11/02/2010: "“Gear Down” Workshop"
The Whale Museum’s annual Marine Naturalist Gear-Down. This one-day workshop will be held on Friday, November 5 at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you often listen to the hydrophones and wonder what and who you are hearing? Professional naturalist and SSAMN President Monika Wieland will offer a tutorial on pod-specific calls of the Southern Residents and will also have CDs available for sale so you can practice what you learned.
Do you know which whale has the longest baleen in the world? Did you know that this whale also sings a song as complex as the Humpback’s?
Frances Robertson from University of British Columbia will be on hand to talk about the amazing and mysterious Bowhead Whale. Also scheduled for the day are Candice Emmons from NOAA who will discuss current research projects with Southern Resident killer whales; Debbie Giles who will share some results from her biogeographic research; and for the history lovers in the group, Greg Hertel will talk about ‘Pirates of the Salish Sea’ and the lucrative smuggling business of the past.
The day will conclude with a general meeting of the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists (SSAMN) open to all current and future members.
This event is offered as continuing educational training for naturalists already working in the field, graduates of the Marine Naturalist Training Program or Beachwatchers, and members of SSAMN.
The registration fee is $20 for Whale Museum members or $25 for non-members. Registration is available now through The Whale Museum website www.whalemuseum.org, but will also be available at the door.
For more information please contact Cindy at 360 378-4710 ext. 23. Founded in 1979, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.