Wed Program: August 16, 7 p.m. Popcorn and a Movie — Birds, Backyard Habitat & Beyond

posted Jul 31, 2017, 10:36 PM by Roxie Rochat

With popcorn in hand, watch and wonder as the creatures of the wild forage for food, raise young, maintain their plumage, battle for territory and much more on Wednesday, August 16, 7 p.m., at the Camano Multipurpose Center (blue building), 141 N East Camano Drive. Puget Sound area watercolor artist and photographer, Craig Johnson with his wife and writer Joy Johnson, have created a remarkable DVD that beautifully illustrates what can happen when native habitat is allowed to flourish, even in as small a space as a suburban backyard.  The Johnsons show the delights possible by recording the birds and other creatures that visit their backyard.  Using Craig’s animations, graphics, and photographs, the Johnsons offer some simple suggestions to increase the variety of birds visiting your yard. It’s also helpful for identifying birds in Pacific Northwest yards. 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

Books on Beneficial Native Insects

posted Jul 26, 2017, 3:45 PM by Roxie Rochat

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects by Eric Lee-Mäder, Jennifer Hopwood, Mace Vaughan, Scott Hoffman Black, and Lora Morandin
Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs by Whitney Cranshaw
are two terrific resources available from our local Sno-Isle library system.

Island Co. to purchase last Barnum Point parcels

posted Jul 26, 2017, 3:41 PM by Roxie Rochat

"Last Tuesday, Island County’s board of commissioners unanimously approved spending $500,000 of the county’s Conservation Futures Fund to purchase the last four parcels at Barnum Point on Camano Island, which currently belong to the Barnum family..."
See the full article at
Send an all email to thank all three Commissioners for their support at


posted Jul 17, 2017, 2:05 PM by Roxie Rochat

Conservation Futures Application Proposals to be Presented July 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

This year’s applications for Conservation Future’s Acquisition Projects will be presented to Board of Island County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The applications and the Citizens Advisory Board’s (CAB) recommendations are available for review via the GSA webpage,
The public will have an opportunity for comment at the meeting.  Your input is appreciated either at the meeting or through email in advance. To reach all three Commissioners direct your message to .  A map of existing properties in Island County acquired with the support of Conservation Futures Funding is available here


The Conservation Futures Program is a competitive annual grant funded through a designated local property tax. Proposed projects are reviewed and ranked by a Citizens Advisory Board and County Staff. Organizations located within Island County eligible to apply for Conservation Futures Funds are Island County government, cities, town, special purpose districts, non-profit nature conservancy organizations (as defined in RCW 84.34.250), and non-profit historic preservation organizations (as defined in RCW 64.04.130). 

Friday, July 14th: Pilchuck Audubon - Pigeon Guillemots

posted Jul 14, 2017, 3:51 PM by Roxie Rochat

The July Pilchuck Audubon Society program meeting will be held Friday night, July 14th at 7:00pm at the Stanwood Library in Stanwood. The program should be of interest to all with information about these seabirds and how you can get involved in a new study of them on Camano Island.

The next monthly program meeting will be on Friday night September 15th at the 2017 Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds.

Pigeon Guillemots: The Adorable Seabird with Bright Red Feet
with Govinda Rosling
Friday, July 14, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stanwood Library 
9701 271st St NW 
Stanwood, WA 98292

Pick up Wildlife Habitat Applications at Camano Island Library

posted Jul 14, 2017, 3:42 PM by Roxie Rochat

To assist the Camano Wildlife Habitat Projects quest for 1,000 certified wildlife habitats, applications are now available at the Camano Island Library, a certified wildlife habitat. The National Wildlife Federation certifies properties that provide food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young while using responsible gardening practices.

The motivation of being a Community Wildlife Habitat is to have neighbors link yards and reestablish wildlife corridors. Looking at Camanos habitat map provides evidence of this and has been demonstrated on several of the garden tours that have had adjoining properties to visit.

The National Wildlife Federation certified Camano Island as the tenth community wildlife habitat in the nation in 2005. There are now 894 NWF-certified wildlife habitats on the island. 

The project hosts Backyard Wildlife Habitat programs the third Wednesday of the month at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center. For information, about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, call 360-387-2236, visit, or email

WED Program: July 19, 7 p.m. Living With the Wildlife in our Yards — Tina Dinzl-Pederson

posted Jul 14, 2017, 3:39 PM by Roxie Rochat

Are you concerned about some of the wildlife you’re attracting in your yard? Perhaps deer are making it difficult for you to get new plants started? Join us for tips on how to live in harmony with all kinds of wildlife, not just birds and butterflies on Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m. at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive, Tina Dinzl-Pederson, Interpretive Specialist with Cama Beach State Park, will help us understand the lives of deer, raccoons, coyotes, and other critters found on our island. 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

Sunny Skies to Smile on 2017 Garden Tour: Sat. June 24th, 2017

posted Jun 21, 2017, 10:57 AM by Roxie Rochat

Above normal temperatures are predicted for Saturday, but our island waters moderate the temperatures here, so it should be a perfect day to tour our 4 gardens.  Dogs are not allowed in the gardens so be sure to leave your canine friends at home where they'll be cool.

Pick up your maps for the 2017 Backyard Wildlife Garden Tour this Sat. starting at 10am at Camano Multipurpose Center (AKA — The Blue Building), 141 NE Camano Drive.  Gardens are open from 10-4.  

If you live on the island and have a certified habitat, thinking about picking up one of our new Camano Wildlife Habitat signs when you get your brochure.

6/22/17 6pm Kristoferson Creek Fish Passage Project Public Meeting

posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:29 PM by Roxie Rochat

Join your neighbors for refreshments and conversation about continued work at Triangle Cove. Snohomish Conservation District is partnering with Island County Public Works to replace the Kristoferson Creek culverts at Barnum and Russell Roads. This will allow threatened Chinook salmon and other fish move easily between the important habitats in Triangle Cove and Kristoferson Creek. Ask questions about the project, timeline and construction impacts.

Thursday June 22, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Island County Multipurpose Center (the blue building next to CASA), 141 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island

No need to register. Questions? Please call or email Kristin Marshall at 425-377-7017 or You may also learn more at

Volunteers Needed for Camano Pigeon Guillemot Survey

posted May 30, 2017, 8:51 PM by Roxie Rochat

The Guillemot Research Group of Whidbey Island is currently recruiting volunteers on Camano to monitor our Pigeon Guillemot colonies.
You would visit your birds ten times from late June through the end of August. Volunteers sit quietly and monitor the birds for one hour. Training is provided on-site.
If you're interested in learning more, see the Guillemot Research Group website.

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