Month Flat Week

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 13th from 10am until noon.  Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Whales Are Coming! For our first lecture in our 2017 Lecture Series, please come to hear about research and insights on Northwest Coast Humpback, Blue, and Gray Whales and their occurrence in our waters.  Some whale species now use Salish Sea waters more frequently than in the past and in ways we had not realized. Research biologist John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Wa., will discuss new research, including feeding and other behaviors, to explore their underwater behavior and why some are coming here. - Northwest Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 10th from 10am until noon.
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting – Everyone is Welcome!

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm at the Depot, located at 611 R Ave. in Anacortes. This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Fishes of the Salish Sea: Pacific viperfish, northern flashlight fish, longsnout prickleback - just a few of the species identified in a 35 year survey of the Salish Sea. The report and forthcoming book, co-authored by our speaker, are sure to become valuable references for further scientific work on Salish Sea fish. Please come to hear Dr. Jay Orr, PhD Research Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA, present and discuss his findings. As the report's other co-author Dr. Ted Pietsch has said, "If you don't first know what you have, it's impossible to know what you might be losing". Join us to see what is there!

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am
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Cranberry Lake Fitness Hike for the very fit!

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, March 4  from 10am until 1:30pm. We will cover all of the Cranberry Lake Forest lands except for the northeast portion that was impacted by the fire. We will have a chocolate tasting half way through!
Dress in layers and bring water.  Distance:  7 miles. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike For Adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 10th from 10am until noon.
What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. . These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sound in the Salish Sea

Delve deeper into the impact of human-caused "ocean noise" on marine species that use sound to navigate, find prey, and interact socially beneath the waters of the Salish Sea. Oceanographer Scott Veirs, PhD, president of Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School, Seattle, Wa., brings home the message of last fall's Friends of Skagit Beaches film series program "Sonic Sea."  Learn how rising sound levels from commercial shipping, seismic exploration, sonar, military training, and other human activities may be impacting marine life in our own backyard.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, Friday, April 14th from 10am until noon.
This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Tesoro EIS open house

Monday, April 17, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project (CPUP) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for review and comment. Comments received on the draft EIS will be compiled, reviewed and considered by Skagit County. A final EIS will then be prepared. Comments must be submitted no later than May 8, 2017.

Skagit County is overseeing the preparation of an EIS for the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP. Tesoro is proposing additions and upgrades to their existing facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylenes and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels.

We would like to hear from you. The public plays an essential role in the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP EIS process. There are several ways to learn more about the project and submit your comments.

Visit the online open house between March 23 and May 8, 2017. www.TesoroAnacortesEIS.com

Attend the open house and public hearing Monday, April 17, 2017

Anacortes High School, 1600 20th St., Anacortes, WA 98221
Open House: 4-8 p.m., Gymnasium
Facilitated public hearing session: 4:30-8 p.m., Brodniak Hall

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Why do marine birds, fish, and mammals feed where they do? How do tsunamis and earthquakes impact marine habitats? What efforts can help mitigate sea level rise and human population increases? Understanding the geology, substrate and topography of the Salish Sea floor may provide answers to these questions. Please come to hear Dr. Gary Greene, Ph.D, marine gologist and Director of the SeaDoc/Moss Landing Marine Lab's Tombolo Mapping Lab, Orcas Island, Wa, discuss answers to these fascinating and important questions.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse at Whistle Lake Hike for all ages 

Saturday Saturday, April 22nd from 10am until noon.

Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL.  Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.


These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 26th from 5pm until 6pm.

Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 6th from 10am until noon . This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Morrison Meadow Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 12th  from10am until noon. For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 20th from 10am until noon. Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way. 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Big Beaver Pond View Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 31 from  9am until 10am. There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Volunteering to Improve Small-Holder Agriculture Worldwide

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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WSU Horticulture Professor Carol Miles discusses her trip to Mozambique where farmers face scarce water and temperatures in the 100s. Under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, she spent 2 weeks in the village of Buzi training farmers on pest management, rotating crops, and other areas to improve their crops and their lives.

Wed., May 31, 7pm - at the library

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am until after noon. The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 9th from 10am until noon. It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Spring Fitness Hike - A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm for a thigh crunching 7 mile hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the  Heart Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 21nd from 5pm until 6pm. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR   (Require advance registration 293-3725/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 23rd  from 10am until 4pm for our popuar Ethnobotany Field Seminar 

Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. 

Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike - for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am until after noonRevel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, August 5, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Dragonflies & Damselflies of Anacortes

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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“The Dragonfly Whisperer,” scientist-author Jim Walker, presents a lively, entertaining and kid-friendly program that

  • explores the world of dragonflies through words and images, including slow-motion videos of dragonflies laying eggs, bathing and spin-drying;
  • offers tips on how to coax a dragonfly to perch on your finger and how to see the famous Happy-face Dragonfly, discovered right here in Anacortes!
  • launches his newly published field guide Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coastand kicks off his author tour.

Learn more on Prof. Walker’s blog at http: thedragonflywhisperer.blogspot.com.

Wed., Sept. 6, 7pm at the Anacortes Library.

Tales from Wild Alaska

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:05 pm
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Renowned Alaskan author and wildlife photographer Nick Jans will read from his most recent book, THE GIANT'S HAND,  accompanied by a slide show and his personal experiences from living above the arctic circle in the native village of Ambler for over 20 years. Nick is well-known for his true story, A WOLF CALLED ROMEO, and numerous other books.

WHEN:  Friday, October 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WERE:   Anacortes Senior Center  1701 22nd St.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  (Cash only, please, for book or print purchases.)

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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It’s time for the sixth(!) Annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy!   Come spend a day with us hearing from top scientists and local community leaders on a wide range of topics designed to broaden your perspectives, deepen your knowledge, and inspire you to learn more.  

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Phoebe Barnard, Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, who will present “When Rome is Burning” - a talk on the alarming decline of global biodiversity, what it all means, and what we can do about it.   Come join us for the day to hear other environmental presentations and chose from a wide variety of fascinating lectures and interactive programs.  

Registration begins Sept. 6 and closes October 19.  5.0 FREE clock hours are available to educators.  

The Academy is sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches whose mission is to protect Skagit County’s shorelines through education, research and stewardship. For more information about the Academy’s specific lectures and event details, $30 registration, as well as to register from our web site, visit: http://skagitbeaches.org. Or to register on-line visit: https://fidalgoshorelineacademy2017.eventbrite.com For questions please e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When:  October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Street, Anacortes

An Overview of Washington Geology

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Professor Emeritus of Geology at Eastern Washington University, Gene Kiver will explore the geology of our state, with an emphasis on the west side of the mountains. The land that we now call Washington State formed from the east side to the west side over the past billion years. New mountains are forming today along our west coast. The effects of present and past glaciers, volcanoes, and erosion has formed outstanding world-class geological features. Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 pm at the library.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 19, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Biological Invasions: How Species Become Invasive

Please join us for the first of our 2018 Lecture Series! Hear about how the success, impacts, and long-term effects of introduced populations determine whether or not they become invasive species. Dr. Emily Grayson , PhD, Univ. of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, will illustrate these potentially environment changing processes with real-time examples.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 16, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Californians Are Coming!...Shifts in Range and Abundance of Northwestern Hummingbirds.

From the mid-1970's to the early 2000's, the Anna's Hummingbird went from rare vagrant to ubiquitous year-round resident across the Puget Sound lowlands. In his talk, CJ Battey, UW and Burke Museum of Natural History Doctoral Candidate, will explore the history of range shifts and changes in abundance in our local hummingbird populations on both evolutionary and human timescales. He will discuss why we have observed such dramatic change in such a short period of time.

ACFL Friends annual meeting

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands Annual Membership Meeting - All are invited to attend the Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 28th at the Depot located at 611 R Avenue in Anacortes.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7:10.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 16, 2018 7:00 pm
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The Salish Sea: Where it is - How  it works - Who uses it - What it means

