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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
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.