Rewatch Your Favorite Presentations
So many authors, researchers, artists, and newsmakers have shared time with our community to broaden our knowledge and offer new perspectives. In case you missed them or would like to rewatch and share these programs, we've created this space to enjoy them again. The most recent program can be found here. Older programs can be found on our YouTube page. Enjoy!
Buzz | Thor Hanson
Author and biologist Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.
Finding Nature in Seattle's Parks | Linnea Westerlind
The people of Seattle have access to over 400 city parks. Included in this array of ball fields and playgrounds lie wonderful areas of peace and natural beauty. During this period marked with isolation and life disruptions, natural spaces can offer a therapeutic benefit. Linnea Westerlind is the author of 'Discovering Seattle Parks.' As part of Seward Park Audubon Center's lecture series, Linnea will share her insights on places within our park system that help us reconnect with the natural world and invigorate our senses. The presentation is hosted by Todd Burley of Seattle Park and Audubon Washington.
Seattle's Tree Canopy
An urban tree canopy is made up of the leaves, branches, and stems of our trees that obscure the view of the ground from above. This system of trees reduces air pollution, lowers the City’s temperature, and provides beauty and wildlife habitat in our neighborhoods. The evening was moderated by Seattle Times writer Lynda Mapes and featured a panel including Woody Wheeler (Conservation Catalyst), Maria Batayola (Beacon Hill Council), June Bluespruce, Deb Heiden (Seattle Audubon Society), and David Moehring (UW - Bothell). They provided the current state of Seattle’s tree canopy and the goals for canopy coverage.
Seattle Urban Carnivore Project | Wildlife in Seattle
Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University have launched a new project to explore how mammalian carnivores, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and even cougars and bears live and interact with people across urban and suburban areas in the Seattle region. Increasing contact between humans and carnivores potentially leads to more human-carnivore interactions and increased concerns about risks to humans, whether real or perceived. The continued survival of urban carnivore populations, as well as a sense of security for the public, requires an increased understanding of and coexistence with these species. Katie Remine (Woodland Park Zoo) and Mark Jordan (Seattle University) share insights from their research on our urban carnivores.
J.R. Harris | Way Out There
It all began in 1966 when, as a young New Yorker, he impulsively drives his VW Beetle across the country to the very end of the northernmost road in Alaska, searching for an answer to a simple question: What is it like to be way out there? His book 'Way Out There' is an account of his exploits while backpacking in some of the most rugged and remote places on earth. After more than a half-century of wilderness travel, he has plenty of tales to tell. J.R.'s stories are, at times, informative, humorous, tragic, unusual, and uplifting. He is an audaciously inquisitive guy who revels in exploring not just the edges of the world, but also the edges of his comfort zone.
J.R. joined us on July 30 to share what he's learned from his treks to some of the planet's most remote locations.
Lila Westreich | Mason Bees
Of the hundreds of native Northwest bee species, mason bees are some of the hardest working, sting-free pollinators we can bring into our backyards. Even though they do not produce honey, mason bees are more efficient as pollinators when compared to domestic honey bees. Lila Westreich, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, will share research that explores foraging trends of native bees in urban environments through genetic analysis.
Lila joined us July 16 for Science, Nature, and a Biscuit. Please enjoy Lila's presentation!