How do you go about naming three interconnected bodies of water that encompass 7,000 square miles and span an international border.  Marine biologist, Dr. Bert Webber, Prof. Emeritus Environmental Science, WWU, Huxley College; Founding Fellow WWU Salish Sea Inst., answers that question! The unique estuary ecosystem made up of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia needed a distinct name that could unify efforts to protect and restore these bodies of water and reflect the region’s indigenous history. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. www.skagitbeaches.org.  For more information please contact Matt Kerschbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Celebrate Spring! Exploring the Green Heart of Our Island  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Naturalist Denise Crowe presents a journey through the diverse habitats of Fidalgo Island where our 2,800 acre woods hold the nature of our island together. From the summits of Sugarloaf and Mount Erie, to the water flowing through Ace Of Hearts Creek to the sea, join us in exploring the native plants, animals, and diverse habitats that keep Fidalgo alive and wild. Denise Crowe is a Naturalist  and Environmental Educator who has worked with the Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands since 1991 helping citizens of all ages grow their connection with the full spectrum of nature in this place. Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm at the library

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00 pm
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Getting to Know NOAA: What is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration, and supporting marine commerce, NOAA products and services support economic vitality as well as resilient communities and ecosystems. Ms. Polly Hicks, restoration ecologist with NOAA Restoration Center, will talk about NOAA’s history and mission and provide examples of how NOAA’s work, reaching the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor, supports the communities and health of the Salish Sea. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information please contact: Matt Kerschbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Science on the Bay: Fidalgo Bay!

Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 am
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“Science on the Bay: Fidalgo Bay”

The Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting its first-ever forum to show people in Skagit County the important science happening right in their backyard – Fidalgo Bay!   Talks and displays will focus on local science topics like monitoring pollutants using mussels, wintering seabirds, Great Blue Herons, ocean acidification, the impacts of invasive green crab, and more. “Science on the “Bay” is free, and lunch is provided to attendees by Pizza Factory. All ages are invited. Come talk with the scientists about their projects! Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Northwest Education District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.

Ethnobotany Field Seminar

Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR will be held Thursday, June 21st from 10am until 4pm.  Celebrate the Summer Solstice learning about native plants in the forest! Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. Adults only, must register by phone (360.293.3725) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)More information will be given upon registration.  This seminar is free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org

Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature

Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island will be held Thursday, July 12 from 10am - 4 PM. All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark. This workshop engages in observation as an interdisciplinary creative practice. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through varied approaches to documenting what we see, hear, smell, and feel onto the page.

Must register by phone (360.293.3725) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) More information will be given upon registration.  More details will be given closer to the date

Saving China’s Moon Bears

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Animal advocate and shelter manager Jan Murphy presents a program on Animals Asia, an organization which has rescued over 500 bears. Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. Jan was born and raised on a farm in Anacortes and has spent her entire life working towards a kinder world for animals of all kinds. She is currently the Shelter Manager for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor. Jan has just returned from a trip to Cheng Du, China where she visited the China Bear Sanctuary.   Wednesday October 10, 7:00 pm at the library.

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
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Join us for our 7th annual great day of learning and discovery brought to you by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Spend a day with top scientists and local community leaders presenting on a wide range of topics. Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jude Apple, Research Coordinator, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – presenting “Eeelgrass, Blue Carbon and Climate Change”. Choose 3 from 9 breakout sessions such as “Return of the Sea Otter”, “Stories of March Point”, “Great Blue Herons” and much more. Clock hours (5) available to educators. Registration is required and opens online Sept. 14. Visit www.skagitbeaches.org to register online as well as Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page to learn more.

The Future of Fidalgo's Forests

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Our TF&F Monthly Gathering Presentation:

 November 27, 6:30 pm
The Future of Fidalgo Forests
Jack Hartt, Former Park Manager, Deception Pass State Park
Denise Crow, Former Director of the Friends of the Forest
Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL

Our Fidalgo forests are changing. Some of these changes are natural, such as forest succession, leading to old growth forests if left undisturbed. Some of the changes are sudden, such as being burned by the fires we have experienced the past few years. And some are subtle, with drier summers and wetter and warmer winters causing changes to the water table and soil. And some are intentional, when we cut swaths to create new housing developments, parking lots, roadways, and other ‘improvements’.

Former Deception Pass State Park manager Jack Hartt will join with Denise Crowe, former director of the Friends of the Forest, and Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL, to present a program entitled “The Future of Fidalgo’s Forests, and what you can do to make a difference”

This illustrated discussion will look at the forests in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Deception Pass State Park as examples of much broader themes around our entire planet. What changes do we see? What do we want to see? What can we do to see the future we want?

