2019 Habitat Stewards Training

Create a wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard — Register for the 2019 Habitat Stewards Training

Is Camano Island your paradise? Do you want to keep it the lush island retreat we call home? Do you share the vision of creating an island in harmony with nature?

Friends of Camano Island Parks’ Camano Wildlife Habitat Project strives to keep Camano a wildlife friendly island by training volunteer Habitat Stewards to help the community create, preserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. Camano Island was the tenth community in the nation certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

A Habitat Steward is someone who is interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening, and habitat conservation and also someone who enjoys hands-on learning. The training includes topics ranging from identifying native plants to creating a personal wildlife sanctuary. It will be offered at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive, Wednesdays — January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19 — from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will include five field trips Saturdays — January 19, February 23, March 23, April 20, May 18 — from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Habitat Stewards help by being resource people that assist members of the community create an environment that is beneficial for humans and for wildlife. Specifically, Habitat Stewards volunteers help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, neighborhoods, schoolyards, demonstration gardens, parks, and other areas in the community.

Friends of Camano Island Parks and the National Wildlife Federation believe that enhancing wildlife habitat throughout the community provides learning opportunities as well as the ability to benefit the local environment. Native wildlife and island residents all benefit from efforts to protect wildlife and preserve wildlife habitat.

Through the Certified Wildlife Habitat and Schoolyard Habitat programs of the National Wildlife Federation, more than 200,000 backyards, schoolyards, workplaces, and other community spaces across the nation have been certified since the program began in 1973. Camano Island has 926 certified Backyard Wildlife Habitats, including the Elger Bay Elementary School schoolyard habitat and demonstration gardens at Four Springs Lake Preserve, Camano Center, Vista/Madrona Fire Station, and the Camano Island Library. There are also signed native plant interpretive trails at Camano Island State Park and Elger Bay Preserve. For a habitat site to become officially certified by the National Wildlife Federation, it must provide four essential habitat elements: a source of food, water, cover, and places to raise young.

The training fee is a donation of time or money to assist the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project. If you are not a Friends of Camano Island Parks member, there is an additional $10 fee for the annual FOCIP membership.

To register for the Habitat Stewards Training, please call 360-387-2236 or e-mail camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number.

Then download the Application Letter and the Application (see attachments at the bottom of this page) and mail the completed application to

FOCIP Habitat Project
PO Box 1385
Stanwood, WA 98292

Roxie Rochat,
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