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Spawning Grounds Discussion Panel

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Event Overview
Learn how to save our local kokanee salmon - a native fish that spends its adult life solely in Lake Sammamish: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/OTM1MTA=#!. Join Spawning Grounds director Nils Cowan and members of the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group as they discuss the film and how to save this native fish. This free talk is offered in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum. To watch the film during the NWFF festival go here: https://nwfilmforum.org/films/local-sightings-2020-spawning-grounds-documentary. And to join the panel discussion on Thursday, September 24 at 7 pm: link will be emailed after you register. This is a free event but as always, we are accepting donations to go towards our panelists and to Trout Unlimited, the Three Rivers Chapter! Trout Unlimited is a non-profit that has been working hard to restore the Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon population. Please donate what you can, or scroll to the bottom of this page and register using the free admission link. Thank you!!

  1. Nils Cowan, film director. About the filmmaker: Nils​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​as​ ​a​ ​writer,​ ​producer​ ​and​ ​director​ ​for​ ​more​ ​than​ ​fifteen​ ​years.​ ​A​ ​native​ ​of Calgary,​ ​Canada,​ ​he​ ​directed​ ​his​ ​first​ ​documentary​ ​short,​ ​Gated​ ​Communities,​ ​about​ ​troubling mental​ ​health​ ​policies​ ​in 2000.​ ​He then​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​the​ ​thriving​ ​network documentary​ ​market​ ​of​ ​Washington,​ ​DC,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​wrote​ ​and produced​ ​series​ ​and​ ​specials​ ​for​ ​National​ ​Geographic,​ ​​PBS​ ​and​ ​BET.​ ​Ten years ago, ​he​ ​moved​ ​back​ ​west​ ​to​ ​the growing​ ​production​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​Seattle,​ ​focusing​ ​on​ ​natural​ ​history,​ ​science​ ​and​ ​current​ ​affairs.​ ​He has​ ​since​ ​written​ ​and​ ​produced​ ​several​ ​award-winning​ ​documentary films​ ​and​​ ​shorts​ ​about subjects​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​drug​ ​policy​ ​reform​ ​to​ ​radio​ ​astronomy,​ ​and​ ​from​ ​reproductive​ ​justice​ ​to urban​ ​art.

  2. Zoe Furlong, film editor.

  3. McKenna Sweet Dorman. Governmental Affairs and Special Projects, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

  4. Alex Harwell. Outreach Coordinator, Environmental & Natural Resource Department, Snoqualmie Tribe

  5. Perry Falcone. Perry Falcone is King County’s Kokanee Recovery Manager coordinating the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group and an innovative funding partnership to achieve kokanee recovery. He has over 20 years of experience in salmon recovery, habitat restoration and endangered species conservation.

    6. David Kyle.  Lake Sammamish Kokanee Restoration Project Manager, Trout Unlimited