Olympic National Park Announces Schedule for the 2015-16 Perspectives Monthly Speakers Series

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Date: November 9, 2015
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

Program topics and presenters have been announced for this year's Perspectives Winter Speaker Series, offered free of charge on the second Tuesday of each month, November through April.

"As we celebrate the Centennial year of the National Park Service, we invite our neighbors and visitors to see Olympic National Park through new perspectives," said Olympic Natioanl Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Art, science and technology provide new windows on the park and are all featured in this year's series."

Talks take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, November through April, and are free of charge. With the exception of January 12, all programs will be offered at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles. The January 12 venue will be announced.

The series is sponsored by Olympic National Park &the Friends of Olympic National Park.

November 10, 2015

Elwha River Restoration –An Update

Andrew Ritchie, Geomorphologist, Olympic National Park

Although the last bits of Glines Canyon Dam were demolished in August 2014, the restoration of the Elwha River continues. Andy Ritchie will provide an update on the restoration including photographs and information about the rock fall demolition work recently completed in Glines Canyon.

December 8, 2015

Windshield Wilderness

David Louter, Ph.D., Chief, Cultural Resources Program, Pacific West Region, National Park Service

In this talk, David Louter will explore the relationship between automobiles and national parks, and how together they have shaped our ideas of wilderness. National parks, he argues, did not develop as places set aside from the modern world, but rather came to be known and appreciated through technological progress in the form of cars and roads, leaving an enduring legacy of knowing nature through machines.

January 12, 2016

Olympic National Park Inspiration

Eliza Goode, MFA, filmmaker, with Rabbit Wilde

Eliza Goode is a recent graduate of the Montana State University MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program. Her recent film, Smell of Cedars Steeped in Rain is a wordless love letter to the park and the regiona, and to finding renewal in nature, with live music by Rabbit Wilde. The film will be followed by a question and answer session and more music. Special Venue: Peninsula College Little Theater.

February 9, 2016

The Olympic Mountains Experiment: OLYMPEX

Angela Rowe, Ph.D., University of Washington

Hear about a high tech and multi-pronged effort by NASA, the University of Washington Atmospheric Science Program and others to measure precipitation across the Olympic Peninsula and improve a new NASA weather satellite.

March 8, 2016

Interpreting Olympic National Park in Words and Photographs

Tim McNulty, Poet and Author

Pat O'Hara, Photographer

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2016. From the very first national parks the role of art, photography, and inspirational writing has been essential to the preservation and enjoyment of our treasured landscapes.

April 14, 2016

Science, Technology and Salmon in Olympic National Park

Sam Brenkman, Fisheries Biologist, Olympic National Park

Explore some of the innovative technologies used to reveal the distribution, abundance, and migrations of salmonids. Learn findings from headwaters-to-sea snorkel surveys and thermal imaging in major Olympic Peninsula rivers.

For more information about visiting Olympic National Park, people may visit the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/olym.


Last updated: December 30, 2015

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