February Newsletter, Field Trips, and more...


February 2014 Newsletter is Available Below:

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* Please note, the newsletter is not yet available online, so please refer to this email below for field trip details OR download the file at the link above. Thanks!

February Field Trips

Sunday, February 16, George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, B.C.Time: 8 AM -  full day (half day option possible)Trip Leaders: Dave Schmalz and Diane Birsner Trip limit: 12 To register and for trip details contact Dave Schmalz: 360-671-1537 Located approximately 45 minutes north of Bellingham near Ladner, B.C., Reifel Sanctuary is one of the premier birding spots in our area. Expect to see a number of different species of shorebirds, raptors, passerines and waterfowl. Passport/enhanced driver’s license required.Thursday, February 20, Samish FlatsTime: 8:30 AM - half day trip    Trip Leader: Steven Harper To register and for more details contact Steven Harper at 360-650-9065 or stevenharper2@msn.com Explore the Samish Flats for raptors, short-eared owls, waterfowl and resident year-round birds.Saturday, March 1, Semiahmoo SpitTime: 9 AM at Semiahmoo Park - 3 hoursTrip Leader: Paul Woodcock No registration required This trip offers a wide range of bird species any time of year but the birds can be very special in winter. Spring isn’t far away so there could be some surprises. Co-sponsored by NCAS and Whatcom County Parks & Recreation, the trip covers all of the spit and is great for beginning birders.

General Membership Meeting with Sue Taylor: Garden to Make a Difference

     This month's exciting membership meeting! See below for date, time, and NEW location.

Healthy intact ecosystems perform many critical services on which we as humans are dependent for our continued well-being and existence.  About 95% of the land in the continental U.S. has been converted to cities and towns, and to some form of agricultural or recreational use.  With only 5% of the land in its natural state, habitat loss and species decline are interfering with the ability of ecosystems to successfully purify our air and water, produce oxygen, sequester carbon, cycle nutrients, pollinate plants, and to perform so many other vital functions.   Residential landscapes that are structurally complex and species rich provide an opportunity to reverse the trend of habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation that are the primary reasons for the decline of so many species.  The choices we make on our own little piece of earth matter. Living “in” a natural oasis filled with the sights and sounds of birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects is the perfect counterbalance to the stresses of our busy lives.    Join us to learn how to transform your landscape into an environmental asset – one small step at a time. Sue Taylor is a visionary gardener, teacher and native plant landscaper who teaches classes on sustainable landscaping at WSU’s Whatcom Extension.

Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month: February 25, 7pm at the Whatcom Museum**, free & open to the public!

**in the Rotunda Room of the Old City Hall building