Announcements

PROGRAM: Wed, November 14, 7 p.m. Swans of Northwest Washington

posted Nov 2, 2018, 12:13 PM by Roxie Rochat

Note that this is the 2nd Wednesday, not our usual 3rd Wednesday due to the holiday!

Trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in the world, have been brought back from the brink of extinction and once again grace our skies and waterways. Join Martha Jordan, well-known swan biologist and Executive Director of Northwest Swan Conservation Association, to learn about the life history and biology of Washington’s native Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. 

This community program is Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts monthly public presentations. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Salal WNPS FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE Saturday, October 20th 10 am to noon

posted Oct 14, 2018, 9:24 PM by Roxie Rochat

Message from Brenda:
A bit of rain makes me look forward to planting. And this fall the plant list has been expanded with some additional sources of material, resulting in some unusual species in our sale. In some cases the number of plants of a species is quite limited, so I put the inventory on the plant list. But I don't want to discourage you from coming, as these plants do need homes and it seems impossible to predict what people will want. In addition there are a few species that we have just one or 2 of that I did not put on the list - you will just have to come find them in person! You may find some prices are lowered as we see how things look on October 19th. So, please come to the sale and see what we have. Fall is such a great time to plant. The sale list can be downloaded here:
PLANT LIST
  • Cash and checks only, no credit card sales available.
  • Sale will take place at the south end of the WSU display gardens at 16650 State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon.
  • Proceeds are used for scholarships, educational programs and garden maintenance.
  • Come at the start for the best selection.
  • If you don't see something you are looking for, please let me know and I will try to locate a source for you. Send an email to: nativegarden@fidalgo.net

Planting Volunteers Needed - Friday, October 12 - 10am-?

posted Oct 10, 2018, 10:47 AM by Roxie Rochat

Friday, October 12
Starting at 10 a.m.
Stanwood Camano Resource center
Please join us as we plant the bioswale at the Stanwood Camano Resource Center. No registration needed.
Questions? Contact Jill Farrant at jfarrant@snohomishcd.org

Snohomish Conservation District reconstructed the bioswale at the Stanwood-Camano Community Resources Center in Stanwood (across from the middle school and library). We're planting it this Friday, and due to a scheduling snafu, we're short of volunteers. Could you please spread the word that the Center needs help getting 500 plants in the ground? The planting party starts at 10, but we anticipate needing people after noon also.

Program: Wednesday, 10/17, 7 p.m. Eagles and Other Raptors by Jim Watson

posted Oct 1, 2018, 11:40 AM by Roxie Rochat

We see them circling high above or darting through the woods. Raptors, including our iconic bald eagles, are ubiquitous in western Washington. Join Jim Watson, WDFW Wildlife Research Scientist, to learn about these beautiful and important predators in our backyards and over our landscapes. Jim will then dive in deeper to discuss a few key species, including bald eagles.

This community program is Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multipurpose 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Salal Chapter Native Plant Sale: Sat Oct 20, 10-noon

posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:22 PM by Roxie Rochat

This just came in from Brenda:
A bit of rain makes me look forward to planting. And this fall the plant list has been expanded with some additional sources of material, resulting in some unusual species in our sale. In some cases the number of plants of a species is quite limited, so I put the inventory on the plant list. But I don't want to discourage you from coming, as these plants do need homes and it seems impossible to predict what people will want. In addition there are a few species that we have just one or 2 of that I did not put on the list - you will just have to come find them in person! You may find some prices are lowered as we see how things look on October 19th. So, please come to the sale and see what we have. Fall is such a great time to plant. The sale list can be downloaded here:
  • Cash and checks only, no credit card sales available.
  • Sale will take place at the south end of the WSU display gardens at 16650 State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon.
  • Proceeds are used for scholarships, educational programs and garden maintenance.
  • Come at the start for the best selection.
  • If you don't see something you are looking for, please let me know and I will try to locate a source for you. Send an email to: nativegarden@fidalgo.net

