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Annual Banquet Set For March 23

All Willapa Hills Audubon members are invited to attend the 2018 annual meeting and banquet at the Kelso Senior Center on Friday, March 23, beginning at 5:30 PM.

The event will feature a presentation by guest speaker Robert Michael Pyle (see below) beginning at 7 PM and also open to the general public.  Doors for the porgram will open by 6:45 and a donation of $5 is suggested.

During the annual meeting this year's election of officers will be certified and the new officers introduced.  Officers serve 2 year terms.  (The ballot is attached to this Whistler if you are a WHAS member).

This year's banquet will be a potluck and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that will feed 6-8 people, and your own table service including plates.  Cups, coffee and hot water will be provided.  The Senior Center will be open at 5 PM for setup so the banquet can begin promptly at 5:30.

The Senior Center is located at 106 NW 8th avenue in Kelso, just across from Joanne's Fabric Store near Ocean Beach Highway.


Up in Wild GP Butterflies, Bigfoot, and What We Leave Behind by Robert Michael Pyle

For fifty years, Bob Pyle has been visiting the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of butterflies, his own sense of the great tradition of Bigfoot, and natural history in general. In this reminiscence, he shares stories and revelations of the wildness and wonder of the GP as viewed through all these lenses, and asks what we are likely to leave behind for the following generations of lovers of the public woods.

The national forests have gone through many flavors of extraction and protection over the years, and the threats continue, whether through resumed logging targets, mining, or off-road motors.

While considering just which is the more unlikely phenomenon--butterflies or Bigfoot--Pyle has come to view both as barometers of the ultimate health and well-being of the Wild GP.

Signed copies of the new edition of Where Bigfoot Walks and The Butterflies of Cascadia will be available following the talk.

Robert Michael Pyle attended his first conservation hearing for the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in 1967, when he was a young vice president of Seattle Audubon Society. He has been a resident of Gray's River on the Lower Columbia, and a student and writer of its natural history, for forty years.

His twenty-two books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road, two collections of poems, and one novel. Magdalena Mountain, coming in August.

The talk will be held on Friday, March 23 at 7 PM at the Kelso Senior Center.  The Center is located at 106 NW 8th Avenue in Kelso, just across from Joanne's Fabric Store near Ocean Beach Highway. Doors will open by 6:45 and a donation of $5 is suggested

Program: Jan Newton talks about Ocean Acidification: a Global Issue with Local Effects

Ocean acidification is caused by rising carbon dioxide concentrations and affects the world’s ocean.  In this talk we will explore why this is happening and what role the oceans play in our global carbon cycle.  After understanding what ocean acidification is, and what some of its implications for biology are, we will turn attention to the situation in Pacific Northwest waters.  Our understanding of ocean acidification has grown thanks to both scientists and shellfish growers, working together to further define this phenomenon and its status.  Regional policy makers have recognized this problem and are funding further research on ocean acidification to better understand its impacts in Washington.

Dr. Jan Newton is a Senior Principal Oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, and affiliate faculty with the UW College of the Environment.  Jan is the Executive Director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), which is the regional association within the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) for the Pacific Northwest U.S. Her work through NANOOS seeks to bring knowledge of ocean conditions to stakeholders for their use in decision making in myriad contexts, safeguarding public economy, health, and safety. Jan is a biological oceanographer who continues to study multidisciplinary dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington waters, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. An appointee to the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and the West Coast Panel on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia, Jan is now co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington and is researching ocean acidification and its effects in local waters with many partners.

WHAS sponsors this free program on February 27, 7pm at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington in the lecture hall of the Health and Science Building, HSB101.