Friday, October 31, 2008

November 2008

Tim Cooper, Global Climate Change Online

If you haven’t had a chance to see this yet you can view it online here:

Community Presentations

As our busy field season winds down I’m turning my attention to preparing for our next training session and part of that is recruiting. One way I do that is to reach out to existing community associations and neighborhood groups.

So far this year, I’ve presented to The Kiwanis club. I’ve scheduled presentations for The Coastal Conservation Association, The Newcomers Club, and the Soroptimists. And I’ve made initial contact with the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association and the Lion’s Club. If you belong to an association or church group that might welcome a 20 to 30 minute presentation about Beach Watchers, I would love your help in making that connection. Also, if you would like to join me for any of these upcoming presentations and perhaps say a few words about your experience, I would welcome the company!

Happy Valley Neighborhood Rain Garden Worskhop

This was a debut presentation of our Rain Garden Demonstration Project and it was very well received. The DVD is not yet ready for release so Dac Jamison with the Master Gardeners and Sue Brown, one of our own Beach Watchers, told their story with the help of photos taken during the project. Well done Dac and Sue!

They’ll be presenting again on Saturday at the BIAs Built Green event 11 am at the Ferry Terminal. You can stop by and cheer them on.

Creosote Survey,

Cherry Point area

We had a fantastic experience working with high school students in Blaine on this project. Thanks go to Lisa Balton, Clint Duncan, Erin Fortenberry, Marie Hitchman, Gene Hoerauf, Jane Lewinsky, Joe Ssebanakitta, twelve Blaine Borderites and their wonderful teachers, George Kaas, and Mice Couto! Thanks especially to Michael Wallace our 4-H Youth Development Educator for helping me connect to these great students and train them.

I was mistaken about the survey history of the area. This area had been surveyed before and lots of materials were removed in 2003. On Saturday we found 170 pieces of creosote and pressure treated material in this same stretch of beach. The source of material is not known and it has been difficult to determine how the rogue logs move on the beach. The general drift cell pattern is to the south but tracked pieces mostly moved north.

We also removed 4 large trash bags full of assorted garbage. The source and movement of this material was not hard to assess at all. There was a clear concentration of garbage close to the Gulf Road parking lot. The most unusual piece of garbage was a couple of car bumpers found by my team!

Continuing Education Interests

Doug Stark of Beach Naturalists fame and I have been scheming to work together to bring you as well as the Beach Naturalists some events and activities you’ll enjoy and find interesting, too. To do that, Doug and I would like to take your “interest pulse.” Below is a link to an online survey. It’s short – 4 or 5 questions total. It should take 5 minutes or less.

Click Here to take survey

Saturday, November 1, 10am to 5pm, Building Industry Association's Built Green Conference, Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Beach Watchers, Master Composter/Recyclers, and Master Gardeners will be giving a slide show presentation on the Rain Garden demonstration project they completed this summer, and we will host a booth on Rain Gardens as well. There will also be sessions on solar power, weatherization, rain barrels, and other green building topics. $5 per person.

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 to 8 pm. How Sea Level Rise will affect our Beaches and Bays by John Rybczyk, Associate Professor Western Washington University. 322 N. Commercial Street, 2nd Floor

Join the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee as they learn how sea level rise affects life in the sea.

Saturday, November 22, 9:00am – 4:30pm COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities and Washington Sea Grant, FREE Event for Beach Watchers and other marine volunteers,University of Washington Seattle campus

Learn about current ocean research and effective science communication

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Will be Provided

The day will include:

  • Keynote speaker on communicating science to diverse audiences
  • Formal and informal presentations by marine scientists on current ocean research
  • Training on how to collect and contribute data to the ongoing “Spices in Puget Sound” research with your own “spice sampling kit”
  • Opportunities to help marine scientists communicate research findings to the public

To learn more or reserve your spot now contact:

Susan Bullerdick 206. 838. 3916 or

Janice Mathisen 206.386.4365

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