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Speaker Series

One of WWIN's goals is to provide our community with timely and technically-sound information about marine and fresh water ecosystems, watersheds, and natural resource issues in order to help protect the water resources that benefit agriculture, business, fisheries, industry, tourism, cities, urban and rural residents, and the natural environment that Whatcom County citizens prize.   To accomplish this, WWIN hosts numerous Speaker Series events throughout the year as well as occasional symposiums.  Topics are chosen based on input from our membership,  the availability of appropriate presenters, and input from the Speaker Series planning team.  Speaker events and symposiums are open to anyone.  Speaker Series events are typically an hour or less, and are free.  Symposiums vary in length depending upon the topic, and are usually supported entirely or in part by sponsorships.

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Salmon Habitat Restoration: Voluntary Programs with Benefits for Landowners and the Environment

Feb 15th 12:00-1:00pm • via Zoom

Aneka Sweeney, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Whatcom Conservation District. Habitat and restoration programs provide a simple and accessible way for landowners to steward their land and restore natural habitats for salmon, wildlife biodiversity, and water quality. Join us to learn about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), the Salmon Recovery Restoration Program (SRRP), Annual Native Plant Sale, the Neighborhood Native Landscaping Program, wildfire and forestry resources, fish passage barrier removal and other great opportunities! 

To register on Zoom, click:  

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Flood Management on Whatcom County Farmland

November 16, 12:00-12:30pm  via Zoom

Gavin Willis, with Whatcom Family Farmers, will share updates on work being done on local farmland to address flooding, improve riparian habitat, and promote healthy waterways for salmon. The presentation will incorporate perspectives from a range of projects and local entities, including the Ag Water Board and the Watershed Improvement Districts.

Salmonid research, monitoring, and restoration efforts in the South Fork Nooksack River

October 6, 5:00-6:00pm • via Zoom

Devin Flawd, Stock Assessment Manager, Stock Assessment Manager for the Lummi Nation Natural Resources Department describes the most current population assessments for Chinook salmon and other key salmonids in the S. Fork of the Nooksack River as well as the impact of restoration projects on salmon returns. 

Wildfire Season is Coming- Is Your Home Firewise? & Ten Tips for Drought Tolerant Landscaping

June 30, 6:30-8:00pm • via Zoom

Making your home firewise and tips for drought tolerant landscaping presented by Jenny Coe, Community Wildfire Resilience Coordinator, Whatcom & Skagit Conservation Districts and Cheryl Lovato Niles, Water Resources Educator, WSU Whatcom County Extension.


Coastal Storm Modeling and Habitat Vulnerability

September 2 • via Zoom • VideoAudio

Learn about the Coastal Storm Modeling work that is being done for Whatcom County and new efforts to assess coastal habitat vulnerabilities to sea level rise from Dr. Eric Grossman, Research Geologist with the US Geological Survey, and Dr. Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist with Washington SeaGrant.

Car Tires Killing Coho - New Research

June 30 • via Zoom • Video  • Q&A Sheet (pdf)

Dr. Jen McIntyre’s research specialty is the ecotoxicology of urban stormwater runoff and green infrastructure biological effectiveness for preventing toxicity to aquatic animals. Dr. McIntyre presented the research conducted by her UW and WSU research team that has identified a chemical in tires that kills coho salmon in urban waterways before they can spawn via a prerecorded talk and was available for questions.

Tribal Fishing Culture - We’ve gone from Honoring Salmon to Protecting Salmon and from Sustaining a Way of Life to Preserving a Way of Life

June 28 • via Zoom • Video  • Audio

Frank Lawrence III is a lifetime Lummi Fisherman and has worked with the Lummi Natural Resource Department for 17 years. George Swanaset Jr. “Yel7qaynem” is a member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and is the Natural and Cultural Resource Director for the Tribe.

Seabed Mining: "The Dawn of an Industry" and the Need for a Precautionary Approach

January 7 • via Zoom •  Video • Audio • Presentation Slides

Presented by Lee First, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and Liz Schotman, Washington Regional Manager, Surfrider Foundation.


Patterns in Sea Star Recovery & COVID-19 Effects on the Local Fishing Industry

May 7 • via Zoom • Video

Researcher Melissa Miner with UC Santa Cruz presented new information sea star recovery from sea star wasting disease, and Pete Granger with the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County presented on the impact of COVID-19 on Whatcom County's fishing industry. 

Tsunami Hazards in Whatcom County

June 4 • via Zoom • Video

Dr. Carrie Garrison-Laney, Tsunami Hazards Specialist and PMEL Liaison with Washington Sea Grant presented the latest tsunami models and historic tsunami deposits in the North Sound area. 

Defending Drayton Harbor:  Managing the Recent Invasion of European Green Crabs Collaboratively

August 12 • via Zoom 

Presented by Emily Grayson with Washington Sea Grant, Alexandra Simpson with the Northwest Straits Commission, and Chelsey Buffington, April Fleming, and Lindsey Parter, all with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

Watershed Friendly & Wildfire Safe Properties

September 16 • via Zoom • Video

Is it possible to manage for wildfire risk and drought and still have a habitat friendly property?  Yes!
In this free online event, Jenny Coe, Community Wildfire Resilience Coordinator with Whatcom and Skagit Conservation Districts discusses: Wildfire risk, Fire resistant structures, Fire resistant landscaping that attracts wildlife and protects water quality, and
Wildfire risk reduction resources available for homeowners and communities.

Nooksack Basin Co-Managers' Salmon Hatchery 10-Year Production Plan

September 2 • via Zoom • Video • Audio

Tom Chance, Salmon Enhancement Program Manager with Lummi Nation, presents the Nooksack basin co-managers hatchery 10-year production plan.

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