As the largest watershed restoration project in history unfolds on the Olympic Peninsula, no one is really sure yet how wildlife will respond to the return of the Elwha River to its free-flowing state.
Lynda Mapes has been following the great experiment day by day for the Seattle Times since well before the removal of the Elwha dams began a year ago. At Eastside Audubon’s September 27 program, she’ll present a talk and slideshow on the effects — actual, expected, and yet to be seen.
Titled “Why the Elwha River Is So Much More Than a Fish Story,” the talk will touch upon the mobilization of sediment after the removal of the dams, the surprisingly swift return of fish, and the challenge of restoring the landscape. Wildlife, birds, and native plants all play parts in the drama of recovery.
A question-and-answer session will follow the slide presentation.
The program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 o’clock on Thursday evening, September 27, in Kirkland at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Avenue South.
About Eastside Audubon
Eastside Audubon is the National Audubon Society chapter active in Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, and unincorporated East King County.
Eastside Audubon works to protect, preserve, and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We welcome new and experienced birders on our birding walks and field trips and in our birding classes. Visit www.eastsideaudubon.org.