Marine Mammal Rehab in the PNW: Stories of 4 Patients at a New Sealife Hospital

For decades, terrestrial wildlife centers and aquariums were the only places in the Pacific Northwest where a limited number of marine species could be rehabilitated. With the opening of SR3's sealife hospital in 2021 the number and diversity of species capable of receiving care has expanded dramatically. This talk will focus on 4 different types of animals SR3 has cared for, and what their stories can teach us about starting something new, growing, and working collaboratively.

About the Speaker

Patrick working with a seal.
Patrick Hutchins
Coordinator at SR³ - Sealife Response Rehabilitation and Research; WWU Alumni

Patrick Hutchins has been sharing cool ocean facts with others since childhood, but started doing it professionally in 2010. Since then he's helped people discover the Salish Sea from the shore, aboard ships, and once even on a plane. During this time, Patrick also earned his BA in Environmental Education from Western's College of the Environment. He's incredibly excited to explore the interdisciplinary story of this incredible place with you, and to talk about how humans are the solution to all our environmental challenges.

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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