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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

Program: Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. Anna’s Hummingbirds - Jewels in the Garden by Sheila Pera

posted Apr 10, 2018, 12:23 PM by Roxie Rochat

In the garden Anna’s Hummingbirds are not only beautiful to watch, they are also one of the fastest small birds.  During their mating display, Anna’s males can dive at speeds of 90 feet per second. Sheila Pera, Skagit Audubon, will delve into this phenomenon and other mysteries of these beautiful creatures.  The presentation will also include plants that may attract hummingbirds to your garden.

This community program is Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. at the Island County Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. It is free and open to the public - no registration required. 

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.

Mosses, Lichens, Fungi Follow-up Notes

posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:24 PM by Roxie Rochat

Deborah's handout for our March 2018 program on Mosses, Lichens, and Fungi lists Moss Gardens in the PNW, Mycological Societies, Moss Gardening Resources, and many more links and books on the topic.

A lichen ménage à trois is the recent article that she mentioned that documents the exciting discovery that many lichens are instead a threesome, with two fungi in the mix.

The RadioLab podcast on Mycorrhizal fungi that Kathryn Wells mentioned on our field trip can be found at From Tree to Shining Tree.

Here is the updated list of species that Russ Holmes has identified at Four Springs.




Camano Community Wildlife Habitat Project featured in NATIONAL WILDLIFE April - May 2018

posted Mar 19, 2018, 11:03 PM by Roxie Rochat

Our Camano Community Wildlife Habitat Project is featured on page 16 of the NATIONAL WILDLIFE April - May 2018 edition!  

Come to the Wed 3/21 program to get a copy or certify to get a year’s subscription with your Backyard  Wildlife Habitat certification. 

Sat 3/17 Skagit Audubon Birding Field Trip to Camano

posted Mar 13, 2018, 8:34 PM by Roxie Rochat


Here's an update from Libby Mills, the Skagit Audubon Field trip coordinator:

We have a birder’s field trip on Camano Island this Saturday.  One correction to what the Flyer stated, the timing of the trip will be all morning, ending at noon.  We hope you’ll join us for the birds of shores and waterways of North Camano, before our winter birds depart for the north again.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
North Camano Island Birding
8:00 am 
– 1
2:00 pm

Come and join us for the north Camano Island tour. We will meet at the Stanwood Starbucks parking lot
and leave at 8am. We will tour areas such as English Boom, Utsalady boat launch,
Maple Grove county park and maybe check the grassy fields for early Whimbrels. 

If time and energy allow we will check out Iverson Spit. 

AliceTurner and Pam Pritzl will be leading this adventure with some assistance from Jeff Osmundson. Arrive early enough to organize car pools as parking is limited in several locations. Lunches or snacks advised. Scopes would be helpful.

Please Reply to: alicet2 at msn.com (Alice Turner) to confirm.

Sun 3/25 1pm Field Trip: Discovering Mosses, Lichens, and Fungi with Russ Holmes

posted Mar 4, 2018, 1:01 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 6:54 PM ]

Join Russ Holmes, retired forest service botanist, for a 1 to 2 mile walk through Four Springs Lake Preserve trails to identify some of the common Camano mosses, lichens, liverworts and fungi. See first hand the principles discussed in the March 21 Camano Wildlife Habitat education program. 

The trail has some elevation gain and loss and can be wet and slippery in places. Dress in layers appropriate for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring a hand lens if you have one, and meet in the main parking lot, 585 Lewis Lane,  at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 25.


Click here for Detailed Directions and a Trail Map.
You can also download a list of species found on our last field trip to Four Springs:

Tour will take place rain or shine, no reservations required.  Sorry, no dogs allowed on the guided walk.  This field trip is part of a public education series hosted by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks.   For information, call 360-387-2236, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org or e-mail camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Wed 3/21 7pm Program: Mosses, Lichens, and Fungi with Deborah Smeltzer

posted Mar 4, 2018, 1:00 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 1:11 PM ]

Beaked, ragbag, witches hair, mycorrhizae slime molds...mosses, lichens, and fungi cover our world here in the Northwest. What part do they play in the growth of the forest or in keeping our air clean? There are very few places on earth that have the cool moist climate perfect for the growth of so many species of moss and lichen. WSU Master Gardener Deborah Smeltzer will make a presentation on these necessary organisms and their place in our environment.  From the natural forest to the naturalized garden, with slippery sidewalks in between, you will learn more about how to, if not love them, at least live with them in a healthy manner.  This community program is Wednesday, March 21, 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.

Russ Holmes will lead a moss field trip to Four Springs Lake Preserve on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

 

2018 Snow Goose Festival Feb 24th and 25th

posted Feb 21, 2018, 12:25 AM by Roxie Rochat

Take part in several different free guided tours and presentations on snow geese and other birds and wildlife in the our region. Festival headquarters is the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood, WA.  Space is limited for bus tours – please register early. 
See https://discoverstanwoodcamano.com/calendar/portsusan-snow-goose-festival/ for schedule.

Saturday 2/10 Snohomish Conservation District Plant Sale

posted Feb 6, 2018, 2:52 PM by Roxie Rochat

Don't miss this chance to stock up on native plants:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30 AM 4:00 PM
Commercial Building #400 on the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Doors open at 8:30AM and close at 4:00PM.
For more information:
https://www.theplantsale.org/

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