April 19 Program - 7PM: Western Red Cedar — Tree of Life by Martha and Steve Ellis

posted by Roxie Rochat

Cedars have been an important part of Pacific Northwest ecosystems for nearly 7,000 years. Long lived, they provide shelter and sustenance for wildlife and humans alike. Many bird species such as Varied Thrush and Red-breasted Sapsucker rely on cedars for some aspect of their lives. Develop a new appreciation for these impressive trees as Martha and Steve Ellis, Whidbey Island naturalists, relate the 1,500+ year life story of a western red cedar from seedling to nurse log. The presentation concludes with “Circle of Life: Tree, Salmon Eagle,” the very essence of our Pacific Coastal Forest. The Ellises have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for over 25 years. Steve is the current vice-president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.
The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit, or email

March 19, 2017 Spring Birding Trip Report

posted Mar 23, 2017, 9:02 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:05 PM ]

After several days of storms, we hit a day of perfect spring weather for our birding trip led by Pam Pritzl and Roxie Rochat.  Thirteen of us admired an eagle guarding its nest at English Boom, tried for turkeys on Hanstad Road without success, and then ventured to Eide Road, where we were treated to wonderful scope views of Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, and marvelous closeups of a Bewick's Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and others.  Here's the collected group list:

Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Snow Goose, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (male, female), Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk (at least 2), American Kestrel, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Glaucous-winged Gull, Short-eared Owl (at least 1), Tree Swallow, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Finch sp.

2017 Salal Native Spring Plant Sale

posted Mar 22, 2017, 12:50 PM by Roxie Rochat

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10am - 12Noon
WSU Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon

The plant sale species list has now been posted:

Birding Resources: Camano Bird List & more

posted Mar 17, 2017, 10:07 PM by Roxie Rochat

General Birding Information:
The CornellLab of Ornithology's All about Birds website is a fabulous resource that includes identification tips, life history, sounds and even videos.

BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State has a more localized view and includes WA birding sites and ecoregions.

Birds of North America Online, a fabulous resource that's normally $42 a year.  If you have a Sno-Isle Library account,
go to the main Sno-isle library website, then
    click on "Online Library" on the rust menu bar, then "Research"
        click on "Health & Science",
            and click on the first entry in the list: Birds of North America Online
                You'll be asked for your library login information if you're not already logged in.


Pam Pritzl has compiled a Camano Bird list that you can Download.

Local Birding Organizations:

Local Audubon groups have free programs and field trips and welcome anyone interested in birds:

Wed Program is at the Blue Building -- the Multipurpose Center

posted Mar 14, 2017, 3:46 PM by Roxie Rochat

The program on Identifying Birds is at our regular place, not the Camano Center on Arrowhead as the Stanwood-Camano News reports.
See the previous announcement for full details.

Legacy Garden Work Party: Tues, March 7th, 9:30-noon

posted Mar 5, 2017, 8:39 PM by Roxie Rochat

We will be doing a spring cleanup at the Legacy Garden at the Camano Center.  If you have a favorite weeding tool bring it along and meet on Tuesday at the Camano at 9:30 AM.


Birding Field Trip: Sunday March 19th, 9-noon

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:40 PM by Roxie Rochat

Pam Pritzl, Skagit Audubon, and Roxie Rochat, Habitat Steward, will lead a tour of Camano and Stanwood birding hotspots on Sunday, March 19th from 9 a.m. to Noon. Destinations may change because of the weather or notable bird activity, but past expeditions have taken us to English Boom Historical Park, Iverson Beach Preserve, and Eide Road. Meet at Terry's Corner Park and Ride, 860 N. Sunrise, behind Camano Island Coffee Roasters (green bldg.) to stage in carpools and get directions. Dress in layers appropriate for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring binoculars or scopes; sorry, no dogs allowed on the guided walk. Tour will take place rain or shine; no reservations required. We may visit places that require a Discover Pass, but carpooling is available. This is part of a public education series hosted by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks. For updated information on destinations and specific bird targets for the day, watch this website, call 360-387-7024, or e-mail

Wed, 3/15, 7 pm Program: Identifying the Birds in your Backyard and Beyond — Joe Meche

posted Feb 23, 2017, 8:03 PM by Roxie Rochat

Did you know that Camano Island is a stop on the Cascade Loop of the Washington State Birding Trail?  Learn about our birds and the diversity of habitats that attract and support them throughout the year.  Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm at the Camano Multipurpose Center (blue building), 141 N East Camano Drive, Joe Meche, writer/photographer and past president of the North Cascades Audubon Society in Bellingham, will take us on a virtual tour of the island, focusing on its natural beauty and some of the birds that can be found here during different times of the year.  Joe has been watching birds for more than 60 years and captures their beauty on film and videotape to share with others. His monthly column, Beaks and Bills, has been a staple for a Bellingham paper for over 12 years. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit, or email

Planned 2017 Publication Schedule for Purposeful Gardens by Everett Chu

posted Feb 21, 2017, 2:17 PM by Roxie Rochat

During our February Backyard Wildlife Program, Everett Chu, owner of Azusa Farm and Gardens, discussed landscape designs featuring gardens of "many rooms" for different purposes that share space with wildlife. He is planning a series of articles on these Purposeful Gardens in the "Ask the Master Gardener" column that is featured in the Home & Garden section of the Friday edition of the Skagit Valley Herald. If you do not have a print or online subscription to the Herald, you can access these articles from the Skagit County Master Gardener Ask the Master Gardener Articles archive.

Here is the planned 2017 Publication Schedule.

Purposeful Gardens (an Introduction): 3/3/17
Functional Landscape (a Foundation Block): 4/7/17
Inviting Landscape (a Foundation Block): 5/5/17
Sustainable Landscape (a Foundation Block): 3/11/16
Deer-Resistant Garden: 3/10/17
Edible Garden: 6/9/17
Fragrance Garden: 7/7/17
Privacy Screens: 8/4/17
Small-Space Solutions: 9/1/17
Moisture-Loving Garden: 10/13/17
Drought-Tolerant Garden: 11/10/17
Shade-Loving Garden: 12/2/17
Wildlife-Habitat Garden: 2018
Entryway Garden: 2018
Waterside Garden: 2018
Sanctuary/Retreat Garden: 2018

Sat 2/25 10am Program: Native Plants for Your Landscape featuring Edibles

posted Feb 21, 2017, 1:28 PM by Roxie Rochat

Learn how to landscape your yard with native plants! Native plants not only provide wildlife habitat and require less watering, but also produce gorgeous flowers and offer delicious edible opportunities. 

Come find out how to select the best native plants for your yard conditions, what plants are edible, and get recipes for your harvest from Ashley Shattuck, Restoration Project Coordinator at Snohomish Conservation District. Ashley has been studying native plants and their uses for four years. Join us at this free workshop for your chance to win a native plant!

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • 10:00am 11:30am
  • Camano Island Library 848 North Sunrise Boulevard Camano Island, WA, 98282 United States

This event is sponsored by the Camano Island Library. No Registration Required. Questions? Contact Kathryn Wells: | 425-377-7024

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