Olympic National Park’s Perspectives Speaker Series will be offered at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month from November through April. The series is sponsored by Olympic National Park, the Friends of Olympic National Park, and the North Olympic Library System. This season’s topics are:
Tuesday, January 28
Comparing Two Rain Forests
Syria Lejau, International Volunteer-in-Park, Olympic National Park
A park guide for over 20 years in Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo, Syria recently volunteered at the Hoh Rain Forest. Join her for enticing stories and visuals about the contrasts between these tropical and temperate environments.
Tuesday, February 11
Wolves in Washington
Julia Smith, Wolf Coordinator, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
Since 2008, Washington’s wolf population has grown by an average of 28 percent per year and has continued to increase for a tenth consecutive year with the highest count to date. The natural return of wolves to Washington is a conservation success story and Washington’s wolf population is on a path to recovery. In this presentation, WDFW Wolf Coordinator Julia Smith will provide the history and background about wolves in Washington, discuss wolf biology and natural history, give information about WDFW’s conservation and management of wolves, delve into resources for coexisting with wolves, and hold a Q&A session.
Tuesday, March 10
An Update on Glaciers
Bill Baccus, Physical Science, Olympic National Park
How do scientists monitor changes in high alpine glaciers, and what trends are they observing? Bill Baccus breaks down the science, and what it means for the future of Olympic’s watersheds.
Tuesday, April 14
A Big (3)Year(s) in Plants
Patrick Loafman, Biological Technician, Olympic National Park
Patrick Loafman will share some adventures of his 3-year quest to photograph every plant found in Washington’s Coast Range. Learn about the challenges of creating a simple key to allow plant enthusiasts to more easily identify plants.