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Soul Of the Skagit: Climate Change, Conservation and Connection-Online

September 18 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Instructor: Christain Murillo

The Skagit River is one of the great natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. It’s watershed is the 2nd largest in Washington State and the largest in the Puget Sound Basin, contributing more than 30 percent of all the water that fills the deep trough of the Sound, nearly 10 billion gallons every single day. 

The Skagit is around 120 miles long and drains over 3,100 square miles, including land in its headwaters in British Columbia. The USGS estimates that the Skagit River transports 2.8 million tons of sediment every year, delivering about 40 percent of all fluvial sediment entering the Sound at its’ North and South Forks deltas on Skagit Bay. The river’s estuary is the wintering home to a profound number and variety of migratory bird life, while the wild mosaic of marshes, farmlands, eelgrass beds, beaches and sloughs create habitat for a whopping 80% of western Washington’s waterfowl and 70% of the shorebird population.

Join photographer and author Christian Murillo for a 75-minute storytelling and Q+A session. Murillo will share stories from throughout the Skagit River Watershed, all the way from the glacial headwaters to the delta and the Salish Sea beyond.  

We will explore how climate change, conservation and our relationship with the natural world can benefit from our understanding of the Skagits ecological interconnectedness.  

Whether you have lived in this great watershed your whole life, or know next to nothing about it, you will certainly learn why they call our local valley “The Magic Skagit,” as well as a new way of looking at the natural world.

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