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121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

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Featured Event

The Elephant in the Room: The Allure of Ivory and its Tragic Legacy

Art Show

In conjunction with our Lightcatcher exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, the Museum will explore the story of ivory from pre-history to modern times, featuring a selection of ivory from the collection, research in elephant communications, the devastating effects of ivory hunting, and how organizations are trying to save this these incredible animals.

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• Sat 9/8/18 - Sun 3/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

Art Show

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country, including the Whatcom Museum, open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket—for free! Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ for more info.

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• Sat 9/22/18 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

A Road Runs Through it: Tourism, Culture, and the Politics of Conservation with Ben Gardner

Talks/Lectures

Join Ben Gardner, author and Professor at the University of Washington, who will explore the concept of conservation through the lens of safari tourism in Tanzania, where the Maasai community has found itself struggling at the intersection of environmental activism, tourism, land rights, and civic rights. Gardner tells the story of how safari tourism shapes the very meaning and value of the landscape, and why communities have organized to fight for control of their land. This presentation is part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program, in which cultural experts discuss history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between at venues around the state.

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• Sat 9/22/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Four Decades of Change: An Arctic Seabird Struggles to Survive in a Warming World.

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• Sun 9/23/18 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Four Decades of Change: An Arctic Seabird Struggles to Survive in a Warming World

Talks/Lectures

Every summer since 1975, George Divoky has conducted research on Mandt’s Black Guillemot on Cooper Island off the coast of northern Alaska. The Arctic has experienced unprecedented warming in the last four decades and Divoky’s research documents how the resulting melt of snow and ice has affected a seabird population. His long-term study provides clear evidence of the reality of climate change along with detailed insights into the lives of birds coping with a rapidly changing environment. Join the Audubon Society for an evening of research stories and amazing pictures in the remote Arctic.

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• Tue 9/25/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tapestry Garden -The Art of Weaving Plants & Place

Talks/Lectures, Gardening, Design

Marietta and Ernie O'Byrne's book of the same name tells the story of creating their amazing private garden. "Widely considered one of America's most outstanding private gardens," it is filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world and renowned for its stunning patchwork of combinations and variety of habitats. Marietta will speak about creating the garden and take us on a pictorial tour of the exuberant 2 acre wonderland. Marietta and Ernie are owners of the most popular wholesale nursery Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. They specialize exclusively in the 'Winter Jewels' series of hellebores that they developed. Their book will be for sale at the lecture (Cash or Check only). Presented by the Whatcom Horticultural Society, memberships sold at the lecture. Doors open at 7PM.

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• Wed 9/26/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Showcase

Art Show

This showcase highlights a variety of artwork from artists participating in the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, and displays a wide range of artistic mediums. The Studio Tour takes place October 6–7 and 13–14, and offers the public an opportunity to visit artists’ working studios and gain insight into the creative process, work-life, and the work environment of local artists. The self-guided tour also provides an opportunity for people to purchase art directly from artists. For more information about the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour visit www.studiotour.net.

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• Sat 9/1/18 - Sun 9/30/18 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Travelogue: Using Citizen Science to Protect Biodiversity in the Salish Sea with Eleanor Hines, and Tracking Butterfly and Plant Responses to Climate Change with John Mclaughlin

Talks/Lectures

Eleanor Hines is the Lead Scientist/North Sound Baykeeper at Re-Sources and manages the Squalicum Creek Clean Water Project, where she works to educate the public on the Bellingham Bay Waterfront Cleanup Project. John McLaughlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Huxley College of the Environment. His teaching and research interests include population ecology, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology. Co-presented with Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Return to the Forest Film and Behind-the-Scenes Discussion with Director Patricia Sims

Film

Since 2010, Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark have documented the plight of the endangered Asian elephant in Thailand. They were introduced to the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, which commissioned them to make the short documentary Return to the Forest, about the organization's mission to release and re-adapt elephants to their natural forest habitat. Watch this 30-minute documentary followed by a discussion and Q & A with Patricia Sims. Suitable for all ages.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Our Salish Sea Watershed Community: North America’s First Bioregional Marine Sanctuary

Talks/Lectures

Douglas Tolchin, environmental advocate, will discuss the history of marine sanctuaries and how we can build upon these models to create a Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary, Whale Sanctuary, and Coastal Trail. The goal is to restore animal populations to more than 50 percent of historic levels.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Waterfront as Contested Space

Talks/Lectures

Join the Historical Society for a presentation about waterfronts as contested spaces, reimagining the history of Bellingham Bay and North Puget Sound and how it is taught. Presented by Anna Booker, Whatcom Community College history instructor and member of the "Bellingham Working Waterfront Project," and David Jepsen, co-author of Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Whatcom Symphony Chamber Performance: Classical at the Museum

Orchestral

In honor of the Whatcom Museum's Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity exhibition, join members of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the unique relationship between music and biodiversity with chamber performances in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Explore how composers choose to express their relationships with diverse bird species through birdsongs, and join in a short trivia game.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presentation and Conversation with Brandon Ballengée, Artist, Biologist, and Environmental Educator

Talks/Lectures

Brandon Ballengée will discuss his unique, interdisciplinary work represented in the Endangered Species exhibition. Internationally renowned for his art and scientific research on deformed amphibians, Ballengée creates stirring portraits of declining species through a unique blending of art, chemistry, and citizen science. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Louisiana State University investigating missing fish species following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. After the presentation, curator Barbara Matilsky will moderate questions from the audience. (OCH) This presentation is made possible by Western Washington University as part of a quarter-long series of Art and Ecology programs. Ballengée will also give a public lecture on campus, Fraser Hall 101, Tuesday, October 9 at 5 pm.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Travelogue: Wild Nooksack River with Brett Baunton

Talks/Lectures

“Wild Nooksack River” is a visual journey of the unique beauty and diversity along the Nooksack River from Cascade glaciers to the Salish Sea presented by Brett Baunton, whose goal is to protect the Nooksack as a Wild and Scenic River. Brett is an award-winning natural landscape and adventure photographer. Co-presented with Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Conservation Northwest Cascade Crossroads Film

Film

Join Conservation Northwest for a film showing of Cascade Crossroads, a 30-minute documentary chronicling the story unfolding over and under Interstate 90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Here at the intersection of an east-west transportation corridor and a north-south wildlife migration corridor, a monumental project combining conservation, collaboration, and innovation led to the construction of North America’s largest wildlife crossings project in conjunction with major infrastructure improvements for motorists. A panel discussion will follow the film (31min).

