Thanks to their generosity and interest in marine education, the Wooden Boat Festival invited me to have a booth at this year’s Festival at PT’s NW Maritime Center. I had the best spot for the entire 3 day event - just inside the front gate! Thousands of people visited my booth, thanked me for sharing information about plankton’s importance and took away educational swag that I had printed for the show. With 30,000 visitors attending the event and favorable weather, it was an excellent way for me to reach families, marine scientists and enthusiastic citizens who were eager to learn some very basic truths about a topic many knew nothing about. Voting for their “Favorite Plankton” was a popular activity, resulting in the winner soon to be cast in bronze. It will be available for sale soon with all proceeds going to support plankton education and ocean awareness. The winner is…… DIATOMS, of course! Champions of oxygen production!