Please join us on Mondays once a month to for this opportunity to learn from marine and aquatic educators and scientists. Speakers will share experiences, educational tips and stories from the field. Registration is required; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please contact if you have any questions or problems with the meeting link. If you would like to present, please contact Giovannina Souers at

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Upcoming Speakers

October 3, 2022 • 6:30 pm PT

Engaging Youth in Environmental Justice

In this talk, learn how Dr. Mindy Chappell leveraged chemistry curriculum in collaboration with the Youth Participatory Science Collective to study heavy-metal contamination as an issue of environmental justice. Acknowledging that environmental issues are context-based, the focus of this talk will rely on personal experiential reflection and non-prescriptive strategies to help teachers and students navigate some of the challenges they might encounter when exploring issues of environmental justice in science classrooms. This talk is meant to be an avenue of hope for educators’ who want to leverage their agency and curricular resources to teach science from a social justice or justice-centered science pedagogy.

Please register for the Zoom talk here. Contact Woody Moses at for more info.

Speaker Archive

June 2022

A Conversation with Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob

Tlehpik Hjalmer Wenstob was raised on Tzartus island in Barkley Sound, in Huu-ay-aht First Nation’s territory; it was there that his understanding and desire to pursue both his traditional Nuu-chah-nulth and contemporary art practices began. Hjalmer is an interdisciplinary Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist who specializes in sculpture and carving. He is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, as well as Norwegian and English. Hjalmer speaks of three dialects of his work: contemporary, traditional, and community-based. His art practice ranges from ceremonial masks for his community, to community collaborative carving events, to contemporary works such as oil barrel totem poles and Styrofoam bentwood boxes. Hjalmer completed both an undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Victoria, exploring the relationships between culture and art, and the balance between traditional and contemporary. His work, at times highly political, uses humour and irony to pose difficult questions of respect, reconciliation and environmental issues. Hjalmer lives with his family in his Tla-o-qui-aht community of Ty-Histanis, and they own and operate Cedar House Gallery in Ucluelet, BC.

Hjalmer recently reimagined the NAME logo, and will discuss the creative process and reveal the final result!

For those interested, here is the link to the Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Song & Performance (COVID-19) Hjalmer spoke of in his talk!

May 2022

Building and Writing Whales—Peter Wayne Moe, Associate Professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and author of Touching This Leviathan

In August 2020, I led a project to hang a whale skeleton at my university.  And the next year, because I am an English professor, I wrote a book about whales.  People often ask me why an English professor would build a whale, and my answer is that trying to come know something as big and mysterious as the whale requires interdisciplinary work.  We need the scientists and the poets.  In this presentation, I’ll share about the fascinating work of building a whale as well as excerpts from my new book Touching This Leviathan.

April 2022

Urgent Message from a Hot Planet, An Evening with Author Ann Eriksson

Join BC author Ann Eriksson as she introduces her new book, Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis, which outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of youth and adult allies from around the world working tirelessly to make a difference. The book is available in bookstores throughout Canada and the US, and online through Orca or Amazon. Ann will then be opening up a conversation, so please come with questions and thoughts ready to share.

Nature is at the core of biologist and writer Ann Eriksson’s work. Ann is the author of five adult novels and three non-fiction books for younger readers: Dive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean, Bird’s-Eye View: Keeping Wild Birds in Flight and newly released, Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis. Ann is a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy and works for SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, restoring near-shore marine ecosystems – a nature-based solution to climate change. Ann lives on Thetis Island, BC.

March 2022

More Joy – Less Stress in the ClassroomKristy Banks, special education teacher in Seattle

I’m a special education teacher in Seattle with more than a decade of experience teaching grades 3rd – 12th, and a desire to help spread the benefits of mindfulness and compassion to educators, classrooms, and communities.

My journey with mindfulness began in 2014 when I was forced to deal head on with my past personal trauma. It was the beginning of my personal growth journey. In 2016, I developed a mindfulness program for my school which increased emotional regulation and social awareness in the students I worked with.

In 2021, I earned my teacher certificate for Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through the Compassion Institute (developed at Stanford University) and I have continued to share these lessons with students, parents and teachers in the PNW. Click here for more information on CCT and the latest class offerings. Additionally, I created a free 5 minutes a day for 5 days video program specific for teachers to help reduce stress and bring more joy into their lives. Please find more information here: Caring Teacher.

