Camano BWH Program Recordings and other Zoom Presentations

posted Sep 9, 2020, 4:44 PM by Roxie Rochat

Recordings of both our May and August Camano Wildlife Habitat Meetings are now available:

May 20, 2020:  Climate Resilience for Rural Properties webinar by Carrie Brausieck, Snohomish Conservation District.
August 19, 2020: Camano Island’s Sound Habitats: In our Backyards and Beyond by Jerilyn Ritzman, Shore Stewards Coordinator

A number of other local groups also provide links to their recorded meetings, so please check out our Zoom Presentation Recordings page for links.

2020 Salal Native Plant Society Fall Plant Sale

posted Sep 4, 2020, 8:26 PM by Roxie Rochat


hosted by the Salal Chapter
of the Washington Native Plant Society


Order starting September 21

Plant Pick Up

October 2 and 3

by Appointment Only

Email from Brenda Cunningham:

You may have noticed that the Display Gardens at the WSU Research and Extension Center are currently closed to public access due to concerns about COVID-19 and the health of visitors and volunteers.

In the spring we hosted a successful plant sale by accepting orders for plants via email and scheduling appointments for curbside pickup of the plants at the garden entrance. Feedback from that event was very positive and we are going to try to do that again, with some improvements at the back end of the operation. We are taking measures to ensure your safety and the safety of our volunteers, while providing you with the opportunity to purchase from a great selection of native trees, shrubs and flowers. 

Proceeds from the sale are important for our chapter's ability to provide scholarships, help local organizations with restoration of habitat and support for the Washington Native Plant Society's many wonderful programs. 

On September 21, I will send out another notice which will include a link to an order form (Excel format). We will accept orders starting at noon on the 21st. Once we have 150 orders we will close the sale since we need time to schedule the curbside pickups.

If you would like to place an order, please download the form (it will be updated daily to reflect the inventory), fill it out on your computer and save it. Then send it back to me via email. I will process the orders in which they are received and send you a confirmation. For those who cannot use an Excel document we have a volunteer available to fill out the form for you over the phone. When you are ready to order, please let me know and I will have that person give you a call.

I will provide you with confirmation of the order and detailed instructions for picking up the plants in a safe manner. Plant pickup will take place at the entrance to the display gardens west of Mount Vernon on October 2 and 3. However, the gardens will not be open to the public at that time, nor will the facilities associated with the WSU Campus be available. 

I hope this notice finds you safe and healthy,
Brenda Cunningham, Garden Manager

This plant list is preliminary, but very close to the final list. The order form will be updated daily to reflect remaining inventory.
Link to 
Plant List for Fall 2020 Sale*

*There may be several minor changes between this and the final order form. We ask that you limit your purchase of each species to 3 plants so that more people can purchase the popular species. In your email order please indicate if you would like to buy more of a species and I am happy to let you know at the end of the sale period if we have any left for purchase.

Click this link to Subscribe to the Salal Mailing List for future updates.
Email Brenda Cunningham <> if you have more questions.

Wed, Sept 16, 7-8:30 pm Webinar - Camano Island Trees in Decline by Kevin Zobrist, WSU

posted Aug 26, 2020, 5:24 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Aug 26, 2020, 5:31 PM ]

Camano Island Trees in Decline  (WEBINAR)

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout the region, especially with cedars and hemlocks, causing concern for many property owners. Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forestry Professor, will discuss why so many trees on Camano Island have been in decline at a virtual presentation on Wed, Sept 16, from 7-8:30 pm. This webinar will explain why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.

This presentation is free but please note: 

1) You must create a Zoom account (it's free at


2) You must register at this link through the WSU Extension Forestry system.  This will ask a few basic survey questions and generate a unique link for each person.  It will also send reminders and connection information.
Register now.  It needs to be done a minimum of two hours before the webinar!  Register even if you can’t make the scheduled time because everyone who registers will receive a link to a recording afterward.

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

Aug 25th 7pm Earth-friendly landscaping – Zoom Presentation

posted Aug 19, 2020, 8:00 PM by Roxie Rochat

Shore Stewards and the Snohomish Conservation District are partnering to bring you a free Zoom presentation on earth-friendly landscaping. Join us to learn about water conservation, native plants, lawn alternatives, and more!

Please visit SCD’s event page to register. By registering, you will be given the Zoom link to join the webinar. We will also send you a link to the recording afterwards so that you can re-watch or share with friends.

Wed. August 19th, 2020 7pm: WEBINAR - Camano Island’s Sound Habitats: In our Backyards and Beyond by Jerilyn Ritzman

posted Jul 28, 2020, 4:13 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jul 30, 2020, 12:35 PM ]

The dynamic interactions between land and sea help create Camano Island’s rich natural ecosystem. On an island where no one lives more than a mile or two from the shore, the land and water-use decisions made by individuals can either jeopardize or safeguard the critical habitats for salmon, orcas, birds, vegetation, and other species. Join Jerilyn Ritzman, Shore Stewards Coordinator for WSU Extension Island County, as she highlights the nearshore habitats you’re also helping protect when you take good care of your property.

Jerilyn Ritzman is the Shore Stewards Coordinator for WSU Extension Island County. Growing up on Camano Island gave Jerilyn a strong appreciation for our beautiful natural environments and inspired her to pursue degrees in geology and, subsequently, marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington. Her work focused on how scientific findings can be translated into effective education and policy. Now, along with managing the Shore Stewards program, Jerilyn also helps manage two other environmental education programs offered by WSU Extension on Camano Island: Waste Wise and Master Gardener.

