Ask Kollin about his favorite marine animal and you may be surprised to learn it’s not the salmon he spends his time protecting but rather the unassuming ratfish, with its large front teeth and beautiful swimming technique. Kollin Higgins, Senior Ecologist for King County Department of Natural Resources, will be presenting at King Conservation District’s July and August Where the Water Begins workshops about salmon, ratfish, and how to protect marine fish and wildlife when you live on Puget Sound.
Where the Water Begins provides marine beach and bluff homeowners with information on minimizing slope instability and landslides, using native vegetation to reduce erosion, and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
Kollin has a deep appreciation of and knowledge about protecting our marine environment. Since 1999, Kollin’s work for the County has focused on supporting salmon recovery efforts throughout King County’s various watersheds. Kollin’s experience includes documenting juvenile salmonids for a large marine fish sampling, inventorying marine shoreline infrastructure and feeder bluffs, and providing technical and policy assistance for the County’s Shoreline Master Plan.
Workshop topics covered by Kollin include:
- How Puget Sound beaches and bluffs connect to the marine ecosystem
- Unique fish and wildlife species of the Puget Sound
- Building wildlife habitat on your property
- Alternatives to bulkheads and armoring
Be sure to join Higgins and other marine shoreline experts at one of the upcoming Where the Water Begins workshops.
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.