The Peel Project – heading to the Yukon!

6 artists paddle into the Arctic Circle 
– A film of Art, Wilderness & Canadian Identity –
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Hello to the SAFS community! This summer I (Emma Hodgson – a SAFS student) will be taking part in a collaborative project between art and science in northern Yukon. The Peel Project is a multi-layered endeavor bringing together film, the arts and sciences as a means of telling a unique story of art, adventure and Canadian identity. The film will highlight the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest territories, through filming 6 artists as they experience the landscape. Each artist will use a different medium to explore and document their experience in the Peel region. As the solo scientists on the trip, I will be collecting baseline data including putting out temperature loggers, and benthic invertebrate sampling.

The work is timely, as the Peel River Watershed is one of the last undeveloped watersheds left in Canada, spanning nearly 68,000km2 of wilderness. But as of January 2014 71% was officially opened for economic development, primarily related to mining and oil exploration. There is a court case to fight this development of the watershed, but whatever the outcome, few baselines are known about the region and understanding the system now is an exciting opportunity.

For more information on the project visit: As we are soon to wrap up a fundraising campaign to help make the whole project happen, please visit – with 5 days left in the campaign, we are are $5,000 away from our $30,000 goal!

Emma Hodgson
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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Grizzly bears are numerous in the Peel Watershed. Un-habituated to humans due to the pristine nature of the region. Photo: Calder Cheverie

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Lower Peel River outside of Ft. McPherson, NWT. Entering the arctic plateau. Photo: Calder Cheverie

Exciting Opportunity for Youth Participation at Sydney World Parks Congress! Deadline Aug. 15


Students and young professionals from around the world are invited to participate in the Responding to Climate Change Stream of the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, November 12-19, 2014! Please see attachments for more information on this exciting opportunity.

Potential participants must complete the Participant Information Form and submit to Climate_Change by August 15, 2014.

Please distribute through your networks to interested parties. Contact Climate_Change with questions.

Melanie A. Wood
Project Manager
Climate Change Response Program
National Park Service
1201 Oakridge Dr., Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-267-2198 office | 970-420-7206 mobile


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Call for Participants – Youth Engagement in Climate Change at the World Parks Congress 2014.pdf

Attachment A – Participant Information Form.docx

Gen Stud 391N: Undergraduate Research for CC Transfer Students!

GENERAL STUDIES 391 N (2 cred) | SLN: 22580
Undergraduate Research Intensive for Community College Transfer Students
2-Day Workshop (September 18 & 19) + weekly follow-ups (Fridays, 2:30-3:20 PM)

The Undergraduate Research Intensive designed for incoming transfer students is an initial 2-day pre-autumn quarter workshop, held September 18 & 19 on the UW Seattle campus, followed by weekly sessions during the quarter designed to help transfer students attain and excel in undergraduate research positions. The course will demystify the research process at UW and provide instruction in research-related skills and resources. All students receive one-on-one advising with URP staff and interact with peer researchers.

For more information & to request an add code, contact urp.

CC Transfer UGR Intensive Flyer.pdf

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity at Mount Rainier National Park

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff of the University of Washington,

Please feel free to pass this information along to friends, family, or acquaintances who you feel may have an interest in this program.

Do you love amphibians, science, and exploring National Parks? Then the Citizen Science Program is for you. The Citizen Science program gives volunteers the opportunity to hike and explore some of Mount Rainier’s remote lakes and wetland habitats while gaining experience in surveying and science. This year’s Citizen Science program will be starting up around late July and will run until mid-September.

We are looking for volunteers to help conduct amphibian surveys to document the presence or absence of amphibian species at various lakes, ponds and wetlands including historical Western Toad sites. As a volunteer you would be part of a small group that will hike to pre-determined sites and help conduct amphibian surveys. You do not need any previous experience and surveying equipment will be provided. You may volunteer once or multiple times throughout the season. If you need to stay overnight for a few days, free camping is available at Cougar Rock, White River, Ohanapecosh and Longmire campgrounds, however, there is no long term housing available. We are conducting both day trip and overnight backpacking surveys throughout the park.

If you are interested and available to volunteer during the time period from late July to mid-September then please email me back and indicate:

  • Your phone number and preferred email
  • Preference on volunteering for day surveys or overnight backpacking trip surveys
  • Your experience and comfort level with hiking/backpacking
  • Any physical limitations you may have
  • Approximately what date or dates you are available
  • Preference on which days of the week you prefer to volunteer (weekends, weekdays, etc)

I have added two attachments to this email that provide some additional information. If you choose to volunteer I will provide you with more details when I hear back from you!Please feel free to pass this information along to friends, family, or acquaintances who you feel may have an interest in this program. If you have any questions feel free to call me at laura_davis. I look forward to hearing from you!


Laura Davis

Citizen Science Coordinator

Mount Rainier National Park


(360) 569-6756

Volunteer Information.docx

Volunteer Agreement.docx

volunteer opportunities

Project description: We are seeking independent, motivated student volunteers that will be key members of a research team including scientists from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington as we continue our long-term study (started in 2000) quantifying the recolonization of the Cedar River, WA by Pacific salmon. The Cedar River is a protected watershed providing drinking water for Seattle and is about 90 km east of the City. Volunteers will assist in habitat and fish surveys (snorkel surveys).

Conditions and duties: Volunteers must be willing to work under potentially physically demanding conditions and be comfortable working in large rivers (~20-30 m wide). Coursework in fisheries, ecology and zoology is helpful as is basic experience in collecting field data. Experience with snorkeling and identification of Pacific Northwest fishes a plus. We are looking for volunteers that are positive and good communicators; detail oriented; and work well as part of a research team.

Project supervisor: Peter Kiffney

Number of Slots Available: 2-3

When: Fieldwork will occur Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14. We leave the Science Center located south of the Montlake Bridge by 745 am and return between 5-7 pm each evening.

Please send your CV and a brief email of relevant background and career interests to peter.kiffney by 5 PM July 28, 2014.

Fall NW Animal Behavior course open to non-psychology majors

We have just added PSYCH 200 to our fall quarter offerings. Comparative Animal Behavior is a great Natural World course that is open to all students. There are no prerequisites. This course is appropriate for all students, freshmen through seniors.

“Research methods and findings of comparative animal behavior, their importance to an understanding of human behavior; rationale for study of behavioral differences/similarities between animal species, behavior viewed as part of adaptation of each species to its natural habitat.” (NW)

Instructor: Michael Beecher, beecher
PSYCH 200C (SLN 22989), 5 credits
Meeting MTW ThF 1:30-2:20

(Note that PSYCH 200 is joint listed with our majors-only class, PSYCH 300. Students will complete assignments/exams based on their level of enrollment. While joint listed with PSYCH 300, students registering under PSYCH 200 will not be able to use this course to fulfill any specific degree requirements within the psychology major.)

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All the best,


Carrie Perrin – Director
Psychology Undergraduate Advising
University of Washington
Phone: (206)685-8971