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HABITAT STEWARDS TRAINING —  via ZOOM 

National Wildlife Federation   STARTING May 7

Are you interested in creating habitat for wildlife? Do you want to do your part to keep Washington wild? Now is your chance to become a Habitat Steward™! The National Wildlife Federation is offering a specialized, multi-week virtual training to teach you how to create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other places in your community. The training consists of 4 classes, so make sure you will be able to attend all 4! This virtual workshop will be from 6:30-9:00 PM on the following Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28. Optional field trips and volunteering opportunities pertaining to local habitats are available as well!

Benefits include: a comprehensive, digital training manual with local resources, instruction from local professionals, engaging field opportunities, certification as a habitat steward volunteer, and continued support from NWF staff. A variety of topics will be presented on habitat restoration, PNW ecology and wildlife, natural yard care, invasive plants, native plants, & much more!

The cost of the training is $20. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds. Once registered, the Zoom link will be emailed to you. To register for the training, please visit https://habitatstewardsnwf.brownpapertickets.com/ or contact Guinevere Unterbrink at (206)577-7816 or  WAEducation@nwf.org

 

FOCIP Winter/Spring Walks

SATURDAY, MAY 4th:
IVERSON SPIT PRESERVE; KRISTOFERSON CREEK HABITAT, ENGLISH BOOM HISTORICAL PARK

Participants should arrive at Iverson Spit at 9:45 AM  Iverson is accessed from East Camano Drive, east on Russell Road, south on Sunrise Road, and South to Iverson Beach Road.  The parking area is at the North end past the beach houses.  A short level walk will include views of Port Susan and a beaver activity area and the “Hobbit Trail”.
Drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat a short distance away, for a brief visit.
The caravan of cars will then move to English Boom Historical Park.  The walk at English Boom is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit Bay.  Mt. Baker view, interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park.

Join FOCIP members and Backyard habitat stewards on these walks.  The pace is moderate and adjusted for youngsters and adults.  The walks take place rain or shine.  Walks are cancelled if there is snow or extremely high winds.  Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy shoes or boots.  There is no pass requirement for the State Park scheduled walks.

No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15th, 7 PM  —  LIVE EVENT at ISLAND COUNTY MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER

CAMANO WILDLIFE PROGRAM

Landscaping to Protect your Drain Field and Septic System

Proper landscaping choices can protect you from damaging the investment you’ve made in installing and maintaining your septic tank and drain field. During this presentation, Scott Chase will show you how a septic system works and suggest choices to protect your drain field and reduce your chances of system failure.This presentation will introduce you to basic septic system and drain field maintenance; help you choose plants, shrubs and ground covers that are best to plant over the drain field, and which ones you should avoid; and suggest drought-tolerant native plant choices over your mound or gravity-fed system that can provide attractive alternatives to grass. Chase is a volunteer with Sound Water Stewards and was the WSU Extension Camano coordinator for 14 years.

This in-person event is Wednesday, May 15, 7 pm, at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 East Camano Drive, Camano Island. For information about the program or the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, call 360-387-2236, or email camanowildlifehabitat@gmail.com.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month.

 

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