“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.

“Killer Whale Tales” at the Northwest Stream Center!

Join us on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 1:00 PM to see Killer Whales “swimming” on the walls at the Northwest Stream Center.  Thanks to amazing video photography by Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales (killerwhaletales.org), you will be able to learn how to identify each member of the “Southern Pod.”  They reside in waters around the San Juan Islands and make occasional trips south into Puget Sound.  

Jeff will teach you to recognize if the Orcas you see in Puget Sound are hunting for salmon, traveling from one area to another, or just playing as they leap and splash.  You will also observe these magnificent whales  sleeping….they sleep “on the move” by putting one-half of their extremely large brain to sleep while navigating with the other half!!

Thanks to a video-cam attachment, you will see a “whales eye view” of swimming in a killer whale pod (never seen on TV).  “Jeff Hogan’s entertaining presentation is not only very educational, but fun for young and old.” says Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Tom Murdoch.  “He is not only a great teacher and photographer, but a trained actor to boot.  Jeff puts on a ‘whale of a show’!!!”

This will be a fun afternoon that you can cap off with a stroll around the Northwest Stream Centers Elevated Nature Trail and where you can learn about salmon habitat that is essential for the survival of killer whales.  

Date: 06/08/2019                  
Time: 1pm 
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members.
Advance Purchase Necessary.  Call 425-316-8592 for reservations.
Age Recommendation: Grade 1 to Adult.

Discover the Northwest Stream Center!

Discover the Northwest Stream Center
Free Admission August 22-26

Want to see trout and crawfish! How about strolling in solitude on an Elevated Nature Trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream?  You can do that at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26 with no admission charge.  To ensure that you have a wonderful outdoor nature experience and to enhance your wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half-hour between 10am and 4pm with the last admission at 3pm.  Reservations are advised by calling 425-316-8592.

The Northwest Stream Center is conveniently located 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  It is beautiful place to learn about the interconnections between forests, streams, wetlands, fish, wildlife and people.  Below are a few reviews:

 

  • “Absolutely breathtaking!!  Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.”  Rozella Kleven
  • “I like to learn something new everyday.  The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
  • “It’s great…I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.”  Susan Youngquist
  • “The meandering path really connects you with nature.”  Cherie Votaw
  • “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
  • “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altara
  • “The Northwest Stream Center is uber cool.” Robin Hill (8th grade)
  • “It’s a nature photographer’s dream location.” Kelly Hill

Discover the Northwest Stream Center!

Discover the Northwest Stream Center
Free Admission August 22-26

Want to see trout and crawfish! How about strolling in solitude on an Elevated Nature Trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream?  You can do that at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26 with no admission charge.  To ensure that you have a wonderful outdoor nature experience and to enhance your wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half-hour between 10am and 4pm with the last admission at 3pm.  Reservations are advised by calling 425-316-8592.

The Northwest Stream Center is conveniently located 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  It is beautiful place to learn about the interconnections between forests, streams, wetlands, fish, wildlife and people.  Below are a few reviews:

 

  • “Absolutely breathtaking!!  Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.”  Rozella Kleven
  • “I like to learn something new everyday.  The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
  • “It’s great…I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.”  Susan Youngquist
  • “The meandering path really connects you with nature.”  Cherie Votaw
  • “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
  • “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altara
  • “The Northwest Stream Center is uber cool.” Robin Hill (8th grade)
  • “It’s a nature photographer’s dream location.” Kelly Hill

Discover the Northwest Stream Center!

Discover the Northwest Stream Center
Free Admission August 22-26

Want to see trout and crawfish! How about strolling in solitude on an Elevated Nature Trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream?  You can do that at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26 with no admission charge.  To ensure that you have a wonderful outdoor nature experience and to enhance your wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half-hour between 10am and 4pm with the last admission at 3pm.  Reservations are advised by calling 425-316-8592.

