Monday, February 23, 2009

King County is digging native plants and needs your help!

Join other volunteers digging up trees and shrubs from this site scheduled for development. In the afternoon, we’ll be potting up the salvaged plants so they can recuperate before going to King County habitat restoration sites. Once replanted, these native plants will help reduce erosion, shade streams and provide habitat. Special thanks to Brandt Properties LLC for providing the salvage site.

When: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m: Salvage at site in Maple Valley
1 p.m. to 4 p.m: Potting at Holding Facility

Directions: From I-405 near Renton, take Highway 169 to Maple Valley. Drive past the Maple Valley Market and McDonalds in Maple Valley. Turn left on SE 240th St. Turn left on 231st Ave SE. Turn left on SE 239th Pl. Turn left on SE 238th St. If you prefer, you can also try Google maps and search for SE 238th St., Maple Valley, WA. Volunteers who dig for King County from 9:00 to 12:00 are eligible to dig plants for themselves from 12:00 to 1:30.

Notes: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16 years old. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. We’ll provide gloves, tools and light refreshments.

Not a morning person? Volunteers are also needed at our Native Plant Holding Facility from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to help pot up the salvaged plants. Volunteers who help with potting are eligible for free native plants.

Directions - Native Plant Holding Facility:

From I-5 or I-405, take I-90 east to Highland Drive exit (exit 18) in Issaquah.
Stay left on the off ramp to continue onto Highland Drive through several lights.
Turn right onto Issaquah–Fall City Road.
Just past Endeavor Elementary School, stay straight onto Duthie Hill Road.
The Holding Facility is in Duthie Hill Park (on the right) at 27101 Duthie Hill Road.

Please call Cindy Young at 206-296-8065 or email if you plan to participate.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This Friday: Live Webcast with Author of Birds & Climate Report

Dr. Greg Butcher, Audubon's Director of Bird Conservation, will give an inside look into his groundbreaking report, Birds and Climate Change: Ecological Disruption in Motion, live at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST this Friday, February 20.

Register for the live webcast.

WHAT: A live webcast with Dr. Greg Butcher as he reviews the groundbreaking report Birds and Climate Change: Ecological Disruption in Motion. The webcast will feature an interactive slideshow and presentation, followed by questions and answers.

WHEN: Friday, February 20 at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST

More Information: We wish we could send Dr. Butcher to communities across the country, but since we can't, we wanted to offer the next best thing. The webcast will be a live event that you watch and listen to on your computer. All you need is an internet connection and computer speakers — there's no special software to install. This is your chance to hear from — and ask questions of — one of Audubon's top bird scientists. Can't make the webcast? Don't worry! An archive of the event will be available on our website.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Backyard Habitat Workshop at Camp Long!

Join Woodland Park Zoo, National Wildlife Federation, Seattle Audubon, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Native Plant Society at Camp Long for this informative workshop on creating a backyard wildlife habitat. Meet experts and get hands-on experience that will show how to attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, recognize and remove invasive plants species, conserve water, manage your backyard without the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, place feeders and bird houses, get your yard, schoolground or community garden certified as a Backyard Habitat.

This is a four-part workshop
- Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 17, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 24, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $75 (or $140 for couples); Scholarships available for members of West Seattle Garden Club and local neighborhood associations

To register, please download a registration form from Woodland Park Zoo's website:

For more information, contact Jenny Mears at 206.548.2500 ext. 1516 or

Wine Tasting Featuring Salmon-Safe Certified Washington Wines!

Salmon-Safe Certified vineyards employ environmental practices that protect water quality and support on-farm biodiversity - all of which add up to supporting healthy salmon habitat. Taste wines from premier wineries including L'Ecole 41, Woodinville Wine Cellars, Buty Winery and Waters Winery, while supporting a great cause.

Please join Stewardship Partners and Belltown gem, The Local Vine, to taste some of Washington's most eco-conscious wines and learn what it means to be Salmon-Safe.

What: Salmon-Safe Wine Tasting
Where: The Local Vine, 2520 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA
When: Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 6 to 8 pm

No reservations necessary. Cost is $5 per person and will be refunded with your retail purchase.

For more information email or visit