Events in Poulsbo

Western Lecture Series

The Port Gamble Forest Block as Habitat for Native Birds with Daniel Froehlich

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Port Gamble and WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room 221
Birding/educational walking tour and post-lunch follow up lecture
Cost: $39

Schedule Details:

  • Meet at hike entrance near HWY 104 & Port Gamble Rd NE at 8:45 a.m.; depart for hike at 9 a.m.
  • 2-3 mile walk, not wheelchair accessible.
  • Bring sack lunch
  • Meet back at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo at 12:30 p.m.  (approx. 15 min drive from hike entrance)
  • 12:30-2 p.m. recap/lecture and Q&A
  • Transportation is not provided

Take a morning to connect the natural history of the area to the momentous decisions facing the community.  On this field trip and presentation participants will take time to walk through parts of the Port Gamble Forest Block, the largest of the five tracts of Pope Resources land under consideration for preservation through the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Take a hike with local ornithologist Daniel Froehlich through stands of varying ages in this block of 3350 upland acres to listen for the local avian residents that occupy the site, while considering the possible fates under consideration for this acreage in terms of bird habitat.  After a sack lunch, participants will reconvene at the WWU Center at OC Poulsbo for a short presentation about habitat characteristics suitable for native birds and opportunities for further discussing the options under consideration. 

Find out more about the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project affecting this property here:


Dan Froehlich is an avid ornithologist, tour guide and field researcher. He is dedicated to conserving birds by improving understanding. A master bander and educator in field techniques, his peregrinations have led him to bird studies on six continents. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Carlton College in Wisconsin.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by April 22, 2014 via e-mail or fax # (360) 650-6858.  A $20 handling charge will be assessed on the refund. NO REFUNDS after April 22nd.

History and Current Status of the Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room to be announced
Free to attend


Electricity first came to Washington State in 1881 when the SS Willamette anchored in Elliot Bay; Edison Central Stations began to be built shortly after. These early Edison Central Systems were 100 volt direct current systems driven by steam dynamos that supplied tens of kilowatts to end-use customers, generally in the form of lighting load. Today, electricity is supplied by a single interconnected multi-voltage alternating current system operating at up to 500,000 volts and is supplied by generators that can be hundreds of megawatts each. The end-use loads have also expanded to include heating, cooling, and large motor loads for industry.

In the 130+ years since the SS Willamette first visited Washington State the regions electricity infrastructure has continually grown and evolved to meet the demands of the end-use customers; over this period of time all aspects of the infrastructure have changed. While early changes focused on the best voltage to use and which companies should supply which regions, recent issues have focused on what is the best mix of generation assets and how to best incorporate emerging smart grid technologies. High penetration levels of wind generation, aging infrastructure, privacy concerns with customer information, and cyber-security are just a few of the issues facing the industry today. This presentation will include a brief history of the regions electricity infrastructure and then discuss the issues that are being faced today, and the societal impact of the chosen solutions.


Kevin Schneider served in the US Navy as a nuclear electrician for six years including a tour on the USS Los Angeles (SSN-688). After leaving the Navy he received his B.S. degree in Physics and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. He is currently a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working at the Battelle Seattle Research Center in Seattle Washington. His main areas of research are distribution system analysis and power system operations. He leads many of the laboratories efforts in the areas of distribution and microgrid analysis.

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