Columbia River Maritime Museum


Science on Tap

Science on Tap
April 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Fort George Lovell Building

Has an oil spill destroyed a conservation success story? Sea turtles, conservation and a little math
with Dr. Selina Heppell

When it comes to success stories in conservation, recovery can be fragile, and what appears to be a “problem solved” one day can take a sudden turn for the worst.

The most endangered species of sea turtle in the world, the Kemp’s ridley, made a remarkable comeback from near extinction in the 1980s, thanks to intensive protection efforts through a U.S.-Mexico agency partnership, financial support from industry, and thousands of hours of volunteer time. The population was rebounding at 12-18 percent per year and predicted to be “downlisted” by 2012. But recovery of an endangered species can be fragile, and the Kemp’s ridley rebound suddenly and dramatically halted in 2010, the same year as the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Dr. Heppell will reveal what we know about the population change and why we can’t determine exactly what caused it, illustrating the importance of comprehensive monitoring of endangered species even when we think we’ve solved the problem.

Dr. Selina Heppell has been studying sea turtle populations for 20 years and has served on several expert working groups and recovery teams for the National Marine Fisheries Service. In addition to sea turtle conservation planning, Dr. Heppell works on fisheries management issues in the Pacific Northwest and helped develop the fisheries ecosystem plan for the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. She is currently department head in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University.

Science on Tap, in partnership with Fort George Brewery, is a Columbia River Maritime Museum program introducing maritime science, history, and technology in an informal setting. This program is free and open to the public; minors are allowed with adult. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the presentation begins at 7:00 pm at Fort George Brewery - Lovell Building. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Seating is limited.

First Friday Nights
April 3, 2015, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Barbey Maritime Center

Join the Columbia River Maritime Museum on the first Fridays of the month starting April 3, 2015 as we introduce a new series, First Friday Nights at the Barbey Maritime Center. First Friday Nights are an entertaining, casual, and social experience on the first Friday of each month that includes a mix of live music, games, film screenings, skills demonstrations, and hands-on activities. A cash bar and inspired snacks will be available every First Friday, making CRMM the first stop of your weekend.

Kick off April with Knotty Beers, where you can try your hand at a knotty creation with knot expert Jason Linnett. Catch the strings and cords of Luke and Katie from local band Hook and Anchor. Untie your daily cares with a beverage from our cash bar and food courtesy of Buoy Beer Company.

Activities run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are free of charge.

First Sunday Family Programs
April 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join the Columbia River Maritime Museum as we celebrate our First Sunday Family Program: Eggstravaganza! First Sunday Family Programs are a time for fun-filled family experiences and are inspired by the museum’s 3D movies: Galapagos and Turtle Vision.

Decorate a Galapagos-themed Easter egg. Fly into action during our spider flight races. Join in our Galapagos-themed Easter egg hunt aboard the Columbia Lightship #604, and be sure to bring your Easter basket! Influence nature with our animal adaptation magnet board. Get into character with our Blue Footed Booby dance lessons. Perfect your green thumb by planting some special Galapagos flora. Test your Ring of Fire knowledge in our Mapping activity.

Eggstravaganza activities run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Included with paid admission, members are free.