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Alan Rammer to speak at Shorebird Festival

Alan Rammer 512x360The Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Shorebird Festival will be Alan Rammer.  You can meet him and see his amazing presentation Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm.  The talk will be at Hoquiam High School and will be preceded at 7:00 pm by an desert reception.  $15 Tickets are available at the door or at

The Refuge is excited to announce that Alan Rammer will be our keynote speaker at this year’s Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival in Hoquiam. Alan is one of those extraordinary individuals who found a way to parlay his passions into a professional career. In this case, it all began with beachcombing and a love for all things marine back at his childhood home in Monterey Bay, California. He came to Washington for college in the early ‘70’s and accepted his first job in Westport in 1974. After his initial taste of the local weather, he expected to be there no more than six months, but ended up falling in love with the place and staying indefinitely.

A career with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife led to a curious opportunity: In the mid-90’s, he recognized a need to work with a growing, local community of immigrant fishermen unfamiliar with local policies and objectives. He reached out to the Filipino, Laotian, Cambodian, Korean, Samoan, and Vietnamese communities, delivering programs to elders and church leaders, and also by mentoring their bilingual youth, who were then able to deliver critical agency messages to their communities. While many might have found this sort of work an intimidating struggle, he managed to gain trust and develop a genuine relationship that has continued even after Alan’s retirement from the state agency.

In the meantime, Alan found time to write two books on glass fishing floats (which sometimes wash up on American beaches from their origins in Asia), and to become immortalized in “The Highest Tide,” a book by Jim Lynch which was turned into a Hollywood film. He has won numerous awards including National Marine Educator’s Association’s “Marine Educator of the Year” in 2012. After retiring from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2009, he found a way to continue environmental education in schools and community groups through his enterprise, Tidepool Discoveries.

Alan will speak Friday night at Hoquiam High School. This year’s festival will also feature a dinner and a second speaker on Saturday night in lieu of the auction. There will also be a new field trip on plants of the salt marsh, so this is shaping up to be a great festival. Be sure and save the dates: May 1-3 at Gray’s Harbor National Wildlife Refuge!
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014
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