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 (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 or e-mail

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, or email

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 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:

Program: Wednesday, February 21, 7 p.m. Birds and Their Nests by Joe Meche

posted Feb 4, 2018, 8:42 PM by Roxie Rochat

Would you like to enjoy watching birds raise a family in your yard? Join Joe Meche, expert birder, photographer, carpenter, and author of Beaks and Bills, to learn about birds, their often-hidden nests, and how we can support them by making species-appropriate nest boxes and enhancing natural nesting habitat. Joe will share designs for predator-proof nest boxes for common Camano Island cavity-nesting birds. This community program is Wednesday, February 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, or email

LaConner "Birds of Winter" this weekend!

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:49 PM by Roxie Rochat

The La Conner Birding Showcase is slated for January 27, 2018 – January 28, 2018, 11am – 2:30pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday. 
for more information.

Help Us Revegetate Barnum Point - 1/24/18 @ 10am

posted Jan 22, 2018, 12:30 PM by Roxie Rochat

We will hold a special work party at Barnum Pt. on this Wednesday 01/24/18 to re-vegetate certain area for the County. We will meet at Barnum Pt. by 10:00 and parking will be inside the park at the old building site. The gate will be unlocked and open. Please bring your favorite shovel, wheel barrow or planting tool. Focip tools will be available. The weather doesn't look all that good but on the bright side the ground should be soft. I hope to see you there.----------Tom Eisenberg

Just a few days left to place your SCD Plant Sale Pre-Order

posted Jan 21, 2018, 7:58 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 8:02 PM ]

Pre-orders will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 29. So now is the time to take action to secure your favorites before the rush of orders that pours in the last weekend of the pre-order season! Plant varieties have already sold out and they will not be restocked, so don't miss out on the remaining plants!

33rd Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, February 10th, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commercial Building #400,
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe

January's Native Plant Presentation & Other Native Plant Resources

posted Jan 21, 2018, 7:44 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 7:52 PM ]

Thank you all for participating in our native plants presentation on Wednesday! We thoroughly enjoy sharing our love of native plants with people, and welcome your questions. Please feel free to call the Snohomish Conservation District at 425-335-5634 or email Note that the end of the presentation includes lists of edible native plant and native plant identification resources, including books.

You can view or download the PDF version of the January program

Native Plants for Your Landscape, Including Edibles by Carson Moscoso

by clicking on the link below this announcement.

Here are links to some backyard habitat and native plant websites:

Northwest Native Plant Guide - includes sample landscaping plans!

Snohomish Conservation District - Habitat Tips - fact sheets and links to other resources - Better Ground native plant nurseries and other resources like the Washington Native Plant Society plus links to other conservation district sales

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