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Orca Recovery Day!

event date: October 16, 2021

Orca Recovery Day: California Creek Estuary Park

October 16th, 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Join us and our partners, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Whatcom Conservation District, for Orca Recovery Day! We will be planting native trees and removing invasive vegetation along California Creek Estuary. Parking is at the Birch Bay Bible Church at 4460 Bay Road, Blaine. Volunteers will be shuttled to the restoration site and masks are required. Prior registration is required with NSEA: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

Masks: You are required to have a face covering on you at all times, but you are not required to wear it while working outside and well over 6 feet away from others.

Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you feel any illness symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2-3 weeks! It takes all of us to keep everyone safe.

RSVP Required: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Work Party: Maple Creek Reach

event date: October 23, 2021

October 23rd, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

This 110-acre property has undergone a great deal of habitat restoration primarily led by previous Stewardship Director, Nick Saling, and contains one of the most impressive creeks in Whatcom County that provides spawning habitat for all five Pacific salmon species. We will be removing scotch broom that has invaded a restoration planting area. Make an even bigger difference like Nick did by bringing a young native tree (like Douglas fir or Western red cedar) to plant if you can!

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

Tools Suggested: Pulaski and/or shovel; staff will bring weed wrenches.

Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Highway east to Maple Falls. Once through Maples Falls, follow the highway for two sharp bends followed by crossing Maple Creek. The entrance to the property will be on the right-hand side at the bend in the highway after a straightaway. Look for the purple WLT signs!

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

Masks: You are required to have a face covering on you at all times, but you are not required to wear it while working outside and well over 6 feet away from others.

Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you feel any illness symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2-3 weeks! It takes all of us to keep everyone safe.

RSVP Required: Email jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Fungi @ Fenton

event date: October 19, 2021

Tuesday October 19th, 10am-12pm

Join us for a guided stroll through Whatcom Land Trust’s Fenton Preserve and learn all about the wonderful world of fungi! Fred Rhoades of the Northwest Mushroomers Association will be teaching us about the different types of mushrooms that can be found throughout Whatcom County and how to use best practices when learning about these unique and mysterious organisms. 

What to bring: Participants should dress for cool weather and be prepared for rain. Please also bring a face covering and have it with you at all times in case distancing is not possible at some points of the tour.

Capacity: 20 participants (RSVP soon!)

RSVP Required: RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org. Participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to join on this tour.

Driving Directions: From Bellingham, take I-5 north to Birch Bay-Lynden Road, and take the exit. Turn right at the stop sign and immediately turn left on Valley View Road. Travel north on Valley View Road for approximately two miles, turn right onto McGee Road, and take an immediate left through a gate to park in the field.

Work Party - Lower Middle Fork Complex

event date: September 11, 2021

Ivy Removal – Lower Middle Fork Complex
Saturday, September 11th (9am – Noon)
The Lower Middle Fork Complex is located along the alluvial fan of Canyon Lake Creek and the Middle Fork Nooksack River. The existing native trees and surrounding ground needs to be freed of invasive English ivy. Meet us at the end of our neighbor’s driveway to access the property. Don’t forget to RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org and bring your own gloves!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad, trowel, hand pruners, and/or handsaw.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5391 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA
Directions: From Bellingham, head east on Mt. Baker Highway to Welcome and turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. Drive 1.5 miles and look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust sign on the right to turn down the driveway for 5391.

Maple Creek Reach Restoration Party

event date: September 18, 2021

Maple Creek Reach Restoration Party for Whatcom Water Week

September 18, 9am-Noon

Beaver pond at Maple Creek Reach by Alan Fritzberg

Please join Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) and American Rivers for scotch broom removal at WLT’s Maple Creek Reach property, located about 45 minutes east of Bellingham on Mount Baker Highway. Through the restoration efforts of WLT and many community members, this property has been transformed from a once overexposed and damaged area of salmon habitat, to a beautifully planted riparian zone for the benefit of many wildlife species. Adjacent to the site, American Rivers, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, WLT, and other partners are working to develop a safe, sustainable river access site for the community to enjoy. All are invited to help steward the property and learn more about the proposed river access site at Maple Creek. All ages are welcome to join the restoration work party removing invasive Scotch broom and learning more about the property.

Please RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org. Parking and other details will be provided when you RSVP.

Estuaries to Oysters

event date: July 31, 2021

Estuaries to Oysters - A conservation Ride with Whatcom Land Trust

Saturday, July 31st

Whatcom Land Trust is partnering with Experience International’s Bike Northwest program!

About the tour:

Whatcom County, like many areas in the NW, is blessed with a rich diversity of lakes, rivers, farms and forests. All are vital to our way of life and sense of place. From marine estuaries to wildlife and wetland conservation to habitat restoration, this special 25-mile adventure will be a bike into the world of Land Trusts, Conservation Easements, and Community Partnerships. Visit showcase examples of lowland and coastal shoreline preservation. Meet with the people, organizations, and partnerships that promote land stewardship. Discover how we can preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural, and open space lands to assure the health of these rich and vibrant resources for generations to come. Finish this enriching day with a special happy hour and oyster tasting event hosted by Semiahmoo Resort and Mark Seymour, co-owner of Drayton Harbor Oysters!