If you are interested in the upcoming ACFL Forest Monitoring project, then this program will help you see the why’s and wherefore’s of how to help with some essential baseline studies.

Our monthly meetings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Treasures of the Northern Salish Sea

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lance Ekhart, local sailor and photographer, will take us on a cruise to Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet aboard the Elenoa to capture the off-season beauty and magic of these special places, accessible only by boat. 

Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00 pm at the library.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 18, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Forage Fish in the Southern Salish Sea: Please join us for the first lecture of our annual Winter Lecture Series!   Forage fish species are critical strands in the food web of the Salish Sea and support many other species including salmon, seabirds, and marine mammals, Dr. Todd Sandell, PhD, Senior Forage Fish Biologist, WDFW, will discuss recent studies that will help lead to better understanding, protection, and management of these crucial fish species, their habitats, and the species that depend on them.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.  7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. (Donations are welcome).  For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit www.skagitbeaches.org

Made in Puget Sound

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Local professional underwater wildlife photographer / videographer, and President of ‘Made In Puget Sound®’ Drew Collins will explore the amazing and extraordinary creatures that live and thrive in our Puget Sound. Through his award winning photography, he will introduce you to the spectacular color and diverse life that abounds in our local waters. Learn about and see amazing giant pacific octopus, wolf eels, tiny sculpins and much more, as he reads from his new book: Puget Sound Underwater. Learn about the importance of reducing solid waste and noise pollution, over fishing and habitat loss in Puget Sound.  Signed copies of his new book will be available for purchase.  Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00 pm at the library

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Invasive Holly Removal

Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00 am - 12:36 pm
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Dan Senour, hiker representative for the ACFL Trfail Committee has spotted a large patch of non-native invasive holly growing along trail 21 that needs to be removed. Meet at trailhead 215 on Ray Auld Drive at the base of Mt. Erie Road. From there we will hike to trail 21 via 215 and 320. It's about a 15 minute walk to the holly site. We will have all the tools, just bring gloves, boots, and dress warmly. It it's snowing, super windy, or raining hard we will re-scheudle. See you there!

Earth's Bi-Polar Disorder: Climate Breakdown and how to talk about it

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dr. Robert Bindschadler, “Dr. Bob”, returns to present the case for why
scientists are so certain human use of fossil fuels is a major
contributing factor to climate change.

He will explain the dire nature of the consequences in a
manner that is not only accessible, but in a form that leaves
people more confident in raising discussions with friends and
neighbors who have yet to accept the urgency of this issue.

Dr. Bindschadler is a former chief NASA scientist. Come listen and learn from one of the world’s experts.

This presentation will also be broadcast LIVE on YouTube. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWmQyEibb6s

Ice shelf with title: Earth's Bi-Polar Disorder

Lecture: Southern Resident Orcas

Friday, February 15, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The natural history and current conditions facing the species.  Today Southern Resident Orcas living in the Salish Sea and nearby coastal waters are at a critically low point with only 74 individuals in the J, K, and L Pods. An Orca Task Force commissioned by Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been charged to identify reasons for the Southern Resident Orcas’ decline and recommend actions that will help the population recover. Howard Garrett of the non-profit Orca Network will present the unparalleled natural history of Orcas, the conditions that now threaten their survival, how and where field research is being conducted, and the emerging picture of diverse Orca populations worldwide.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.  7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit www.skagitbeaches.org

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Heart Lake Road Clean-up

Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:00 am
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It's time for our annual hunt for treasures along Heart Lake Road, and to pick up all the trash along the road and parking lots. In the past we have found bird feeders, pocket knives, and hundred dollar bills! What will we find this time? Meet at trailhead 215 on Ray Auld Drive at the base of Mt. Erie Road. Safety vests, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be provided. Please bring gloves and good boots. As usual, if it's snowing, super windy, or raining hard, we will re-schedule. 

Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tim Boyer will present the epic migrations on a few of the forty-two common shorebirds found in Washington. The migration of Bar-tailed Godwits, Pacific Golden-Plovers, and Sanderling will be discussed.  Tim will talk about where they migrate, why they migrate and how they are able to travel so far.  These global migrants require global conservation and climate change solutions.  In an effort to understand their remarkable journeys we need to look beyond the North American borders and see where shorebirds spend most of their lives. Wednesday, March 6th 7:00 pm at the library.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring: Long-term Active Biological Monitoring of Nearshore Contaminants: Toxic contaminants are entering the nearshore food web of the Puget Sound, especially along shorelines adjacent to highly urbanized areas. Jennifer Lanksbury, wildlife biologist, WDFW, will discuss how mussels are being studied as pollutant monitors through very successful collaborative efforts among conservation groups, citizen science volunteers and government partners. She will share the results of two rounds of mussel monitoring specifically in the Puget Sound. Friday, March 15, 2019. 7:00-8:30 p.m. NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.  7:00–8:30pm. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit www.skagitbeaches.org

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Invasive Ivy Removal

Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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On a recent walk along trail 218, I discovered a very large patch of non-native invasive ivy, along with some holly trees, that need tackling with a large group of volunteers.  Trust me, there will be plenty of ivy to spread the cheer.  I have not seen a patch of ivy like this one in a long time in the ACFL.  Let’s meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot off Whistle Lake Rd.  From there we have a short 7 minute hike to the ivy.  It’s a little wet at the site, so if you have rubber boots please bring them.  If not, there is still ivy and holly outside the wet area.  Thank you!

Marine Debris presentation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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Transition Fidalgo and Friends’
Monthly Gathering Presentation:

Marine Debris

March 26, 2019: 6:30 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center

Marine debris is a growing concern, with impacts that span ecosystems, food chains, human health and socio-economic systems. Solving this global problem will require local solutions informed by science. Hillary will talk about what we know and don’t know about marine debris sources and impacts in our region and will highlight how the citizen science program COASST is working to tackle the unknowns and make a positive difference.

For more information, visit www.coasst.org.

About Hillary:

Prior to getting her feet wet in the marine world through the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), Hillary focused on community engagement in restoration, horticulture, and sustainability. While working at a botanic garden in south Florida, she discovered a passion for citizen science that eventually manifested into graduate studies at UW, and creation of a citizen science project exploring influences of gardening on pollinators.

Discover Your Wild Backyard

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Craig Romano is one of the most prolific trail writers in the Northwest having written more than 20 books covering the region.  He lives with his wife, son and Maine Coon kitty in Skagit County.  Craig will present a slideshow trail tour around Western Snohomish County, Camano Island, and Whidbey Island.  The program will cover trails to beaches, old growth forests, lakeshores, wildlife-rich wetlands, rolling hills, scenic vistas, historic sites and vibrant communities.  Wednesday, March 27th 7:00 pm at the library

Cascade Volcanoes

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Including Those in Your Backyard

Gene Kiver graduated from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and later from the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he received his Doctorate in Geology. He taught Geology for 34 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and conducted an active research career that emphasized landforms and surface processes. Glacial geology of the western United States, geothermal ice caves on Mts. Rainier and Baker, national park geology, speleology, and the Missoula Floods are his main professional interests. Research and volunteer activity with the Ice Age Floods Institute continues today. He has co-authored two recent books, “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods” and “Washington Rocks!” “Washington Rocks!” is written for the non-geologist interested in learning about some of the amazing geologic sites in the State of Washington.

Gene currently volunteers for public and other presentations, teaches for the Anacortes Senior College, the Bellingham Senior College (Academy for Lifelong Learning), and also organizes and leads a weekly hiking group that hikes trails in northwestern Washington. Gene also hikes with the Skagit Audubon Chapter and has hiked over 3000 miles on organized hikes with the Chapter.

Wednesday, April 3rd 7:00 pm at the library.

Plankton of the Land:

Friday, April 12, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mosses, lichens, and fungi in Pacific Northwest forests

Plankton are the foundation of life in the ocean. Is there an analogy in terrestrial ecosystems? Yes there is! In the Pacific Northwest, the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems is the “Stegnon”, the layer of organic life just above, within, and below the soil of the forest floor. Here in the Stegnon, mosses, lichens, and fungi play an important role in forest ecosystems. Naturalist and science author Dr. Kem Luther’s presentation will look at the environmental services these inhabitants of the Stegnon provide as they process and convert organic matter into nutrients in a form usable by other organisms.

