Sound Waters on Whidbey – Feb 7th, 2015

Update: Feb. 6, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Sound Waters is now closed.  A limited number of walkin registrations will be available on Feb 7th for $10 above the normal registration fee.  

Sound Waters 2015

Jaunary 4, 2015

Sound Waters 2015 PaintingCome to Whidbey for educational fun with Sound Waters on Feb 7th.  Sound Waters will be held at South Whidbey High School, Langley, WA

Sound Waters is brought to you by Washington State University Beach Watchers head quartered right here on Whidbey.  Each year them and their partners bring you a day long ‘university’ with over 60 classes, and powerful keynote and activities intended to bring you closer to knowing how we’re affecting life on our planet and how we can do better.

Meet and greet experts and fellow citizens with a passion for logical living through environmental education.

GreenSealnodateGiven the Green Seal of Sustainability by the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition, Sound Waters has continued to grow every year.


A sound education is just a click away


Session A 10:45-noon

Bats: Gentle Friends, Essential Allies 

 Coastal Geology: Bluffs and Beaches

Conservation Meets Preservation: Exploring the Cultural Landscape of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Digging the Dirt: How to Better Manage Your Soil

Eco-Net: Organizations Working Together to Improve the Health of Waters Around Whidbey Island.

Effects of Plastics On Our Health and the Environment

Environmental Challenges Faced by Shellfish Farmers in the Pacific Northwest

 Fishing for a Living: Tufted Puffins and Other Alcids

 Gardening with the Natives (Plants)

Hatchery Production: A Terminal Dependency?

Impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Marine Food Web

 Invasive Plants: Noxious Weeds in Island County Threatening the Sound, People and the Environment

 Island County Hydrogeology: Your Groundwater

 Our Adventures in Underwater Robotics

Puget Sound’s Glacial History of Climate Change

Septic Systems 101: Caring for Your Septic System

The Genesis of the Keystone Species Concept: How Apex Predators Drive the Diversity in an Ecosystem

The Giant Pacific Octopus

The New Story of a Thriving, Resilient Salish Sea

The State of Environmental Programs in Island County, Including Budgetary Considerations.

Vanquishing Zombie Fishing Nets in Puget Sound

Wanderin’ the Trails of Whidbey

Session B 1:15-2:30

Crabbing 101

Development of the Urban Wilderness Project – A Story of Community, Culture and Environmental Restoration

Environmental Legislation in Olympia: What’s Up and How to Participate

Gray Whales in the Pacific Northwest

How Trees Hug Back: The Cultural and Ecological Importance of Trees

Kelp – Functions, Trends, and Threats in a Critical Biogenic Habitat

Landslide Impacts on Local Fish Habitat

Making Citizen Science Sustainable for Your Organization

Mussel Watch Pilot Expansion Study: An Active Biomonitoring Effort to Assess Contaminants in the Nearshore Ecosystems of the Salish Sea

Native Pollinators: Garden and Habitat Restoration

Ocean Acidification Patterns in Puget Sound

Overview of Latest Research on Melting Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise

Potential Increases in Vessel Traffic and Oil Spill Risk Management in Puget Sound

Raptors of the Pacific Northwest

Reimagining Shorelines through Bulkhead Removal for Nearshore Habitat Restoration – A Growing Trend

Sea Star Wasting Disease

Shellfish, Can You Dig It?

Stormwater Pollution Solutions for Salmon

 Tsunamis: Sources and Implications for Island County

Session BC 1:15-4:00, with break

Native American Adaptation to Whidbey and the Salish Sea* (Intermediate, double session)

Session C 2:45-4:00

Beach Fishing for Salmon 101

Connecting Birds, Birders and Land Protection

Importance of Seagrasses and the Observed Die-off of Seagrass Beds in Puget Sound

Intriguing Aspects of Dragonfly Behavior

Island County’s Updated Shoreline Master Program: Process, Status and Issues

Monitoring of Puget Sound Salmon and Steelhead: What Does It Tell Us About Life-History Diversity, Freshwater Productivity and Marine Survival?

Island County Hazard Mitigation Plan: Natural Hazards Encountered on Whidbey Island and Emergency Preparedness


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