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.
Upcoming Nature Matters Conversations:
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.
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:
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.