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A virtual continuing education program in partnership with

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OF THE SALISH SEA... this virtual continuing education program for environmental educators, marine naturalists, or nature enthusiast from across the world.  


Designed for professionals and amateurs alike, this program goes beyond the basics and takes deeper dives on ecosystem-wide topics and the latest research.

By registering you will have opportunities to connect and network with other naturalists, regional scientists, and support four local non-profits.


Please note, this is not an introductory program, basic knowledge is expected. 


Dates & Times

The Pulse Spring Quarter includes five virtual talks with regional scientists, January-May, 2024.

The Pulse will return to an 8 month series running October 2024-May 2025.

The Pulse falls on the second Wednesday of the month with the exception of February 2024.


Speaker presentation6:00PM - 7:00PM

Q&A session7:00PM - 7:30PM

Please check out the speaker line-up below!


Cost for Spring Quarter: $75

All registration fees will equally support four non-profits: Orca Behavior Institute, Orca Network, The Salish Sea School, and Whale Scout. Thank you for your support!

You can sign up ANYTIME throughout the year and get access to the previous talks!



January - Minke Whales, Frankie Roberston

February - Bigg's Killer Whales, Jared Towers

March - Seabird Bycatch Reduction, Ed Melvin

April - Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots, Maria Rudd Ruth

May - Hot Topic

October - Using Drones to Understand SRKWs, Michael Weiss

November - Sea Otters, Casey Clarke

December - Bull Kelp, Brooke Weigel

NEW: Spring Quarter 2024


Pod of Whales

January 10, 2024

Humpback Whales
Ted Cheeseman, Co-Founder
Oceans of change r
evealed: Recovery and an Uncertain Future for North Pacific Humpback Whales

Image by Qijin Xu

February 21, 2024

David Gire, Associate Professor UW

Learning from the
octopuses of the Salish sea: How we use scientific diving and new technology to unlock the secrets of our local species.

Image by Matt Hardy

March 20, 2024

Alaskan Trawling Bycatch of Killer Whales
Craig Matkin and grad student, Hannah Myers

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April 10, 2024

What is happening with Sea Star Wasting Disease?

Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc Society


In 2013 the largest marine disease outbreak ever documented in a noncommercial species killed 23 species of sea star from Baja California, Mexico to Alaska. Most notably wiping out the common intertidal ochre star and the huge common subtidal predator, the sunflower star. Did we ever find out what caused it? How did this re-shape the marine ecosystem? Are sea stars recovering? Join us for an update on what we know about tis outbreak.


Photo: Wasting sunstar, Bell Island, WA (October 2023); credit Bob Friel


May 8, 2024

Rockfish in the Salish Sea
David Lowry, Rockfish Recovery Coordinator, NOAA 

Dr. Dayv Lowry currently oversees all aspects of recovery plan imple
mentation for yelloweye rockfish and bocaccio, as well as evaluating the status of various other marine species. For those species listed under the ESA, he assesses the impacts of human activities to ensure such activities don't reduce long-term survival. Dayv recently served as the coast-wide lead for evaluating and listing the sunflower sea star.


Photo credit Alaska Fish & Game


Is this for adults only?

No! This program is for all motivated learners that want to dive deep into learning more about the Salish Sea!

I am a teacher, can I receive clock hours?

Yes! Email

Do I have to be working as a naturalist or educator to sign-up?

No, we welcome all people interested in learning more.

If I need to cancel, can I get a refund?

No refunds are available for this program. 

What if I miss a virtual event?

Email us and we will email a recorded session to you.

What if I find out about this event after it has started and want to join in?

We record all of the speakers, so you can still join us! We will send you a link with the previous recordings?

What non-profits are hosting this event?

This program is a partnership with Whale Scout, Orca Network, Orca Behavior Institute, and The Salish Sea School. All tuition will be split evenly between these four organizations.

What if I have questions?

Please contact us at

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