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    Lewis and Clark

    National Historical Park OR,WA

Guest Speakers

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Olympia Oyster - West Coast's Nearly Forgotten Native Oyster

Fresh oysters are a culinary symbol of the bounty of the Oregon Coast, but the oysters currently raised, sold, and eaten here are not native to our waters. The story of the Olympia oyster—the West Coast's "nearly forgotten native oyster"—tells us a lot about the history, ecology, and economy of our coast. We'll discuss the overharvest of the Olympia oyster around the turn of the 20th century; the fascinating life cycle of this species;current efforts to restore the population to its former abundance;and the ecological benefits of a healthy population of native oysters.

Rose Rimler is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resources fellowship, which she is carrying out at the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) in Garibaldi. TEP works to protect and restore critical estuarine and riverbank habitat in Tillamook County and monitors water quality in its bays and rivers. Rose is spending a year there coordinating the revision and update of TEP's management plan. Her background is in marine invertebrates and in ecology and evolution in general: she graduated in March of 2014 with an M.S. in marine biology from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (the marine laboratory of the University of Oregon) in Charleston, and received her B.A. in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Along the way, Rose worked and volunteered at three different aquariums in California, caring for jellyfish, rays, tropical fish, eels, and many other species;and she is currently a volunteer at the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach.

Upcoming Nature Matters Conversations:
February 19 - Swolalhos Floristic Province; Kathleen Sayce
March 19 - Pacific Northwest Foraging; Doug Deur
April 16 - Biodiversity Begins with a Bee; Jerry Freilich
May 21 - Columbia River Trail Adventure; Charlotte Martin


Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet

A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the third Thursdays of the month, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, OR. The series delves into the many ways that human beings look to the natural world for inspiration, sustenance and survival - the intersection of nature and culture. The collaborative series is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, North Coast Land Conservancy and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George and are free to the public.

Karen Haas in costume weaving

Karen Haas

I am Always on the Women's Side - Vignettes of the Civil War

The January program in this monthly series is I am Always on the Women's Side - Vignettes of the Civil War presented by Karen Haas. This is scheduled for Sunday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.

Karen Haas is a story teller, music teacher, curator, tour guide and living history performer. For this program, she researched diaries, letters, and songs written by women impacted by the American Civil War. Her engaging presentation introduces six historic women from all sides and walks of life during this challenging time. The audience will meet these women striving to survive in a time of violence, turmoil, and societal change.

Other upcoming In Their Footsteps: speaker series programs include:
February 15 - Josh Saranpaa, Wildlife Center of the North Coast
March 15 - Oregon's Indian Wars; Gloria Linkey
April 19 - Pacific Northwest Foraging; Doug Duer
May 17 - TBA


In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

On the third Sunday, September through May at 1:00 PM, this speaker series is an opportunity to meet scholars, authors, and artists. Join the conversation and be inspired by history, people and culture. This forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and presented in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop's visitor center and are free of charge.

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