Please Note:
You will need to register for a free Zoom account in order to join the meeting. If you don't already have a Zoom account, you can do so by going to before the meeting.  Click on the orange box in the upper right hand corner that says “SIGN UP, IT’S FREE” and follow the prompts.

Although you do not need to need to register for the meeting itself in advance, you do need your own Zoom account in order to watch the presentation.

Wed. August 19th, 2020 7pm Zoom meeting info

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android by clicking this link:

or type this ID and password into the Zoom window:

Meeting ID: 998 6590 9823
Password: 919496

Phone Call (long distance):  +1 253 215 8782

                +12532158782,,99865909823# US (One Tap Mobile Call)

For more information about the program or the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email

International Juried Bird Art Exhibition For Youth Ages 4 to 18

posted Jun 19, 2020, 3:11 PM by Roxie Rochat

Taking Flight
An International Juried Bird Art Exhibition For Youth Ages 4 to 18

The Taking Flight Exhibition aims to create greater awareness and appreciation for birds, support the development of young
artists, and share their art with the public at a professional museum.

Submissions will be accepted between January 15 and July 15, 2020.

Learn more:

My name is Dan Boudreau and I’m the youth education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts. Each year, we host a juried youth bird art exhibition for children ages 4-18 called Taking Flight. We receive submissions from all over the United States and have even had a few international entries. This is our fifth year hosting the exhibit, and we hope to have even broader participation. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of American Bird Art and we hope it will foster the next generation of artists who love birds and wildlife. I’m reaching out to spread the word!


If you know of any young artists who might be interested in submitting, I’d really appreciate it if you could pass this information along to them and share it with your contacts. This year’s theme is “Your favorite bird, or what birds mean to you,” and most non-digital mediums are allowed. We've extended our deadline and will be taking submissions until July 15th 2020. I’ve attached a PDF flyer (pun intended!), or you can check out our website and Facebook event for more information. Please note that the flyer still lists June 15th as the end of the submission period; I'm still waiting to receive an updated version of the flyer.


Please let me know if you have any questions!




Daniel Boudreau

Youth Education Coordinator

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

963 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021 /

June BWH Program will be rescheduled later

posted Jun 15, 2020, 11:24 AM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 11:25 AM ]

The BWH Program originally scheduled for June 17th, Diversity and Dynamics of Camano Island Forests by Linda Brubaker, will be rescheduled once we resume live meetings.

Garden Tour Postponed Until 2021

posted Jun 15, 2020, 11:11 AM by Roxie Rochat

We will move the 2020 Garden Tour to June 26th, 2021; this way everyone can focus on what they need to do in the months ahead.

Take care,
Pilar Galup, BWH Garden Tour Coordinator

May's Climate Resilience Webinar Available on YouTube

posted May 27, 2020, 12:04 PM by Roxie Rochat

A message from Kathryn:

Thank you for joining our webinar last night! If you missed portions due to children or pets needing attention, or if you couldn't join us at all, we have the full recording on the Snohomish Conservation District YouTube channel. Here is the link to the video: Climate Resilience for Rural Properties webinar

One of the other attendees and I have a whole new appreciation for our Big Leaf Maple trees, and every time I plant a tree, I'll think about all the carbon it's sequestering. One more reason to enjoy planting trees! I'm also inspired to try some perennial veggies in our garden. Maybe French sorrel - it has a lovely sharp, lemony flavor with the texture of spinach.

If you haven't already, certify your yard as a wildlife habitat and help create a habitat corridor. Check out the easy steps at the National Wildlife Federation's website. It's Garden for Wildlife Month through June!

Thanks again, everyone. Please join us for our webinars anytime you can, or catch up with us via 
YouTubeFacebook, or our website

Kathryn Wells
I work part-time, and am generally available Monday through Thursday each week.
Communications Program Manager
Snohomish Conservation District

(425) 377-7024 (direct)
(425) 335-5634 (main office)  |

Certify Your Garden 20% Discount!

posted May 17, 2020, 2:55 PM by Roxie Rochat

Garden For Wildlife Month 
Certify Your Garden 20% Discount, and a Tree Will Be Planted in Your Honor
Spring is here… and that means it’s baby season for wildlife! Help wildlife this spring by providing a safe place for wildlife to raise their young. By providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young the National Wildlife Federation will recognize your garden or landscape as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat. Certify today, and National Wildlife Federation will plant a tree for wildlife in your honor.

Here are a few ways you can provide wildlife with a place to raise their young:

  • Use native plants in your garden. Butterflies and moths need native plants such as Aster, ocean spray, red-stem dogwood, goldenrod, bleeding heart, willows, and red-flowering currant. Remember specific caterpillars eat specific native plants, including nettles, so keep a place for nettles to host butterflies.
  • Songbirds feed on insects native to native plants.
  • Birds nest in tree branches or in cavities in dead or decaying tree snags. Protect mature trees, keep snags standing, and plant new trees.
  • Provide a brush pile as shelter for insects, lizards, and a variety of other wildlife to nest and raise their young.
  • Create a backyard pond and provide frogs and other amphibians a place to lay their eggs and for tadpoles to grow into adults.
 Certify today  Use promo code GARDEN20  (

By providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young you are eligible to have your yard recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. When you certify, you’ll join over 241,000 gardeners across America who provide safe places for wildlife to thrive. And when you certify now, you’ll give a native tree to a community or school that will plant and care for it.

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