Nisqually refuge lecture series begins July 8

Experts will give talks on environmental topics ranging from bees to polar bear to effects of climate change during the 28th annual Summer Lecture Series at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

The series kicks off Wednesday, will run through August.

The free hour-long lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium.

Attendance is limited to 100 people, and seating will open at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis, and you must be present. The refuge’s $3 entrance fee is waived for those attending the lectures.

Wednesday: “The Other Bees” by Sally Vogel, naturalist, educator and refuge volunteer.

July 15: “Pelicans of Washington” by Derek Stinson, state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Division.

July 22: “Ocean Acidification on the West Coast” by Jay Manning, former director of the state Department of Ecology and partner at Cascadia Law Group.

July 29: “Polar Bears of the Chukchi Sea” by Erik Regehr, wildlife biologist for the Marine Mammal Management Program of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aug. 5: “Working for Earth: How Climate Change is Affecting Us” by Judy Todd, writer and poet and founder of Nature Connect Northwest.

Aug. 12: “The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank Jr.” by Trova Hefferman, author and director of The Legacy Project at the Washington State Heritage Center, and Hank Adams of the Franks Landing Indian Community.

Aug. 19: “Geologic History of the Nisqually Reach” by Tim Walsh, geologist with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Aug. 26: “Caspian Terns of Puget Sound” by Joe Meche, naturalist, educator and member of the North Cascades Audubon Society.