Join Save Our Wild Salmon for three Thursdays - October 1, 8 and 15 - for our Fall Wild Salmon Speaker Series.
This online speaker series (via zoom) will feature in-depth conversations with several experts and leaders to discuss different aspects of salmon and steelhead recovery efforts - with a focus on the Snake River Basin.
Join us on October 1, 8, and 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm PST to learn about the challenges, opportunities and implications of restoring the lower Snake River and its endangered fish by removing four federal dams. We'll explore ways to solve today's Snake and Columbia river salmon crisis in a manner that also ensures clean, reliable and affordable energy and prosperous communities and cultures.
These conversations and audience Q&A will be moderated by SOS' Sam Mace and Joseph Bogaard.
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University of Washington's Dr. Sam Wasser and National Resources Defence Council's (NRDC) Giulia Good Stefani will share their expertise on the critical connections between Southern Resident orcas and Columbia Basin salmon.
Dr. Sam Wasser acquired his B.Sc in Zoology at Michigan State University, his M.Sc in Zoology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of Washington. After receiving his Ph.D., Wasser was awarded the first H.F. Guggenheim Career Development Award for his studies of reproductive impacts of aggression in female mammals. He then received the first Research Scientist Development Award from the Smithsonian Institution for his work on noninvasive hormone methods. During his time at the Smithsonian, Wasser also directed their Conservation and Management Training Program for African nationals. After 5 years at the Smithsonian, Wasser returned to the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Scientific Director of the Center for Wildlife Conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo. In 2001, Wasser was awarded the endowed chair in Conservation Biology by the University of Washington Board of Reagents. He is currently a Research Professor in the UW Department of Biology and Director of their Center for Conservation Biology after being awarded the endowed chair in Conservation Biology by the University of Washington Board of Regents.
Giulia Good Stefani works to protect marine mammals and other wildlife, wild places, and communities from environmental injustices. Prior to joining NRDC, she taught and supervised a law clinic at Yale Law School as a Robert M. Cover Fellow, worked for a small Los Angeles law firm, and clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She represents NRDC on the Orca Salmon Alliance and as an advisor to the Emergency Orca Task Force created by Governor Inslee in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Stefani works out of Mosier, Oregon.
MEET YOUR HOSTS:
SOS Inland Northwest Director Sam Mace first got involved in efforts to protect Snake River wild salmon and steelhead 20+ years ago working for the Idaho Wildlife Federation. She’s worked for SOS since 2004. Sam lives in Spokane with her dog and her sweetheart, and spends her free time fishing, hiking and gardening.
SOS Executive Director Joseph Bogaard began working for Save Our Wild Salmon as an organizer in 1996. He first got hooked on Northwest salmon restoration efforts while in graduate school where he authored a paper in the mid-1990s, exploring the then-relatively recent Snake River salmon listings under the Endangered Species Act, and how it might impact Northwest lands and waters, its energy system and tribal and non-tribal communities. Joseph lives outside of Seattle with his wife Amy and their children.
TAKE ACTION: SUPPORT POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND A REGIONAL SOLUTION FOR SALMON, ORCAS AND COMMUNITIES: Link to Save Our Wild Salmon's Action Page
LINKS TO RELEVANT INFORMATON AND REPORTS:
• Scientists' White Letter: Southern Resident Killer Whales & Columbia/Snake River Chinook: A Review of the Available Scientific Evidence (Feb. 2020) PDF
• Salmon Scientists' Letter to Governor Inslee's Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force (Oct. 2018) PDF
• The Importance of Commercial & Recreational Fishing in Washignton State (Jan. 2020) PDF
• Letter to Rep. Derek Kilmer signed by Lutheran Bishop Richard Jaech and 76 other clergy and lay leaders in the 6th Congressional District (August 2020) PDF