This is Year Five of "Glimpses," a Fall/Winter Lecture Series, in Ocean Shores. Experts will speak on a variety of subjects related to the natural world, resources, or history.

This season the talks will be at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, October through March.


The location is Ocean Shores' own Home Port Restaurant banquet room, at 857 Point Brown Avenue, Ocean Shores. The Banquet Facilities entrance is on the south end of the building. Come early and have a great dinner!

The 2017-2018 season of "Glimpses" is brought to you by Bank of the Pacific, Ocean Shores Community Club, and Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce.

The Lecture Series is a fundraising event for the Center. Each lecture is $10, or all six (Season Ticket) for $50.


Tickets for each lecture may be purchased at the door. For a season ticket, get one at the door of the first or second lecture, at Coastal Interpretive Center, or at the Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce.

February 15:

Bill Pickell, former CEO, Washington Contract Loggers Association - "Discover the Forest: Olympic National Forest from a Private Perspective"


The Olympic National Forest was the "Crown Jewel" for the US Forest Service in regards to timber harvesting. It filled federal, state and local coffers with unlimited funds. Today it is flat broke, producing a pittance, dependent now on federal handouts.  What happened and can it recover? Or is that not the will of the people?  Come, listen and join in the discussion.

Bill Pickell, a graduate of the University of Idaho with a B.S. in forestry and business management, has been employed with both Rayonier and Weyerhaeuser on the Olympic Peninsula. From 1989 to 2008, he was the President/CEO of Washington Contract Loggers Association, a for-profit trade association headquartered in Olympia, Washington. As CEO of the WCLA he was instrumental in forming a logger-owned insurance company and also initiated the Accredited Logger Program which provides continuing education and professionalism to loggers statewide. Currently, Bill is retired, and he and his wife Ellen reside on their ranch and tree farm outside of Hoquiam, WA.

2017-18 Line-up

October 19:

Mark Smalley and Dan Stransky, Rayonier Timber

"90 Years of Land Management"

Dan Stransky (left) is the Senior Timber Marketing Manager and Mark Smalley is Engineering Manager for Rayonier's ownership in Oregon and Washington. Between the two of them, they have a combined experience of over 60 years in the timber industry.

In 2016, Rayonier celebrated its 90th year of operation. Rayonier started in Washington in 1927 and grew to 2.7 million acres under management in the U.S. and New Zealand. Mark and Dan will present some of their 90-year history of land management and take the opportunity to talk about modern forestry.

Photos courtesy Mark Smalley and LinkedIn

November 16:

Bill Lindstrom, Author - "John Tornow: Villain or Victim"

John Tornow was alleged to have killed his two twin nephews in 1911 on the eastern ridge of the Olympic Mountains. That event touched off a 19-month manhunt that ended with seven dead, including Tornow in 1913. During that life as a fugitive, Tornow was never seen by anyone. In March 1912, two deputies were sent to look for him; both were ambushed and killed. Their bodies were discovered buried in a “T” shape. Was that Tornow giving a warning? Or someone else trying to finger the man on the lam?

Bill Lindstrom (above), former city editor for The Daily World at Aberdeen and news editor for the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles, and a veteran of more than 50 years in journalism, spent 28 years researching this story. He is currently a resident of Olympia, and is working on his second book "Strait Scoop: A History of the News Media in Clallam and Jefferson Counties."

Photos courtesy Bill Lindstrom

December 21:

Alan Rammer, Marine Educator & Shellfish Biologist  - "How Razor Clam Seasons are Established: Understanding the Tides"

Al will talk about one of his favorite topics, razor clams, and explain how the Pacific Coast tides affect decisions regarding when to harvest.

Alan Rammer, retired from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, has a degree in Shellfish Biology and Invertebrate Zoology. He was the recipient of the 2012 National Marine Educator of the Year award and has been recognized for his innovative educational standards  by several organizations. He is very active in the world of beachcombing and was the co-founder of the Ocean Shores Beachcomber's Fun Fair in 1985 and served as the events director for that festival for 5 years. This event is still going strong at 28 years. In addition to promoting activities associated with the northwest beaches and traveling the world to meet other aquatic educators, Al currently serves in the Science and Education Seat of the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee.

Photos courtesy Alan Rammer

January 18:

Joe Schumacker, Marine Resources Scientist - "Nautilus Live and the Quinault Canyon Exploration"

In 2008, one of the great modern explorers of the world's oceans, Dr. Robert Ballard, formed the Ocean Exploration Trust with a goal of making oceanic explorations accessible to the public over the internet. The flagship of this Trust is the E/V Nautilus, and it carries two Remotely Operated Vehicles. A grant allowed for four days of exploration by these vehicles in the Quinault Canyon off the shores of Washington State, where they mapped ocean floor terrain, sampled for ocean acidification, and looked at methane seeps and deep water organisms. Joe Schumacker and Olympic National Marine Sanctuary coordinated with the ship during this time, and in this presentation Joe will share information, photos, and video footage.

Joe Schumacker has been working with the Quinault Indian Nation on the west coast of Washington State for sixteen years. During that time he has managed many of the tribe's fisheries including salmon, groundfish and shellfish. Joe has been an active participant for the Quinault Nation at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and has worked with all of the Washington coastal tribes on marine science issues including; benthic habitat characterization, harmful algal blooms and toxin analysis, improving fisheries assessments off the Washington coast, improving management of coastal crab fisheries and assessments of intertidal coastal habitat. Joe has represented the Quinault Nation on the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee (GH MRC), Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and the Intergovernmental Policy Council (IPC) working with the Sanctuary. 

Photos courtesy nautiluslive.org and olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/

Photos courtesy of Bill Pickell and Wikimedia Commons 

March 15:

Andrew Annanie, Wildlife Biologist -  "Waterfowl: Everything You Didn't Know"

Waterfowl (Order Anseriformes) are many and diverse in Washington State. Andrew will "dive into" the categorization of ducks, geese, and swans, and show us which we might expect to see in our explorations. He will also delve into their life history, habits, migration, reproductive strategies, and habitats. Waterfowl management and conservation will also be discussed, as well as identification tips and online information.

Andrew Annanie was born in Seattle, WA but moved to New Hampshire as a toddler and lived there through high school. He ultimately made his way back to Washington and has been residing here since 2008. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2012 and went on to work for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for 3 years, working on a variety of fisheries- and wildlife-related projects. His passion has always been working with birds, and he feels fortunate to have participated in various ornithological projects over the last several years; examples of which include conducting at-sea Marbled Murrelet population assessments and conducting a waterfowl abundance and habitat utilization study. He currently serves as a Wildlife Biologist for the Quinault Indian Nation. The main focus of his work now is to document waterfowl occurrence and distribution across the reservation, but he also assists with the implementation of other QIN wildlife projects including a black bear population study (see below, Andrew with a tranquilized black bear) and a cougar resource and habitat use study.




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