans fiction and nonfiction publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Apr
20
4:30 PM16:30

Why All the Excitement About Electric Vehicles?

Tony Billera, advanced transportation consultant, will provide information and considerations about current Electric Vehicles now available,  ownership cost/benefit, residential EVSE equipment and charging networks, evolving transportation electrification, upcoming vehicles, and Q&A 

Tony Billera

Senior Director 

Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions 

http://www.aboutcates.org/

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Holy Cow or Udder Disaster?

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (map)
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John Fetrow, DVM, MBA, HonDSc and Professor Emeritus of Dairy Medicine,University of Minnesota will discuss cows, their role in society, and the controversies that surround cattle (ruminants) in today's popular perception (climate change, environment, food, etc.). The talk will be somewhat dairy and U.S. focused, but will address issues regarding beef and ruminants globally as well. 

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Away from Plastic, Towards Zero Waste

Plastic collected from about 20 families over a month will be displayed in a hanging fish net, an icon that reflects the plastic that is filling our oceans. The collected plastic will demonstrate how much we use without even thinking about it. Tables will be set up with resources and ideas how individuals can stop using plastic and reduce, reuse, refrain, and recycle. 

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Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

Walks with Wheels

Everybody can get outside for a walk if you know where to go. These local walks are for those who want to walk with wheels, bikes, strollers or wheelchairs. Or for those who prefer a relaxing stroll. Come and get a list of easy walks with wheels.

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

for Earth, Us and Me: Who Do I Choose to Be?

  • Earth Sanctuary Whidbey Island (map)
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As we re-awaken our innate and profound connection to Earth and to one another, how do we choose to move forward in the world?  Who do we choose to be? 

This three-day retreat will be led by facilitators in the Center for Courage and Renewal network, a nation-wide initiative that builds on the work of Parker Palmer.   We offer personal retreats for people working to make the world a better place: teachers, social workers, community leaders in non-profit work, and community activists. The emphasis is on cultivating ways for participants to avoid burnout and sustain themselves in the face of hard work, and to inspire others for the long haul. 

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/EarthUsMe

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Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Whidbey Island's Water Resources

Discover your watershed and learn how water has been used here historically!

For: Youth workshop, grades 3 – 8 recommended

Program description: What do you, your city, and other living creatures on Whidbey Island have in common? We all need water! In this hands-on activity, we’ll learn about the unique setting of Whidbey Island’s water resources, delve deeper into our watersheds on the island, and experience the history of different water users on Whidbey and what that means for us today… and ways you can help conserve our water resources for the future. Be prepared for a relay race into water resources!

Supported by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library and Whidbey Island Conservation District. Learn more and sign up at https://sno-isle.libnet.info/event/1077932

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Apr
3
2:00 PM14:00

What is happening with recycling by Waste Wise

Learn what impact our recycling has and how we can make a difference by recycling right and reconsidering purchasing habits. Everyone is welcome. 

Do you stand at your recycle bin and wonder if you are doing it right? Are you interested in learning why recycling is changing? Join Sara Bergquist, Educator and Coordinator for the WSU Extension Island County Waste Wise Program.

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Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times

  • Thomas Berry Hall - Whidbey Institute (map)
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Book Reading and Conversation with Kate Davies and Larry Daloz

Come and explore what hope can mean in these troubled times and how it can be sustained – no matter what happens. Senior Fellow Kate Davies will read selections from her new book on ‘intrinsic hope’, interspersed with conversation with the audience. Senior Fellow Larry Daloz will facilitate the evening and contribute his own thoughts on hope.

This event is free; however, donations to the Whidbey Institute are invited.

Books will be available for purchase. Cash and checks only please.

For more information about this event, contact Kate Davies at kate.davies@whidbeyinstitute.org or visit https://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/intrinsic-hope/

 

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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Climate Science with Dr. Richard Gammon and Dr. Richard Feeley

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation (map)
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Dr Ricard Gammon and Dr  Richard Feeley (2 reknowned climate and ocean scientists) will present on the science of climate change, where we're at and what we can do.  This event is sponsored by the Whidbey Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby in conjunction with UUCWI.

Drs. Gammon and Feeley will present an update us on the latest scientific data and predictions for this area.  Among their topics:

  • Status of international climate science consensus vs public  misunderstanding
  • Summary of the most recent international climate science from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in 2013/2014
  • Update of climate science and global climate/weather events since IPCC 2013/2014
  • Predicted climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest (from reports by the UW Climate Impacts Group, and the  most recent National Climate Assessment)
  • Action:  What Can We Do? What Can You Do?

Dr. Richard H. Gammon is Professor(Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography and Adjunct Professor(Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). Richard received his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University (1965) and his MA and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University (1970).

Richard has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric science, global biogeochemical cycles and climate change. His research has emphasized the measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change. Dr. Gammon served as the Director of Science at the Pacific Science Center (1979-80) and remains actively involved in improving the understanding of the climate change challenge with frequent public talks.

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and a professor at the UW School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification.

Dr. Feely has authored more than 290 referred scientific research publications and received numerous rewards for his work in ocean acidification including the NOAA Administrator's Award for his work on the IPCC Climate Change Report.

Contact Dean Enell at dino@whidbey.com for more information.