Friday, April 12, 2019. 7:00pm - 8:30pm, 1601 R St., NW Educational Services District Bldg., Anacortes. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, the lecture is free and open to all ages. For more information please visit www.skagitbeaches.org or contact Matt Kerschbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cascade Volcanoes; Including Those in Your Backyard

Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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There are there volcanoes?  Why do they form?  How might they affect the Skagit Valley area?   What didn't your mother tell you about volcanoes?  Gene Kiver graduated from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and later from the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he received his Doctorate in Geology. Please note date change from February 27th at 7 pm. At the library

Stormwater Project

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Our yards are our outdoor homes - fun, beautiful, great spaces for relaxing. Learn how to save money, time, and protect our health by making small changes in the way we care for our yards and lawns.  Wednesday, October 9th 7:00 pm @ Library Community Meeting Room

Mt. Rainier Volcano

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Rocks, glaciers, and geothermal ice caves are all part of Mt. Rainier’s dynamic landscape. Join Dr. Gene Kiver, Geology Emeritus profession from Eastern Washington University, as he shares his knowledge of Mt. Rainier. Dr. Kiver will answer questions you may have like: How old is the volcano? When did it last erupt? What is happening to its glaciers? What do the ice caves tell us about the mountain?  Wednesday, October 16th 7:00 pm @ Anacortes Library Community Meeting Room

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:15 am - 3:45 pm
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Join Friends of Skagit Beaches for their 8th annual great day of learning and discovery brought to you by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Spend a day with top scientists and local community leaders presenting on a wide range of topics. This year our Keynote Speaker will be Jack Hartt, who retired in 2017 after 40 years in the Washington State Park system – 14 of those years as the Park Manager at Deception Pass State Park. He will present “Love and Beauty in the Time of Turbulence”. Basing his talk on reflections from a new forest monitoring project in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Jack will emphasize how we have within ourselves and among ourselves the resources to make a difference and will weave together the rhythms of hope and encouragement that keeps us harmonizing in the coming turbulent times. Choose 3 from 6 breakout sessions such as “Sharks of Washington State”; “Wetlands: What are They and Why should we Care?”; “Tying Indigenous Science to Modern Day Research and Restoration”; and much more. Registration is required. By mail, registration deadline is Oct. 14 and online is Oct. 17th. Please get your tickets soon! Visit www.skagitbeaches.org to register online as well as Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page to learn more. Also, call (360) 299-0641 for more information/questions. Free clock hours (5) available to educators.

October 19, 2019

8:15am – 3:45 pm

Location: 1601 R St., Anacortes, WA

Contact Wayne Husebey

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ph.: (206) 299-0641

Cost of tickets:  $20 - $46  depends on category:  Student, FOSB Member/Non Member/; Educator; Lunch/No Lunch

What Ice Sheets Hate: and Why You Should Care 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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NASA@ My Library.  Dr. Robert Bindschadler describes the rapid changes in earth’s ice sheets, what processes are responsible for these changes and what single thing ties all these changes together.  Wednesday, October 23rd 7:00 pm @ Library Community Meeting Room

Meet an Astronaut

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Captain Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper will share here experiences aboard two space flights and as part of the team assembling the International Space Station. Wednesday, October 30th 7:00 pm @ Anacortes High School Commons

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 17, 2021

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Please join us for the first Lecture of our 15th year of Friends of Skagit Beaches Winter Lecture Series! Our first will be “Blue Legacy: Vanishing Glaciers in Washington’s National Parks”. Dr. Jon Riedel, park geologist, North Cascades National Park will take us on a journey deep into the past to observe the steady dance between glaciers and climate. He will focus on glacial changes in the past century and the implications for the water supply in Skagit Valley, Puget Sound’s largest watershed.Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. (Donations are welcome). For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit www.skagitbeaches.org

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Saturday, February 1, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Saltwater Beavers: Engineers in the Tidal Marsh:  Dr. W. Gregory Hood, senior research scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative, will discuss how Beavers are thriving in tidal marshes from Alaska to Oregon. These resourceful critters are constructing valuable low-tide habitats that protect juvenile salmon and other smal fish.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 21, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Saltwater Beavers: Engineers in the Tidal Marsh: Dr. W. Gregory Hood, senior research scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative, will discuss how beavers are thriving in tidal marshes from Alaska to Oregon. These resourceful critters are constructing valuable low-tide habitats that protect juvenile salmon and other small fish.

