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Monday, Apr 8, 2019

What is Bioluminescence? (Mon. Apr 8, 2019 7:00 pm)

Monday, Apr 8, 2019  (Note date change)biolum
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview Edison Road Mount Vernon

Bioluminescence is what makes some ocean organisms appear to glow. It is a chemical reaction caused by the oxidation of a light producing compound known as luciferin. When this happens energy is released in the form of light. There are two main ways that organisms achieve this ability to light up the darkness.

  1. Some organisms can create the light using their own specialized cells, tissues or fluids.
  2. There are some species that don't produce their own light. Instead they share a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that live inside their photophores. The bacteria produce the light.

Chandler Colahan earned a BA degree in Ocean Science, Education, and Creative Expression from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. She’s taught kids, managed passengers and crew on ships, and counted jellyfish from a small plane. Maybe she'll tell us the best places to stir up phytoplankton with a kayak paddle.

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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