Dec
1

Cascade Head Ecology Workshop

When
December 1, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
56605 Sitka Dr
Otis, OR
Sponsors
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Cost
Free - Registration required

Phillip Johnson's view when the idea for CoastWatch came to him.\Photo by Dennis White.
The view from Cascade Head, looking south. | Photo by Dennis White.

Join Bruce Byers, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology's current Howard L McKee Ecology Resident, to learn about the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve - one of an international network of 686 biosphere reserves in the United Nations' Man and the Biosphere Program. This presentation will take place on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (56605 Sitka Dr, Otis). The event is free but registration is required; guests ages 15 and up are welcome.  Please bring a notebook and writing utensil. 

This workshop will provide background on the international Man and the Biosphere Program and how Cascade Head fits in. Byers will also present some ideas about the relationship of ecology and art. Participants will engage in discussion and contribute their ideas about how to support and strengthen both the Biosphere Reserve and role of the community.

Learn more and register here.

Workshop Overview:

Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve is one of an international network of 686 biosphere reserves in the United Nations’ Man and the Biosphere Program. Its designation as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 was based on the record of scientific research by the U.S. Forest Service that began in 1934 at the Cascade Head Experimental Forest and on the establishment of the unique Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area in 1974. The Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve is not well-recognized, and its potential as a model of a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between humans and the ecosystems that support us is not being fully realized. Significant opportunities exist for scientists, natural resource managers, and local residents to become more involved. The history of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is intertwined with that of the Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area and the Biosphere Reserve, but opportunities to deepen the dialogue between scientists and artists also are not yet being fully realized. This workshop will provide background on the international Man and the Biosphere Program and how Cascade Head fits in, and also present some ideas about the relationship of ecology and art. Participants will engage in discussion and contribute their ideas about how to support and strengthen both the Biosphere Reserve and the role of the Sitka Center within it.

About The Instructor:

Dr. Bruce Byers began his ecological studies on the Oregon Coast, studying habitat choice in the Black Turban Snail, Tegula funebralis, and the Ribbed Limpet, Lottia digitalis, because he was interested in understanding whether behavior is ecologically adaptive. That eventually led him toward trying to understand what influences human behavior in complex social and ecological systems. He is now an independent ecological consultant and writer with more than 35 years of professional experience in more than 40 countries, working at the interface of ecology and sustainable development, and based near Washington, DC. http://www.brucebyersconsulting.com/