The Northwest Stream Center is conveniently located 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  It is beautiful place to learn about the interconnections between forests, streams, wetlands, fish, wildlife and people.  Below are a few reviews:

 

  • “Absolutely breathtaking!!  Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.”  Rozella Kleven
  • “I like to learn something new everyday.  The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
  • “It’s great…I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.”  Susan Youngquist
  • “The meandering path really connects you with nature.”  Cherie Votaw
  • “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
  • “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altara
  • “The Northwest Stream Center is uber cool.” Robin Hill (8th grade)
  • “It’s a nature photographer’s dream location.” Kelly Hill

Discover the Northwest Stream Center!

Discover the Northwest Stream Center
Free Admission August 22-26

Want to see trout and crawfish! How about strolling in solitude on an Elevated Nature Trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream?  You can do that at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26 with no admission charge.  To ensure that you have a wonderful outdoor nature experience and to enhance your wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half-hour between 10am and 4pm with the last admission at 3pm.  Reservations are advised by calling 425-316-8592.

The Northwest Stream Center is conveniently located 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  It is beautiful place to learn about the interconnections between forests, streams, wetlands, fish, wildlife and people.  Below are a few reviews:

 

  • “Absolutely breathtaking!!  Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.”  Rozella Kleven
  • “I like to learn something new everyday.  The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
  • “It’s great…I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.”  Susan Youngquist
  • “The meandering path really connects you with nature.”  Cherie Votaw
  • “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
  • “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altara
  • “The Northwest Stream Center is uber cool.” Robin Hill (8th grade)
  • “It’s a nature photographer’s dream location.” Kelly Hill

Discover the Northwest Stream Center!

Discover the Northwest Stream Center
Free Admission August 22-26

Want to see trout and crawfish! How about strolling in solitude on an Elevated Nature Trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream?  You can do that at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Wednesday August 22 through Sunday August 26 with no admission charge.  To ensure that you have a wonderful outdoor nature experience and to enhance your wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half-hour between 10am and 4pm with the last admission at 3pm.  Reservations are advised by calling 425-316-8592.

The Northwest Stream Center is conveniently located 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  It is beautiful place to learn about the interconnections between forests, streams, wetlands, fish, wildlife and people.  Below are a few reviews:

 

  • “Absolutely breathtaking!!  Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.”  Rozella Kleven
  • “I like to learn something new everyday.  The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
  • “It’s great…I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.”  Susan Youngquist
  • “The meandering path really connects you with nature.”  Cherie Votaw
  • “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
  • “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altara
  • “The Northwest Stream Center is uber cool.” Robin Hill (8th grade)
  • “It’s a nature photographer’s dream location.” Kelly Hill

Killer Whale Tales

See Killer Whales “swimming” on the walls at the Northwest Stream Center.  Thanks to amazing video photography by Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales (killerwhaletales.org), you will be able to learn how to identify each member of the “Southern Pod.”  They reside in waters around the San Juan Islands and make occasional trips south into Puget Sound.  

Jeff will teach you to recognize if the Orcas you see in Puget Sound are hunting for salmon, traveling from one area to another, or just playing as they leap and splash.  You will also observe these magnificent whales  sleeping….they sleep “on the move” by putting one-half of their extremely large brain to sleep while navigating with the other half!!

Thanks to a video-cam attachment, you will see a “whales eye view” of swimming in a killer whale pod (never seen on TV).  “Jeff Hogan’s entertaining presentation is not only very educational, but fun for young and old.” says Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Tom Murdoch.  “He is not only a great teacher and photographer, but a trained actor to boot.  Jeff puts on a ‘whale of a show’!!!”

This will be a fun afternoon that you can cap off with a stroll around the Northwest Stream Centers Elevated Nature Trail and where you can learn about salmon habitat that is essential for the survival of killer whales.  

                               

Date: Saturday, June 16                            
Time: 1pm 
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members.
Advance Purchase Necessary.  Call 425-316-8592 for reservations.
Minimum Class Size: 20
Age Recommendation: Grade 1 to Adult.