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Beginning Birding


with Joe Halton

Calendar May 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this class we will discuss various aspects of enjoying our small feathered friends, including helpful equipment, improving backyard habitat, and identification of local species. Handouts and slide presentations will spice up our appreciation of this amazing variety of local fauna!  (3 weeks: May 3, 10, 17)

Instructor: Joe Halton Joe moved to Anacortes after retiring from Texas state government in 2000. He’s been an active birder for over 25 years, and he and his wife have “birded” in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and other western states. After moving to Anacortes he developed a beginning birding program that he taught for Skagit Audubon for years. His other hobbies include photography and writing.

Religion in America


with Jim Barrett

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

It is often stated that America is the most religious of all the developed countries. What makes religion in our country so different from everywhere else, and how did we get this way? This continuation of the “Understanding Religion” course will look into the answer to these questions. We will also take a look at the major religions practiced in our country and what differences there are between them. We are a very diverse and interesting religious country with a unique history.

Instructor: Jim Barrett, Ed.D.Jim received his BA from Western Washington Univ. and his masters and doctorate from the Univ. of Washington in Higher Education. He was employed by the UW for 32 years in several Health Science positions and retired as Director of the Dept. of Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources and as an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Medical Education. For the past several years he has researched and written on the subject of comparative religion.

Some Memorable Forest Insects


with Robert Gara

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

First, we will be introduced to the insects and learn how to identify four insect orders. We will see how insect anatomy is unique and how it has evolved to fit the ecological roles they play, e.g., as herbivores, parasitoides, predators, etc. We will also discover how forest insects produce severe changes to our forests and we’ll be introduced to specific species that change forest ecosystems. During our discussions on specific forest insects we’ll understand how they drastically affect forest management objects and explore ways to manage pest outbreaks. Of all known types of animals on our planet, 75% are insects—over a million species! In this class, we will learn how to recognize four insect orders, the forms and functions of insect anatomy, and the beneficial roles they play as pollinators, predators and parasitoids. We will also discover how insects interact and compete with us for food and fiber as well as how they degrade our health and our standard of living.

Instructor: Robert Gara, Ph.D. [Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Washington] Dr. Gara earned a BS in Forest Management at Utah State University. During summers of 1951–53 he worked as a smokejumper in Idaho. After four years in the U.S. Air Force, he worked in East Texas as a forest manager. His M.S.and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology are from Oregon State University. He directed a research lab for the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Texas, taught forest entomology at the State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, Venezuela & Ecuador, and, in 1968, came to the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. He retired to Anacortes in 2006.

The Tankers of Puget Sound


with Sol Kohlhaas

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This brief course will involve exploring the mighty tankers that come and go every day around our enchanted island. Types, sizes, structure, crew, and missions will be explained by one who knows these great vessels intimately. (3 weeks: 4/12, 19, 26) 

Instructor: Captain Sol Kohlhaas USCG licensed Master Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans. Sol has sailed on a variety of oil tankers on the U.S. East, Gulf, and West coasts. He also managed tank ships and ATBs for OSG out of their headquarters in Tampa, Fl. Sol is currently the Port Captain for Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) here in Anacortes where he ensures all vessels working on the Salish Sea contracted by Andeavor operate as safely and with as little impact on the environment as possible.

World Politics [and American Foreign Policy]


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An introduction to our modern geopolitical world, from the Great War through current conditions and challenges. We will analyze the tensions inherent in national sovereignty within an anarchic global environment, where every nation is compelled to pursue their own self-interest as they conceive it. U.S. foreign policy will be our central emphasis: how we became a superpower and the many arenas in which we are necessarily involved. Partly modern history and partly current events, this class will seek tools to help understand some of the dilemmas and threats in the world in which we live.

Instructor: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D. Michael holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a Ph.D in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Dept. of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He’s been a grateful Anacortesan for over 15 years.

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