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Apr
22
10:00 PM22:00

"The World In Our Hands" with Kathleen Dean Moore, PhD.

We know now that the future of all creation is threatened by mass extinction and climate chaos.  Our calling is not only to disrupt destructive business-as-usual, but to imagine into existence new, life-enhancing, beauty-drenched ways of life.  Can we create powerful paths to the future, based on the gifts that imagination gives: empathy, moral courage, and a new vision of what we and the world can be if we change now? 

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet. 

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Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

“Keep On, Strong Heart”: An Evening with Kathleen Dean Moore, PhD.

We may be tired, we may be discouraged, but the assaults on a just and sustainable planet keep coming, like birdshot to the face. In this evening conversation with Dr. Moore, we will collect our thoughts, confront our dismay, obliterate our obstacles, gather our courage, summon our communities, and reclaim our laughter and joy for the work ahead.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet.  As a professor and writer, she is best known for her award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores.  But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing, speaking and activism on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. Her new book is the funny and ferocious Piano Tide, a novel.

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Apr
21
2:15 PM14:15

Car*less Commuting, that’s how we roll into a carbon-less future.

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Transportation is responsible for roughly 28% of Greenhouse gas emissions. How do we plan for a carbon-less future on a city scale, town scale and a human scale? See local examples of people friendly habitats that encourage low carbon living. Examine transportation options and technologies that steer us away from single occupancy vehicles. Share your ideas, concerns and experiences. Save money, get exercise, make friends, pollute less, stress less and enjoy the ride. Let’s discover what happens when we bus, bike or walk our talk. 

Maribeth Crandell has walked, biked and bused to work for a decade. She’s taken some low carbon vacations in the Northwest and beyond. Now she works as Mobility Specialist for Island Transit, to spread the joy, share the love of public transit.

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Apr
21
2:15 PM14:15

Introduction to Low Impact Development (LID)

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Low impact development emphasizes reducing stormwater runoff and accompanying pollutant transport by techniques that allow stormwater to absorb into the ground. This class introduces various techniques to reduce stormwater run-off including reduction of impervious surfaces, creation of rain gardens, dispersion methods green roofs, and pin foundations.

Brad Gluth is a Civil Engineering graduate of WSU, who works for the City of Oak Harbor as their Stormwater Engineer, and as a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM).  He holds certifications from WSU and from the Department of Ecology in Low Impact Development (LID) design and is a certified pervious concrete technician.  He has 21 years of post graduation experience in civil engineering and stormwater design. He has spent time on Whidbey island since 1986 and became an island resident in 2003.   

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Apr
21
1:15 PM13:15

Salish Seas’ Charismatic Microflora & Fauna -- Life’s Struggles in a Changing Climate

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Whidbey Watershed Stewards’ Executive Director Rick Baker discusses changing conditions in the Salish Sea, growth limiting stresses on our planktonic community and possible future affects up the food chain.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards, an organization focused on K – 12, environmental watershed education, public outreach, research and habitat restoration.

Before retiring to Whidbey Island, Rick Baker was the Vice President and Director of Education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. The Ocean Institute is an informal science education center. Rick also taught Oceanography at Palomar College in San Marcus, CA.

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Apr
21
1:15 PM13:15

Why all the excitement about Electric Vehicles?

Presented as part of the Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Tony Billera, Citizens Climate Lobby chapter leader and advanced transportation consultant, will provide information and considerations about current Electric Vehicles now available,  ownership cost/benefit, residential EVSE equipment and charging networks, evolving transportation electrification, upcoming vehicles, and Q&A 

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Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Climate Science: The Interrelationship of it All by Dr. Randall Berthold

Keynote presentation of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

The interrelationship of all earth systems must be studied as a whole to understand the impacts and mechanisms of climate change. Scientists no longer conduct research within only one discipline. For the geologist to understand coastal inundation, for oceanographers to understand ocean acidification and oxygen depletion zones, for biologists to understand ecosystem collapse and biological adaption they need to collaborate with each other and with those studying “ice”.  The role and impact of retreating polar ice caps and glaciers is a fundamental element. With out understanding the impact of less ice on solar reflectivity and the release of sequestered carbon it is impossible to understand changing sea surface temperatures and their affects on ocean circulation and weather patterns.

For over 25 years Dr. Berthold managed climate research projects for NASA. He was responsible for all field operations and data collection conducted for funded scientists from a broad range of disciplines, in diverse extreme environments all over the world. To enable the research parallel efforts were required for the development of new and emerging technologies and instrumentation. 

Studies ranged from the mapping of gases and aerosols emitted by volcanos, identifying the impacts of climate change in coastal ecosystems across the Pacific and Caribbean, profiling and baselining Arctic sea ice, to the exploration of the ecosystems of high-altitude summit lakes in the Andes to understand microbial life’s adaptation to challenging environments.

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Shoreline Stewardship: Solutions for Aging Bulkheads, Tide Gates and Other Shoreline Structures

Island County Marine Resources Committee is hosting a practical forum which will review steps to assess, design, permit and apply new solutions to shoreline infrastructure, such as bulkheads and tide gates, including removing old structures and utilizing improved techniques to better address shoreline living and stewardship. RSVP required to a.toledo@co.island.wa.us.

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