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A virtual continuing education program in partnership with

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of the Salish Sea in 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.


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


The Pulse includes:

(1) Eight virtual talks with regional scientists (second Wednesday of the month)

(2) Two field trips that give back to your local ecosystem

(3) Optional, a Fall whale watching trip (additional cost)

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

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6:00PM - 7:00PM

(See the line-up below!)

Speaker Presentation

7:00PM - 7:30PM

Cost: $120

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

FAQs found here.


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!



*Dates of speakers may shift once schedule is finalized

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January 11, 2023 

Minke Whales
Frankie Robertson


February 8, 2023

Bigg's Killer Whales
Jared Towers, Bay Cetology

Nursery Plants


The Pulse Field Trip
Potting Party with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

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March 8, 2023

Seabird Bycatch reduction in Alaskan bottom longline fisheries
Edward Melvin

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April 12, 2023

Marbled Murrelets & Pigeon Guillemots
Maria Mudd Ruth, Author of Rare Bird


May 10, 2023

Hot Topic!
Join us for a Hot Topic on a Salish Sea issue.


July 15, 2023

The Pulse Field Trip

Beach clean-up with King County Parks at the Maury Island Marine Park

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End of Sept/Early Oct

The Pulse Boat Trip

optional - additional cost, launching from Friday Harbor

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October 11, 2023

Using drones to understand killer whale behavior and social structure
Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research

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November 8, 2023

Sea Otters in Washington
Casey Clark, WDFW


December 13, 2023

Bull Kelp in the Salish Sea
Dr. Brooke Weigel


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 in March and want to join in?

We record all of the speakers, so you can still join us! 

Do I have to attend the field trips?

It is always highly recommended to help a local environmental organization at least once a year!


Where will the field trips be held?

We hope to provide options all over the region, to include Seattle, Anacortes, and San Juan Islands.

What if I am not local and cannot attend any field trip events?

We encourage volunteering for an environmental event in your local area!

Do I have to pay an additional fee for the boat trip?

Yes, the boat trip will be scheduled and paid for separately.

Do I have to go on the boat trip?

No, the boat trip is optional. 

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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