Sunny Skies to Smile on 2017 Garden Tour: Sat. June 24th, 2017

posted Jun 21, 2017, 10:57 AM by Roxie Rochat

Above normal temperatures are predicted for Saturday, but our island waters moderate the temperatures here, so it should be a perfect day to tour our 4 gardens.  Dogs are not allowed in the gardens so be sure to leave your canine friends at home where they'll be cool.

Pick up your maps for the 2017 Backyard Wildlife Garden Tour this Sat. starting at 10am at Camano Multipurpose Center (AKA — The Blue Building), 141 NE Camano Drive.  Gardens are open from 10-4.  

If you live on the island and have a certified habitat, thinking about picking up one of our new Camano Wildlife Habitat signs when you get your brochure.

6/22/17 6pm Kristoferson Creek Fish Passage Project Public Meeting

posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:29 PM by Roxie Rochat

Join your neighbors for refreshments and conversation about continued work at Triangle Cove. Snohomish Conservation District is partnering with Island County Public Works to replace the Kristoferson Creek culverts at Barnum and Russell Roads. This will allow threatened Chinook salmon and other fish move easily between the important habitats in Triangle Cove and Kristoferson Creek. Ask questions about the project, timeline and construction impacts.

Thursday June 22, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Island County Multipurpose Center (the blue building next to CASA), 141 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island

No need to register. Questions? Please call or email Kristin Marshall at 425-377-7017 or You may also learn more at

Volunteers Needed for Camano Pigeon Guillemot Survey

posted May 30, 2017, 8:51 PM by Roxie Rochat

The Guillemot Research Group of Whidbey Island is currently recruiting volunteers on Camano to monitor our Pigeon Guillemot colonies.
You would visit your birds ten times from late June through the end of August. Volunteers sit quietly and monitor the birds for one hour. Training is provided on-site.
If you're interested in learning more, see the Guillemot Research Group website.

WED Program June 21, 7 p.m. Orcas of Puget Sound - Cindy Hansen, Orca Network

posted May 30, 2017, 8:39 PM by Roxie Rochat

Learn about Orcas, a.k.a. killer whales,  Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive.

Cindy Hansen, Education and Events Coordinator with Orca Network, will discuss the biology, social structure, culture, and endangered status of 
Puget Sound's southern residents. Orcas are one of the most studied and adored cetacean species. From Namu to Free Willy to Blackfish, they have inspired and fueled the imagination of children and adults worldwide. Southern resident orcas were listed as an endangered species in 2005, yet after a decade of efforts they are not recovering. They were recently recognized by NOAA as one of the eight U.S. species most likely to become extinct in the near future.  Their fate is strongly linked with that of their primary prey, Chinook salmon, also an endangered species. 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

Forest Health Workshop: 6/7/2017 6pm

posted May 22, 2017, 11:43 AM by Roxie Rochat

Free workshop on forest health

Are you noticing dead or dying trees? Are you seeing tree issues that you haven’t seen before? Western Washington has seen an increase in tree mortality over the past few years. Learn about why trees are dying and what you can do to improve the health of trees on your property.

Topics Covered

Experts from Washington State University and the Washington Department of Natural Resources will talk about:

  • Why trees die
  • How and when trees can be saved
  • Preventing problems before they start
  • How to tell the difference between insect, disease, and weather damage
  • How tree-killing insects and diseases spread
  • How to tell the difference between normal cycles of tree death vs. a serious or emerging threat

Join us and bring a friend!

Please join us for these free workshops and bring a friend or neighbor. RSVP is appreciated (but not required). Light refreshments will be provided.

Camano Island – June 7th

Wednesday June 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Camano Multipurpose Center: 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island, 98282

More Information/RSVP

For more information and to RSVP go online: or call WSU Extension Forestry at 206-263-1128. 

Program Partners

These programs are educational partnerships between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. These programs are made possible in part by funding from King County, Skagit County, and the Snohomish Conservation District.


7pm Program - May 17, 2017: Native Trees of Camano Island and Western Washington — Kevin Zobrist

posted May 14, 2017, 10:21 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 Wednesday, May 17, 7 p.m. at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive. 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. 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

Spring Salal Native Plant Sale - Saturday, May 6, 2017

posted May 4, 2017, 2:15 PM by Roxie Rochat

I visited the nursery earlier this week. They have plants I've never seen for sale before,
and all looking absolutely irresistible.  Come try out a new native for your garden!

Spring Salal Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10am - 12Noon
WSU Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon

Salal Chapter Native Plant Sale Species List

Nursery /Native Garden Location Map

The Salal Native Plant Garden is located behind the Master Garden Display Garden at the NW Research Center.  Built by volunteers from the Salal Chapter of the WA Native Plant Society, the garden is terrific resource for homeowners who want to learn how to incorporate more native plants into their landscaping. 

All Sales are cash or check only, sorry, NO credit card sales.  Please come prepared. 

Questions?  Contact the Garden Manager

Brenda Cunningham -

April 19 Program - 7PM: Western Red Cedar — Tree of Life by Martha and Steve Ellis

posted Mar 29, 2017, 7:36 PM by Roxie Rochat

Cedars have been an important part of Pacific Northwest ecosystems for nearly 7,000 years. Long lived, they provide shelter and sustenance for wildlife and humans alike. Many bird species such as Varied Thrush and Red-breasted Sapsucker rely on cedars for some aspect of their lives. Develop a new appreciation for these impressive trees as Martha and Steve Ellis, Whidbey Island naturalists, relate the 1,500+ year life story of a western red cedar from seedling to nurse log. The presentation concludes with “Circle of Life: Tree, Salmon Eagle,” the very essence of our Pacific Coastal Forest. The Ellises have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for over 25 years. Steve is the current vice-president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.
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

March 19, 2017 Spring Birding Trip Report

posted Mar 23, 2017, 9:02 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:05 PM ]

After several days of storms, we hit a day of perfect spring weather for our birding trip led by Pam Pritzl and Roxie Rochat.  Thirteen of us admired an eagle guarding its nest at English Boom, tried for turkeys on Hanstad Road without success, and then ventured to Eide Road, where we were treated to wonderful scope views of Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, and marvelous closeups of a Bewick's Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and others.  Here's the collected group list:

Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Snow Goose, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (male, female), Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk (at least 2), American Kestrel, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Glaucous-winged Gull, Short-eared Owl (at least 1), Tree Swallow, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Finch sp.

2017 Salal Native Spring Plant Sale

posted Mar 22, 2017, 12:50 PM by Roxie Rochat

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10am - 12Noon
WSU Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon

The plant sale species list has now been posted:

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