Annual Dinner and Speaker

Saturday, May 4, 5:30pm

Elks Lodge, Hoquiam


Advance reservations are required by April 24

5:30pm Social and No-host Bar; 6:30pm Dinner; 7:30 speaker

A Pioneer Naturalist in Washington Ghost Forests

Speaker: Brian Atwater, U.S. Geological Survey and University of WA

Dead coastal trees now linked to a giant earthquake were first reported by the pioneer naturalist after whom the Cooper Ornithological Society was named. James Graham Cooper served before the Civil War as a surgeon and naturalist with the Stevens railroad survey and as a collector for the Smithsonian Institution. His 1854 journal tells of intertidal spruce stumps in growth posi-tion along a Columbia River tidal creek near Chinook. His 1860 railroad report, extolling the durability of western red cedar, cites standing dead trunks of “this species only” in tidal marshes of Willapa Bay. In recent decades these forest remains, as clues to the 1700 Cascadia earthquake, have spurred earthquake and tsunami preparedness in the region.

Brian Atwater

Discoveries by Brian Atwater contributed to today’s consensus that the Pacific Northwest is subject to great earthquakes and associated tsunamis. Brian also investigated earthquake and tsunami hazards in Japan, Chile, the northeast Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean. Publications include a book on Japanese accounts of the 1700 Cascadia tsunami, and public-safety booklets based on tsunami survivors’ testimony in Chile, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Brian now volunteers as a U.S. Geological Survey scientist emeritus and a University of Washington affiliate professor.

Dinner: This year‛s Annual Dinner will offer a scrumptious catered meal by O‛Brien‛s Catering located in Aberdeen. Dinner is served buffet style with your choice of several entree options. Sign up for this important event on the Registration Form.

Fundraising: Participants will have a chance to support the education program at Grays Harbor NWR. Money raised is used to fund an AmeriCorps member who coordinates the program and provides classroom lessons on shorebirds and conservation to 3rd and 4th graders in Grays Harbor County. The money is also used to provide the bus transportation to the Refuge for participating classes.

Ruddy Turnstone Photo by John Whitehead