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

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


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, or email

Property Owner's Guides

posted Jun 24, 2019, 4:03 PM by Roxie Rochat

The WA Dept of Ecology offers some wonderful resources for Puget Sound Property Owners who want to preserve our high quality of life.
Check out their guides for wetlands, slope stabilization, water and bluffs, vegetation management, and more at

2019 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day – August 10th in Arlington

posted Jun 24, 2019, 3:12 PM by Roxie Rochat

The Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day will feature forestry specialists from around the region offering classes, workshops, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics throughout the day for forest owners of all skill levels (from “newbie” to seasoned veteran). There will also be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations, and other resource and equipment providers that will allow participants to network with professionals in addition to other forest owners. Whether you have just a couple wooded acres or a large forest tract, if you have trees on your property, you won’t want to miss this year’s Field Day. This year’s field day will be Saturday, August 10th, at Pilchuck Tree Farm near Arlington.

For more information about workshops and online registration, see

Program: Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m. - Weeds of Camano - Seth Luginbill

posted Jun 8, 2019, 1:05 PM by Roxie Rochat

Weeds of Camano: Exploring noxious weed control and improving your backyard habitat

A challenge to achieving healthy habitats in our yards, forests, and fields is the presence of invasive weed populations. Noxious weeds destroy biological diversity, decrease forage, increase erosion, and decrease land values across Island County. Join Seth Luginbill, Island County Noxious Weed Program Coordinator, as we explore Camano Island’s most prevalent invaders, provide tools and techniques for specific invasive species, and examine management principles in which landowners may control invasive plant species and improve native habitats. To identify, bring pictures or your backyard or pasture weeds  in a bag to prevent spreading seeds during transport for identification! (It’s a good idea to not handle ones you really don’t know— for example poison hemlock.) This community program is Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m. at the Island County Multipurpose 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, or email

6/11 Audubon Program: Skagit Valley Bald Eagles – Bringing Up the Next Generation - Michelle Landis

posted May 29, 2019, 11:06 AM by Roxie Rochat

Skagit Aubon June Program

Skagit Valley Bald Eagles – Bringing Up the Next Generation

Presented by Michelle Landis

Tuesday June 11,Juneprog 7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview Edison Road Mount Vernon

Michelle Landis has been working with and teaching about raptors for the last twenty years. She has banded raptors with the Falcon Research Group out of Bow, WA and also at sites in Washington and Oregon with Hawkwatch International.  Most recently, she has been conducting a study on Bald Eagle reproduction in Whatcom and Skagit counties. This study, now in its fourth year, is looking to see if climate change may be affecting timelines. Tonight's presentation will talk about our local eagle population and show how they bring up the next generation.

Native Plants at Skagit Co. Master Gardener Sale on May 11

posted May 7, 2019, 12:05 AM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated May 7, 2019, 12:08 AM ]

Here's a list of native plants that will be available at the

Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair, 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 11

Acer circinatum -                     Vine Maple
Arbutus menziesii -                 Pacific Madrone
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi -        Kinnikinnick
Asarum caudatum -                Wild Ginger
Ascelpias speciosa -               Showy Milkweed
Betula papyrifera -                  Paper Birch
Clematis occidentalis -           Western Blue Clematis
Cornus unalaskensis -            Bunchberry, Dwarf Dogwood
Dicentra Formosa -                 Western Bleeding Heart
Disporum hookeri -                 Hooker’s Fairy Bells
Dodecatheon hendersonii -    Broad-leaved Shooting Star
Dodecatheon pulchellum -      Pretty Shooting Star
Ferns - Deer, Maidenhair, Sword, Licorice, Spleenwort, Leathery polypody
Lonicera ciliosa -                     Orange Honeysuckle
Lonicera involucrate -             Twinberry
Monarda fistulosa -                 Mintleaf Beebalm
Physocarpus capitatus -         Pacific Ninebark
Ribes sanguinium -                Red Flowering Currant
Rudbeckia occidentalis -        Western Coneflower
Sambucus racemose -           Red Elderberry
Sisyrinchium idahoense -        Blue-eyed Grass
Tellima grandiflora –               Fringe Cup
Tiarella trifoliata -                    Foam Flower
Trillium ovatum -                     Trillium
Vaccinium ovatum -                Evergreen Huckleberry
Xerophyllum tenax -                Beargrass

Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Street, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
See the Plant Fair website for a list of tomatoes, veggies, and all the other fun things to do at the Plant Fair.

Tues, May 14th Skagit Audubon Program: Birds and Window Collisions - Kim Nelson

posted Apr 30, 2019, 12:14 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 12:14 PM ]

Tuesday May 14th, 7:00 Social; 7:30 Program

Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview Edison Road Mount Vernon

It is estimated that between 365 million to 1 billion birds are killed by window collisions in the United States each year.  You can help by getting involved with collision prevention and monitoring efforts.  This presentation will examine the effectiveness, aesthetics, and affordability of various window treatments used in collision prevention as well as collision monitoring programs.  There will also be examples of real life window treatments for people to check out in-person.

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.

See the Skagit Audubon Society website for field trips, checklists, programs, and other bird-related activities.

PROGRAM: Wed, May 15th, 7 pm: Wetlands: Diversity, Function, and Value by Russ Holmes

posted Apr 30, 2019, 12:10 PM by Roxie Rochat

Wetlands of all sizes provide important wildlife habitat and serve us humans in a myriad of ways, including filtering and storing essential fresh water. Join Russ Holmes, wetland ecologist and retired Forest Service botanist, as we delve into what wetlands are, how they function, their value to us humans and what each of us can do to benefit them.

This community program is Wednesday, May 15, 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, or email

Building a Better Birdhouse

posted Apr 18, 2019, 5:59 PM by Roxie Rochat

Joe Meche stressed how important it is to provide birdhouses that protect their inhabitants from predators. 
Guidelines and dimensions used to be available on the WDFW website, but haven't been ported over to their new website yet.
Luckily for us, you can access them through the "Wayback Machine" that archives past versions of websites.
Here are some links:
Nesting and Roosting Boxes for Birds has general tips and dimensions.
Woodworking Projects for Backyard Wildlife with project plans for several different kinds of nestboxes

Be sure to take the perches off of any existing birdhouses that you have - they just make it too easy for predators to snatch out nestlings!

Time to Plant Sunflowers for the Bees!

posted Apr 13, 2019, 6:40 PM by Roxie Rochat

Our soil temperatures are now above 50 degrees, so it's time to sow sunflower seeds directly in the ground.
According to a recent North Carolina State University study, sunflower pollen has medicinal and protective effects on bees and they need the pollen to feed their young.

Tall sunflowers like Lemon Queen, advocated by The Great Sunflower Project, have great pollen for bees and produce abundant seeds for birds, but our Camano winds can topple them over.   If you are tempted to try the shorter varieties, be aware that many have been bred to be pollenless for commercial growers who produce flowers for the florist industry.  Pollenless sunflowers still produce nectar, but varieties like TeddyBear don't seem to have as much pollen, and bees seem to learn to avoid pollenless sunflowers, according to this Laidback Gardener article

Beware: Seed packets don't always tell you whether a flower has pollen or not.  Ann Lovejoy has some specific recommendations for pollen-rich sunflowers in this recent article.  Do your research - your birds and bees will thank you!

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