Evening Talks at ONRC: Chasing the Iceworm in Tibet

When: Back to Calendar March 14, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Olympic Natural Resources Center
1455 South Forks Avenue
Forks,WA 98331
Cost: Free
Contact: Ellen Matheny

Chasing the Iceworm in Tibet

Friday, March 14, 2014 – 6:30 PM

Olympic Natural Resources Center

1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks

Presenter: Mike Tetreau

Mike Tetreau has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Wildland Recreation Management from Washington State University and worked as a natural resource manager for Kenai Fjords National Park in south central Alaska from 1987 to 2006. He now resides in Forks and works part-time as a biological technician for the Olympic National Park.

Tetreau became fascinated with ice worms after his first encounter with them in the early 1990′s around Seward, Alaska. As luck would have it, he soon crossed paths with Dr. Dan Shain from Rutgers University who was also interested in ice worms. Since then, Tetreau and Shain have searched for the ice worm throughout the Pacific Northwest and, most recently, in the Himalaya Mountains of eastern Tibet.

The ice worm, Mesenchytraeus solifugus, is a small annelid that lives only on warm, temperate glaciers or permanent snowfields along the Pacific Northwest coast. They are the largest metazoans known to complete their life cycle exclusively in glacier ice. How they are able to live their entire life at or below the freezing point is just one of their unique attributes. Their biology, genetic history and somewhat mythical status make them an intriguing subject for study and discussion.

Evening Talks at ONRC is funded the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and the Forks community.

Everyone is welcome. Topic is appropriate for learners of all ages.