December 2020

17 Dec Participate in the Annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count – From Your Backyard!

Attention Islanders – the Kitsap Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count is this Saturday, December 19th! While this year’s initiative will look different due to COVID-19, individuals are still encouraged to participate in counting from the comfort and safety of their backyards.  To participate, email your observations to the Kitsap Audubon Society’s CBC Compiler, Janine Schutt, at [email protected].  According to Janine, participants should “use the high count seen or heard for each species.  For example, if someone were to see 2 song sparrows at 9:00 and 3 at 10:00 they would submit 3 song sparrows.  The exception is for species where males and females can be differentiated.  For example, if there were 3 female house finches at 9:00 and 4 male house finches at 10:00 all 7 house finches could be counted.”   Our Island is home to a diverse array of avian species, so please be sure to report your observations to Janine following the completion of Saturday’s count! For more information, please click here.   Above Photo: Wilson’s Warbler at Cougar Creek Preserve © Sue Larkin  


15 Dec Save the Date for the *Virtual* Annual Meeting!

This past year has certainly required adaptation by all of us and the courage to continue boldly on the path of conservation, even in such uncertain times. The Land Trust has accomplished so much this year and we most certainly couldn’t have done it without the support from our members. Thank you! Normally we’d be celebrating in person, together, at the “best potluck on Bainbridge Island.” But since this year has been anything but normal, we’re looking forward to celebrating with you virtually. On January 22nd, 2021, we’ll be distributing a pre-recorded program through email, but rest assured this format will still provide for a fun-filled Annual Meeting experience, as we have much to share. This year’s program will include: An update from Executive Director, Jane Stone, on the Land Trust’s conservation accomplishments in 2020. The presentation of the Phyllis Young and Jo Schaffer Volunteer of the Year Awards The ability for you to vote as a part of our formal election of new and second-term Land Trust Board Members. Celebrating the work and accomplishments of our outgoing Board Members. Testimonials from members on the importance of the Island’s natural spaces, especially now. And more!   And yes – if you are pining for Connie’s deviled eggs, Jane’s curry chicken salad (from the Streamliner Diner recipe book), or any other of your favorite Annual Meeting dishes, there will be an opportunity for potluck recipe sharing! Click here to submit your favorite potluck recipe to our Community Engagement Coordinator, Matt. On the date of the Annual Meeting, we’ll include a downloadable copy of all the submitted recipes! We will miss you and so wish that we could gather at our favorite Land Trust event.  But, we will still celebrate together and toast to what we as a community value and cherish, our conserved natural areas!…