Guest Speakers

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

On the third Sunday, September through May at 1 p.m., 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 Fort Clatsop's visitor center, and is free of charge.

California Condor

California Condors: An Oregon Treasure
February 18, 2018

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. California Condors: An Oregon Treasure by Travis Koons will be on Sunday, February 18, at 1:00 p.m. This is part of the February 16-19 worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count activities led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition encountered California Condors during the winter of 1805-06 near the mouth of the Columbia River. Meriwether Lewis wrote a detailed description of a live specimen at Fort Clatsop on February 16, 1806. Just over 212 years later, Travis Koons from the Oregon Zoo, will share about the current status of this endangered species. California Condors – An Oregon Treasure is a discussion of propagation methods for captive reared California Condors and their eventual release to their home range. He will also cover plans for a new condor release site at Redwood National Park in Northern California. This close proximity to the southern Oregon border will allow natural movement of the famed Thunderbird back to their historic home range in the Pacific Northwest.

Travis Koons has 17 years of experience working with raptors dating back to rehab/release internships at the South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center in Lubbock, Texas. He began his career in earnest with South American raptor species including, Harpy, Ornate-Hawk, and Black-Hawk Eagles at the Dallas World Aquarium in 2007. Beginning in late 2014 Koons was named Supervisor of Birds at the San Antonio Zoo where among many other species of birds, he managed Bald and Bateleur Eagles, as well as a pair of King Vultures. Koons accepted the role of Animal Curator at the Oregon Zoo in May of 2017 where he manages the zoo’s bird collection and butterfly programs. This includes management/operation of the Oregon Zoo’s remote Condor Propagation facility that houses 34 birds including 11 breeding pairs. Offspring from this facility are released to native home range environments.

Upcoming Speakers

March 18, 2018: Robert Foxcurran- From the Great Lakes to the Lower Columbia: French-Canadians and Metissage on Our Evolving Frontier

April 15, 2018: Steven McClure - Lewis and Clark’s Discovery of the Willamette River: Recent Findings of Their Secondary Mission

May 20, 2018: Judi Lampi - Ethnobotany Near the Mouth of the Columbia River


Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet

A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event. 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, Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George Brewery + Public House and is free to the public.

Rockfish swimming

What juvenile fish can teach us about ocean protection
February 8, 2018

Oregon’s ocean is a place of incredible productivity and amazing biodiversity. The state is taking steps to protect its ocean treasures through its new system of marine reserves. At the next Nature Matters, held Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Fort George Lovell Building, Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert will take us underwater to show how Oregon’s unique ecosystem supports the incredible journey of fishes traveling from open ocean to nearshore waters, to the deep offshore. She will explain how we can learn from fishes that settle in protected habitats by tracking when and where they end up, and how this knowledge can help inform successful protection of Oregon’s ocean ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist and assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Oregon State University. She has studied ocean organisms underwater and above the waves in the Oregon nearshore, the Florida Keys, and the California Channel Islands and has worked with fellow scientists around the world to compile and synthesize data from other marine systems. She is broadly interested in the ecology of marine communities and the connections between healthy ecosystems and the people that depend on them. A key goal of her work is to use data from diverse marine species and habitats to understand what happens when we protect an area of the ocean and to use that knowledge to design even better protection. Grorud-Colvert also directs the Science of Marine Reserves Project, an international collaboration to catalyze, synthesize, and communicate scientific data about marine protected areas to help find solutions to the challenges facing our ocean.

Last updated: February 5, 2018

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