Announcements

1st Annual Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest

posted by Roxie Rochat

 Showcase Your Wild Side

    Reston, VA – Calling all photographers! The National Wildlife Federation invites all outdoors lovers to submit their photos that best illustrate the positive impact gardening has on wildlife with the inaugural Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest. And early fall is the perfect time to capture wildlife gardens and their animal visitors! September 10 through October 12, 2018, all are welcome to participate in a new visual community by uploading and submitting photos to the following four contest categories: 
  • People in the Wildlife Garden 
  • Close-Up Native Plants and their Wildlife Visitors 
  • Wildlife Observed where People Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Worship 
  • Wildlife Garden Habitat Features and Landscapes

In early 2019, a Grand Prize winner will be announced to receive a $1,000 cash prize and be featured in the spring edition of National Wildlife magazine. The runner-up to the Grand Prize recipient will also be featured and win a $500 cash prize. Winners from each category will receive a premium bird feeder and a copy of Wildlife Gardening: Tips for Four Seasons. Additionally, an honorable mention winner will be chosen per state. All winners will receive gift certificates for Botanical Interests, Inc., a supplier of non-GMO, organic seeds.

For more information about the contest and for photography tips, visit the Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest. Happy snapping!

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Celebrating 45 years, Garden for Wildlife has grown to encompass more than 2.5 million acres of Certified Wildlife Habitat® backyards, gardens, fields, and community spaces across the United States that support and protect the future of wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, and other amazing animals.

 

VOLUNTEER YOUR GARDEN for the 2019 Garden Tour

posted by Roxie Rochat

Twelfth Annual Camano Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour  
June 22, 2019 — 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We’re already looking for gardens in the South 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 let Pilar (galuppilar@gmail.com) know if interested.

Sept Program: 7pm Sep 19th, Whales of Puget Sound by Cindy Hansen

posted by Roxie Rochat

Many marine mammals call Puget Sound home. Join Cindy Hansen, Education and Events Coordinator of Orca Network, to learn about the variety of whales and orcas that live in and travel through our waters. Learn why our southern resident orcas are in trouble and what we can do to improve their population's health.

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

Living on an Island: Camano 101

posted by Roxie Rochat

New to the island? Come to a free, open-house style event on Saturday September 29th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Island County/Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive (the blue building next to CASA animal shelter). Discover ways to enjoy and protect the natural beauty of Camano Island, learn about our parks and trails, and find fun projects and unique places where you can volunteer! Sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District and WSU Extension Island County, we'll have door prizes and refreshments to welcome you. Questions? Call Ann Precup at 360-639-4608 or Kathryn Wells/Lois Ruskell at 425-377-7024.

Program - 7pm Aug 15th: Butterflies in the Garden (and Beyond) by Steve and Martha Ellis

posted Jul 29, 2018, 9:30 PM by Roxie Rochat

Develop a greater appreciation for butterflies. Learn to identify local species and how to attract them to your yard. Steve and Martha Ellis will also discuss the natural history of butterflies and introduce species found in Washington. Come find out how to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.    

The Ellises have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for more than 25 years. Steve is the current vice-president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.

This community program is Wednesday, August 15, 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

July 18, 7pm Program: The Birds of Summer by Joe Meche

posted Jul 12, 2018, 12:28 PM by Roxie Rochat

Have you been wondering what has been serenading you at dawn each morning? Or struggling to identify that little yellowish-greenish bird you see in your alder trees? Join us as Joe Meche, expert birder and author of Beaks and Bills, gives us a tour of what beautiful birds you can find and hear on Camano Island during summer, both residents and migrants. This community program is Wednesday, July 18, 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Protecting our Migratory Birds

posted Jun 26, 2018, 12:40 PM by Roxie Rochat

Why?

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal to disturb the nest of any native bird without a permit.

It is also illegal to collect or have in your possession live or dead non-game native birds, bird feathers, nests or eggs.
Penalties can be severe - up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $15,000.

Source: http://www.sialis.org/mbta.htm


Program: Wed, June 20, 2018 - Weeds of Camano by Seth Luginbill

posted Jun 6, 2018, 3:50 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 3:53 PM ]


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! (Its a good idea to not handle ones you really don’t know— for example poison hemlock.)

This community program is Wednesday, June 20, 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Program: Wed, 5/16, 7 p.m. Trees of Western Washington and Camano Island - Part 2

posted May 3, 2018, 8:28 PM by Roxie Rochat


Join WSU Extension forestry professor Kevin Zobrist, author of the book Native Trees of Western Washington, for a presentation on the amazing diversity of native trees that call the forests of western Washington home, with a special emphasis on species found on Camano Island. Learn how to identify trees you encounter in the wild, their special features and adaptations, and ecological roles. This community program is Wednesday, May 16, 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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Salal WNPS SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE May 5th, 10-noon

posted May 3, 2018, 8:23 PM by Roxie Rochat


****ADDITIONAL SPECIES AVAILABLE******

SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE
hosted by the Salal Chapter
of the Washington Native Plant Society

 
May 5th, 10 AM to Noon
I am very pleased to share with you a list of additional species that have become available for our sale on Saturday. Some of these are old favorites that we sold out of last fall and some are species we have not carried before. The original list is still available at the link below, but in addition we have good numbers of the following plant species for you (in a somewhat random order):
Indian Paintbrush: Castilleja miniata
Low Oregongrape: Berberis nervosa
Vine Maple: Acer circinatum
Nootka Rose: Rosa nutkana
Evergreen Huckleberry: Vaccinium ovatum
Rose Meadowsweet: Spiraea densiflora
Leatherleaf Fern: Polypodium scouleri
Pacific Rhododendron: Rhododendron macrophyllum
Western Azalea: Rhododendron occidentale
Labrador Tea: Rhododendron groenlandicum
Canada Goldenrod: Solidago lepida
Mt. Albert Goldnrod: Solidago simplex
Pacific Aster: Symphyotrichum chilense
Douglas Iris: Iris douglasiana
Purple Sanicle: Sanicula bipinnatifida
Beargrass: Xerophyllum tenax
Sicklekeel Lupine: Lupinus albicaulis
Roemer's Fescue: Festuca roemeri
Original list of plant species for sale is still valid:
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 early 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

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