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World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series 2021: Insights into large whale entanglements in the Pacific Northwest (VIRTUAL)

Contact: Tiffany Boothe, FOHR Board Member

For Immediate Release:

Who: Friends of Haystack Rock

What: World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series 2020-2021

When: Wednesday March 10th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  (These are recurring lectures with different speakers and topics. They are held on the second Wednesday of every month from November to May).

Where: Facebook Live @Friends of Haystack

Why: Kiirsten Flynn Title: Insights into large whale entanglements in the Pacific Northwest from research of populations, responses and reports.

Kiirsten Flynn has stayed connected with Cascadia since her internship in 1991 and a brief stint in 1992 as a research assistant. Kiirsten’s interests have always been the marine environment, marine mammals in particular and education. She worked professionally in the boat based education field for 10 years as an educator, deck officer and as a US Coast Guard certified Captain on large traditionally rigged sailing vessels and other boat based educational vessels. In 2004 she received her Masters in Environmental Management with a focus on aquatic invasive species vector management. She came back to Cascadia from 2006-2008 assisting with the SPLASH project, out in the field and as an educator. She and John Calambokidis partnered as adjunct faculty with The Evergreen State College teaching a course on marine mammals in 2008 and 2010. Kiirsten returned to Cascadia in 2012 full-time after teaching environmental science at the middle school level. She is currently one of Cascadia’s boat drivers in the field, a NOAA certified Level 3 Entangled Large Whale Responder, assists with the data management for West Coast projects, is Cascadia’s intern coordinator, and enjoys giving presentations to all levels of classes and the public. Her current main interests include ship strike mitigation, large whale entanglement response and diversity and inclusion issues in the marine mammal field. Kiirsten can be reached at

Friends of Haystack Rock is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping Haystack Rock healthy and thriving. Our mission is to promote the preservation and protection of the intertidal life and birds that inhabit the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. We do this in cooperation with Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) and other partnerships.

Whales PNW

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