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2016 South Sound Science Symposium

June 28th, 2016 by Scott Steltzner · Comments Off on 2016 South Sound Science Symposium

The sixth South Sound Science Symposium will be held September 20th, 2016 at the Little Creek Resort Event Center. A save the date announcement and a call for poster abstracts can be found here.  

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Kindergarteners Burfoot Park Field Trip, Puget Sound Sea Life, Scuba Divers too!

June 2nd, 2016 by Joseph Peters · Comments Off on Kindergarteners Burfoot Park Field Trip, Puget Sound Sea Life, Scuba Divers too!

  It’s that time of year when classrooms take a day to go on an end of the year field trip, somewhere fun, but somewhere educational.  On Tuesday May 24th, Griffin School and Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) kindergarten classes planned a trip to Burfoot Park along Budd Inlet, where they were greeted by Squaxin Island Tribe […]

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Collier Boat Ramp and Jetty Restoration

November 20th, 2015 by Scott Steltzner · Comments Off on Collier Boat Ramp and Jetty Restoration

The Squaxin Island Tribe, working with our partner the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group http://spsseg.org/, recently completed a project to remove a boat ramp and large concrete structure that had  been used as a boat basin. Both of these structures blocked the natural movement of sediment down the beach. Why is this important? This […]

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Beach Seining it up!!

September 10th, 2015 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Beach Seining it up!!

Pictured: Will Henderson (Fisheries Biologist), Daniel Kuntz (Fish Biologist), and Candace Penn (CC Ecologist Trainee) Photo credit: Sarah Zaniewski  

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A Walk Down Squaxin Islands Climate Change Road

August 20th, 2015 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on A Walk Down Squaxin Islands Climate Change Road

Some of you might be wondering what we as a tribe are doing about climate change? How is Climate Change effecting our first foods like shellfish, salmon, and harvestable plants? As the Climate Change Ecologist Trainee for the Tribe these are things I think about quite often. I have collected various graphs, charts,and images that I hope […]

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Youth Fresh Water Mussel Surveys

July 16th, 2015 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Youth Fresh Water Mussel Surveys

  SIT staff attended this Fresh Water Mussel survey training to prepare for future programs with tribal youth. The pictures above are from a training at Crystal Springs Creek in Portland, OR. Below are pictures from a our tribal youth pilot program at Mill Creek in Shelton, WA. The below pictures are from a pilot youth mussel survey […]

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Go Inslee!!!

June 17th, 2015 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Go Inslee!!!

    Governor Inslee signs Forage Fish Bill (SB5166)! This bill directs WDFW to conduct extensive forage fish spawning surveys throughout Puget Sound over the next two years and will provide significant benefit for improving habitat protections. Proposed by Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, the bill requires the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and […]

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What the Heck is a Fresh Water Mussel?

November 21st, 2014 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on What the Heck is a Fresh Water Mussel?

  Photo Courtesy of Marbet, Erica The average individual could walk through a creek without even noticing these small gems. In fact most people are completely unaware of their existence. Freshwater bivalves are a kind of freshwater molluscs. They are bivalves which live in freshwater, as opposed to saltwater. The majority of species of bivalve […]

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Telling South Sound Stories

October 23rd, 2014 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Telling South Sound Stories

The final presentation of the day is from Katie Campbell and Ashely Ahearn with Earthfix.  They work to get media coverage for all the wonderful work scientists are doing all over the Puget Sound area.   Stressing to remember that when giving an interview that it’s not live, no one is trying to make you sound stupid and […]

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Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference; Linking science and decision making

September 26th, 2014 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference; Linking science and decision making

Attending this conference was nothing short of enlightening and informative. I was honored to be in the presence of over 250 climate change specialists and researchers from all around the region. Presenters discussed everything from climate change adaptation to mitigation planning. Our main task was to review scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the […]

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