Announcements

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.

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
https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-involved/What-you-can-do/How-you-can-help-save-Puget-Sound

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 http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/fieldday/

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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

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