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Very Special Event Monday in Seattle

A very special event will be taking place this Monday in Seattle.

Award Winning Cause, Inspirational Film

Presented by Author and Explorer Wade Davis

Monday, January 24, 2011

Seattle’s Guild 45th Theatre

What:   Sponsored by Patagonia and The Wild Steelhead Coalition, and hosted by Wade Davis and the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, this evening will profile the incredible work being done by a courageous group of people determined to bring awareness to a remote part of Northern BC, known as Sacred Headwaters and located in the Skeena Watershed, that is in danger of being irrevocably damaged forever.

"Awakening the Skeena" is a film about hope, human endurance and inspiration. Film-maker, Andrew Eddy documents the 26 day epic journey of Ali Howard as she swims the entire 610km length of the Skeena River, in an effort to raise awareness for the Skeena Watershed and its current industrial threats. This film demonstrates how a single person can unite several nations, communities and various levels of government toward a common vision. Howard was named one of the Top 10 Most Intriguing Environmentalists on the Planet and is the first recipient of the Patagonia Activist Award.  

A trailer for the film may be viewed here

When: Monday, January 24, 2011.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Seattle’s Guild 45th Theatre, 2115 North 45th

Tickets:  $10.00, are available in advance through the Guild 45th website or at the box office, on January 24th.  

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Skeena Watershed Coalition and The Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Who:   Wade Davis: Wade Davis has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life's diversity."  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2002 Lannan Foundation $125,000 prize for literary non-fiction, the 2002 Lowell Thomas Medal (The Explorer’s Club),  the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2009) and The Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club (2011).

Andrew Eddy:  In 2009, producer and director Andrew Eddy spent over a month on an expedition in Northern BC to document the 610 km journey of local resident Ali Howard, as she swam the Skeen from the remote headwaters to the ocean.  This was an attempt to galvanize local residents in a battle to defend the region against a proposed coal bed methane development.

Shannon McPhail, Executive Director, Skeena Watershed Coalition. McPhail lives and works in the watershed and grew up on a working ranch, spending much of her youth fishing and hunting in the Skeena Mountains with her family. Her diverse background allows her to understand and relate to people within the watershed that have a variety of opinions and concerns.   McPhail founded SWCC in 2004.

Rachelle van Zanten:  A Canadian songstress and slide guitarist, van Zanten will perform during the January 24th event. In support of efforts to protect the Skeena she composed and performed the song, My Countrty, which appears in the film’s soundtrack.VanZanten beat out Nickleback and Jann Arden for Western Canada’s Entertainer of the Year, she’s performed with Feist & Blue Rodeo and has opened for well-known performers such as Steve Earl and the Indigo Girls.

Why:  This battle for awareness and action to save the shared birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers, also known as the Serengeti of North America, is only just beginning.   Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill 1000’s of coalbed methane gas wells in the Sacred Headwaters, threatening communities, wildlife and wild salmon. Concerned citizens from around the world are calling for steps to safeguard the Sacred Headwaters from Shell's gas drilling

´╗┐Please come out and support this very special cause.


Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives On the Alberta Tar Sands

Some truly frightening images from Alberta.

Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project.



Take Action - Condit Dam removal faces potential delay

Condit Dam, which has blocked the White Salmon River since 1913, was originally supposed to be removed in 2006, according to the terms of a settlement agreement between dam owner PacifiCorp, environmental groups, government agencies and the Yakama Nation.

Now, in a new filing, PacifiCorp suggests that removing the 125-foot-high dam may be delayed once again.

The Portland-based utility indicated in a new legal filing that a slew of new requirements by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may not leave enough time to breach the dam in October of this year.

LINK (Via:The Columbian)

Here is a sample letter to send to FERC @

To FERC officials,

I am disgusted that my tax dollars are paying folks at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to again delay the approved and celebrated removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. Stop obstructing this project and actively help ensure that the dam is removed, as scheduled, in 2011!



Striper Slaughter in North Carolina



Commercial fishermen trawling off of the Outer Banks of North Carolina are slaughtering thousands of striped bass in “culling” operations and tossing them overboard trying to keep larger stripers and remain under their 50 fish limit.

Both recreational anglers and smaller operation commercial fishermen have been aghast at the actions of the trawlers who are wiping out massive schools of stripers and discarding smaller fish to stay under the state 50 fish creel but maximize their profits.

LINK (The Charlotte Examiner)

The NC Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has issued a statement


Mayfly fossil inclusion in Baltic amber


Friday Pin Up