Category Archives: Outreach

View video of our February 2021 Update

We cancelled our 2020 update last March just as the potential danger of large social gatherings was becoming clear. While social distancing protocols in early 2021 prevented us from having our usual in-person evening of socializing and discussion, we were able to hold a virtual event from Town Hall Seattle on February 11. A video, which includes an option for closed captioning, is available on YouTube and by clicking the image below.

Like most everything else in the last 12 months the presentation required overcoming a number of stumbling blocks. It appeared for awhile that I would have to wear a mask while giving the talk – until a plexiglass barrier was found to place in front of the podium. Unlike the congenial atmosphere and camaraderie typical of our regular annual updates, I presented to an empty 850-seat auditorium with only Katie Morrison, board chair of Friends of Cooper Island, in attendance.

A major benefit of this year’s event was that its online virtual nature allowed for a much larger and geographically diverse audience. We plan to have future updates be both in-person and online. While the online video is nearly 90 minutes long, the slide presentation ends at 1:09. Questions from the audience read by Katie make up the remainder of the video.

The presentation includes a short clip from the video of Joe McNally’s visit in 2019, where he retook his 2001 image of me standing on sea ice just north of the island. Joe’s entire 14-minute video has some great drone imagery that shows what Cooper Island really looks like and is well worth watching.

Looking forward to being able to see our friends and supporters at the our next update. Many thanks to all of you that have followed and maintained our research over the years.


Town Hall 11 Feb

Looking forward to our virtual event on Thursday, February 11. While we will miss the socializing and camaraderie of our usual Seattle events, the virtual platform will allow for a more geographically diverse audience.

You can register for the free event by clicking on the image above or this link. After a presentation about last summer’s findings and an update our our research, there will be time for attendees to submit questions and comments. Hope to see you there.

Webinar on Cooper Island documentary now streaming

The April 24th webinar with Joe McNally discussing his 2001 and 2019 visits to Cooper Island and the making of the documentary Watching the Earth Melt Away, is now available for on-demand online viewing at this link or clicking on the image below.

Many thanks to both Joe and PhotoShelter for telling the story of the long-term study on Cooper Island and informing the public about the rapidly changing Arctic.

WATCH: Q&A with Joe McNally About His Documentary “Watching the Earth Melt Away”

In this webinar, Joe talks about some of the most meaningful photos captured during his trips to Cooper Island and what it was like to come back and photograph the same location 18 years later.