Breakfast for dinner?! Well sure, why not? Join us this at this spring’s community event as we highlight two women who, through dedication to their careers, are making positive changes right here on the Olympic Peninsula.
We are thrilled that our featured speaker is the Olympic Peninsula’s very own Cameron Macias. Macias is a graduate research assistant at the University of Idaho who has melded her ancestral heritage, love of place, and scientific interests into the beginning of a very promising career as a scientist. A member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Macias grew up in Port Angeles with strong ties to this amazing ecosystem. Macias has been involved in multiple efforts to study the effects of dam removal and restoration on the Elwha River, including a three-year, collaborative study monitoring Elwha wildlife recolonization. Currently, Macias is deeply involved in the Olympic Cougar Project. You can get an exciting sneak peek at Macias’ work by viewing the short biographical film, “Think Like a Scientist – Renewal.” We are very much looking forward to hearing Cameron’s words on how working as a young scientist on her ancestral lands has helped shape the early stages of her exciting career.
We are excited to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Out Standing in the Field Award, to be presented at the event, will be Kaleen Cottingham. Cottingham is retiring this spring from an incredible career as the Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). Since 2007, she has overseen the investment of more than $1.8 billion in parks, trails, boating facilities, wildlife areas, and salmon recovery efforts across the State – including over $200 million in Clallam and Jefferson counties. You definitely won’t want to miss Cottingham’s encouraging and insightful words of advice for the future of our beautiful part of the world.
Please let us know if we can look forward to having you join us for Conservation Breakfast (in the evening). Your RSVP is not required, but will allow us to send you a special day-of email reminder with links, tips, and other fun information. We can’t wait to enjoy breakfast-for-dinner with you soon!