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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.

VOLUNTEER YOUR GARDEN -

posted Sep 20, 2019, 5:14 PM by Roxie Rochat

Thirteenth Annual Camano Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour  
June 27, 2020 — 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We’re already looking for gardens in the North 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 email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer your garden. 

Wed, Sept 18th Program: Bats in our Backyards by Meg Lunnum

posted Aug 31, 2019, 5:01 PM by Roxie Rochat

Come meet Carol Ann, the Friendly Education Bat! Happy Valley Bats rehabilitator and educator Meg Lunnum will talk about the bats in our area and beyond, how they live, and how we can support them as they eat pesky mosquitoes around our homes. Lunnum will also discuss building and installing bat houses specifically for local bats. This community program is Wednesday, Sept. 18, 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.

PROGRAM: Wednesday, August 21 7pm Butterflies in Your Garden by Julie O’Donald

posted Aug 5, 2019, 2:58 PM by Roxie Rochat

Be part of the garden connection to keep butterflies in our neighborhoods. Meet 18 species of butterflies found in the Puget Sound lowlands. Learn the best native flowering shrubs and wildflowers for attracting butterflies. Practices that help butterflies survive throughout the year and in all stages of their life cycle will be covered by Julie O’Donald, a Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master Gardener with over 30 experience creating wildlife friendly gardens, Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m., at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE 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.

Upcoming 2019 Programs

posted Jul 31, 2019, 4:09 PM by Roxie Rochat

August 21, 2019: Butterflies & Garden Habitat    Julie O'Donald,
Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and
Skagit County Master Gardener

September 18, 2019: Bats    Meg Lunnum
Executive Director and Bat Rehabilitator,
Happy Valley Bats

October 16, 2019: Native Bees    Kathryn Lindsay,
Skagit County Master Gardener

November 20, 2019: Fishing For A Living: The Loons    Steve and Martha Ellis,
 
Whidbey Island Naturalists


Program: Wed July 17, 7pm: Beavers in Cama Beach’s Backyard by Jeff Wheeler

posted Jul 4, 2019, 8:44 PM by Roxie Rochat

CAMANO WILDLIFE PROGRAM 

Wednesday, July 17, 7  p.m. 

Beavers in Cama Beach’s Backyard (Cranberry Lake) 

Beavers are brilliant and persistent engineers. Why do they build dams? What is a beaver's life like?  Learn how the Cama Beach State Park beavers at Cranberry Lake conserve water, improve water quality, and even benefit the other wildlife from Jeff Wheeler, Washington State Parks — Salish Foothills Area Manager, Wednesday, July 17, 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.

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