Online Event - Earth Day Fun Facts with Friends of Skagit Beaches

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Skagit Beaches and the Anacortes Library invite you to join us for the first of our “Tuesday  Talks” on April 21, at 7PM.  

Local super-volunteer, Pete Haase, will take us on a nostalgic journey to revisit April 22, 1970 when the first Earth Day event happened.  This event changed the trajectory of environmental history and spawned important environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency.  
 
The presentation will be hosted by Friends of Skagit Beaches on Zoom and can be joined by video or phone (details below.)  Attendance is limited to the live presentation is limited to 100 people but the presentation will also be recorded and shared by the Library and the Friends website http://skagitbeaches.org for those who cannot attend the live presentation.  

This event will air live on Zoom at 7:00 pm. To join Zoom Meeting, follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5959467559 Meeting ID: 595 946 7559 To join by phone via One tap mobile call one of the lines below: +16699006833 US (San Jose) +13462487799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 595 946 7559 *You can also access this presentation via your ipad Zoom app

Online: The Changing Shorelines of Fidalgo Bay

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Stated tuned for more information on April 28, 2020 Tuesday's Talk @ 7pm: The Changing Shorelines of Fidalgo Bay – How Settlers & Industry Reshaped the Waterfront from 1880s to Present” - with Betty Carteret

Online: Hiking VERY Close to Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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With Maribeth Crandell and Jack Hartt, Transition Fidalgo

Join us for a Zoom presentation on Hiking Very Close to Home, in an age of Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Sane.Maribeth and Jack wrote a book called Hiking Close to Home last year, featuring trails on Whidbey, Fidalgo, and Guemes islands. With the Stay at Home order, we still need to get outdoors when and where we can do so safely.Their presentation will focus only on trails that are within walking or bike-riding distance of where we live. They will discuss the most up to date details about trail closures and restrictions, and provide recommendations for hiking safely under the various circumstances we all now encounter.

Should I go hiking? Can it be safe? What trails are still open? Why go outside?

Share your thoughts, comments, and questions by email throughout the meeting so we can answer questions as they arise.The address of the Zoom meeting will be shared a few days ahead of time, so visit the Transition Fidalgo Web site for specific login information.

Call in or join by computer. The presentation will start at 6:45 with music and welcoming messages, and the presentation starts at 7. Hopefully. This is all a new world of how to meet together without meeting together.

Our new "Fidalgo Grows" blog is blooming with info to help you enjoy the benefits of growing your own food and increasing your resilience in challenging times.Local gardening guru Peter Heffelfinger will let you know what to focus on each week of the growing season, and we'll post regular input from other experts who'll take on special gardening topics. Bring your questions and comments, and join the conversation with your gardening neighbors, from newbies to old-timers and in-between.

NOTE: See the blog here and make sure to sign up to be notified of new posts to help you go forth and grow!

Online: Tuesday Talk - Geology of Fidalgo Island

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Skagit Beaches in collaboration with the Anacortes Public Library present: Geology of Fidalgo Island by Scott Petersen
May 5, 2020 at 7 pm. Join on Zoom 

Living Light in the Pacific Northwest with Chandler Colahan

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Have you been fortunate enough to witness a sparkling blue light in Salish Sea waters? Perhaps a trail of glitter behind your boat? A mini explosion of light as you toss a stone into the bay? Bioluminescent plankton are microscopic organisms that give off light when disturbed. Scientists are now finding all kinds of marine life with the same talent – sparkling and glowing in their underwater world. Padilla Bay educator, Chandler Colahan, will share her love and knowledge of these glow-in-the-dark neighbors.

Chandler Colahan is the education specialist at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Bayview, WA. She has been an environmental and marine educator for more than twenty years. Chandler has a BA degree in Ocean Science, Education, and Creative Expression from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. She also spent many years researching plankton and jellyfish at Shannon Point Marine Center. When she is not exploring the mudflats with students, you can often find Chandler exploring the waters of the Salish Sea looking for wildlife.

