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The Future of Fidalgo's Forests

November 27, 2018 (Tuesday)

6:30 pm to 8 pm

Anacortes Senior Center (1701 22nd St)

Jack Hartt, Former Park Manager, Deception Pass State Park
Denise Crow, Former Director of the Friends of the Forest
Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL

Our Fidalgo forests are changing. Some of these changes are natural, such as forest succession, leading to old growth forests if left undisturbed. Some of the changes are sudden, such as being burned by the fires we have experienced the past few years. And some are subtle, with drier summers and wetter and warmer winters causing changes to the water table and soil. And some are intentional, when we cut swaths to create new housing developments, parking lots, roadways, and other ‘improvements’.

Former Deception Pass State Park manager Jack Hartt will join with Denise Crowe, former director of the Friends of the Forest, and Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL, to present a program entitled “The Future of Fidalgo’s Forests, and what you can do to make a difference”

This illustrated discussion will look at the forests in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Deception Pass State Park as examples of much broader themes around our entire planet. What changes do we see? What do we want to see? What can we do to see the future we want?

If you are interested in the upcoming ACFL Forest Monitoring project, then this program will help you see the whys and wherefores of how to help with some essential baseline studies.

Our monthly meetings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Presentation: Thinking OUTSIDE the Plastic Bag

October 30, 2018

6:30 PM to 8 PM

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd Ave., Anacortes

Think OUTSIDE the Plastic Bag
Things made of plastic surround us. Fossil carbon in the form of oil is pumped from deep in the earth, turned into disposable plastic things that often get used once and tossed. From there they pollute our world, and sometimes kill wildlife and slowly enter the food web. Did you know plastic pollution can now be found in seafood, beer, salt, honey, and other foods? “Think OUTSIDE the Plastic Bag (… bottle, cup, take-home container and straw)” will offer plastic facts, ways to break our plastic addiction, and describe how a bag ban works.

About the speakers: Carol Sullivan describes herself as a recovering plastic addict, whose only credentials are caring what kind of planet her 10 grandchildren will live in, and the conviction that together, we can be that “100th monkey” and change the way our society looks at plastics. She hopes you learn one new thing tonight, and knows that she will learn more than that from you. Peggy Ratermann and Ruth Taylor will also assist.

Open to all and welcome; you needn’t be a member to come. They start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Our monthly meetings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

What Ice Sheets Hate, and Why You Should Care,

September 25, Tuesday

6:30 pm to 8 pm

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd Ave, Anacortes

Thawing permafrost, thinning sea ice and retreating glaciers all signal changes that have become the “new normal” for the colder parts of our planet. These changes continue to affect the daily lives of arctic residents but now that the large ice sheets have also begun to lose ice rapidly, billions more people are being impacted along coasts throughout the world as sea level rises faster and faster. Observations of this accelerating ice loss have surprised the experts and confounded the predictive models that decision makers might rely on to take action.  The distant future is easy to forecast—less ice on Earth—one million years of paleoclimate data say so, but more detail is needed.  Direct field studies have identified a number of causes for the sudden awakening of the ice sheets.  Yet all have a common element, which will be explained in the lecture, and demonstrated by the audience.  It’ll be fun, educational and the facts will affect your life—whether you attend the lecture or not!
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Dr. Robert Bindschadler’s career spanned over 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.  A Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, he remains active in public lecturing and in developing more effective means of communicating scientific understanding.  He has led major multi-institutional and international research projects, most recently a major ice-sheet modeling study for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. During his distinguished NASA career, he developed numerous unique applications of remote sensing data for glaciological research.  His extensive field experience includes leading 18 Antarctic field expeditions to study dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet and has both a major West Antarctic ice stream and East Antarctic glacier named to honor his scientific accomplishments.  He has testified before Congress, briefed the U.S. Vice President, and published over 160 scientific papers, including numerous review articles.

August's monthly presentation: Updates on Initiative 1631

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Andrew Eckels from YesOn1631 will give an update on Initiative 1631.  The November ballot issue will have intense opposition from those who profit from selling fossil fuels.

As Washingtonians we all do our part to keep our state clean. But right now the largest polluters can pollute for free while the rest of us pay the costs. I-1631 would put a fee on those who develop our fossil fuel resources, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean energy; and invests in protecting our air and water and new clean energy infrastructure across the state. We know with this initiative, we can protect our health, build new good paying jobs, and ensure a cleaner future for the next generation.
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Transition Fidalgo and Friends program gatherings are open to all and you are welcome to attend; you needn’t be a member to come.
Our gatherings include community announcements and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency.

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Transition Fidalgo and Friends program gatherings are open to all and you are welcome to attend; you needn’t be a member to come.

Our gatherings include community announcements and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

July's monthly presentation: Attracting Pollinators

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

There are a wealth of industrious and often-overlooked insects out there that ensure our gardens are both beautiful and bountiful. Come learn who they are and how to provide them with the conditions they need to work hard for you. Virgene Link is a WSU Skagit Country Master Gardener volunteer educator and Anacortes resident with a passion for raising the profile of critters whose work in ensuring plentiful harvests and balanced ecosystems is often overlooked or disrupted.

Previous gatherings had included a meal, the “7th Generation Suppers”, that began at 5:45 before the program. Surveys showed a high regard for the presentations and a low need for the suppers. Because of that, we have currently discontinued the suppers.

