August 2020 TF&F Monthly Virtual Gathering:
Marine mammals of the Salish Sea and climate change impacts
by Dr. Cindy Elliser
The Salish Sea is home to variety of marine mammals, from whales to seals to porpoises. Some are doing well, others are still recovering. These animals face natural and anthropogenic threats, and with climate change this gets even more complicated. In this talk I will tell you a little about each of the species we commonly see in the Salish Sea, and how they are, or may be affected by climate change.
Dr. Cindy R. Elliser received her B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from FAU in 2010. For 10 years she worked with Dr. Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. In 2014 Dr. Elliser moved to the Pacific Northwest and founded Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals in the Salish Sea, particularly harbor porpoises and harbor seals. She is the author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at international scientific conferences. Dr. Elliser also teaches biology and related courses as an adjunct professor at Skagit Valley College.
July TF&F Monthly Virtual Gathering:
Tuesday July 28, 2020 via ZOOM, at 7 pm
Resilient Living* Series, Episode One:
Storing and Using Rainwater
Here is the video link to watch the presentation
Featuring the systems of local residents Eric Shen and Keith Magee
Rainwater catchment systems are relatively easy to install and are relatively low cost. They are simple. Collecting and using rainwater is low maintenance and a sustainable source of water. In a future of climate impacts, such as extremely wet winters, rainwater will run off rather than be captured in the soil. A catchment system will save some of that water to be used in the dry season.
There are a wide variety of systems ranging from putting a bucket under the downspout to more elaborate systems that can capture thousands of gallons of water and may require pumps and valves. We will focus on systems that use reusable 55-gallon plastic drums and 275-gallon totes.
* The Resilient Living Series aims to strengthen our community’s ability to meet the challenges of our time through simpler, less carbon-dependent, and more self-reliant living.
TF&F Monthly Virtual Gathering:
June 30, 2020 via ZOOM
Speakers: Betty Carteret and Steve Rothboeck
Carbon Pricing – A Game Changing Solution for Climate Change
With the world’s attention is focused on the COVID-19 global pandemic, acting on climate change has taken a back seat. However, climate change will continue as a threat multiplier to this health crisis as record heat, an active hurricane season, flooding and increased disease vectors land in the U.S. in the coming months.
Fortunately, game-changing legislation has been introduced that can put us on a path to rapidly reduce carbon emissions at the same time as stimulating the economy, creating new employment opportunities, and improving health. Citizens’ Climate Lobby and its hundreds of grassroots chapters throughout the US are focused on building political will to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763). This presentation will introduce Citizens’ Climate Lobby and delve into the topic of carbon pricing and the specifics of the bi-partisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act bill.
TF&F Monthly Virtual Gathering:
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 pm,
To our friends in the Transition community…
Can We Talk?
How are you? In the midst of all that’s happening now, do you feel the call for change, to move forward?
And, what does “moving forward” look like?
We’d love to explore these questions and more with you at our May 26th monthly virtual gathering on Zoom. (Log-in information is below.)
Evelyn Adams and Jack Hartt will guide a conversation that includes a look at what’s bubbling up right now in TF&F, why we’re starting these projects and how we’d love to do more with the help of all of you.
We’d like to really grow our efforts to help strengthen our community in this momentous time, and to move toward a better way of being in the world.
So again, how are you doing? If you’re in despair now, know that acting for positive change, filling one’s life with purpose, is the tonic.
April 28, 7 pm:
Hiking Close to Home, In an Era of Stay Home to Stay Safe
Maribeth Crandell and Jack Hartt presented the many trail options available for us locally for getting out, experiencing the natural world, getting healthier, and staying safe while we are doing that. They focused on current trail closures and limitations, and how to hike responsibly in this era of viral concern.
The program was shared live on Zoom, and recorded for YouTube. Find it here:
Our February 25, 2020 presentation:
Jack Hartt returns to share his popular presentation:
Love and Beauty in a Time of Turbulence
Our world and planet are changing; the challenges ahead are enormous. But we have within ourselves and among ourselves the resources to make a difference. Based on a riff from the new forest monitoring project in the ACFL, Jack will weave together the rhythms of hope and encouragement that keep us harmonizing in the coming turbulent times.
Jack Hartt retired in 2017 after working 40 years in the Washington State Park system – 14 of those years as the Park Manager at Deception Pass State Park. He is now involved with Transition Fidalgo & Friends and the Skagit Land Trust in a variety of projects.
Our January 28, 2020 presentation:
Bridging the Communication Divide
To ensure that Earth remains hospitable to a wide diversity of life, including ourselves, humanity must grow beyond our current habits and ways of being. That growth happens most reliably and effectively through connections between people, connections that often involve difficult conversations across disparate viewpoints and varied values. Learning to welcome those conversations and to engage in them with more curiosity than conviction and more empathy than emphasis is a path toward the common ground that will lead us forward. This talk will introduce a simple framework for engaging productively in the challenging and difficult conversations that lead to growth. We’ll take time to practice and reflect on how it works and where we might apply it.
Karen Gimnig is a team builder, motivational speaker and relationship coach. She believes that our need for connection with the people around us guides us toward effective relationships. She helps groups and individuals identify root causes of challenges and then walks beside them offering gentle support as they seek solutions, build trust and use simple (but not easy) tools for improved communication and relationships.
Our November 26 Presentation:
Is It Worth the Carbon?
Your Decisions Matter to the World
In a world that is seeing increasing impacts due a changing climate, do our daily decisions make any difference? The answer is they do. What you do has a greater impact than you imagine. Together, we’ll talk about why your actions matter and things that you can do to move the ball in the right direction.
Presented by Eric Shen
Eric Shen is a retired mechanical engineer who moved to Anacortes in 2004 from the Tri Cities (Richland) where he lived with his wife Betty Carteret for more than 27 years. Since retiring, Eric has been involved in a number of volunteer projects in the community through the WSU Beach Watchers program and Transition Fidalgo & Friends, a local organization leading the way to a more sustainable and resilient community.
October 29, 2019
Disaster Preparedness, by Dennis Clark
September 24, 2019
Climate Change and Forest Fires, by Dave Peterson
August 27, 2019
Climate Change and Soils, by Gabe and Deirdre LaHue
July 30, 2019
Mini-houses, by Bud Anderson
Net Zero Housing, by Kevin Maas
May 28, 2019
The Truffle, the Milliipede, and the Moth, by Roger Fuller
Presentation on YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEgGxAPeCGQ&t=57s
April 30, 2019
Paris to Pittsburgh, a movie by National Geographic
March 26, 2019
Marine Debris, by Hillary Burgess
Video presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0or77EDwLA
February 26, 2019
Ocean Acidification, by Dr. Brooke Love
Presentation on YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86LPxUeCDAY&t=5s
January 29, 2019
Earth’s Bi-Polar Disorder, by Dr. Robert Bindschadler
Presentation on YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyeTGQEkWmQ&fbclid=IwAR2stR6LRbd6jHN3FhR0OW5jQjwHDd3lJAQv9_UY1BKRe9jugFmrqZNr2WM