“The Dragonfly Whisperer” at the NW Stream Center

The Incredible Lives of Dragonflies and Damselflies

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures, with a rich heritage of folklore and fables that vary greatly from culture to culture. European cultures tend to see them as dangerous — even deadly. Asian and Native American cultures see them as signs of good luck, longevity, and prosperity. The facts about dragonflies are even more interesting than the fables:

• They have six legs, but don’t walk.
• They have acute vision, but can’t hear.
• They predate dinosaurs, but are going strong today.
• They can spin at 1,000 rpm in mid-flight — the fastest spin in nature.

Scientist-author Jim Walker gives a lively and informative presentation exploring the world of dragonflies on August 8th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the NW Stream Center. Included are slow-motion videos of a behavior he discovered called the splash-dunk/spin-dry. In this behavior, a dragonfly plows into the water one or more times to bathe (splash- dunk), and then spins at 1,000 rpm to dry off (spin-dry). Professor Walker, known to his friends as “The Dragonfly Whisperer,” will even share tips on how to coax a dragonfly to perch on your finger, and how to see the delightful Happy-face Dragonfly!

Jim Walker earned his Ph. D. in theoretical physics at the University of Washington. He was a professor of physics at Washington State University for almost 20 years and, at the time of his retirement, was the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science and Mathematics Education. Professor Walker is the author of several university-level textbooks on physics, as well as a recently-published dragonfly field guide, Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast. He was also featured on a recent episode of Evening Magazine on King5 television. Professor Walker and his wife Betsy divide their time between Western Washington and Arizona, and enjoy birding and dragonflying in both locations.

Please call 425-316-8592 to register! $5 for members, $7 for non-members.

Season of the Otters at the Northwest Stream Center!

Snohomish County Parks and the Adopt A Stream Foundation are presenting the beautiful and entertaining film Season of the Otters  at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park 7pm, Thursday April 26 at 7pm.  There is a $3 admission charge and reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592.

Season of the Otters will take you on a 52 minute journey with adorable otters in Yellowstone Lake.  You will enjoy all four seasons with the playful otters and all the other beautiful animals living in their natural habitat on land and water.  The scenery is spectacular!

If you love to see wildlife living the way they were meant to live and want to learn more about otters, this film is perfect.  Children and adults will enjoy this “all natural” movie.

Otters are so proficient at capturing the fish they live on, that they have lots of time left over for play. And they seem to play with reckless abandon, sliding down steep canyons in deep snow, swimming under the ice in Yellowstone Lake. They submerge us into the lake to find strange underwater spires only recently discovered by man. Other creatures sometimes survive bitter winter seasons by stealing fish from the otter. Actually, they’re pretty good at defending themselves, and this program catches some astonishing action between otters, coyotes, eagles, beaver, even an occasional grizzly bear.

If you have an interest in otters, Yellowstone, wildlife or nature in general, this film a must see event.  At the end of the movie, you will also be able to see images of local river otters that who visited the Northwest Stream Center from adjacent North Creek on April 11 – it was quite a site to see!!

To learn more about other Streamkeeper Academy events, go to www.streamkeeper.org or call 425-316-8592.