Science Literacy Week 2019 is all about our OCEANS! NAME-BC will be joining World Fisheries Trust and Hillside Centre in a celebration of science literacy as we sail from coast to coast to coast across Canada’s oceans! Join local science educators and communicators at this one-day, hands-on science extravaganza, featuring a marine touch tank filled with plants and animals from the Salish Sea, STEM-themed arts and crafts, and loads of children’s activities. Science educators and enthusiasts will be on hand to answer all your ocean health and wildlife questions and fill your mind with ways to build science literacy at home.

When: Sunday, September 22, 11 am–5:30 pm
Where: Hillside Shopping Centre, Victoria, BC
Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/515731239171881/

It was a fun and educational evening for WA NAMERS at the recent Whale Trail event at West Seattle’s C&P Coffeehouse on December 4, 2018. Celebrating the return of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) to Puget Sound, The Whale Trail, hosted an evening of presentations dedicated to our favorite, local cetaceans. Led by Whale Trail Founder and Director, Donna Sandstrom, the evening started off with a talk by Marc Sears and his daughter Maya, who have been documenting SRKW activities off of West Seattle for over forty years. They spoke about K-Pod’s recent visit to our waters, discussing how they assess the apparent health of the animals, including how they collect their fecal samples (that’s science folks). But the highlight was a GoPro video of an astounding recent display by K-Pod off of Alki Point, complete with breaches, tail lobs and spy hops. It left the whole crowd speechless.

The final presentation, by Dr. Clement Furlong (U.W. Professor of Genome Sciences), looked at how marine mammals are at particular risk to contamination by organophosphate pesticides because they lack the genes necessary for detoxification. Unfortunately, these pesticides, particularly Chlorpyrifos, are still widely used are certainly making their way into Puget Sound. Dr. Furlong encouraged everyone there to contact their representatives to get these chemicals banned, not just for the orcas’ sake, but for our health as well. For more on Dr. Furlong’s research on the effects of organophosphates, follow this link.

After the event, several of us met a local watering hole for a recap of the evening’s lessons and to discuss future WA NAME events, including WA NAME 2019 next August in Pt. Townsend, WA. If you’d like to get involved in future WA NAME events, including preparation for WA NAME 2019, feel free to contact Woody Moses (wmoses@highline.edu) or Maile Sullivan (mailesul@uw.edu). Hope to see next time!

Co-hosted by CaNOE and the BC Chapter of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators NAME BC

WHEN:  4:00 – 6:00 pm  Thursday, February 22

WHERE:  Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street, Victoria 

WHO:  Everyone welcome – bring a friend! 

WHAT:  Network with fellow educators and scientists, share your news and learn more about marine education and ocean literacy locally and across Canada. Let’s raise a ‘blue drink’ for the love of the ocean and all those who work to protect it.

RSVP:  To CaNOE or check out the Facebook Event

 

Appies provided …please share this invitation & hope to see you there!

 

Save the Date: July 29-August 2, 2018, Portland, Oregon

The NAME-Oregon team is hard at work planning an exciting conference in 2018! Please check back for more details about the conference—including presentations, lodging, and registration information—as they become available.

Join Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE), and the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) for a fun and informative ocean-focused Pro-D-Day. Become acquainted with the growing network advancing ocean literacy in Canada; explore cool, weird and wonderful marine creatures in the Museum’s collections; and dive into ONC’s Ocean Sense program to explore learning resources newly created for the BC curriculum that integrate western science with Indigenous place-based knowledge.

Who: Formal & informal educators with an ocean passion
When: Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th, 2017
Where: The Royal BC Museum; Newcombe Conference Hall
Cost: $0-25, depending on sessions selected

Click here to register at Eventbrite!

Please join us for State of the Salish Sea—A Virtual Tour with Chrys Bertolotto, Natural Resource Programs Manager, WSU Snohomish County Extension.

Saturday February 4, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Highline College MaST Center (located near Redondo Beach Park)

The Salish Sea stretches from northern Vancouver Island south to Olympia, Washington and is nestled between the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.  Come learn about the coastal processes that shape the landforms we see, as well as glimpse the wide diversity of animals that the region supports.  We’ll assess several of the environmental indicators of health for the region and consider actions we can all take to leave a positive legacy of clean water, robust wildlife populations and natural areas that we can all enjoy.

For directions and more information on the MaST Center please visit http://mast.highline.edu/

Photo by Gary Purves

The NAME-Alaska team is hard at work planning an exciting conference in 2017!

Save the Date: August 7-11, 2017, Homer, Alaska

Please visit the conference page for more details about the conference, including presentations, lodging, and registration information.

Date: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29, 2017

Address: 5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma, WA

Cost: $30 NAME members & $40 Non-NAME members, if registered by January 13th.

Kids under 2 are free and kids under 10 are half price. All you have to do is e-mail: wmoses@highline.edu  to get your spot reserved and then pay at the door. Overnight fee is a donation to Washington NAME and pays for your dinner. Registration after January 13th or at the door is $40 member and $50 non-member.

Space is limited!! Please register before January 13th so we know you are coming!!