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Wildlife DNA Discoveries – TALK on the Rock Lecture with Laura Prugh

VCA’s Talks on the Rock lecture series presents “Wild Wonder” In partnership with Vashon Nature Center "Wildlife DNA Discoveries" with Laura Prugh VCA and Vashon Nature Center are excited to host UW wildlife ecologist Laura Prugh on Wednesday, March 10. Laura will share stories from the field and the lab to explain how messages hidden inside DNA in combination with other technologies reveal new information about wildlife and how different species interact. Her current work explores how wolves affect smaller…

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Music History Lecture/Performance – Beethoven 1805-1827

Beethoven Part II - 1805-1827. The final part of the Beethoven lecture series covers his middle and late years, during which he gave the world some of his most influential and loved classical music works: Nine symphonies including the most played opening bars of the 5th Symphony leading to the transcendent final 9th Symphony ending with full chorus; 16 string quartets culminating with the Grosse Fugue, the Missa Solemnis choral masterpiece, cello sonatas, violin sonatas, and still into his late…

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Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani

The “White, Marmorean Flock:” American Neoclassical Sculptresses in Rome In the mid-1800s, several American women sculptors were living and working in Rome. Harriet Hosmer settled there first, followed by Edmonia Lewis, Emma Stebbins, and others. They were drawn by the abundant marble, inspiring classical heritage, and surprising lack of societal prejudice. Rebecca Albiani graduated with highest honors in Italian and Art History from UC Berkeley. She never quite finished her doctoral dissertation on 16th Century Venetian painting at Stanford, but while…

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Coyote Stories from the Field – TALK on the Rock Lecture with Rosemary Schiano

VCA’s Talks on the Rock lecture series presents “Wild Wonder” In partnership with Vashon Nature Center VCA and Vashon Nature Center are excited to host Rosemary Schiano on Wednesday, March 31. Rosemary is an independent wildlife field biologist, tracker and educator. She served from 2011-2019 with the US Forest Service in the high Rockies of Colorado. Rosemary has over 40 years of experience in the field studying wildlife across North America with an emphasis on terrestrial and avian predators. She…

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Olympic Cougar Project – TALKS on the Rock with Mark Elbroch

VCA’s Talks on the Rock lecture series presents “Wild Wonder” In partnership with Vashon Nature Center “Counting Cougars at Opposite Ends of the World” with Mark Elbroch, Olympic Cougar Project Mark Elbroch is a father, writer, mountain biologist and Director of Panthera’s Puma (Cougar) Program, for which he designs and implements cougar conservation research in North and South America. Mark has contributed to mountain lion research in Idaho, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Mexico and Chile. His work with mountain lions…

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