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“Leque Island:  A Restored Estuary for Fish, Birds and People”
Presented by Loren Brokaw
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 PM


MarchProgramPicWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Ducks Unlimited, and local contractor Strider Construction completed construction of the Leque Island Estuary Restoration Project in late 2019.  After removing the dike surrounding the island in October 2019, the first high tide entered the 250-acre area of Leque Island for the first time in 135+ years, marking the beginning of the land transitioning back to an intertidal marsh. Leque Island is owned and managed by WDFW and is the area you see crossing the bridge to Camano Island. The project is designed to benefit species that rely on estuary habitat as part of their life cycle, including salmon, shorebirds, waterfowl, and other species.  In addition, there is a new walking trail and boat launch. Skagit Audubon was a key participant in the advisory group providing input on project design.

Loren Brokaw is Restoration Projects Coordinator for WDFW in the North Puget Sound region, extending from the Washington/Canada border to south of Seattle. Loren manages habitat restoration projects on WDFW lands that involve restoration of natural processes to benefit fish, wildlife, and their habitats. His work involves partnering with local organizations, planning, and executing stakeholder outreach plans, and securing grant funding to achieve habitat restoration objectives. Loren’s family has lived in the Stanwood Camano area for five generations.

Please register for this Zoom event at:  Preregistration is required and is limited to 100 attendees. Please only one registrant per household. After you register you will receive an email with the link to sign in at the time of the event. Questions? Contact Carla Helm at

For those of you who missed the excellent March 9th presentation “Leque Island: A Restored Estuary for Fish, Birds, and People” by Loren Brokaw, here is the link to the recording:

If you missed the February 9th presentation about waterfowl by Biologist Kyle Spragens, or want to watch it again, a recording is now available for viewing at the following link:


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