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 www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.