To find out more about this tour and other tours

Read Whatcom Watch Article

https://expint.org/tour/estuaries-to-oysters/

IMAGEine MySelf

event date: July 17, 2021

IMAGEine MySelf (IM): A creative family journey of self-discovery into the world of nature through photographic arts and storytelling. IM builds on the Love This Land theme at beautiful and inspiring Whatcom Land Trust properties.

Journey of self-discovery: Skookum Creek by Ham Hayes
Skookum Creek by Ham Hayes

Personal Opportunities include:

  • Learn camera and storytelling skills that will help your family capture and share the joy, wonder and relationships of Nature.
  • Deepen multi-generational communication and understanding by participating in adult/student pair discovery teams.
  • Get outside and have some fun.

 IMAGEine MySelf was initially conceived as a means of using nature photography to guide students in seventh through twelfth grades to connect with nature in a creative and confidence building way. We have shared this experience with students from Assumption School, Explorations High School, and the Sedro Woolley Library system. Working with the Whatcom Land Trust we are the program to allow students and their adult others to share this exciting creative experience together.

Each family team in this weekend program will be taught creative photographic and storytelling skills by knowledgeable mentors and develop proficiency in the following areas:

Imaging techniques and use of photographic Technology
Creating a family narrative through images and writing
Collaborating in youth-adult teams
Self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-management
Presentation skills and techniques

  1. This program will be offered four times over the Summer and early Fall on a first come first serve basis.
  2. Each offering has space and cameras (provided by IM) for 5 teams.
  3. We are asking for family teams of one adult (parent, grand-parent or surrogate parent) and one student (from 7th to 12th grade).
  4. There is a $20.00 per family fee to cover administration and maintenance costs.

Day one: 8 hours at the selected Whatcom Land Trust site (The first site will be Skookum Creek)
4 hours learning camera techniques (experiential lab)
4 hours capturing images

Day two: 2 hours - An evening zoom call on how to select and assemble image based stories

Day three: 2 hours – An evening zoom call presenting the selected images of each team.

Dates for each session are:

Session 1:

June 19 Skookum Creek
June 20 Skookum Creek (rain day)
June 21 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
June 23 Zoom (presentation)


Session 2:

July 17 Land Trust site TBD
July 18 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
July 19 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
July 21 Zoom (presentation)


Session 3:

August 21 Land Trust site TBD
August 22 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
August 23 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
August 25 Zoom (presentation)


Session 4:

September 18 Land Trust site TBD
September 19 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
September 20 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
September 22 Zoom (presentation)


To register please contact:
Ham Hayes (hamhayes@outlook.com)
Or Doug Banner (dougbanner@comcast.net>

Fee: $20 per team. Cash or Check (payable to The Centre for The New Human), payable one week in advance of registered session.

What's the Point?

event date: May 27, 2021

Live Beach Event

Thursday, May 27th 2021 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Via Zoom webinar

Registration is required, please click here to access the registration page.

We will hold a live zoom event featuring educators and naturalists from four beaches around the Bellingham area. Tune in if you want to learn about the best beaches to visit at low tide, local community science projects, and cool beach critters! After the event, we encourage you to use the website tools and your new knowledge to go enjoy the super low tides over Memorial Day Weekend! Send us photos of the beautiful areas you visit or the cool critters you find so we can add them to our photo gallery.

Q&A Panel with Beach Naturalists

Tuesday, June 1st 2021

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Via Zoom webinar

Registration is required, please click here to access the registration link.

We will follow our live beach event with a Q&A panel where you can ask our experts any questions you have regarding beach critters, the intertidal zone, and anything else that comes up for you as you explore the beach and the website. We encourage you to submit photos of species you want help identifying, our beach naturalists might be able to help!

Visit their website for more information on this event

https://youtu.be/dewazQxt2jU

Learn about the geology of Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve from David Bean. The area is part of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. Find out about this and much more when you register for the Live Beach Event. See more videos here

https://youtu.be/DN6x4vqDmo8

Volunteer Land Steward Training

event date: May 19, 2021

Volunteer Land Steward Training – Virtual
Wednesday, May 19th (4pm to 6pm)
A Volunteer Land Steward adopts a property and monitors on a regular basis; being the eyes and the ears of the Land Trust. A report is submitted once every three months on your findings, including notable plants and animals seen, amount and type of human traffic, and any potential issues that need a staff intervention before it worsens. New volunteers and seasoned stewards alike can attend this virtual training to learn about the rewards of adopting a property, tips for monitoring, and advice on submitting a report. At the end of the training, you will have the opportunity to fully commit to becoming a Volunteer Land Steward by filling out a property placement questionnaire. Shortly after, staff will take you on your first site visit to show you around your property! Please RSVP to receive further information and the virtual link for the training.

Please RSVP to Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org 

Conservation Conversations

event date: May 6, 2021

This is a free event. Registration is required.

An interactive opportunity to find out more about the important work the Land Trust is doing in our community including;

  • How the Land Trust is working to mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Ways we are protecting our watershed
  • Opportunities to get involved

Thursday, May 6th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
Register here for this event
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed so that you can participate fully! You can download it here.

View our past events to find out what Whatcom Land Trust has been doing throughout the year. Our main event is our Spring Benefit in May.