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Global Climate Change: Impacts in the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea

Talks/Lectures

Global climate change will bring major changes to the Pacific Northwest, both on the land and in the coastal environment. This presentation by Dr. Richard H. Gammon, University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Oceanography, will summarize these projected impacts, drawing on the published work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2013/2014), the latest National Climate Assessment (2017/2018), and the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington. Gammon will focus on ocean acidification, sea-level rise, toxic algal blooms, and changes in species diversity, including proliferation of invasive species in the context of the Pacific Northwest. Additional discussion will touch on the implications for agriculture, water resources, snowpack, and forest health.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.

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• Sun 10/28/18 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Travelogue: Copenhagen, Malmo, and Amsterdam: Lessons in Urban Rejuvenation and Connectivity

Talks/Lectures

Nicole Oliver was part of a group of nine City and Port of Bellingham employees who traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark for a week-long class to learn about urban redevelopment, including urban parks and trails. The trip was funded with a grant from the ScanDesign Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission of fostering US/Scandinavian relationships. They send people to Denmark to learn about the country and share what they learn upon returning home. Denmark is considered to have the gold standard of bike infrastructure with 30 percent of residents biking to work. Learn more about the exchange. Co-presented with Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Amazing Recovery of the American Bald Eagle with David Hancock, President Of Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Talks/Lectures

Biologist David Hancock will talk about how bald eagles were once endangered in the Northwest but are now thriving, and why this has occurred. He will discuss his latest project of banding and tracking these majestic birds, as well as the context of differences in numbers between the eagles in Canada and the US. Learn about the upcoming Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival at Harrison Mills, BC on Nov. 17 & 18, where the world's largest gathering of bald eagles occurs annually.

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• Fri 11/2/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Curator’s Talk About Endangered Species and the History Of Environmental Art and Activism

Talks/Lectures

Curator of art Barbara Matilsky will discuss the themes of Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity and some of the key artists in the exhibition within the broader historical context of global environmental art and ecological consciousness.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Estuaries And Ecosystems of the Salish Sea

Talks/Lectures

The Salish Sea is a relatively new name designation. Learn from Bert Webber, a retired Western Washington University (WWU) professor, about the Salish Sea estuaries and ecosystems. Webber was involved in naming the Salish Sea and contributes to environmental programming at WWU's Salish Sea Institute.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A Plastic Ocean Film

Film, Green/Environmental

Join us for a film showing of A Plastic Ocean, an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. They investigate how our addiction to plastic is impacting the food chain and how that is effecting every one of us through new and developing human health problems. The expedition leads the two adventurers to unusual scientific discoveries, heart-breaking truths and important solutions to one of the biggest problems confronting mankind. (1h 42min.)

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• Wed 11/14/18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Travelogue: Health And Happiness in Bhutan

Talks/Lectures

Psychologist Anne Marie Tietjen and anthropologist John Barker will present images and stories from six months in Bhutan. Tietjen worked as a psychologist in the psychiatry department at Jigme Dorji Wanchuk National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan, in 2017 and 2018. Tietjen and Barker will share their insights into health care and culture in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Co-presented with Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.

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• Sun 11/25/18 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Threatened And Endangered Wildlife in Washington

Talks/Lectures, Green/Environmental

As the state’s human population continues to grow, more fish and wildlife species have been put at risk by loss and fragmentation of critical habitat, disturbance, and introduction of non-native species. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) oversees the listing and recovery of species in danger of being lost in the state. WDFW biologist Fenner Yarborough will give an overview of the State Wildlife Action Plan, which lays out the primary threats and priorities for conservation of species and habitats throughout Washington. Discussion will include the effects of species listing, recovery plans, and addressing threats affecting recovery, as well as local species in greatest need of conservation.

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• Tue 11/27/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Deck the Old City Hall Holiday Cocktail Party

Benefit/Fundraiser, Holiday

Put on your dancing shoes and join us at our annual holiday kick-off cocktail party! Guests will enjoy our decorated building, tasty drinks and hors d'oeuvres, music, and dancing. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com beginning Nov. 1.

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• Fri 11/30/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bellingham High School (BHS) Showstoppers Sing Holiday Favorites

Choral, Holiday

The BHS Showstoppers spread holiday magic with their seasonal favorites and annual choreographed medley. This outstanding, small mixed vocal ensemble is auditioned out of three choral ensembles at BHS, and is led by director Linda Short. Get into the spirit of the season with the Showstoppers!

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• Thu 12/13/18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Annual History Holiday Open Mic

Talks/Lectures, Holiday

Historical Society members, and the public, are welcome to participate and share in a fun evening of holiday cheer at the annual history holiday open mic. Presentations can be about local history research, interesting artifacts, and more. Members and friends are welcome to join the event, which will include a brief annual business meeting. Holiday refreshments will be served.

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• Thu 12/13/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Deck the Old City Hall

Community Event, Holiday

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum's annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum's rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Sponsored by the Museum Advocates and the Foundation Board of Directors.

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• Fri 11/23/18 - Sun 12/30/18 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM