A biologically special, attractive and geographically constrained
group of plants grows around the sea's upper margin. Most of these salt marsh
or shoreline plants can't be too far from saltwater, but they can't be
submerged for too long either. Many have special adaptations for such regular
contact with salt water. Others are adapted to the very well-draining sands and
gravels just beyond the high tides.
Come take a digital tour of some of
Bainbridge Island's coolest and plants with their attractive forms, colorful
flowers and their very limited habitat. The locations where these plants are found also make
suitable habitat for the invasive European green crab, now known to be
established near Victoria. We will talk briefly about the crabs, their
preferred habitats and a nascent monitoring program with examples for suitable
habitat on Bainbridge Island.
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is presented
by Bainbridge Island Land Trust and West Sound Wildlife Shelter. This free
series is a fun way to spend your lunch hour learning about the local wildlife
in our community and the land that provides their habitat. Bring your
lunch and join us for these interesting lectures. Open to all ages; $3
BILT Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Friday, February 6, 2015
Webster Hall at The Island School, 8553 NE Day Road
Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., Dinner and meeting begin at 7:15 p.m.
Don't miss this famous potluck! Bring your family, bring your friends! Bring your favorite dish to share. Bring your own serving spoon, plates and utensils. Beverages will be provided.
for a special presentation on Bainbridge Island native plants by BILT board
member John van den Meerendonk. John will share his knowledge of unique plant
life of the Pacific Northwest. You might even get some ideas for plants in your
own backyard in preparation for BILT's Native Plant Sale in April. John has a
rich background in plant science and horticulture, including five years as the
Horticultural and Grounds Superintendent at the Bloedel Reserve. Presently John
works with Botanica, Inc., a landscape consulting, design, and installation
company he founded in 1990.
An extended clan of Orcinus orca known as the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) socialize and forage in inland waters of Washington and British Columbia. People travel from around the globe to have a chance to glimpse them in their natural environment. The SRKWs form tight family bonds and offspring remain with their mothers their entire lives. They are intelligent, extremely social and undeniably charismatic, but unfortunately they are also very much at risk. Listed as endangered in 2005 their population has been slow to recover and their numbers are now at an all time low.
Certified marine naturalist Susan Marie Andersson has watched this wonderful iconic mammal from the shores of Bainbridge Island and will be talking about why they are in danger and what needs to be done to help them recover so that they are here for our future generations to experience.