June 16, 2020 at 7 pm Join us on Zoom with Friends of Skagit Beaches
Ways to Join this Presentation

1.  Click on the following link to open Zoom in your internet browser: 
Zoom Link to Living Light in the Pacific Northwest

2.  To join using the Zoom App: Open the Zoom App on your computer, tablet or mobile device and then enter the meeting ID and password below.
Meeting ID: 859 6205 9732
Password: FOSB (all caps)

Transitions Fidalgo presentation

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea and climate change impacts

The Salish Sea is home to variety of marine mammals, from whales to seals to porpoises.  Some are doing well, others are still recovering.  These animals face natural and anthropogenic threats, and with climate change this gets even more complicated.  In this talk I will tell you a little about each of the species we commonly see in the Salish Sea, and how they are, or may be affected by climate change.

August 25, 7:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 893 4211 1379

Passcode: 091567

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Friends of the Forest Webinar: Antarctic Gold

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Searching for Treasure in an Invisible Forest - 

The "Invisible Forest" of the sea, otherwise known as plankton, is responsible for producing a whopping 50% of the Earth's oxygen. Allison Cusick has dedicated her life to studying plankton in Antarctica and has utilized citizen science as a means to reach a better understanding of this invisible world. She'll take us on a journey from her childhood home of Seattle all the way to her current (that's an ocean pun) role studying the effect of melting glaciers on the invisible forest in the Antarctic ocean. Along the way we'll hear about her time monitoring the Salish Sea, studying big cats and wild dogs in Africa, and everything in between!

Allison Cusick - PhD Student and Researcher @Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Allison Cusick was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2006. She then worked for 10 years in various disciplines including oceanography, neurobiology, immunology, biofuel genetics, and field ecology studying birds and squirrels in Washington, big cats and wild dogs in Africa, and parrots and macaws in Mexico and the Peruvian Amazon. In 2013, she was sent on a research icebreaker for a 53- day expedition in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in Biological Oceanography, focusing on microscopic life-the invisible forest hiding in the ocean. In 2016, she started at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and designed the citizen science project FjordPhyto which engages tour ships in polar science while they visit the Antarctic Peninsula. She uses this data for her PhD dissertation, trying to understand how melting glaciers impact the microscopic phytoplankton communities.

Time  Oct 20, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register for this event HERE

Friends of the Forest Webinar - Finding Inspiration in the Natural World

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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A Vital and Healthy Nature- Finding Inspiration in the Natural World

Tony Angell has been creating nature-inspired art for over 40 years. From his childhood spent hunting and fishing along the river and skin diving and surfing in the ocean, to his time as an adult spent rehabilitating wild animals, Tony has spent his life immersed in nature. This immersion has provided the basis for his incredible artwork and is fundamental to not only his artistic but also his world view. 

In this presentation, Tony will take us through his artwork, his inspiration, and why the presence of a vital and healthy nature is essential as a source of ideas, possibilities, and inspiration.

Tony Angell, Artist
Tony Angell has been creating nature-inspired art for over 40 years. From his childhood spent hunting and fishing along the river and skin diving and surfing in the ocean, to his time as an adult spent rehabilitating wild animals, Tony has spent his life immersed in nature. This immersion has provided the basis for his incredible artwork and is fundamental to not only his artistic but also his world view. Best known for his stone and bronze sculptures of crows, ravens, and other corvids, his work has been commissioned by Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the City of Redmond, and Mount Baker Ski Area. He’ll speak about his main motivation- the significance of the presence of a vital and healthy nature as a source of ideas, possibilities and inspiration.

Register for this event HERE

Seals and Sea Lions: Pinnipeds of the Salish Sea.

Friday, January 15, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series - Online - Seals and Sea Lions: Pinnipeds of the Salish Sea. Our first online lecture will be Friday, Jan. 15, 7pm-8pm: They’re called “pinnipeds” due to their feathered or winged feet. Learn to distinguish between seals and sea lions and how local scientists are identifying individuals of these local marine mammals. Dr. Cindy Elliser, research director, Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam), will present her fascinating marine research.  Please join us for the 16th year of our lecture Series: Four online lectures highlighting the amazing life in and around the marine ecosystems of the Salish Sea. All lectures are on Friday eves., 7pm-8pm.  Details for Zoom link will be on our  website.  www.skagitbeaches.org   Check into the website one week before the lecture date for the Zoom Link.  Questions? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..