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Environment

Climate change talk next in speaker series

Ingrid Tohver will give a presentation on “Global Climate Change from a Pacific Northwest Perspective” Thursday as part of the Discovery Speaker Series.

Tohver is a research scientist from the Washington State Climate Impacts Group.

While many discussions on climate change focus on icebergs melting and South Pacific islands flooding, Tohver will discuss the effects of global climate change here in the Northwest.

Her presentation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at the LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams Ave. NE, Olympia.

Sponsored by the science center and the South Sound Estuary Association, the series is held the third Thursday of the month from September-March, except for December. The Nov. 20 program will look at the importance of forage fish to Puget Sound salmon and birds.

Wildlife

Learn about birds during event at Burke

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will host “Birds at the Burke” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The day is filled with events and activities to help Puget Sound residents learn more about the birds in their backyard and around the world. Visitors will have the chance to explore a unique indoor bird-watching experience and make their own bird feeder.

The schedule includes live bird shows by Yakima’s Raptor House Rehab Center at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; presentations by award-winning photographer and author Paul Bannick at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and displays of hundreds of bird specimens, including rare and delicate bird’s eggs with their nests.

Information will be provided for birders of all ages and experience levels by the Burke Museum Ornithology team along with members from the Seattle Audubon, Puget Sound Bird Observatory and the Washington Ornithological Society.

The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

For information on tickets and museum hours, call 206-543-5590 or go to burkemuseum.org.

Economy

Survey attempts to gauge coastal benefit

The Surfrider Foundation is working with Point 97 to document the recreational uses of Washington’s coast through an online survey. The data collected will help protect these areas for future enjoyment and determine the value of coastal and ocean recreation to the state’s economy.

Casey Dennehy Washington Surfrider coastal program manager and chairman of the Grays Harbor Marine Resource Committee, said recreation and tourism are vital to the social and economic success of coastal communities and the state. The issue, he said, is that little information exists to demonstrate the economic and spatial impact of these activities.

Since the survey was launched on May 21, more than 280 surveys have been completed. A few of the most popular activities reported so far include beach going, sightseeing, photography, surfing, kayaking and wildlife viewing.

The deadline for completing a survey is Oct. 31.You can find the survey at surfrider.org/washington-

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Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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