Environemnt in briefs

Art exhibit features Nisqually refuge

The visitor center at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will host a wildlife art exhibit titled “The Refuge Through the Artist’s Eye” through Aug. 31.

The exhibit features artists from the senior watercolor class at the Olympia Community Center. The class is taught by Anita Ellison and is based on photographs by her husband, refuge volunteer Dennis Ellison.

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Free, discounted bulbs saving energy

Puget Sound Energy has distributed more than 10 million free and discounted compact fluorescent light bulbs to more than 1 million electric customers in Western Washington since 2002, according to the utility.

Over the life of those light bulbs, utility customers will save a collective $430 million in energy costs and lower their carbon emissions by the equivalent of 38,000 gallons of gasoline, utility officials said.

For a list of CFL bulb recycling locations and retailers offering utility discounts and incentives, go to www.pse.com or call a Puget Sound Energy adviser at 800-562-1482.

Workshop offered for septic owners

A free maintenance workshop for on-site septic system owners is set for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 28 at the North Mason High School Auditorium, 200 E. Campus Drive, Belfair.

Registration is required by calling WSU Mason County Extension at 360-427-9670, ext. 680 or 360-275-4467, ext. 680, or e-mailing nmoloney@wsu.edu.

Volunteers needed to monitor streams

The Stream Team is seeking volunteers for biological monitoring of streams in Thurston County this summer. Training workshops will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Thursday or July 8.

The monitoring research focused on “stream bugs” helps determine the water quality and biological health of streams.

Registration is required. To register and learn locations fo the workshops, call Ann Marie Finan at 360-754-3355, ext. 6857, or e-mail finanm@co.thurston.wa.us.

‘Urban Waters’ conference coming to B.C.

The 2009 Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators Conference, called “Urban Waters,” is set for July 19-22 at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C.

Educators can learn about research and strategies in the water-education field at the conference. Limited scholarships are available.

For more information, call Debbie Smith at 360-754-4148 or go to www.pacname.org.

Cleanups planned for rivers month

American Rivers encourages residents to celebrate June National Rivers Month by organizing or participating in a river cleanup.

Volunteers can find a nearby river cleanup or information and tools to organize their own at www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup. Last year, more than 300,000 volunteers removed about 2,400 tons of trash from more than 50,000 miles of rivers.