I am excited to share with you some pedagogy, activities and mindset shifts to help you and your students have more joy and less stress! Please join me!

February 2022

The Oregon King Tides ProjectJesse Jones, volunteer coordinator for CoastWatch

Sea level is predicted to rise over the next century. Several areas of the Oregon coast are already vulnerable to high water levels because of their low elevations and proximity to the shoreline. Rising sea levels means increased erosion and more frequent and expanded flooding in the future. An infrequent event today could become normal in the future.

Understanding and documenting the extent and impacts of especially high tide events is one way to highlight the need to prepare for the effects of future climate conditions. The King Tides Project generates information that coastal communities can use to reduce vulnerabilities to rising sea levels.

Jesse Jones is the volunteer coordinator for CoastWatch, a mile by mile beach adoption program in Oregon that links volunteers with citizen science opportunities in their coastal neighborhoods. She lives in Astoria and works with volunteers from Fort Stevens to the Winchuck River. CoastWatch is program of Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

January 2022

Flukes, Fins, & Blows: Whale ID 101Aaron Purdy, Outreach & Education Lead, Southern Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative (Ocean Wise)

Join Aaron Purdy to learn all about the whales in our waters! Aaron will discuss tips and tricks for identifying BC’s common cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), the threats they face, and how Ocean Wise helps to mitigate these threats through research and conservation efforts. He will also describe how you can become a citizen scientist by acting as an observer for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network while out on your next coastal adventure. After this talk, you will have all the tools you need to jump in and do your part to protect BC’s cetaceans!

Aaron joined Ocean Wise in 2019 as the Outreach and Education Lead for the Southern Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative. He works to promote the BC Cetacean Sightings Network, educate BC residents about whale conservation, and coordinate community-led research in the Southern Vancouver Island area. Since completing his BSc in Zoology from the University of Calgary, Aaron has worked both as a researcher and educator in the non-profit sector. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a MSc in Zoology where he studied the diving physiology of Steller sea lions.

Cover image photo credit: Ocean Wise.

December 2021

Pumping with Passion: The Importance of Heart-Based Connection—Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn of Sea Potential

In December of 2020, Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn founded Sea Potential. Through youth engagement and strengthening workplace culture within maritime industry businesses, they have been carrying out Sea Potential’s mission to cultivate a full cycle of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) representation in maritime. Through their work and lived experiences, they have learned the importance of fostering heart-based connections to marine environments. Join us as they share why heart-based connections are a key component of career path interest and community stewardship, as well as share tips for how to facilitate experiences that connect the hearts of others in culturally relevant ways.

November 2021

The Elwha Nearshore 10 Years After Dam Removal:  Whats New and Different, and What Looks the SameIan Miller, Washington Sea Grant: Coastal Hazard Specialist, Olympic Peninsula

Join Dr. Ian Miller as he provides an update and summary of results from two on-going investigations into the changes in the Elwha Delta ten years and removal of the dams. Seasonal topography and bathymetry surveys conducted in partnership with USGS and Washington Department of Ecology provide insights about how the delta of the Elwha River is continuing to evolve in response to the dam removal. Annual SCUBA-based surveys of algae, invertebrates and benthic fishes, are used to assess if and how the sub-tidal marine community has changed (or not) through and after dam removal.

A skilled science communicator and media spokesperson as well as a trained scientist, Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Ian works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunamis, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and other hazards associated with climate change.


October 2021

Oh the stories the beach can tell!—Join Alan Rammer, retired shellfish biologist for WA Department of Fisheries, to learn about beach ecology, geology and history. Alan has always had a keen eye for the most obscure items and the stories they tell. He has explored almost every Washington beach from the mouth of the Columbia River to Tatoosh Island as well as many of the Salish Sea beaches, and will share some of his most fascinating stories that have biological, geological and human history origins. Don’t miss this talk on Monday, October 4th!

Alan grew up exploring the beaches along Monterey, California’s famous Cannery Row then came to WA for college and graduated in 1974 from the U.W with a double major in shellfish biology and invertebrate zoology. Alan worked for the Washington Department of Fisheries in numerous capacities and retired after 36 years in 2009.  He was named national marine educator of the year in 2012 and has not lost his passion for the Marine environment in his retirement.

