2021 Virtual Summer Lecture Series

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The 2021 Summer Lecture Series is being held virtually through the Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Friends of Nisqually NWRC).  As a Covid-19 precaution the 2021 Summer Lecture series will be held through Zoom.  The lecture series continues to be free.

All lectures are free and will take place Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time) throughout July and August.  Registration is required.  To register, go to https://www.friendsofnisquallynwrc.org/summer-lecture-series/ and complete the form on the page and indicate which lectures you plan to attend.  You'll receive an email with instructions for joining.  A full description of each lecture is listed below the registration form.

Questions? Contact info@friendsofnisquallynwrc.org 



July 28 - Climate Action through Art - Out of Apathy and into Action!

Lecturer: Carrie Ziegler (Artist, Speaker, and Community Engagement Expert) 

Carrie will share inspring collaborative art and climate action stories which will explore the transformative power of collaborative art and its capacity to create change, both in us as individuals and in the communities we are part of.  

August 4 - Encounters with the Remarkable Olympic Marmot 

Lecturer: Richard Klawitter (Retired Physical Therapist and an Expert with Olympic Marmot Natural History) 

Richard's study of the Olympic marmot has been a long standing avocation. This program will explore the life an Olympic marmot lives and its natural history will be illustrated.

August 11 - Cougars as Ecological Brokers

Lecturer: Mark Elbroch (Mountain Lion Biologist and the Director of the Puma Program for Panthera) 

Cougars--also known as mountain lions, pumas, and Florida panthers--are among the most iconic carnivores in the Americas. Learn hou cougars support healthy human communities and healthy landscapes in which humans can thrive.

August 18 - After the Blast - the Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens

Lecturer: Eric Wagner (A Seattle-based Writer with many essays and articles published in a variety of publications)

On May 18, 1980, the world watched when Mount St. Helens erupted in southwestern Washington. Eric will present the amazing story of how life as responded around the volcano and how that has prompted scientists to think in new ways how life responds to seemingly total devastation.

August 25 - Arsenic and Old Lakes - a Pollution Legacy That Won't Go Away!

Lecturer: James Gawel (Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering at the University of Washington Tacoma) 

Arsenic contamination of lakes in the U.S.A. has occurred as a result of mining, smelting, and its use of aquatic herbicide and terrestrial pesticide. Jim will speak about the mechanisms by which arsenic in the sediments of shallow, urban lakes is transported into surface waters, resulting in significant bioaccumulation of arsenic in aquatic species, and an increased cancer risk for high-consuming populations.