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Wed, Apr 21st 7pm Program: Gardening For Pollinators in the Pacific Northwest by Brenda Cunningham & Bob Gillespie

posted Mar 29, 2021, 3:09 PM by Roxie Rochat

Learn about the native plants that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden at a Zoom presentation Wednesday, April 21, at 7 pm. Bob Gillespie, retired entomology professor, will discuss the amazing diversity of pollinators found in the Northwest and why we should support them. Brenda Cunningham, manager of the Washington Native Plant Society’s display garden in Mount Vernon, will introduce some of the best plants for hosting these pollinators in our gardens.

When: April 21st, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Gardening For Pollinators in the Pacific Northwest - Brenda Cunningham & Bob Gillespie

Click this link to register in advance for this Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtduyupjMuHt0L0wLIIxLRNuXBSdfiN7MO

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Brenda Cunningham is a biologist and artist. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. She retired as Stewardship Director for the Skagit Land Trust. She now manages the Washington Native Plant Society’s display garden in Mount Vernon and is a Master Gardener. She is a member of Skagit Audubon Society and past chair of the Salal Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society.

Bob Gillespie is a retired entomology professor from Wenatchee Valley College and is passionate about pollinators. When he was not teaching, he was studying native bees associated with native plants with his students.  During his retirement he plans to continue his study of native bees and help people determine the native bees associated with their pollinator habitat.

A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

Salal Native Plant Sale and other Native Plant Appreciation Month Events

posted Mar 26, 2021, 6:49 PM by Roxie Rochat

Washington Native Plant Society is celebrating Native Plant Appreciation Month with programs for all, membership not required. Be sure to check out the full calendar at: https://www.wnps.org/wnps-annual-events/npam

The Salal Native Plant Society hosts spring and fall Native Plant Sales each year in Mt Vernon, WA.
 
Plant orders for the Spring 2021 Sale will be taken through an online storefront starting April 16th.
Appointments for curbside pickup will be on April 30 and May 1.
A preliminary plant list and a link to the storefront will be posted on the plant sale webpage for the Salal Chapter.

Wed, March 17, 7 pm Zoom Program: Living with a Green Roof - a World of Surprises!

posted Feb 25, 2021, 7:12 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Mar 16, 2021, 4:29 PM ]

by Janet Hall and Nicole Luce.

Discover what a living roof is and what an amazing ecosystem it becomes — whether you want to install one or understand and appreciate their value!  Learn the ins and outs of what a living roof is during a ZOOM presentation Wednesday, March 17. at 7 pm. Janet Hall, former WSU Extension Island County Waste Wise Program coordinator, and her spouse, Nicole Luce, will lead you on the journey of what a living roof has to offer as wildlife habitat and protection of our natural resources. Janet and Nicole built their sustainable house in 2006. One important component was to install a living roof. The learning curve was steep but worth the effort. The presentation will discuss the benefits of green roofing, which include waste diversion, stormwater management, and energy efficiency.

This meeting will not be recorded for viewing afterwards, so we really hope you can join us live.

When: March 17, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Living with a Green Roof by
Janet Hall & Nicole Luce

Click this link to register in advance for this Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcOutqjsuHdUmX10pF13M6xy__KI343g_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Nicole Luce has lived on Whidbey Island for over 25 years with her wife, Janet. While passionate about forests during a career in the Pacific Northwest with the US Forest Service, her wonder of living on an island and her love and understanding of the Salish Sea and its fragile ecosystems has grown strong through active volunteering with the Beach Watchers/Sound Water Stewards of Island County, and similar organizations that educate and steward our maritime communities.

Janet retired from Washington State Parks in 2018. She worked as an Interpretive Specialist in the Central Whidbey Area. Before the Parks, she worked 20 years as an Environmental Educator and Volunteer Coordinator for WSU/Island County Waste Wise program. Janet is on the Whidbey Camano Land Trust Board and an active volunteer with Whidbey Audubon. Her living roof experience spans 10 years of research and five years of living with and maintaining a living roof.
Janet has a BS in Forest Management and a MS in Forest Fire Science. She worked for several forest management agencies/industry: a private timber company, National Forest Service (NFS) and the PNW research branch of the NFS for 13 years.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com

ARE YOUR BACKYARD FEEDERS KILLING BIRDS?

posted Feb 4, 2021, 1:05 PM by Roxie Rochat

Even though there are lots of advantages to feeding birds, your feeders could possibly be to blame for a vast die-off of birds. Wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout the area have been reporting huge increases in Pine Siskins suffering from salmonellosis, an often-fatal bacterial disease. This disease is easily transmitted through the saliva and feces of sick birds, and because Pine Siskins flock together in large numbers at feeders, this makes them especially susceptible to infection. Adding to this issue, is that this winter marks an irruption year for boreal finches in which large populations migrate south due to a poor food crop in their usual wintering grounds in Canada.

