BONUS Winter Walk: SATURDAY, February 17th, BARNUM POINT PRESERVE
The 2024 Northwest Glass Quest runs from February 16-25 in the Camano Island and Stanwood area.
On Saturday, February 17th at 9:45, FOCIP will conduct a guided walk of Barnum Point Preserve.
The walk will feature a Glass Quest Ball. There will be a clue ball hidden along our route that some lucky hiker will be able to find.
For those interested in going on the walk: Arrive at the Barnum Point Preserve parking lot before 9:45. The parking lot is 2.7 miles south of Highway 532 on Sunrise Blvd. The address is 278 Sunrise Blvd. The walk should be about a mile and a half, and should finish before noon.
If you are participating in Glass Quest, we wish you good fortune.
CAMANO WILDLIFE PROGRAM
“Knock on Wood!” by Shona Aitken,
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Feb 21st, 2024 7:00 PM PST
(online via Zoom)
Do you have woodpeckers living in your neighborhood?
Join Shona Aitken, Education Coordinator at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehab Center to learn more about the different types of woodpeckers that live in our area. Find out what they look and sound like, what signs they leave behind and why they are such an important part of forest ecosystems.
Shona was born and raised in Scotland where she earned a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Stirling, before working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and as a Countryside Ranger for several years. She spent two years working at a Marine Station in Sweden before moving to San Juan Island in 1990. Shona started volunteering at Wolf Hollow later that year and soon became a member of the rehab and education staff.
As their Education Coordinator, Shona’s aim is to help people learn more about local wildlife and human impacts on these animals and their habitats. She coordinates Wolf Hollow’s Educational Outreach Program, produces the newsletter, “Wild Times,” works with the education birds and coordinates the Internship Program.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Snow Goose and Birding Festival
Saturday February 24, 2024 9 AM – 4 PM
Come see why the shores and waters surrounding our community are internationally recognized as crucial habitat for countless birds of sea, shore and land at the Snow Goose and Birding Festival on Saturday February 24, 2024 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Tours and guides will help you experience one of Western Washington’s most spectacular natural events – the annual winter gathering of thousands of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. In addition, we have flocks of wintering seabirds and shorebirds along with many raptors that call Stanwood and Camano Island home.
Thanks to dedicated volunteers including Tom Hiegler, Tom Eisenberg, Robin & Richard Hanks, this Festival returns to “The Floyd” (Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 – 102nd Ave. NW. map below)
FOCIP helps sponsor the event and we will have a booth at the Floyd Norgard Bldg. We sponsor 2 bus trips to birding spots on Camano Island. The trips leave at 9:30 and return at 12:30 and the afternoon trips will leave at 1:00 and return at 3:00. Tickets will be available at the Norgard Bldg from 9:00 to 12:30. There will also be a shuttle bus that will run every 1/2 hour to the Nature Conservancy’s property at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River where docents will have a scope set up for bird viewing.
Volunteers are needed!
Stewards – please contact Tom Hiegler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 420-3426 if you would like to help on 2/24/2024.Volunteers will sell tickets tickets at the door, assist with busses to find the snow geese and swans in the fields, set up and clean up, AND go out in advance to spot snow geese.
Reminder for FOCIP Members
FOCIP members can now log in and submit work hours, reports on trial conditions, etc. If you haven’t logged in and created a new password yet please do.
Your account has already been created. To access it, just visit https://friendsofcamanoislandparks.org/focip-login/ and click on the Lost Password link under the login box and follow the directions, using your email address as username. If you do not receive an email with a link to reset your password, please reach out by clicking on the Contact link and we will set a temporary password for you.
Once you have created your new password and logged in, you will be directed to the Member Login page where you can fill out a trail report and access existing reports. We’ve tried to make filling out a report as easy as possible with instructions on the page. To see examples of a completed report, click on Trail Reports.
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