2019 Summer Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium
The auditorium seats 100 people and the doors open at 6:00 p.m.
July 10 The Breath of a Whale
Leigh Calvez, Naturalist and author of the New York Times bestselling The Hidden Lives of Owls, goes deep to discover the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean.
In The Breath of a Whale, Leigh Calvez draws from a dozen years researching, observing, and probing the lives of the giants of the deep to relate the stories of nature’s most remarkable creatures.
July 17 Eagles and Falcons and Hawks, Oh My! The Diurnal Raptors of Western Washington
Kim Adelson is on the Board of our local Black Hills Audubon Society and frequently gives talks about birds and their place in our ecosystem.
Large and easy to spot, diurnal raptors are readily observed birds who share our home in Western Washington. In this talk, Kim Adelson will describe the traits that characterize raptors, detail the differences between different groups of raptors, and highlight the distinguishing characteristics of the 14 diurnal raptors that live in Western Washington.
July 24 Bring Back the Bees
Jim Ullrich, owner and proprietor of Knox Mason Bees
The presentation covers the development of a backyard sanctuary for our bees and birds, including the interesting relationship of our Orchard Mason Bees and our backyard birds. This non-aggressive pollinator is native to our area, and is extensively studied by WSU and area Master Gardener organizations.
July 31 Puget Sound Underwater
Drew Collins, Local professional underwater photographer / videographer, and President of ‘Made In Puget Sound®’ will explore the amazing and extraordinary creatures that live and thrive in our Puget Sound.
Through photography, he will introduce you to the spectacular color and diverse life that abounds in our local waters. Puget Sound Underwater. Learn about the vital Conservation, Education and Research efforts his nonprofit is accomplishing.
Signed copies of Drew’s book, Puget Sound Underwater will be available for purchase.
August 7 Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide
Molly Hashimoto, artist, teacher and author of Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide (also published by Mountaineers Books).
Seattle artist Molly Hashimoto will share her experiences of birdwatching and making art, inspired by her own backyard and places further afield, all around the west. Her new book, Birds of the West (published by Mountaineers Books), is organized by habitat.
August 14 Wolves are back!
Chris Montero is the Outreach Coordinator at Wolf Haven International.
After more than a 70 year absence, wolves have returned to Washington State. They were hunted to extinction, but the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that in 2018 our state had at least 126 wolves distributed in 27 packs. As wolves continue reclaiming our wild areas, they bring change not only to our local ecosystems but also to our human culture. Where are these wolves and how are they surviving?
August 21 Where Wolverines Roam
Cathy Raley is a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. Since 2006, she has been studying the distribution and ecology of wolverines in the northern Cascade Range in Washington and British Columbia.
Cathy has been studying wolverines for more than a decade. Wolverines disappeared from the Cascade Range in Washington in the early to mid-1900’s, but now they’re back. This talk will focus on what researchers have learned about the ecology and distribution of this elusive carnivore in our region.
August 28 For Heaven’s Sake Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Come see the owls!
Claudia Supensky, Director/Founder; and David Supensky, Project Manager Wildlife Rehabilitation.
This presentation is expected to inform and educate attendees about owls. Learn about various species, what to do when coming upon animals that need help in the wild. FHS visits many libraries, schools, and other organizations to share these fabulous birds with the public who might, otherwise, never see an owl in person. There will be 6 species of owls present at the presentation. For Heaven’s Sake is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.