Tuesday, October 10 ,2017 7:00 Social; 7:30 Program Padilla Bay Interpretive Center 10441 Bayview-Edison Road Mt. Vernon, Washington
Keith and Jan Wiggers will present a video program highlighting their two-month trip to Indonesia. With a population of 261 million people, it is the world’s fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim majority nation. It is the largest archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands. It straddles the equator, and from east to west, spans about the same distance as from New York to Los Angeles. It has the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Andes and is one of only three equatorial places in the world to have permanent snow and glaciers.
Indonesia has the highest rate of endemism in the world: with only 1.3 percent of the earth’s land surface it is home to about 20 percent of the world’s land species. The species in the western islands have a strong Asian connection (placental mammals and many Asian bird species). The eastern islands have a strong Australian and New Guinean connection (marsupial mammals and the spectacular Birds of Paradise), while the middle islands have been influenced by both sides, as well as having many of their own unique species.
Please join us for an evening with the incredible Birds of Paradise, Komodo Dragons, and Tree Kangaroos.
Conservation Report, October 2017
By Tim Manns
On September 13 at Burlington Library, Skagit Audubon joined four other groups in a presentation about restoring grizzlies to the North Cascades and countering local political efforts to undermine the Endangered Species Act and open national public lands to increased resource extraction. This meeting was as well-attended as the similar one at Padilla Bay on July 19. The fact that our county commissioners use public revenues to involve Skagit County with extreme anti-environmental groups has been a revelation for many and not a happy one. The story behind the story continues to unfold as we learn about the commissioners’ paid helper in Washington, D.C.
A Public Records Request to Skagit County for emails, reports, invoices, and anything else related to Washington, D.C., lobbyist Robert K. Weidner released a first batch of files in early September. Since 2001 our county has paid Mr. Weidner a total of at least $137,000 to lobby on various topics, most of them accurately termed anti-environmental. “Bob” Weidner bills his expertise as “Environmental and Natural Resources Work,” and his regular invoices cite meetings with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staff. Bob’s plate has been especially full this year since our commissioners tapped him to head off the long-awaited start of grizzly restoration in the wild North Cascades, where people have all but wiped them out after thousands of years. For this Weidner billed you and me an additional $5,000, bringing his 2017 take from Skagit County to $20,000.
2018 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest to Feature David Sibley
The 16th Annual Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest (May 17-20, 2018) will feature David Sibley as the keynote speaker. Tickets available beginning Feb. 14, 2018. More information: www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.org .
2017 ACOW – Sequim – OCT. 14th
The 2017 Audubon Council of Washington meeting in Sequim on Oct. 14th will be well worth attending. This is the annual gathering of the 25 Washington chapters and a great opportunity to network with Audubon members from across the state and to hear from National Audubon leaders on important topics such as climate change. The keynote speaker is Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. For the full schedule and to register: http://wa.audubon.org.
NATIVE PLANT SALE – OCT. 28TH
For a host of reasons, National Audubon and its over 400 chapters are making a special effort to encourage use of locally native plants in landscaping and gardening. These species require less water, do fine without fertilizers and chemicals, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. And that’s just part of the benefits native plants offer. Once the fall rains start conditions are ideal for planting native perennials. They should be either going dormant or slowing their growth, which eases the dramatic change from pot to ground. Rain helps ensure the roots are surrounded by soil and minimizes the loss of fragile root hairs.
The Salal Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society is holding its fall plant sale October 28th from 10 am to noon. Many of the plants were moved into gallon pots back in March and April, so their roots are well developed and vigorous. The sale will be in the nursery behind the native plant display garden, just south of the Master Gardner Discovery Garden along Memorial Drive west of Mount Vernon. The sale will be held rain or shine and please come prepared to pay with cash or check. Credit/debit cards cannot be accepted. For a complete list of the more than 140 species of plants for sale and directions to the nursery visit: http://www.wnps.org/salal/index2.html.
Offered by The Breazeale Interpretive Center at Padilla Bay
Fall Birds of Padilla Bay and the Samish Flats – Join naturalist Libby Mills to see who’s stayed and who’s arrived. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to explore Padilla Bay’s uplands and the “west 90” of the Samish Flats. Bring water and a snack. If you don’t have them you can borrow binoculars. Meet in the Padilla Bay parking lot. This class is offered twice, Friday, Nov. 10 and Sat., Nov. 11, 8:00 am-12:00 noon. Register online at www.padillabay.gov or call the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center at 360.428.1558.
Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.
The board of directors meets at the same location at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the months of July and August.