Join us for the 8th Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium
5:30pm – HOUSEKEEPING & INTRODUCTION
5:35pm – WELCOMING ADDRESS: Senator Roblan & Representative Gomberg
5:45pm – 𝗞𝗘𝗬𝗡𝗢𝗧𝗘: 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱, Michael L. Posner, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon
Michael Posner will take the audience on a journey to provide some understanding of the important influence of forest and sea on human well-being. The first stop on our journey will highlight observations reported by visitors to the Cape Perpetua area concerning changes that their visit produces in their mental and physical health. Next stop is Chicago with an explanation of how objective measures of attention and memory are influenced by exposure to either an urban or a natural environment. From Chicago, Michael heads to Eugene to consider similarities between exposure to nature and training in meditation, both of which provide clear influences on mood and attention. While in Eugene, a visit to the MRI scanner at the U of O Lewis Center finds that meditation training can change the connectivity between critical human brain areas involved in attention and stop by the Niell mouse lab at U of O examines the mechanism for changes observed in the human brain.
6:20pm – INTERMISSION activity / optional break
6:35pm – 𝗩𝗜𝗗𝗘𝗢 𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 & 𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚: 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, Rose Madrone Director/Producer at Connectivity Project
In this beautiful and engaging short film, we examine how different cultures and faiths from around the world have a common, time-honored awareness of an interconnected way of being. By shedding light on these connections, as well as seeing how science is catching up with this understanding, we then realize that our actions and ways of being impact much more than we can even measure. Indeed, this way of seeing is more important now more than ever before.
6:53pm – 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗧: 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘁𝘀: 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲, Janet Essley, Artist, Creator of Red Knots: A Cultural Cartography of a Migratory Bird’s Annual Journey
Janet Essley will present on one of the furthest migrating species in the world, Calidris canutus, a sandpiper commonly known as the Red Knot. Essley will take us on a journey from their artic breeding grounds to non-breeding sites and back again, through a series of original paintings from her Cultural Cartography of Red Knots. Studying migrating birds teaches us that the world is one shared home. Ironically, conserving habitat for shorebirds, as global events have so recently shown, is also a means for protecting human communities.
The Cultural Cartography of Red Knots developed from a query on ways art could be used to develop public awareness for the habitat conservation needs of shorebirds. Through the Cultural Cartography, Essley guides us through the science and conservation of this impressive shorebird. Research for this project has immersed Essley in shorebird scientific studies and an astounding variety of human artistic expression from around the world. Visit the project’s website to learn more.
7:03pm – 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗧: 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗢𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁, Dr. Taylor K Chapple, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University
Dr. Chapple will be exploring the key role that sharks play in healthy and productive coastal marine ecosystems and what we know (and don’t) about sharks off of our coasts.
7:13pm – 𝗣𝗔𝗡𝗘𝗟: 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄/𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 (Mike, Rose, Janet, Taylor)
7:30pm – ADJOURN
𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗘𝗥𝗦
𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗟. 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝗻𝗲𝗿, 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝘀𝘆𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆, 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗻
For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging and genetic methods. In 1998 he was founding director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College in New York City. He continues studies as Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor at Weill Medical College. His current work examines the mechanisms of changes in white matter resulting from various forms of training. A mouse model is used to examine the general changes with learning and the reason for individual differences in changed connectivity. He has received many honors including in 2009 National Medal of Science by President Obama and in 2017 he was awarded the Franklin medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗲, 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 & 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁
Rose Madrone is the director and producer at Connectivity Project LLC. Her current project is a documentary short film series examining the “ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world.” Before becoming a documentary filmmaker, Rose’s background included botany, herbal medicine, and permaculture, and she is the former owner of Mountain Rose Herbs. Rose has dedicated her life to help spark a profound awareness of the deep interconnectedness in our world. Many of us wonder if we make a difference in the world. The Connectivity Project series is one of the ways Rose is casting her own ripple, inspiring the viewer to experience and understand that we are all essential, and a part of something much greater than ourselves. In addition to these short films, an accompanying discussion guide and curriculum helps to facilitate an even broader ripple, and by screening at film festivals, partnering in the classroom and with a wide variety of organizations, fostering a creative conversation addressing the questions around “if what we do matters”.
𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗘𝘀𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆, 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁, 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘁𝘀: 𝗔 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗠𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱’𝘀 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆
Janet Essley, M.A.. is a painter, muralist, and teaching artist with over 20 years’ experience creating collaborative murals with youth and adults. She has led collaborative murals for schools, colleges, community service groups, churches, at-risk youth programs, and environmental education projects. She believes that collaborative murals are a fundamental integration of art and communication with the practice of democracy. Her personal work is often focused on environmental issues. The Cultural Cartography of Red Knots has been a focus of her work for over seven years.
Before settling into a career in art, she worked in the Pacific Northwest forests for 15 years as a member of worker-owned reforestation cooperatives. The seasonal nature of that work gave her the opportunity to work as a volunteer research technician on a variety of wildlife studies that included Brant Geese and California Gray Whales in Baja, California and Orcas in British Columbia. It was in the marine estuaries of Baja that her interest in birds began. First with the larger birds, osprey, pelicans and egrets, she has extended her interest to smaller species. The Cultural Cartography of Red Knots developed from a query by long- time friend and shorebird biologist Lee Tibbitts on ways art could be used to develop public awareness for the habitat conservation needs of shorebirds. Research for this project has immersed her in shorebird scientific studies and an astounding variety of human artistic expression from around the world. If nothing else, studying migrating birds teaches us that the world is one shared home. Ironically, conserving habitat for shorebirds, as global events have so recently shown, is also a means for protecting human communities.
Her academic career was liberally sprinkled with interruptions. After completing a BFA at the University of Oregon, there was much valuable education working with migrant farmworkers in North Carolina and Cambodian refugees in Thailand, before she earned a MA at the California State University in Chico. Her work with children and community murals began 1995 in the alleys of the small rural community of Toppenish, WA. She gathered local neighborhood youth to paint murals over the graffiti on the garage of her rented house, and then on other buildings in town. This was on-the-job training in how to organize a mural that expressed ideas of the community and allowed untrained participants to be part of art making. Eventually this led to a career as a teaching artist. In Toppenish, a little town with big murals, she also got her first mural commissions- with a winery and with the Toppenish Mural Society. Her research for the mural on the designs and basketry of the Yakama people opened her to Native American stories which she told as a volunteer guide to local pictographs and which she incorporates into tai chi storytelling dance for children.
There have been many migrations since the first one from upstate NY where she grew up, to Boston and then to Oregon in 1970. She and her husband, a bird listener, have lived variously in Oregon, North Carolina, California, Thailand, Seattle, Hawaii and Toppenish, before settling for the last 20 years in White Salmon, WA close to the northwest wilderness.
𝗗𝗿. 𝗧𝗮𝘆𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝗞 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗲, 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗢𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗢𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆
Dr. Taylor Chapple has been studying sharks and other large marine predators around the world focused on their movements, behaviors and population dynamics. From South Africa to Australia to Oregon, using state of the art technology, Dr. Chapple has electronically tagged animals to gain insights into their lives when we aren’t there to observe them. At OSU, Dr. Chapple studies the ecological and economic role sharks play in our coastal marine ecosystems.
– Raise awareness of historical and current conservation, research and stewardship of Cape Perpetua region.
– Foster and promote a sense of place and stewardship within the community for the Cape Perpetua region.
– Promote volunteer opportunities and local organizing to support long-term management and conservation for the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.
– Create opportunities for people to collaborate on conservation activities within the Cape Perpetua region, especially those focused on the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.