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Sipping Science Starts in Oak Harbor

April 7th, 2013 at Sun, 7th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by maribeth crandell

Julie Masura, UW Scientist speaks on Micro-Plastics April 24 at Mo's Pub in Langley


It’s April and Whidbey’s Earth Ocean Monthis officially underway.

The Sipping Science series of Pub Talks will start at Flyers in Oak Harbor at 5:30 on Tuesday, April 9.  Meet Howard Garrett and Susan Berta of Orca Network for the latest on the Grey Whales that are surrounding our island right now!  Grey Whales like to slurp up a big mouthful of sand from the bottom and then spit it out through their baleen filtering the sand lance and small copepods for dinner.  They winter in Mexico where they have babies in protected lagoons.  In summer they go to Alaska where they get an all-you-can-eat seafood dinner.  But for a limited time only, they’re passing by Whidbey Island!  Find out where you can go to see them this spring.

If you can’t make it to Flyers on April 9, you’ll have another chance to catch the Orca Network at the Greenbank Bar and Grille at 5:30 on Thursday, April 11.   Have a beer or glass of wine and enjoy the conversation.

It’s adds a whole new dimension to Happy Hour!

Have questions about recycling?  Bring them to Ciao’s Restaurant in Coupeville at 5:30 on Wednesday, April 17.  Meet Janet Hall, our local WSU Extension Waste Wise Coordinator.  Get a glass of wine and a pizza and engage in discussion about reducing waste.  Find out what you can recycle which depends on where you live, or if you have access to the Navy base recycling center.  Learn about the latest trends in an ever changing recycling market. Ask what you can do to reduce household hazardous waste.  Find out how you can transform food waste into a rich soil supplement for your garden, why you don’t want to throw your yard waste over the bluff and how to save money by reducing waste.

Blooms Taste of Wine in Bayview hosts the next pub talk on Monday, April 22 at 5:00.  The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will present “Why land protection matters”.  Discover the links between protecting open space and our Island economy, ecology and community.

On Wednesday, April 24, go to Mo’s Pub in Langley for a discussion on Micro-Plastics, here, there and everywhere, led by Julie Masura from the University of Washington.

And on Friday, April 26 at 6:30, Ott & Murphy Wines in Langley will have Nate Scholz of NOAA present about Salmon and their Sense of Smell.

There may be more pub talks scheduled so check for updates at:






Maribeth Crandell has a green thumb. Most of the rest of her is "green", as well. She's worked in city, state and national parks as a naturalist, educator and guide, on ships and on shore from the Columbia River to Southeast Alaska. She offers presentations for 6 year olds to seniors. She publishes articles, sings songs, plays the banjo and hikes trails. In fact, in 2006 she hiked the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She's been an educator for many organizations on Whidbey Island and for 5 years worked as the Environmental Educator for the City of Oak Harbor. She's been a consistent voice on Whidbey Island leading the way toward sustainability. Because Maribeth has a green thumb, along with the rest of her.

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