June 2021

Frozen Sunlight Series: Connecting Ecological Research with Indigenous Knowledge—Janet Clarke, Education Director at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

The Frozen Sunlight series includes easy to ship educational kits for secondary and adult learners. The topics focus on energy transfer in ocean ecosystems by weaving together current ecological research with Alaska Native cultural wisdom.  The first Frozen Sunlight kit titled “Algae Connects Us” includes a beautiful film featuring the perspectives of Sitka Tribe of Alaska cultural liaison, Chuck Miller and University of California, Santa Cruz PhD candidate and marine ecologist, Lauren Bell.  Information about identifying and collecting seaweed is provided and the materials included in the package allow students to collect and press algae for use in collections or art.

Algae Connects Us!—Sitka Sound Science Center video

The Frozen Sunlight series is funded by the Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Due to technical difficulties, this video recording is unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.

May 2021

Seabed Mining: “The Dawn of an Industry” and the need for a precautionary approachLee First, Co-Founder of Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and Liz Schotman, Washington Regional Manager Surfrider Foundation. Washington State’s waters contain known mineral deposits, and there is increasing pressure to begin mining the ocean floor in some areas of the world.  Given the present reality of rising ocean temperatures and acidification, nearshore marine waters and coastal communities along the Pacific do not need another threat. Oregon banned ocean mining in their state waters in 1991.  Attend this presentation to learn why Washington should close their state waters to seabed mining. This step is a necessary precaution for coastal towns and cities where fishing and tourism depend on these valuable but vulnerable waters for their livelihoods.

April 2021

Astonishing Annelids—The COVID-19 pandemic challenged marine educators at all academic levels to provide their students with an engaging on-line educational experience. Dr. Louise Page, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (who was recently recognized by a UVic Teaching Excellence Award), didn’t miss a beat in preparing videos to substitute for the hands-on laboratory section of her Invertebrate Biology course. The decades of Louise’s passion for research and teaching about invertebrates permeate this work. Join us as she presents excerpts from her annelid lab, which showcase the astonishing diversity of morphology, behaviour and lifestyle among annelids.

March 2021

Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems Online—Learn to engage students in fascinating crayfish studies and water quality monitoring in this presentation with partners from The River Mile Network. Janice Elvidge from the National Park Service will team up with Rick Reynolds from Engaging Every Student and Jim Ekins from the University of Idaho Extension Service IDAH2O Master Water Stewards program to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed to benefit people and wildlife. Learn methods to monitor native and invasive crayfish, as well as a variety of factors that impact water quality, while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Learn about ways to participate with The River Mile’s Crayfish Study project helping biologists and wildlife managers, and how different tools can be used to collect, analyze, and share data and student observations.

Resources from The River Mile Network
Resources from IDAH2O
Other Resources

February 2021

Virtual Field Trips:Exploring and Sharing Our Local Ecology—Rosemary Anderson High School science teacher and NAME President, Kay Shoemaker, gave a presentation on how to conduct field trips in these oh-so-atypical times so that you can still engage your students in the wonders and magic of the natural world, even while we’re all sitting in front of computer screens for ten hours a day.


January 2021

Kayaking the Salish Sea During a Pandemic—WA-NAME Co-Directors Giovannina Souers (Environmental Education Program Supervisor City of Seattle) and Woody Moses (Highline College Biology Instructor) spent six weeks paddling over three hundred miles through the Salish Sea from West Seattle to the San Juans and back to Hood Canal. Learn what it took to do the trip, the challenges and surprises they faced and how they embraced adventure and uncertainty in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

December 2020

Monitoring Axial SeaMount: Research techniques for 1500 meters Beneath the SurfaceFawn Custer, CoastWatch Citizen Science Trainer will lead a fun holiday activity to start out the night followed by Bill Hanshumaker, former National Marine Educators Association Rep and OSU Researcher Emeritus talking about monitoring an axial seamount and research techniques for 1500 meters beneath the surface.

Come Razor Clamming with NAME!

April 29–May 1 • Moclips, WA

Washington NAME will be heading out to the coast on Friday, April 29, 2022 for a weekend of festivities and marine biology. We’ll be staying at the Hi-Tide Resort and using that as our base. Book your rooms now—there are limited condos still available!

