Announcements

Sat. Jan 25th, Stanwood Country Living Expo

posted Jan 21, 2020, 2:16 PM by Roxie Rochat

Several of our recent speakers are offering classes at the Stanwood Country Living Expo on January 25th:
Owls of the Night - Sheila Pera & Jan Brandt
Why are So Many Trees Dying? - Kevin Zobrist
Bats! Who They Are, Where They Live, and Who They Benefit! - Meg Lunnum

Other wildlife habitat related classes include:
bee keeping for honey,
mason bee farming,
landscape design,
managing wildlife habitats,
pruning, &
pollinator gardening.

See https://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/countrylivingexpo/ for class listings and registration details.

Cancelled: Jan 15th Program - Birds and Window Collisions - Kim Nelson

posted Jan 14, 2020, 3:19 PM by Roxie Rochat

The Camano Wildlife Habitat meeting scheduled for Wednesday night, January 15th, has been cancelled due to weather and road conditions. We will try to reschedule the speaker for a future meeting.

Updates on Program Cancellations

posted Jan 13, 2020, 1:02 PM by Roxie Rochat

We will definitely post news about program cancellations here if the weather makes travel unsafe.
Please continue to monitor this website for further updates.

CANCELLED - Wednesday 1/15/2020 Program at 7pm: Birds and Window Collisions by Kim Nelson

posted Jan 4, 2020, 7:12 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 3:22 PM ]


NOTE: We are cancelling Wednesday's program because of the weather. 
We will try to reschedule for a later date.

Between 365 million to 1 billion birds are killed by window collisions in the United States each year.  By getting involved with collision prevention and monitoring efforts, you can help.  Kim Nelson, Skagit Audubon Society, will examine the effectiveness, aesthetics, and affordability of window treatments used in collision prevention as well as collision monitoring programs on Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive (Blue Building). There will also be examples of window treatments.

Kim Nelson has a MA in Biology from Miami University.  Her studies focused on community engagement regarding avian conservation issues with an emphasis in bird-window collision prevention at zoological facilities.  She recently joined Skagit Audubon Society and has been assisting with educational programs and field trips.

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.

Program Previews for January - June 2020

posted Jan 4, 2020, 7:09 PM by Roxie Rochat

Jan 15, 2020: Birds and Window Collisions  
Kim Nelson,
Skagit Audubon

Feb 19, 2020: Firewise Gardening & Habitats  
Kristin Marshall
, Snohomish Conservation District

Mar 18, 2020: Living with a Green Roof - a World of Surprises!   
Janet Hall
,
retired Island County Environmental Educator

Apr 15, 2020: Gardening for Pollinators and Birds – 
Brenda Cunningham & Bob Gillespie
,
Washington Native Plant Society &
retired entomology professor from
Wenatchee Valley College

May 20, 2020: Climate Resilience – 
Carrie Brausieck,

Snohomish Conservation District

June 17, 2020: Diversity and Dynamics of Camano Island Forests    Linda Brubaker,
Emeritus Professor-UW College of Forest Resources

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

To be added to our program reminder list please email
camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com

 

7pm Program: Wed Nov 20th, LOONS IN OUR MIDST by Steve and Martha Ellis

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:28 PM by Roxie Rochat

LOONS IN OUR MIDST


Come hear the evocative calls – you’ll feel transported to a northern lake!  Loons are the essence of wilderness.  Their haunting calls evoke images of forested lakes and remote tundra, yet many of these beguiling creatures are drawn to Camano each year.

Which loon species do we host?  Where do they come from?  What draws them here?  When is the best time of year to see loons from local beaches?

This presentation will answer these and other loon questions.  We’ll focus on which fish species are preyed on and how loons catch them (Common Loons can dive to depths of 200 feet!). We’ll also answer the age-old question, “Are loons loony?”

Come hear the evocative calls – you’ll feel transported to a northern lake!

Presenters Steve & Martha Ellis have been making natural history presentations and leading field trips for 30 years.  Steve is a former president of Whidbey Audubon Society and grew up listening to the calls of loons in Alaska.  Born and raised in Arizona, Martha became acquainted with loons when she moved to Whidbey after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University.  She is a former WAS board member and is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.  The Ellises are longtime residents of Coupeville

This community program is Wednesday, Nov. 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Reminder: Sat. Oct 19th, 10-noon: Salal Fall Native Plant Sale

posted Oct 17, 2019, 12:28 PM by Roxie Rochat

South end of the WSU display gardens at 16650 State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon.

Go early for best selection!  Quantities are limited.  No credit card sales.
Bring your own boxes and rolling carts if you can; otherwise, boxes and wheel barrels are usually available at the sale.
See the earlier announcement for more information.


Program: Wed Oct 16 7pm - Gardening for Native Bees by Kathryn Lindsay

posted Sep 26, 2019, 7:26 PM by Roxie Rochat

You will be surprised to find out how many native bees we have in Washington state.  Meet some of the native bees we have in the Pacific Northwest and learn about their lifestyles, life cycles and habitat needs.  Kathryn Lindsay, Skagit County Master Gardener, will talk about how we can enhance our gardens to attract native bees and help our ecosystems Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive (Blue Building). 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

Sat Sep 28, 10-noon: Camano Island Plastic Pot Exchange

posted Sep 20, 2019, 5:20 PM by Roxie Rochat

Join us for our annual Camano Island Plastic Plant Pot Exchange!
Lot behind C.A.S.A. and Island Transit Base Facility, N Can Ku Rd.
  • Bring your used plant pots or pick up ones to use later.
  • No charge!
  • 4” and larger sizes only. No “pony packs” or flimsy starter pots, please.
  • Reasonably clean: no soil, plastic markers, metal, tags or plant material.
For more information contact jerilyn.ritzman@wsu.edu  360-639-4608.

Sat. Oct 19th, 10-noon: Salal Fall Native Plant Sale

posted Sep 20, 2019, 5:17 PM by Roxie Rochat

NATIVE PLANT SALE
Fall 2019
hosted by the Salal Chapter
of the Washington Native Plant Society
October 19th, 10 AM to Noon

Once again we have a great selection of native plants available.
More than 60 species.
The DRAFT plant list is available at this link:
LIST OF PLANTS FOR SALE
  • 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 10 am for the best selection.
  • If you don't see something you are looking for, please let us know and we will try to locate a source for you. Send an email to: nativegarden@fidalgo.net
  • We do have several species not listed here as we just have 2 or 3 of each.
  • We did not yet put the prices on this list, as they may change as we see how things look. Most of the 4 inch pots will be $5 - 7 and the gallon pots will be $7-10. Some bulbs will be in bags rather than soil.

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