Sick Pine Siskins are typically easy to spot: they are often isolated and look lethargic and fluffed. While some wildlife veterinarians recommend taking sick Pine Siskins to wildlife rehabilitation centers, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) veterinarian, Kristin Mansfield, believes that the best course of action is to leave these birds alone and report your sightings, including dead birds, using their online form: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/a384e90f69744f2e846135a9ce80027f.

WDFW also recommends temporarily discontinuing to feed birds for at least two weeks to hopefully encourage birds to feed on natural food sources elsewhere. Some wildlife rehabilitators have suggested feeding more intermittently, such as every other day, in order to stop spreading the disease. Either way, if you are going to continue to feed birds, it is strongly recommended that you clean your feeders on a regular basis (ideally daily) by washing them with warm soapy water and disinfecting them with a 9 parts water to 1 parts bleach solution before rinsing and drying them thoroughly. You will also want to rake up any feces and seed casings found below your feeders as well as clean your bird baths on a regular basis.

~Kim Nelson, Skagit Audubon Society

For more information, see this WDFW FAQ on Salmonellosis in Wild Birds

Wed, February 17, 7 pm Zoom Presentation: Swans of Northwest Washington by Martha Jordan

posted Jan 31, 2021, 5:50 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Feb 18, 2021, 11:11 AM ]

If you missed Martha's program or would like to view it again,
please e
mail Martha for links to her
Snow Goose
and Swans program links. 

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Trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in the world, have been brought back from the brink of extinction and once again grace our skies and waterways. Join Martha Jordan, well-known swan biologist and Executive Director of Northwest Swan Conservation Association, to learn about the life history and biology of Washington’s native Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Martha will shed some light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to ensure their future. You will also discover ways in which you can contribute to our understanding of swans in Washington.

When: Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Swans of Northwest Washington by Martha Jordan

Click this link to register in advance for this Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlceCsrTIoGdJ345-aJYIkwYfvqwAvf-VN

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com

FREE: 2021 Online Washington Forest Owners’ Winter School - Register Now!

posted Jan 27, 2021, 4:51 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Feb 25, 2021, 6:59 PM ]

Don't miss the 2021 Online Winter School from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday February 27th, 2021. Sessions will be done via Zoom.
You'll be able to watch five different sessions of your choice that day and catch the recordings of the others later, so please register even if you can't attend that day.

Pre-registration required

Register online before 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021.

For more information, see https://forestry.wsu.edu/webinars/onlinews/

Follow-up to Jan 20th Webinar - Native Plants for Problem Spots by Sara Rocero

posted Jan 27, 2021, 4:45 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jan 28, 2021, 2:27 PM ]

The recording of Sara's Jan 20th presentation is on the SCD YouTube channel:

Here are links for the Resources that Sara shared:

King County’s Native Plant Guide

https://green2.kingcounty.gov/gonative/Index.aspx


Washington Native Plant Society

https://www.wnps.org/


Sound Native Plants

https://soundnativeplants.com


National Wildlife Federation

https://www.nwf.org/


Washington Geologic Information Portal

https://geologyportal.dnr.wa.gov/


National Wildlife Federation

https://www.nwf.org/


Xerces Society

https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation


Burke Museum- Mammals of Washington State

https://www.burkemuseum.org/collections-and-research/biology/mammalogy/mamwash/?_ga=2.68647889.1112467433.1611102011-552408209.1611102011


Bee and Pollinator Books by Heather Holm (Stem-nesting bee graphic)

https://www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com/

SCD Plant sale preorders are now open!

posted Jan 20, 2021, 4:58 PM by Roxie Rochat

The 2021 Plant Sale will be a preorder, pick-up Event on February 27 and February 28, 2021. Buy your plants now to pick them up later.

Preorders are open!  Preorders will remain open until February 10.

See https://www.theplantsale.org/ for all the details.

Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm, Webinar: Native Plants for Problem Spots by Sara Rocero

posted Dec 28, 2020, 5:45 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Dec 30, 2020, 11:24 AM ]

Do you find it difficult to choose the right plant for challenging spots on your property, like really wet spots or dry shade? Or on a slope? Learn more about native plants, their benefits to wildlife, and how they can help us solve landscaping problems in beautiful ways. Sara Rocero, birder, wildlife habitat creator, and native plant guru with the Snohomish Conservation District, will share tips on how to use native plants to your advantage and to beautify and create wildlife habitat on your property.

When: Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Native Plants for Problem Spots by Sara Rocero

Click this link to register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CP2imoRoT--qL9k0M85egA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com



2021 Garden Tour - Cancelled

posted Dec 16, 2020, 2:56 PM by Roxie Rochat

We hope that all is back to normal by June of 2021, but a garden tour requires months of advance planning and the coordination of dozens of people, so we have reluctantly decided that we must cancel our plans for a 2021 tour. 

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