Dec 5th Potluck but No 3rd Wednesday Program in December

posted Dec 3, 2017, 2:22 PM by Roxie Rochat

We take a holiday vacation from our normal 3rd Wed Program in December, but please join us at our sponsoring organization's Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction.

The FOCIP Holiday Potluck dinner and silent auction will be this Tues. Dec. 5 at the Camano Center. It is always lots of fun, good company, and lots of good food. Plan to stop by around 5:30 for appetizers and socializing. Dinner is served at 6:00 followed by a presentation by the Camano Preparedness Group. It is supposed to be a nice evening with no rain so please let Bev Reaume (36-38-5619) e-mail know if you would like to attend.

All are welcome!
Camano Certified Wildlife Habitat Yard Signs will be available for purchase before the potluck.

Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m. Program: Gray Whales of Puget Sound by Cindy Hansen

posted Oct 31, 2017, 7:09 PM by Roxie Rochat

Hunted nearly to extinction twice in their history, gray whales have made an amazing comeback. In 1994 they became the first whale species to be removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List. Their astonishing yearly migration, proximity to coastal areas, and their gentle and curious nature have made gray whales a favorite along the coast of North America from Alaska to Baja. Cindy Hansen, Education and Events Coordinator with Orca Network, will discuss the biology and behavior of gray whales and their role in the ecosystem Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m. at the Island County Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. Learn about their history with humankind, from the whaling days to their current “friendly” behavior. 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

BARNUM POINT — State Capital Budget Needs Passing

posted Oct 15, 2017, 7:26 PM by Roxie Rochat

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.

HOWEVER,  according to Commissioner Helen Price Johnson:

"Yes! We supported it. Unfortunately there are funds in the unfinished state capital budget to close the deal. Please help us communicate with legislators to finish their job.” 

Barnum Point is a project slated for funding in the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program, but may lose out if the 2017 capital  budget is not passed. For more information about the budget and the Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition that advocates for the projects:

No Capital Budget Leaves New WWRP Projects in Limbo

On July 20, the Legislature adjourned its third special session without passing a Capital Budget, putting funding for new WWRP projects on hold until further notice. Although the House announced an budget agreement with the Senate on June 30, Senate Republicans were unwilling to vote on the budget until their demands on the Hirst water rights decision are met.

Without WWRP funding, some projects will not be able to move forward, some will need to seek alternative funding, and many will waste valuable time and effort as they wait.


posted Oct 15, 2017, 7:24 PM by Roxie Rochat

June 23, 2018 — 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We're looking for gardens in the central part 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!

If interested — call 360-387-2236 or

Wednesday Program, October 18, 7 p.m. WILD MUSHROOMS: FUN WITH FUNGI with Scott Chase

posted Oct 15, 2017, 7:23 PM by Roxie Rochat

Curious about mushrooms in your yard and the forests in western Washington? Learn which of the common mushrooms are edible, which ones to avoid, and how fungi interact with your trees and plants on Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m. at the Island County Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. Speaker Scott Chase, Island County Shore Stewards coordinator, will include photos and interesting information about how mushrooms have been part of our culture and mythology for hundreds of years. 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


posted Oct 6, 2017, 10:02 PM by Roxie Rochat

   Beavers & how to live with them will be the topic of this free seminar sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District & Beavers Northwest.
While beavers can cause headaches for landowners, they can also be invaluable for protecting & preserving water resources & wildlife habitat. If beavers are causing issues on your property, there may be solutions available to help you to live peacefully alongside them. The October seminars are taught by local beaver experts Alex Pittman & Ben Dittbrenner. 6pm at the Stanwood PUD. Register at

Barnum Point Cleanup 9/26 9:30-12:30

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:29 AM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 12:30 AM ]

Barnum Point’s critical feeder bluff and vital fish and wildlife habitat make this rare and wild place an ecological gem. As part of our protection efforts we have removed hazardous structures so that it may become a county park. Now we need to pick up the scraps! Come spend a day volunteering in a beautiful place and making a difference.

Join us Tuesday, September 26th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Barnum Point on Camano Island.

Snacks, drinks, and tools are provided. All ages and abilities are welcome, just bring work gloves!

For more details and to sign up to help, go to

Sat Sep 23 10-noon Waste Wise Plastic Pot Exchange

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:25 AM by Roxie Rochat

 The annual WSU Waste Wise plastic plant pot exchange will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, from 10 am - noon at the Camano County Annex parking lot, south of the Health Clinic and tennis courts.    Recycle your plastic plant pots, or pick up ones you can use at home to start next spring's seedlings!  No charge; all is free. Home gardeners, organizations and volunteer groups are highly encouraged to come and get what they need.  If your group is having a plant sale next spring, this is a great time to get your free pots. Pots come in all sizes, and what is left over will be recycled. If you are bringing pots, they should be 4" or larger, without any dirt, tags or wire.  (You don't need to wash them; just knock the dirt out, please. )  No flimsy thin plastic "starter packs" or trays, please. WSU Waste Wise volunteers will be on hand to assist you. If you have any questions, contact Scott Chase at (360) 387-3443, ext 258, or email

Friday, 9/22 Plant Rescue Help Needed 10:00 am

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:30 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 12:50 PM ]

Envirotek has started construction on their new office across the street from the blue building/CASA which will include a rain garden and backyard wildlife habitat. Jen and Alan want their office property to be a place for public education. While we looked at the rain garden site, we noticed many native plants that could be salvaged and used in the rain garden. 

Some construction activities coming up soon will impact this spot, so Jen will be salvaging plants on Friday September 22nd. Would any of you be available that day to help out?Please let us know if you can help.

We'll start at 10:00 am, Friday 9/22.
Park across the street at the blue building (Camano Multipurpose Center, next to CASA animal shelter) and walk across (carefully!).
Bring gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, water for selves, your favorite shovel if you prefer to use your own, any large pots you don't need.
A few sets of pruners might also be helpful.
We're not sure how long we'll be there, so please bring snacks or a lunch if you would like to stay more than a couple of hours.

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

Salal Fall Native Plant Sale: October 28th, 2017

posted Sep 9, 2017, 12:58 PM by Roxie Rochat

Fall Native Plant Sale, October 28th 10 am to noon, WSU NW Research Center on Memorial Highway (16650 SR 536), west of Mount Vernon.

We have lots of shrubs and trees, great for planting in the fall while they are dormant or nearly so. They will be ready to put on new roots early in the spring. We even have some perennial flowers, like the Helenium autumnale in the photo. I will have a full list available in mid-September.

If you have any questions, please let me know. The sales are cash or check only, no credit cards taken. Sale takes place rain or shine (it will be late October after all!). Please share this email with others. Proceeds from the sale help Washington Native Plant Society with funding education and research.

Brenda Cunningham

The Salal Native Plant Garden is located immediately south of the Master Gardener Display Garden at the WSU NW Research Center on Memorial Highway (16650 SR 536), west of Mount Vernon. Built by volunteers from the Salal Chapter of the WA Native Plant Society, the garden is a terrific resource for homeowners who want to learn how to incorporate more native plants into their landscaping.


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