"Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest" - 24th Annual Rachel Carson Forum

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
The 24th Annual Rachel Carson Forum

The Evergreen State College
Library Room 4300
April 24, 2014

Dr. Richard Feely, Nobel Peace Prize Winner & IPCC Author, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  //  Andy Haub, Planning and Engineering Manager, City of Olympia Public Works Department  //  Thera Black, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council  //  Facilitated by Rhys Roth, Director, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

Doors open at 6:00pm with a performance by The Oly Mountain Boysand a tabling expo. Speakers start at 7:00pm followed by discussion and Q&A. Free and open to the public. Parking $2. 

Presented by the Master of Environmental Studies Student Association

The Rachel Carson Forum is an annual spring event dedicated to Rachel Carson’s legacy of exploration and understanding of complex environmental issues and questions. This year's topics include ocean acidification, sea level rise, and the urban response.


Longshot from Burfoot Park

static shot, one hour 55 minutes

Olympia Urban Corridor - In Our Interests?

Effective hyperlocal advocacy journalism from Jay Elder.

Crane Barge to Remove Cranes, Arrives

This is more (see previous blog entries) video from a couple weeks ago, when a crane barge was arriving. It's set to some music from YouTube, that was selected somwhat quite randomly, so please turn down the volume if it bugs ya. Hope you enjoy some of these shots. Thanks! Robert

Bee swarm season begins!

(Passing this on from a neighbor in the Eastside Neighborhood Association)

Yesterday was the official beginning of swarm season in our neighborhood.

A bee swarm is the natural reproductive process that honeybees go through. The bees gorge themselves on honey, leave the hive for a temporary resting place, while scouting bees look for a new home. Their natural hive is an empty tree, but they have been known to hive themselves in all kinds of places.
Honeybee swarms are terrifying to most people. But counter to conventional wisdom, swarming is a time when bees are the least aggressive. With no home to protect and their bellies full of honey (which makes it difficult for them to project their stingers), they are almost peaceable. However the honey they consumed will last them no more than three days and less depending on the weather. 70% of all swarms die because they are unable to find a suitable home.

Train Carries Proppants From Port

Tacoma Rail engines carry proppants for oil fracking operations, from Port of Olympia, to the Bakken Region of Montana and North Dakota

Early April Recent Photos

Almost all of these photos are from around Budd Bay. There has been a lot of traffic and other activity at the port. In this set of photos are images of the new ship Inland Sea arriving (also video of that below,) the Corella Arrow arriving, unloading bagged ceramic proppants (destined for the Bakken Region oil fracking operations of ND and MT,) and departing. Also the Atlantic Burnet log carrier departing at night.

video Inland Sea Arriving

video Corella Arrow arriving in Budd Bay

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