Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A day of service, and sand

Pulling invasive weeds with a lovely view. 

This year, we set a record for our Martin Luther King Day of Service! Over 60 individuals showed up to volunteer their afternoon for our annual invasive weed pull on the beaches in Fort Worden. And thank you Wendy Feltham for taking all the beautiful photos in this post.

PTMSC and FFW volunteers working hard! 

                                   A total of 157 volunteer hours were logged for this event.

And we had volunteers of all ages!

PTMSC volunteers Doug Rogers, Jane Guiltinan, and friends. 

 With so many people having such great energy, we were able to split into two groups and conquer two separate invasive European dune grass patches! 

While doing all of this, everyone maintained plenty of smiles -- even when the wind picked up. 

Take a look at those awesome volunteers and that truck full of weeds! 

Thanks to the Native Plant Society, Washington State Parks, and the Friends of Fort Worden for all your help organizing this remarkable event.

And a big thank you from the AmeriCorps!

Written by Mandi Johnson, AmeriCorps Volunteer Program Educator.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

LECTURE: Toxic Phytoplankton in the Pacific Northwest

Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.

Neil Harrington, Environment Biologist, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Neil Harrington
Admission: $5 (students, teachers FREE)
FREE admission for Octopus and Orca Donor Circle   Members.

Environmental biologist Neil Harrington is the featured speaker at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s “The Future of Oceans” lecture on Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m., at The Chapel at Fort Worden State Park.

“Phytoplankton are wonderous organisms with some fascinating life strategies,” Harrington said. “They form the basis of most marine food webs, however some of them produce biotoxins which can affect humans and animals.”
Harrington has worked for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe since 2012. His work has focused on harmful algal blooms, shellfish safety, invasive European green crab monitoring and outreach to school children. He has 17 years of experience working on natural resources on the North Olympic Peninsula. He holds a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography from UC Santa Cruz.

More info about the lecturer:

This is the fifth and final installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series for the 2019-2020 season. This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available.