1st Annual Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest

posted Sep 18, 2018, 9:35 PM by Roxie Rochat

 Showcase Your Wild Side

    Reston, VA – Calling all photographers! The National Wildlife Federation invites all outdoors lovers to submit their photos that best illustrate the positive impact gardening has on wildlife with the inaugural Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest. And early fall is the perfect time to capture wildlife gardens and their animal visitors! September 10 through October 12, 2018, all are welcome to participate in a new visual community by uploading and submitting photos to the following four contest categories: 
  • People in the Wildlife Garden 
  • Close-Up Native Plants and their Wildlife Visitors 
  • Wildlife Observed where People Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Worship 
  • Wildlife Garden Habitat Features and Landscapes

In early 2019, a Grand Prize winner will be announced to receive a $1,000 cash prize and be featured in the spring edition of National Wildlife magazine. The runner-up to the Grand Prize recipient will also be featured and win a $500 cash prize. Winners from each category will receive a premium bird feeder and a copy of Wildlife Gardening: Tips for Four Seasons. Additionally, an honorable mention winner will be chosen per state. All winners will receive gift certificates for Botanical Interests, Inc., a supplier of non-GMO, organic seeds.

For more information about the contest and for photography tips, visit the Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest. Happy snapping!

Follow Garden For Wildlife on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrating 45 years, Garden for Wildlife has grown to encompass more than 2.5 million acres of Certified Wildlife Habitat® backyards, gardens, fields, and community spaces across the United States that support and protect the future of wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, and other amazing animals.

 

VOLUNTEER YOUR GARDEN for the 2019 Garden Tour

posted Sep 18, 2018, 9:32 PM by Roxie Rochat

Twelfth Annual Camano Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour  
June 22, 2019 — 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We’re already looking for gardens in the South End of the island. We need all types of gardens (small, large, established, new, forest, meadow, waterfront, organic, flower, vegetable, etc.) and garden features (composting, reduced water use, zones, water features, etc.) to demonstrate that ANY property can easily be a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. 

Remember, we’re talking about Backyard Wildlife Habitat gardens, so you needn’t be concerned if your garden isn’t ready for the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. We think of gardens as Works in Progress!

Please let Pilar (galuppilar@gmail.com) know if interested.

Sept Program: 7pm Sep 19th, Whales of Puget Sound by Cindy Hansen

posted Sep 18, 2018, 9:28 PM by Roxie Rochat

Many marine mammals call Puget Sound home. Join Cindy Hansen, Education and Events Coordinator of Orca Network, to learn about the variety of whales and orcas that live in and travel through our waters. Learn why our southern resident orcas are in trouble and what we can do to improve their population's health.

This community program is Wednesday, Sepember 19, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multipurpose 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Living on an Island: Camano 101

posted Sep 18, 2018, 9:16 PM by Roxie Rochat

New to the island? Come to a free, open-house style event on Saturday September 29th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Island County/Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive (the blue building next to CASA animal shelter). Discover ways to enjoy and protect the natural beauty of Camano Island, learn about our parks and trails, and find fun projects and unique places where you can volunteer! Sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District and WSU Extension Island County, we'll have door prizes and refreshments to welcome you. Questions? Call Ann Precup at 360-639-4608 or Kathryn Wells/Lois Ruskell at 425-377-7024.

Program - 7pm Aug 15th: Butterflies in the Garden (and Beyond) by Steve and Martha Ellis

posted Jul 29, 2018, 9:30 PM by Roxie Rochat

Develop a greater appreciation for butterflies. Learn to identify local species and how to attract them to your yard. Steve and Martha Ellis will also discuss the natural history of butterflies and introduce species found in Washington. Come find out how to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.    

The Ellises have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for more than 25 years. Steve is the current vice-president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.

This community program is Wednesday, August 15, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multipurpose 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

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