We arise early Saturday, April 30, to hunt for the mighty Pacific Razor Clam, Siliqua patula. Joined by throngs of like-minded, bivalve-loving Homo sapiens, we use shovels and guns (clam guns, that is) to extract the beasties from their sandy homes before the tide and surf fill our rubber boots with icy saltwater.

The rest of the day is spent cleaning the clams, beachcombing for treasures and hanging with like-minded marine-loving folks. Then Saturday night, we feast on clams while we tell tales and sing songs of the glorious hunt. If the Homo sapiens haven’t been too greedy, we get to repeat the hunt Sunday morning before packing up and driving back to the safety of our (mostly) sand-free domiciles.

Please contact Woody Moses at if you have any questions, and to let us know you are coming so we can all hunt together and hang out. Also, let us know if you have any questions or get a place other than at the Hide Tide.

Hope to see you there!

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite you to a

Virtual Panel and Discussion

When: August 19th from 10:00 am–12 noon PDT
Where: online through Zoom

Integrating virtual and hands-on marine education: experiences, reflection and addressing challenges

Register Now!

Agenda: During the plenary session, panelists will introduce themselves and speak briefly about their role in the marine education community. Then, panelists will engage in a facilitated question and answer discussion in which all four panelists will be asked questions and encouraged to discuss the topic between them. After the plenary session, each panelist will lead a break-out session for further exploration of their perspective and experiences, and the chance to engage in discussion with participants.

Registration: The cost of this event is $40 CDN, which includes a discounted one-year membership to either NAME or CaNOE. Current NAME members can use their Member ID (recently sent in an email) as a promo code for $20 CDN off of registration in lieu of membership renewal for those members who do not want or need to renew at this time. The code can be entered once the event ticket has been placed in the cart, before checking out on Eventbrite. Please contact with any registration questions.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 am Welcome and Blessing, Introduction of CaNOE and NAME-BC

10:15 am Panelist individual presentations (40 minutes)

  1. Dr. Sandra Scott, Tanner Owca, and Ziyad Shukri, representing UBC and Ocean Networks Canada
  2. Laura McKillop, Elementary School Teacher at White Rock Elementary School
  3. Patrick Wells, Doctoral Candidate at Memorial University and Science Teacher
  4. Abigail Speck, Indigenous Knowledge Specialist at Ocean Wise

10:55 am Full Panel Discussion (30 minutes)

11:25 am 5-minute break and transition to Small Group Discussion

11:30 am Small Group Discussions (30 minutes) Check links in chat, and/or on the Eventbrite event listing

12:00 pm Small Group Wrap-Up and Thank You!

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Laura McKillop

Laura McKillop is a teacher with Surrey School District. Laura currently teaches Grade 2 in the Fine Arts Intensive Program at White Rock Elementary. After just one year of humbly learning from (and co-teaching with) a delightfully peculiar group of sea creatures in the Seaquarium at her school, Laura cannot imagine teaching and learning any other way! While new to marine ecology and biology, Laura approaches these subjects with curiosity and joy. Laura is passionate about ocean education because it nurtures a sense of wonder and ecological awareness in learners, while simultaneously creating opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular exploration. Laura completed a BFA and BEd at Simon Fraser University. When she’s not in the classroom, Laura can be found exploring the beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes of coastal British Columbia with her best friend (and dog) Chuka.

Dr. Sandra Scott

I am an Associate Professor of Science & Environmental Education with the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC I was a classroom teacher, marine educator, and park naturalist. My work focuses on elementary science, environmental education as slow ecopedagogy, and teacher education. I am a naturalist, scientist, and educator of, for, and in the environment and an advocate for experiences which nurture our sense of wonder for the human and more than human worlds.

Ziyad Shukri

Ziyad is a teacher-to-be, fitness instructor, engineering graduate and a nature lover! As a child he memorized (most of) the world’s capital cities and always enjoyed looking at Atlases. This eventually led him to have a soft spot and appreciation for oceans and marine life, which he got to re-experience as part of his Community Field Experience through UBC!

Abigail Speck

Abigail k̓ʷə nə skʷix, təliʔ cən ʔəƛ̓ xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Abigail Speck is my name, I’m from Musqueam). I am the Indigenous Knowledge Specialist with Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium, I work on integrating Indigenous Knowledge into our programs within the Education Department. It’s important to me as an Indigenous person to include this form of knowledge into our programming for not only the younger generations to learn multiple ways of knowing but also for the teachers and parents exposed to it too! I love getting this opportunity to share my knowledge as well as being able to learn new things within Ocean Wise on a regular basis! Before Ocean Wise I was a Youth Outreach worker within my community, providing after school programming with Indigenous youth. I have a strong passion for teaching, sharing and engaging with the younger generation.

