Octopress Online
October 2021

Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri) and sanderlings (Calidris alba) welcome autumn.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.



The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will sadly say goodbye to its 8-year executive director, Janine Boire, on March 31, 2022. Janine is stepping down in order to pursue new life journeys. Read Janine’s message to the PTMSC community here.

Since joining the PTMSC in 2013, Janine has helped the organization build a strong foundation for growth, including the acquisition of PTMSC's future headquarters at Flagship Landing at 1001 Water Street. The PTMSC Board is grateful for the legacy left by Janine and will be announcing its search for a new executive director soon.

Janine, you will be missed, we thank you for your dedication to a healthy Salish Sea and wish you all the best!

Janine at Flagship Landing during
the Member Appreciation on
September 23.
photo by Margot Desannoy


Join Janine on Zoom

If you have questions, please join Janine on Zoom, this Friday, October 8, at 3:30 p.m. PDT

Click here to join via this Zoom link:



Wednesday, October 13 
10:00 a.m.

ZOOM Event

“Partnering for Climate Adaptation”

John Mauro, Port Townsend City Manager will share his vision for a community-wide interagency collaboration to develop an action plan for climate adaptation. He will share some of the lessons learned from his time as the first Chief Sustainability Officer in Auckland, New Zealand as well as some of the pieces that are in place locally.

Presentation of the
Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award

*Note: you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link

Questions? Email bkay@ptmsc.org


"ORCA: Shared Waters, Shared Home" 

The Orca Exhibit is located in Museum Building at Fort Worden State Park. Open through October 31 only.


Check out the Lynda Mapes interview on Science Friday!

The interactive exhibit “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” explores the history and plight of two endangered -- and intertwined -- species of the Salish Sea: Southern Resident killer whales and Chinook salmon.

Based on the book of the same name, the traveling exhibit features captivating photography with stories by author and Seattle Times journalist Lynda V. Mapes. It complements the PTMSC’s permanent exhibit, “Learning from Orcas – The Story of Hope” at the PTMSC museum. The exhibit runs through October 31st.

The exhibit is designed for all ages. For children there’s an orca rocker, a drawing and coloring table, children's books about orcas, a dorsal fin to measure one's relative height, model whale toys and an orca rope to show the size of adult and newborn orcas. Adults can review the display panels, view the Seattle Times’ Hostile Waters webpage, and read newspaper reprints and excerpts from Mapes' book. Also, a monitor will be running the orcasound.net website as well as a sound loop of orca recordings made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

To view PTMSC museum hours and review health and safety guidelines, please visit our VISIT US page.

(inset photo by Steve Ringman - The Seattle Times)

See ORCA exhibit through 10/31
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 - 5 p.m.


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.


Offered with generous support from the Darrow Family

the first installment of 
The Future of Oceans lecture series

"Southern Resident
Killer Whales:
Status, Trends, Solutions"

presented by
Lynda Mapes

Author and Seattle Times journalist

October 17
3 p.m.
via ZOOM



Beach Clean Up


Sunday, October 10
Noon - 2 p.m.

Meet in front of PourHouse

Join us for a great beach clean up as we help kick off Puget Soundkeeper's October 2021 Salute to the Sound for this year’s Week of Action!

Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your facemasks – we’ll have everything else.

Register for the Port Townsend Cleanup and see all of their 2021 Week of Action sites at the link.

Each person will get a $5 off coupon towards a draft or glass of wine at the Pourhouse!



in partnership with Puget Sound Express

photo by Wendy Feltham


Saturday, October 9

Saturday, October 16

1 - 4 p.m. 

... and the Thanksgiving sailing
is right around the corner!
Seats book fast, so don't miss out!


Video Now Available

A one-hour Zoom talk Microplastics as Marine Debris, originally recorded on Wednesday September 15 and presented by NOAA's Andrew Mason included a brief description of what constitutes marine debris with a special focus on microplastics. Information about NOAA's Marine Debris Program and the ramifications of the Save our Seas Act 2.0 on the Marine Debris Program will also be shared.

Andrew Mason has led projects ranging from characterizing oil spills to quantifying chemical pollutants in fish, corals, and other animals. Since January 2020 he has served as the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator and Pacific Team Lead for NOAA's Marine Debris Program.

PTMSC partnered with the Jefferson Co Marine Resources Committee in presenting the program.If you missed the virtual talk, you can watch it on YouTube. 



The Aquarium, Museum,
and gift shop are

Saturday and Sunday 
from 12 - 5 p.m.

Through our info-packed exhibits, learn about what lives on our local shores and beneath the waters of the Salish Sea.

For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we require all visitors wear face masks while visiting the Aquarium, Museum, and gift shop. We are currently limiting capacity to 50% to allow more physical distancing.

Click the button below to plan your visit!


We Bought the Flagship Landing Building! 

(photo by Jen Lee Light Photography)

We are pleased to announce that PTMSC has recently purchased the Flagship Landing building at 1001 Water Street in the heart of downtown Port Townsend. We are thrilled that our new home will be adapted to provide a platform for our vision to foster the growth of generations of environmental stewards living in balance with marine ecosystems.  

The move to the new space will be a carefully planned transition over the next few years.

Read more details here.



The Art of Water Project

Water shapes our world,
our imagination,
and moves us to create

We invite you to collaborate with us in our partnership with Barbara Krystal of the University of Washington, in a project celebrating WATER. Following the spirit of community science, THE ART OF WATER PROJECT honors public scholarship and carries that inclusivity into the realm of the arts & humanities.

We welcome displaying your creative work in the online gallery: theartofwater.global

Exhibits include: Music, Material Art, Photography, Performance, Film, and Written Verse.

Submissions are accepted via the link below.

For any questions contact: Barbara Krystal at theartofwater.global@gmail.com or bjk9@uw.edu

image: Rain Drop by John Sullivan

DONATE YOUR VEHICLE through C.A.R.S. and help out PTMSC!

Ready to get rid of an old car while supporting a cleaner planet? We here at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center make charitable car donation so easy! It also feels better when you support the cause you love. Donate today at our C.A.R.S. page or call (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433


If you weren't able to attend our Annual Meeting via ZOOM, or want to share the experience with a friend, you can find a YouTube recording of the ANNUAL MEETING here:

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Discover PTMSC's original activities that will keep you and your child inspired to learn more about Salish Sea science!

We also provide links to other K-12 online learning resources to keep you and your children engaged between your visits to our exhibits!

Check out our continuously updated offerings!

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