Dock Talks

Join the crew of Sound Experience and a special guest speaker aboard schooner Adventuress for an exciting new FREE speaker series in each port she visits this year!

Each speaker will present for 30 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A. Adventuress will be dockside for the presentation and will remain open for dockside tours for 30 minutes BEFORE the presentation. Ports include Port Townsend, Bellingham, Anacortes, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. As it is our inaugural year, our goal is to have at least one Dock Talk in each port. Please check back here to discover more presentations throughout the Salish Sea!
*When signing up, please be sure to include your name, the name and location
of the presentation you'd like to attend and how many people are in your party.

Do Seattle's new seawall modifications influence juvenile salmon migration?

Presented by Kerry Accola
4:30pm - 5:30pm, Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle

Seattle's new seawall is the largest eco-engineering project of its kind (Phase 1 completed in 2017) and was modified to aid juvenile Pacific salmon as they migrate to sea. Come to hear about the adaptations made for young salmon, and results from the first two years of post-construction research from a UW team that includes snorkel, SCUBA, and acoustic camera monitoring.

Kerry is a Washington SeaGrant fellow and Master's student at University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She had recently moved to Seattle for family reasons, but as soon as she saw the seawall, she knew she wanted to be a part of the group doing the first post-construction monitoring! Kerry co-wrote the proposal with Jeff Cordell to study the juvenile salmon migration using a new method, an acoustic camera; the benefits are that she can monitor at night, in dark pier environments, and when the water is turbid with the camera.

How to Identify Marine Mammals on the Water

Presented by Dr. Cindy R. Elliser
12:15pm - 1:15pm, Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes

Learn the different marine mammals we have here in the Salish Sea and the ways you can identify them when out on the water. How they look, how they surface, and their behavior can all help you be confident in your species identification!

Dr. Cindy R. Elliser attended Florida Atlantic University where she received a B.S., M.S. (Biological Sciences) and PhD (Integrative Biology). For 10 years she worked with Dr. Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. Her research focused on social structure, behavioral ecology and interspecies interactions. In 2014 Dr. Elliser moved to the Pacific Northwest and founded Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals in the Salish Sea, particularly the long-term monitoring of harbor porpoises and harbor seals. Dr. Elliser also teaches biology and chemistry courses as an adjunct professor at Skagit Valley College.

As part of our partnership this year, our own Jenny Smith will be presenting at the Huxley Speaker Series at Western Washington University!

The Value of Experiential Education: Teaching on a Tall Ship

Presented by Jenny Smith
4:30pm - 5:30pm, Western Washington University

Most people associate education with a classroom, lecture-style setting. However, I’ve found that the most powerful, inspirational and impactful education takes place when you’re outside the classroom actively participating in something. Climb aboard with me to explore my journey to find experiential education and how it has led me to one of the best teaching platforms that I know of, schooner Adventuress.

Please note that this presentation will NOT be aboard Adventuress, it will be at WWU. For more information about the Huxley Speaker Series please visit their website.

The Story of the Salish Sea Map

Presented by Stefan Freelan
2:30pm - 3:30pm, Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham

Maps help us to better understand our environment. They also serve political and cultural agendas. This map is no different, being created both as an educational aid and as a part of the larger naming campaign. In this talk Stefan will explore the choices and creative process that went into the creation of the map, why the map is the way it is and how it’s different from other maps of the area. Stefan will bring a collection of related maps to compare, contrast and discuss alongside The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin.

Stefan Freelan began sailing the Salish Sea as a teenager and has chosen to call the Salish Sea home ever since. He is Assistant Director of the Spatial Institute at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and teaches courses in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System) and Cartography. In 2008-09 he created The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin map for Bert Webber as part of the campaign to get the name ‘Salish Sea’ official recognized by the governments of Washington, British Columbia, Canada and USA.

Please check back for more information.

Dock Talks in Bellingham are co-sponsored by: