The 25th annual Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge summer lecture series begins Wednesday with a presentation by University of Washington botanist Estella Leopold.
The 8-presentation lecture series is themed “Revealing Nature: Our Heritage and Our Future” plans to feature a variety of environmental topics ranging from bees to wolves.
The lectures are free and held every Wednesday through August. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center auditorium. Lectures usually last an hour and are followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Attendance is limited to 100 and seating begins at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The refuge’s $3 entry fee is waived for those attending the lecture. The visitor center will be closed at 7 on lecture nights but will reopen following the lecture.
For more information, call the refuge office at 360-753-9467.
lecture series SCHEDULE
“Living With a Legend”
with a special viewing of “Green Fire; Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time”
Speaker: Estella Leopold, Ph.D. botanist and conservationist professor emerita, University of Washington, department of botany
“A Year With Wolves”
Speaker: Helen Thayer, author, photographer, and explorer affiliate professor of geology, University of Alaska
“Wildflowers of Mt. Rainier”
Speaker: David Giblin, Ph.D.
author, botanist, Burke Museum Herbarium Collections Manager
“The Buzz about Bees”
Speaker: Rob Sandelin,
author, teacher, environmental science school, Sky Valley Education Center
“Climate Change and Impacts in the Pacific Northwest”
Speaker: Ingrid Tohver, research scientist, climate impacts group, UW
Speaker: Aaron Baggenstos, wildlife photographer, international photography tour guide
“A Look at Our Migratory Swallows”
Speaker: Frances Wood,
author, naturalist for NPR’s “Birdnote”
“Washington’s Not So Common Loon”
Speaker: Daniel and Ginger Poleschook, nature photographers and conservationists