Know Your Islanders: Dr. Jason Hodin and the UW Labs Baby Seastar Program

About eight years ago starfish from Mexico to Alaska succumbed to a still-mysterious and deadly syndrome known as “seastar wasting.” The worst hit was our iconic sunflower star, and it is now listed as critically endangered. Over the past 30 months, with the support and partnership of the Nature Conservancy, Dr. Jason Hodin and his team at the UW’s Friday Harbor Labs have established the world’s only captive rearing program for this important predatory species, one whose recent absence from California may have contributed to massive disruptions in the kelp forest ecosystem. Dr. Hodin will talk about sunflower stars, urchins and kelp, his challenges and successes in raising the stars, and prospects for the future.
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*CANCELED* Know Your Islanders: The Stand Coffee, Abbie & Stephen on Wed, September 22 at 7:00pm

*This event has been canceled. If you have any questions, please email* You may have seen Abbie & Stephen at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, now come meet them on Zoom! Island locals who met in New Zealand, they are lovers of quality coffee. Focused on community growth and development, they started the Stand coffee and give 10% of their sales back to the community. A few organizations they have supported/stood for so far are; the Family Resource Center, Every Mother Counts, A Jesus Mission, Helping Hands FH, Destiny Rescue, The SJ Community Foundation, Plant with Purpose, and more! Come listen to Abbie & Stephen tell us about themselves and their coffee.
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Know Your Islanders: Winnie Brumsickle, Perfumer, on Tue. July 6, 7pm

Winnie Brumsickle is an artisan perfumer and loves to share her knowledge, studio/home, and experience with anyone interested in learning more about scent and scent construction.  During this program we will cover a brief introduction to the mechanism of olfaction, discuss the history of scent as art, fragrance construction concepts, and the influence of the market and matters of sustainability on our ideas about fine fragrance. A Q&A section will follow the program.
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