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Adventurers, explorers, researchers will visit San Juan Island for third annual symposium

The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Explorers Club presents its third annual Compass Symposium April 22, 23 and 24 at Lakedale Lodge, San Juan Island.

Registration deadline is Feb. 1. Contact Lynn Danaher, islandlynx@aol.com. The symposium is open to all members of the Explorers Club, “and adventurers, researchers and scientists that share our sense of curiosity,” Danaher said.

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and, according to its Web site, “the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.”

Since its inception in 1904, the club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Its headquarters is located at 46 E. 70th St., New York City.

Regarding the Compass Symposium, “The Compass is our inspiration because it is our guide in adventures and exploring,” Danaher said.

The symposium consists of three days of presentations, discussions, outings “and, most importantly, good fellowship with kindred spirits.” 

Seven to 10 speakers will make presentations of their expeditions and research.

Scheduled outings include a whale watch aboard a classic yacht, a chance to visit the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs, and a hike to a scenic viewpoint.

“Both previous years, we had an amazingly diverse group of explorers,” Danaher said. “The level of conversation and interactions was as interesting as it was varied.”

Adventurers, researchers and scientists interested in presenting should e-mail Danaher a proposed presentation title, summary or description.

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