Open to all and welcome; you needn’t be a member to come.

Our monthly program gatherings include community announcements and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Seventh Generation Supper: Water-wise Vegetables

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Jane Billinghurst joins us to talk about “Water-wise Vegetables.” Anacortes experiences wet winter and dry summers, which means water is in short supply when most of our vegetables are actively growing–a situation likely to become more pronounced in the future. What strategies can we employ to reduce our reliance on municipal water systems or wells while growing bountiful food gardens? Jane Billinghurst is a WSU Skagit County Master Gardener volunteer educator and Anacortes resident with a particular interest in water conservation in the home garden.

Seventh Generation Supper: Home Rule Skagit

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper on Tuesday, May 29, at 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St., or simply join us for the presentation around 7:00.

Margery Hite and Sara Holahan will present an overview of Home Rule Charters, a system of county government used by seven other western Washington Counties. They belong to Home Rule Skagit, a strictly non-partisan organization advocating the benefits of charter government: “a larger, part-time County Council with more representatives; an appointed county administrator with specified qualifications to match the size of the job; the power of citizen initiative and referendum; periodic citizen review of how the system is working; and built-in transparency and accountability, all for the same price we are paying now.”

Sara Holahan recently retired from the Mount Vernon Public Library and ran for Anacortes City Council in 2017. Margery Hite served as both a civil prosecutor and an executive director for Snohomish County, a charter county.

Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Seventh Generation Supper: FutureFest Follow Up

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Come join us for a celebration of FutureFest. We’ll enjoy pictures and videos, but more importantly, we’ll look at the inspirations and ideas that came out of the weekend and start turning them into action. If FutureFest is about inspiring ideas for building a future that works for people and planet, than this month’s Seventh Generation Supper will be about rolling up our sleeves and making it happen. Help us prioritize our next big projects.

Seventh Generation Supper: You too can be a scientist! Citizen science projects in the Salish Sea

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Since our beginnings, humans have learned by observation and experimentation. Today, the practice of citizen science (or participatory science) is taking off throughout the world, and some of the most successful projects began right here in the Salish Sea.  Betsy will share an overview of some of the projects being conducted in Puget Sound today and a perspective on why citizen science is so important in today’s economy and climate.  Click here for more detail.

Seventh Generation Supper: County’s Clean Tech Sector: Exploring Trends and Opportunities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Transition Fidalgo’s “Vision 2030” identified strategies for supporting the development of Anacortes and Skagit County as a hub of green business innovation, including high-potential sustainable industries.  What would help support Skagit County become a leader in developing products, technologies, and ideas that advance sustainability while supporting a resilient economy? Presentation by Sean Connell, Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) in Mount Vernon. Click here for more detail.

Seventh Generation Supper: "Blue Carbon: The role of eelgrass meadows, tidal wetlands, and carbon markets in mitigating climate change"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Dr. Jude Apple is an oceanographer, estuarine ecologist, and Research Coordinator for the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He’ll evaluate the role of wetlands and eelgrass in sequestering atmospheric carbon, and the value of such activity in carbon markets and coastal planning efforts. Click here for more info.

Seventh Generation Supper: Swinomish First Foods and Community Health as Indicators of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Larry Campbell and Jamie Donatuto of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community  speak on “Swinomish First Foods and Community Health as Indicators of Climate Change.”

Dr. Jamie Donatuto is a Community Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Larry Campbell is the Community Health Specialist in the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program, and a distinguished Swinomish tribal elder. Together, they co-manage the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program.

Their project is to develop and implement a Swinomish community health climate change impact assessment based on simple descriptive scales to evaluate the connections between community health and natural resources. How is community health effected as nearshore habitats change, impacting the availability of traditional foods? Resutls of their study will be integrated into results into the Swinomish Climate Change Impact Assessment and Action Plan.

Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary.

Suggested supper donation (catered by Gere-a-Deli): $5/adult; $3/10 and under.

Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency.

Seventh Generation Supper: Candidate Cafe

Tuesday, October 24 (NOT the last Tuesday of the month, which is our usual schedule)

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

This month’s supper will be held at a different date and with a special format. We’ve moved to the fourth Tuesday, so as not to compete with Halloween, and rather than a presentation, we’re holding a Candidate Cafe.

We’ll start at 5:45 as usual, with social time over supper. After that, City Council candidates will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and answer this question: “As the world warms and severe weather, wildfires and droughts increase, what do you think our community needs to do to continue to lower its carbon emissions and to build resilience for the future?”

For the bulk of the evening, candidates will rotate from table to table. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know them as people and ask the questions you most care about.

Seventh Generation Supper: Early Warning Systems for Biodiversity in Cascadia: a journey via southern Africa and Antarctica

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Early Warning Systems for Biodiversity in Cascadia: a journey via southern Africa and Antarctica, with Dr. Phoebe Barnard

Dr. Phoebe Barnard’s life so far has taken her through evolutionary ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, global change science, environmental observation systems, ecosystem assessment, sustainability strategy and environmental futures.  A mountaineer, poet, and volcano climber by heart, she works in government, academia, and nonprofits with economists, lawyers, policymakers, citizen scientists, and other scientists to change the way we do things. Her constant message: “The world doesn’t have to be this way. We can change it.” Phoebe is the Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, an Affiliate Professor at the  University of Washington, and a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.

Click here to see more info.