Patrick Wells

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Science Teacher in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, as well as a beachcombing aficionado and reflective educator dedicated to the memory business that is teaching. I focus on inquiry using the process of science to engage students’ senses to observe, form testable questions, and to interrogate the natural world—with a bias towards ocean based investigations. Life and learning is sensory first, then cognitive—local investigations make engaging the affective domain more likely—forming meaningful memories that challenge prior conceptions. How can this happen face to face and remotely? Let’s find out!

UPDATE—This event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators & Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition present our 11th Annual “Sharing the Coast Conference”

When: March 13-15, 2020
Where: Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon

Schedule & Information

Download the full schedule here.

Friday night: FREE! OPEN TO PUBLIC! Dr. Eric Steig, University of Washington, “The Future of Ice: What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Climate Change in Polar Regions” Hales Center for the Performing Arts, Doors open at 6

Saturday: Doors open at 8:30 AM for registration, conference begins at 9:00 AM. Each day features lectures, workshops. Lunch included.

Saturday evening: 5:30 PM Dave’s Pizza—Appetizers Provided by NAME and CoastWatch, No-host Happy Hour, King Tide Wrap-Up Speakers—Nick Tealer and Jesse Jones, & of course Trivia Night.

Sunday: Various field experiences including Charleston Sea Life Center, South Slough NERR, and more!

Conference price: Varies according to membership status

PDUs available or Certificate of Participation for students. Registration is required for the majority of the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided as well as Saturday lunch.

Register Now

Questions? Please contact Fawn Custer: 541-270-0027 or or

UPDATE—This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Come Razor Clamming with NAME!

April 10-12 Copalis Beach, WA

Washington NAME will be heading out to the coast on Friday, April 10, 2020 for a weekend of festivities and marine biology.

We arise early Saturday, April 11, to hunt for the mighty Pacific Razor Clam, Siliqua patula. Joined by throngs of like-minded, bivalve-loving Homo sapiens, we use shovels and guns (clam guns, that is) to extract the beasties from their sandy homes before the tide and surf fill our rubber boots with icy saltwater.

The rest of the day is spent cleaning the clams, beachcombing for treasures and hanging with like-minded marine-loving folks. Then Saturday night, we feast on clams while we tell tales and sing songs of the glorious hunt. If the Homo sapiens haven’t been too greedy, we get to repeat the hunt Sunday morning before packing up and driving back to the safety of our (mostly) sand-free domiciles.

In addition, Friday night, April 10, there will be a FREE Razor Clam Biology and Ecology presentation by local tidepooling and beachcombing expert, Alan Rammer, at Beachwood Resort, 3009 WA-109, Copalis Beach, WA 98535.

For more info, please contact Woody Moses at for details.

Hope to see you there!

Join us for a “Pacific Seas Snooze” Overnight at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Saturday November 16, 2019

Register Now!

Location: 5400 N Pearl St. Tacoma
Time: 7:00 pm Saturday – 9:30 am Sunday
Ages: Participants must be at least 5 years old

NAME Members: Adults: $40, Children: $25
Non-Members: Adults: $45, Children: $30

(Breakfast included; bring your own snacks; eat dinner beforehand)

Spend an evening immersing yourselves in the watery world of wildlife found along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja. See what’s in store in the SEA Lab and sleep with the hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays, and green sea turtles in the new Pacific Seas Aquarium. Maximum of 40 participants.

Saturday Evening

  • Arrive at 7:00 pm
  • Welcome to Baja Bay!
  • Visit Rocky Shores
  • Experience the Tidal Touch Zone
  • Explore the Pacific Seas Aquarium
  • Marine Lab in the new SEA Lab!
Sunday Morning

  • Wake up at 6:30 am and pack up belongings
  • Eat breakfast in the Plaza Café
  • Visit the South Pacific Aquarium
  • TBD
  • Depart at about 9:30 am or stay longer!

Contact Woody Moses ( with your inquiries!!!

Spaces are limited!

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 Event

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 ( or Maile Sullivan ( 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.