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.

ONLINE Habitat Stewards Training with the National Wildlife Federation

posted May 17, 2020, 2:52 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated May 17, 2020, 2:56 PM ]

The National Wildlife Federation is offering a specialized, multi-week online workshop to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. Workshop sessions will take place the first four Tuesdays in June from 6:00 - 9:00 pm via Zoom.

During this online workshop, you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks while participating in this engaging, fun and highly informative training! Expert speakers from the community will present on topics such as: gardening for wildlife, improving water quality, managing noxious weeds, prairie restoration, and more!

The cost of the training is $25 to cover program materials. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds. To register for the training, please visit: or contact us at or (206) 577-7816.
Please share this training opportunity with your community members! You can share our Facebook page for this event or forward this message! 
Thank you, and I hope to “see” some of you in our webinar workshop in June!
Caitlin Maraist
she | her | hers
Habitat Stewards Program Coordinator
AmeriCorps Member
National Wildlife Federation
(206) 577-7816

June 5 & 6 NATIVE PLANT Pick Up sponsored by Salal WNPS

posted May 16, 2020, 2:34 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated May 17, 2020, 2:59 PM ]

Exciting announcement from Brenda Cunningham, Garden Manager of the Salal Native Plant Garden in Mount Vernon:


June 5 and 6
by Appointment Only

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 so we postponed our native plant sale this spring until we could develop a safe procedure for selling the plants. 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. 

In the next week I will send out another notice which will include a link to an order form and due dates for your order. If you would like to place an order, please download that form, fill it out on your computer and save it. Then send it back to me via email. 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 near the native garden nursery west of Mount Vernon. However, the gardens will not be open to the public at that time, nor will the facilities associated with the WSU Campus be available. For those who have trouble with the order form we will have someone who can help you fill that out over the phone.

Link to 
Plant List for Spring 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.

Please email Brenda to be added to her list for further announcements about this sale.

Wed. May 20, 2020 7 pm - Virtual Talk: Climate Resilience for Rural Properties by Carrie Brausieck

posted May 14, 2020, 5:46 PM by Roxie Rochat

Since we can't meet in person for our regular 3rd Wed. program, Carrie Brausieck will be presenting her program on Climate Resilience for Rural Properties as a Zoom webinar virtual talk.

Changes in our climate are having a plethora of effects across our landscapes. Many of us wonder what we might do to protect the beauty, diversity, and production of our communities. Join Carrie Brausieck, Snohomish Conservation District Natural Resource Planner, to learn about "climate resilience" and tips on how we can all be empowered to adapt to and help mitigate the effects of a changing climate.

Co-hosted with the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, and The Snohomish Conservation District.

Please register for this webinar so we can send you the Zoom link and password:

If all goes well and the technology cooperates, the talk will be recorded and available later on the SCD YouTube channel:

Native Plant Webinars and other Resources from the WA Native Plant Society

posted May 14, 2020, 5:36 PM by Roxie Rochat

The Washington Native Plant Society planned to celebrate April, Native Plant Appreciation Month, with a long list of special events.  Although the meetings had to be cancelled, the society quickly adapted and triumphed with a number of Zoom-based webinars that were recorded and are now available on YouTube.  Check out the full list on the WNPS Virtual Events page.

Of particular interest to our BWH members may be

Gardening with Native Plants by Marcia Rivers Smith,

and photographic tours of the wildflowers of the Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Rainier, the Columbia Gorge.
A number of other presentations are being edited and should be made available soon.

If you're interested in gardening with Native Plants, WNPS resources can help you with selections for your garden. The right plant for the right place. Visit their Native Plant and Seed Source list to locate a nursery near you that provides native plants.

Giant Hornets

posted May 14, 2020, 5:22 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated May 14, 2020, 5:23 PM ]

Worried about the giant hornet sightings in Washington and what they mean for honeybees and humans? Are you interested in helping with monitoring efforts to stop them from spreading? Find out more here!
  • Build a home-made trap 
  • Refill the bait and collect/mail any samples weekly.
  • Monitoring starts in July for 17 weeks, but you can begin sooner
from the May 14th edition of the Sound Water Stewards Newsletter

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