Plan now to attend Island County Beach Watchers' annual SOUND WATERS conference on Saturday February. 5, 2011. Held at Coupeville High School, the theme of the one-day conference this year will be: "All things Puget Sound."
Following a keynote address by Keynote address by Dr. Rick Keil, University of Washington , entitled: "Puget Sound: What's In Our Water and Why Does It Matter," there will be two sessions of presentations during the morning and one in the afternoon, with a lunch break and time to view a gymnasium full of exhibits.
Several SJC Beach Watchers have attended the conference in the past and found it very informative and helpful. (Talk to Claire, Shirley, Beverly, Susan, Andrea or Quinn to find out more.)
Important: The most difficult part of the conference is that you can only attend one presentation per session, and it will be hard to choose. Also, the most interesting presentations fill up quickly. Registration forms are already being distributed in Island County, and will be available on line on January 7. Sign up as soon as you know you can go, to have the best choices. For descriptions of the presentations and on-line registration forms ,)
go to: http://www.beachwatchers.wsu.edu/island/soundwaters/
Note: the first weekend ferry (winter schedule) doesn't arrive in Anacortes until 8:40 am, which means missing the registration/social hour, and most of the keynote speech. But you can still attend all three presentations, and there is plenty of time to visit with others and view the exhibits during the lunch break. Or consider going down on Fri. and spending the night in Coupeville or Oak Harbor.
This is a really fun event! If you decide to attend, please let Shann know so we can work out some car pools.