Alpine Adventures, Climate Change and Watermelon Snow

Alpine Adventures, Climate Change and Watermelon Snow

Alpine Adventures, Climate Change and Watermelon Snow

Event Details

When
Jun 13, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where
Mount Baker
Instructor
Class Tuition
$110.00
Tuition Includes
Guided hike in the alpine, education on red algae, snow sampling kits for future use
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Did somebody spill their Slush Puppy? Why is the snow pink like that? It’s no accident - the pink snow we see in alpine areas is evidence of a very interesting inhabitant. The snow that’s come to be called "watermelon snow" is actually home to numerous species of algae! They thrive in the water atop melting snow, and their red color is due to a pigment that helps them live in the extreme environment of snow.

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Come along with North Cascades Institute as Dr. Robin Kodner of Western Washington University leads an expansive day learning about these understudied inhabitants of alpine environments, and how they’re changing the vistas in our beloved mountains. You’ll also be empowered to take the experience beyond the end of the course. Dr. Kodner’s ongoing study solicits samples taken by robust mountain-going hikers, climbers, and passionate outdoors people. Yep, after this course you’ll be trained by Dr. Kodner to gather samples yourself from your favorite trails, peaks, and valleys to be included in her growing database.

This adventurous outing is an opportunity for you to enjoy a day out with like-minded folk, learn a great deal about an esoteric yet vital topic, and to contribute to citizen science.

We are headed to the vicinity of Mt. Baker, though the exact location will be determined closer to the actual date. Possibilities include the Twin Lakes trail, Yellow Aster Butte, Hannegan Pass, and Ptarmigan Ridge. Please note that this day will likely involve a rigorous hike and is intended for people in good physical shape.