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 envtgsldrfawn@aol.com or Jesse@oregonshores.org

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 wmoses@highline.edu for details.

Hope to see you there!

Please join us on Sunday, December 8 for our NAME-BC Annual General Meeting!

Our Annual General Meeting is a chance for us to get together and celebrate everything that NAME-BC has been up to in the last year, plan out an exciting new year, and elect/re-elect our Executive Board. Our board consists of two Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Directors. If anyone has a nomination in mind (either themselves or someone else who is willing to stand) for any of the positions, please send names to us ahead of time at bc@pacname.org.

Sunday, December 8
AGM 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Executive 2:00-3:00pm
Location: 419 Henry Street, Victoria V9A 3J3

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 (wmoses@highline.edu) 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 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!

Please join us on Sunday, December 16 for our NAME-BC Annual General Meeting, followed by Blue Drinks at Victoria Distillers!

Our Annual General Meeting is a chance for us to get together and celebrate everything that NAME-BC has been up to in the last year, plan out an exciting new year, and elect/re-elect our Executive Board. Our board consists of two Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Directors. If anyone has a nomination in mind (either themselves or someone else who is willing to stand) for any of the positions, please send names to us ahead of time at bc@pacname.org.

Date: December 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Place: Sidney All Care Residence (2269 Mills Road, Sidney, BC)


Blue Drinks is a casual afternoon of networking and socializing with old friends and new, hosted by NAME-BC and CaNOE, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education! We have booked space for the afternoon at Victoria Distillers beginning at 3:30 pm. We will provide appetizers, and drinks will be available for purchase from the Distillers. Feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to our amazing group of educators!

Date: December 16, 2018
Time: 3:30 onward
Place: Victoria Distillers (9891 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC)

Please let us know if you will be able to join us for either or both of these events, so we can make sure to have enough food available!

RSVP for the AGM and/or Blue Drinks here!

I have been a marine educator for over 35 years.  Besides working with various school and scout groups, I have the opportunity to work with over 1300 amazing volunteers along the Oregon coast who have adopted a mile of beach and are asked to report officially, quarterly, on the state of their beach. My job is to make sure our volunteers are introduced to the most recent research, coastal concerns and interesting findings on the beaches they’ll be visiting.

I am currently NAME Oregon Treasurer, Past Oregon Director, and a Past NAME President (2011-2012). I’ve been a member since 1993 or 1994, since I helped with the 1992 conference as an employee for Sea Grant at Hatfield Marine Science Center. I have found my contacts in NAME to be very beneficial to my success as a marine educator.  We always have a wonderful time exploring our water world!

This spring I’m looking forward to going to Qatar to visit my daughter and family, go to the beach and check out the different marine organisms there, then to Sri Lanka to check out the beaches there, go on a Blue Whale watching tour and visit the sea turtle rescue center.  For the summer,  I’m looking forward to hanging with my buds from afar, participating in some of the freshwater experiences and, of course, the banquet/auction at our annual conference.

Oregon CoastWatch is celebrating its 25th year of collecting data along the 362 miles of coastline.  We will be hosting various events throughout the year to commemorate the commitment of our volunteers.  We will be kicking this off with our annual “Sharing the Coast Conference”, which is celebrating the 10th year of our partnership with the Oregon Chapter of NAME.  This year, Cannon Beach and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach, Oregon are hosting it.  We would love to have our awesome NAME members attend.  To register or for more information about CoastWatch or the conference, feel free to contact me at fawn@oregonshores.org  or 541.270.0027.

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!

 

The 2017 NAME-BC AGM is scheduled for Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Come on out and see what NAME-BC has been up to and join the conversation!