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Kayak Nisqually

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Presentation to Nisqually River Council, March 15, 2019

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Kayak Nisqually

  1. 1. Kayak Nisqually Sea-kayaking eco-tourism in the Nisqually Reach and south Puget Sound
  2. 2. What’s in a name? Legal name: Nisqually Kayak Adventures, DBA: Kayak Nisqually Puget Sound Adventures
  3. 3. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky Canoed frequently with my family. Was recognized in 2005 by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission for youth leadership.
  4. 4. Attended TESC Concentrations: Conservation biology, Animal behavior, Evolutionary biology, Buddhist psychology Start of sea kayaking with Harbor Seal research Interest in Orca culture as a spring board for guiding in San Juans
  5. 5. 5 Seasons with Sea Quest Expeditions, ardorous training, well received
  6. 6. Biological Field Technician for USGS Western Ecological Research Center P.I. Was John Takkekawa later Isa Woo, overlapped with Lisa Bellevue and friedly with Melanie Davis Deltas across the state from Willapa to Padilla
  7. 7. Caretaker for Nisqually Reach Nature Center along with Cris Peck
  8. 8. Authorship and Fulbright Conservation research used by Ngobe-Bugle Comarca, USFWS as well as legal non-profit AWI 2012 `Kaviar, S., Shockey, J., & Sundberg, P. (2012). Observations on the Endemic Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth, Bradypus pygmaeus of Isla Escudo de Veraguas, Panamá. (A. R. Evans, Ed.)PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49854. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049 854 Strong local collaborations with people on-site and the Comarcal government, difficult national politics.
  9. 9. Why Nisqually? Nisqually River Council legacy, collaboration. Connections to partners NRNC, NLT, need, opportunity. Orca, salmon connection.
  10. 10. True Eco-Tourism not just kayaking. Natural history Human history Conservation Fun
  11. 11. Partnership (conscription) with BFNWR, kayaking education, sanctuary area, MMPA.
  12. 12. Pinnipeds feature in our tours. Respect expertise of local leadership on management. Encourage a long view of ecological relations.
  13. 13. Why use a guide? Tide level is not even half of it.
  14. 14. Porpoise and whale recovery. Entrance of Californian species. Can reliably show porpoises in certain locales.
  15. 15. Show off the restoration as well as prime bird habitat.
  16. 16. What could we do for you? Group tours, team building 3-5 hr activity. Safety orientation depending on group and conditions can take an hour, hard to provide high quality experience with less than 3 hrs. Current max group size is 10, looking to grow to 20 Messaging / education- Have a message you want conveyed to the public? Captive audience. Research- Open to collaboration, looking for co-authorships Looking for: Space & revenue (putting out to the universe) It appears we have the business for a second fleet, which would allow us to accommodate large groups as well as employee more local naturalists. Currently operating out of garage, very expensive local market. Would lease or buy if we could swing it.

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