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Inseparable: Water, Wetlands & Life, Webinar with the Laguna Foundation

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

900 Sanford Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Join us in honoring World Wetlands Day and the 10th anniversary of the Laguna’s designation as a Wetland of International Importance!

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World Wetlands Day 2021 is particularly special to Sonoma County. It marks 10 years since the Laguna de Santa Rosa was designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the United Nations’ Ramsar Convention. During this informative and visually beautiful presentation Anne Morkill, Laguna Foundation Executive Director, and Christine Fontaine, Laguna Foundation Director of Education, will explore the critical role of wetlands on a global scale, and journey across a diversity of wetland habitats through the US, California, and the Bay Area to our own Laguna de Santa Rosa.

In the not too distant past, wetlands were regarded as wastelands. Most people felt that they were places to be avoided, and it was common practice to drain them, fill them or treat them as dumping grounds. Yet, wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems that supply all our fresh water and provide many services essential to all life on earth. We now know valuing and protecting them is a global responsibility. If you have ever experienced the sights and sounds of thousands of waterfowl lifting off a wetland at dawn, enjoyed eating a meal with rice, fish or shellfish, had a close-up encounter with any one of hundreds of diverse wildlife species that depend on wetlands, or maybe even kayaked in the Laguna or paused to marvel at its ability to grow to the size of a vast lake to hold rainwater after a big winter storm, you have a sense of the value of these diverse ecosystems. Join us to expand your love of wetlands and our home environment.

This is a free event. There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Christine Fontaine has 25 years of experience as a classroom and field educator, interpretive specialist, summer camp director, environmental education trainer, project leader, and volunteer manager. She completed her BA in Sociology at Sonoma State University in 1990 and earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University in 1995. Christine has been an elementary school teacher in Sonoma County, a volunteer naturalist and teacher with Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, and Field Institute Director at Point Reyes National Seashore Association. After first volunteering for the Laguna Foundation, she joined the staff in 2007 as Director of Education. Her responsibilities range from directing our elementary school program, training volunteers, interpretive project development, education strategy and planning, staff management, and organizational leadership.

Anne Morkill has worked in wildlife conservation for more than three decades, including 24 years as a wildlife biologist and refuge manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System in Colorado, Alaska, Florida, and California, and six years as a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. She was most recently the manager of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes seven National Wildlife Refuges in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas and the Farallon Islands. She received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Anne became the Laguna Foundation’s Executive Director in March of 2020.

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