Program: Wed, Feb 20th, 7pm Pollinators on Camano Island and How We Can Support Them by Dr. Jennifer Short

posted Feb 7, 2019, 12:51 PM by Roxie Rochat

Learn about pollinators in your yard and how to assist them. Dr. Jennifer Short, veterinarian and alum of WSU, will discuss the current challenges for the bees, forage support,  and toxin control. Short will also explain the basics of beekeeping and the honey bee.

This community program is Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. 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

SCD Plant Sale rescheduled to Feb 17

posted Feb 7, 2019, 12:48 PM by Roxie Rochat

On account of the impending snow, SCD has announced that they are postponing this Saturday's Plant Sale to help keep everyone safe and warm. Please join us on Sunday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. For more information, see

Sat. Jan 26th, 2019: La Conner Birds of Winter Showcase

posted Jan 24, 2019, 6:36 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 6:38 PM ]

The 2nd annual LaConner Birding Showcase is being held at Maple Hall in LaConner.
There will be educational vendors and artists from 9:30am - 3pm.

The main event is Dr. Kaeli Swift , a leading researcher on corvids, speaking at 4:00 pm.
She will be speaking on crows, ravens, jays and magpies. 

They request a $5 per person entry donation.

See their website for more details on this and the full event:

Birds of Winter

Shore Stewards Newsletter: Managing Landscapes for Slope Stability and Wildlife Habitat

posted Jan 18, 2019, 2:46 PM by Roxie Rochat

From Ann Precup, Program Coordinator, Camano Island:
This issue focuses on best management practices for landscaping when living on the shoreline.  However, much of what you read is applicable to all property owners:  understanding our soil structure, the importance of vegetation for stabilizing soil, caring for our trees to keep them healthy, and proper pruning techniques.  I hope you find this newsletter interesting and helpful.  As always, feel free to get in touch with me should you have any questions about managing your property to protect and enhance our marine environment.

Check out the Shore Stewards website to get the latest issue there.

Arlington Eagle Festival, Feb 1st & 2nd, 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 2:38 PM by Roxie Rochat

See the Arlington Eagle Festival website for a brochure listing all the events and a map showing Eagle Viewing Sites!

In particular, check out the

Nature Conservancy Port Susan Preserve Guided Tour

  • Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Location: Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy, Boe Road Stanwood (see Port Susan map on brochure)
  • One of the finest estuarine habitats in the Puget Sound. An estuary forms where fresh water meets saltwater and provides habitat for many species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. Wildlife biologists and volunteers will be giving guided tours. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars.  "We saw 18 eagles in the trees along the drive to the estuary on February 5, 2016."

We have a special opportunity to go out on the dike at Port Susan Bay on the Nature Conservancy property at the end of Boe Road just south of Stanwood and west of Marine Drive.  The site is closed except with special permission which can be obtained at the Mount Vernon office of the Nature Conservancy,( 410 N. 4th street, Mount Vernon WA 98273360-419-0817.)  But Saturday is the Arlington Eagle Festival, and with it Skagit Audubon has offered to put a few volunteers out on the dike to help non-birders find eagles and other birds.  Its always a fun place to visit, and the odds are, that's where our snow geese are!

3rd Wed Program - Jan. 16, 7 p.m. - Create Wildlife Habitat at Home and Contribute to Science by Kathryn Wells

posted Dec 26, 2018, 12:21 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Dec 26, 2018, 12:21 PM ]

Attract birds and butterflies to your yard and contribute to science at the same time. Learn the basics of attracting beneficial wildlife, like birds and pollinators, along with different ways to share your work and observations with the scientific community. Your information is valuable to researchers - share it! Presented by Kathryn Wells, Habitat Steward and Outreach Specialist for the Snohomish Conservation District.

This community program is Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. 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

Registration Now Open for 2019 Habitat Stewards Training

posted Dec 13, 2018, 9:21 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Dec 13, 2018, 9:28 PM ]

Learn how to garden for wildlife and create a personal wildlife sanctuary in you own backyard. Friends of Camano Island Parks’ Camano Wildlife Habitat Project strives to keep Camano a wildlife friendly island by training Habitat Stewards to help the community create, preserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat.

The training will be offered at the Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano DriveWednesday evening sessions are January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, and June 19 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will also include five field trips on Saturdays — January 19, February 23, March 23, April 20, May 18 — from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The training fee is a donation of time or money to assist FOCIP’s 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.

For more information on how to register and apply for the 2019 Habitat Stewards Training, click here: 2019 Habitat Stewards Training.

2019 Programs

posted Dec 13, 2018, 6:49 PM by Roxie Rochat

Here's our preliminary lineup of programs for the first half of 2019:

3rd Wed. of the month, 7pm
Island County Multi-Purpose Center
141 N East Camano Drive

Jan 16, 2019: Creating Habitat and Contributing to Science  Kathryn Wells,
Snohomish Conservation District

Feb 20, 2019: The Role of Pollinators on Camano Island and How We Can Support Them  
Dr. Jennifer Short
, Camano beekeeper

Mar 20, 2019: Landscaping with Native Plants  Brenda Cunningham,
Washington Native Plant Society

Apr 17, 2019: Birds, Nests, and Nesting Boxes –  Joe Meche,
Bellingham photographer and author

May 15, 2019: Wetlands    Russ Holmes,
retired forest service botanist

Note: This is a preliminary listing;
programs subject to change –
please check our website for updates.

No BWH Program in December

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:08 PM by Roxie Rochat

Enjoy the holidays, shop for native plants at SCD's Native Plant Sale, and join us again on the 3rd Wed. in January.

Snohomish Conservation District Plant Sale Now Open for Orders

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:06 PM by Roxie Rochat

Why should you care?

1. You're getting early access to the sale before the paper brochures arrive in mailboxes.
2. Ordering online is easy- just go to:, add plants to cart, and check out- that's it. 
3. Pre-ordering ensures that you get all the plants you need to make your yard or property sing. It also cuts the chaos and stress on the day of the plant sale, lets you avoid the lines and stroll into the sale whenever you like! It's that easy.

34th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commercial Building #400,
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe

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