Park hosts 10th Perspectives series


Presenters of Olympic National Park's Perspectives series announced the schedule for the remainder of the season.

Programs are the second Tuesday of each month through May. The next program is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles.

All are offered free of charge and are co-sponsored by the Friends of Olympic National Park. Seating is limited and attendees are urged to arrive early.

This year's series highlights a variety of resources protected by the park.

Feb. 10 - "Climate Change & the Rivers, Glaciers and Forests of the Pacific Northwest," Crystal Raymond, University of Washington

What will climate change mean for the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest and the rivers and forests of Olympic National Park? Rivers and forests have been shaped by climate for millennia but now they are experiencing changes in the climate system at an unprecedented rate.

Raymond discusses the impacts of climate change on tree growth, stream hydrology, winter snowpack and fish habitat and will emphasize the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events in the region. Extreme events, including windstorms and floods, greatly impact the natural resources of Olympic National Park.

March 10 - "Fishers Return to Olympic: An Update on Reintroduction," Patti Happe, wildlife branch chief at Olympic National Park

Last winter, 18 fishers were released in Olympic National Park, marking the return of this predator to its place in the ecosystem after a decades-long absence. Additional releases are occurring this winter, with the ultimate goal of relocating 100 fishers to Olympic National Park by 2010.

April 14 - "Mapping the Unseen World of the Forest Canopy," Robert Van Pelt

Poised more than 200 feet above the forest floor, the canopy of the old growth forests of the Olympic Peninsula is a world unseen by most people and only recently studied by scientists. Join Van Pelt as he shares some of his groundbreaking work on understanding the plant species and interrelationships that exist in this world in the treetops.

May 13 - Peninsula and Huxley colleges present Elwha field research reports, Professor Dwight Barry and students.

Findings from environmental science research associated with the Elwha Restoration Project, the world's largest dam removal and river restoration project.

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