12 episodes

Conservation Starters is a podcast created by the Thurston Conservation District. This series is dedicated to empowering Thurston County residents to steward our shared natural resources. Through thoughtful conversations with TCD staff, community partners, and community members we explore a program or issue related to the work of the Conservation District and how our community can engage with us and our staff.

Conservation Starters Thurston Conservation District

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Conservation Starters is a podcast created by the Thurston Conservation District. This series is dedicated to empowering Thurston County residents to steward our shared natural resources. Through thoughtful conversations with TCD staff, community partners, and community members we explore a program or issue related to the work of the Conservation District and how our community can engage with us and our staff.

    Community Connection

    Community Connection

    This month on Conservation Starters, Nora Carman-White, Communication & Education Manager at TCD takes the reigns as host to interview your usual Conservation Starters host, Kiana Sinner. Together, we discuss the importance of connecting with our community and the strategies we use to reach out. We talk about our educational workshops, Native Plant Festival & Sale, and volunteer program. We delve into a few things we're especially passionate about and share our individual commitment to supporting the community we cherish. Kiana also teases the exciting things coming in Season 2 of Conservation Starters. Tune in to learn more about our Education & Outreach department and how you can get involved with Thurston Conservation District!

    Resources:
    Kiana Sinner, ksinner@thurstoncd.comNora Carman-White, nwhite@thurstoncd.comTCD workshop recordingsSign up to receive our monthly newsletter Sign up to be a volunteerCheck out our Native Plant Festival & SaleFollow us on Instagram and like us on FacebookRock to Roots; Spokane Conservation District Podcast

    • 44 min
    Get a Sense of Your Soil

    Get a Sense of Your Soil

     This month on Conservation Starters, we're joined for a second time by TCD's Senior Natural Resource Specialist, Adam Peterson. During this episode, we delve into the topic of soil health. Adam breaks down why soil health is so important and teaches us how we can make sure we're protecting the soil in our backyard! We also discuss the District's soil testing program and even analyze a soil test for Conservation Starters host, Kiana. Tune in to this episode to learn more about how you can get a sense of what's happening in your soil!

    Resource:
    Adam Peterson, aperterson@thurstoncd.comThurston CD's Soil Testing WebpageWSU's Growing Cover Crops GuideWSU's Plant Clinic WebpageDOE’s Web Map of Commercial Environmental Labs If you have a question about Conservation Starters or want to suggest an episode topic, contact Ksinner@thurstoncd.com.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Orca Recovery in the Salish Sea

    Orca Recovery in the Salish Sea

     This month on Conservation Starters, we're joined by Washington State Orca Recovery Coordinator, Tara Galuska. During this episode, we learn more about our local Southern Resident orca pods, why they are endangered, and why it's important that we protect them. Tara shares the threats that Southern Resident orcas face and what we can do in our daily lives to make a difference for this vital species! We also talk about our upcoming Orca Recovery Day volunteer event, happening on October 15th at Squaxin Park and how folks all over the west coast can get involved in recovery efforts. Tune in to learn more about Southern Resident Orca Whales and how you can be a part of the solution to protect our pods! 

    Resources:
    www.orca.wa.gov www.thurstoncd.com/ORD - Orca Recovery Day in Thurston County -www.betterground.org/ord/ - Not located in Thurston County? Learn about Orca Recovery Day events in your neighborhood Orcasound - Orcasound connects your headphones to live hydrophones (underwater microphones), your ears to an ocean of sound. Orca Network - a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the Pacific Northwest whales.Questions about Orca Recovery Day? Contact Kiana Sinner, ksinner@thurstoncd.com

    • 29 min
    Shore Friendly for Puget Sound: Part 2

    Shore Friendly for Puget Sound: Part 2

    This month, on Conservation Starters, were joined by TCD's Conservation Program Manager Karin Strelioff, Engineering Geologist and Hydrogeologist Wendy Gerstel, and ISA Certified Arborist Ray Gleason. This second part episode takes a deep dive into our local shorelines. Wendy, a local geologist teaches us about the glacial formation of our Puget Sound beaches and delves into how water management plays a role in changes along our shorelines. We talk about the importance of vegetation along our shorelines and get some insight from Ray, a local arborist who shares his techniques for sustainably managing vegetation while also protecting property owners' views. Tune in to this episode to learn more!

    Resources
    Karin Strelioff, karin@thurstoncd.com
    Shore Friendly Thurston
    Northwest Straits Foundation - Shore Friendly
    Washington Coastal Atlas for all things coastal.
    Washington Geology Portal for all things geologic, and LiDAR.
    T-Sheets for historic coastline information.

    • 53 min
    Shore Friendly for Puget Sound: Part 1

    Shore Friendly for Puget Sound: Part 1

     This month, on Conservation Starters, were joined by TCD's Conservation Program Manager, Karin Strelioff, and Patrick Townsend, a Puget Sound shoreline landowner. During this episode, we learn about the Shore Friendly Program and how partners from around Puget Sound are working together to assist shoreline property owners to protect their property and the vital habitat that surrounds it. We discuss bulkheads, the benefits of natural shoreline, and learn about how a shoreline is always changing. Patrick shares the challenges he faced on his property and relates his experience working with our staff, and regional partners on his family's shoreline restoration project. 

    Resources:
    Karin Strelioff, karin@thurstoncd.comShore Friendly ThurstonShorefriendly.orgNorthwest Straits Foundation - Shore FriendlyShore Friendly KitsapDepartment of Ecology Coastal AtlasNorthwest Straights Commission

    • 43 min
    Engaging Local Youth

    Engaging Local Youth

     This month, on Conservation Starters, were joined by Stephanie Bishop and Sam Nadell, TCD's youth education staff. During this episode, we learn about the history of our k-12 program South Sound GREEN and how it has evolved and grown over the last 30 years to meet the growing need for hands-on science education in Thurston County. We also discuss the challenges our staff faced and the solutions they found to continue providing education to students during the pandemic. Tune in to this conversation to learn more about TCD's programs geared towards youth, teens, and young adults.  If you are a Thurston County parent, teacher, or student this is the episode for you! 

    Contact Information:
    Stephanie Bishop, sbishop@thurstoncd.com
    Sam Nadell, snadell@thurstoncd.com

    Resources:
    SouthSoundGREEN.org
     Classroom LessonsTeacher ResourcesTeens in Thurston
    South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon

    • 44 min

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