Monday 7/22 Scarabs Meeting with Kelly McAlister of WSDOT “Pollinators on Highway Rights-of-Way”

If you missed when Kelly McAlister spoke to WBA this spring, here is your chance to hear him in Seattle talking about Washington State Department of Transportation’s maintenance of state roadways and protecting pollinators.

Monday 7/22 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Center for Wildlife Conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

The CWC (Center for Wildlife Conservation) building is at the south end of Woodland Park Zoo’s Penguin Parking Lot, off Phinney Ave. N just north of N 55th St. Parking is free for us, despite the sign.

Center for Wildlife Conservation

Kelly McAllister, WSDOT Fish and Wildlife Program Manager, will discuss how the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is managing roadsides to preserve and protect native habitat for pollinators. WSDOT maintains 100,000 acres of non-paved rights of way, much of which is available for pollinator habitat and forage. [It also makes great spider habitat, especially if the roadway is not too busy!].

Kelly McAllister is an Olympia native, descended from some of the earliest residents of Washington State, native Americans, a Hudson’s Bay Company employee and white settlers. He attended college at the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. After three months in the Gulf of Alaska as a foreign fisheries observer aboard Japanese trawlers, Kelly landed a job with Washington State, in the newly formed Nongame Program of the Washington Department of Game. Kelly stayed with the agency as it went through a couple of name changes and he went from a rare species database biologist to an endangered species recovery biologist to a District Wildlife Biologist.

As always, all are welcome at Scarab meetings, whether members or not. (Dues paying ( ) members get a newsletter by postal mail). 

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