Author: Matt Steinwurtzel

22 Apr Save the Date! Building Knowledge of Bainbridge Island Wildlife with Cameras

Community Presentation  May 19 6-7 PM Zoom Since 2015, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust has used remote cameras, also known as “camera traps,” to better understand wildlife occurrence and behavior on our Island, and has utilized these insights in management plans for our lands. In 2020, the Land Trust was awarded a grant by the Bainbridge Community Foundation to expand the community’s involvement in this effort and to expand Woodland Park Zoo’s Seattle Urban Carnivore Project onto Bainbridge Island. Over the past year, with guidance from Woodland Park Zoo, Land Trust volunteers have been engaged in camera trap efforts across three properties. In this community presentation, we will discuss how the insights gained from camera trapping can help us to appreciate and maintain our Island’s wildlife, with practical tips for coexisting with carnivores, in particular. We’ll also let you know how you can participate in these camera trapping efforts.   To register, click this link and fill out your information! 


20 Apr Tackling Invasive Scotch Broom – Volunteers Needed!

Calling all Volunteers! First Wednesday Work Parties are back and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust needs your help! Come join us on Wednesday, May 5th to tackle Scotch broom out at the Land Trust’s very first conservation easement! Help us build off past work party successes and protect the scenic meadow and critical Island wildlife habitat that started the Land Trust’s journey of protection and stewardship over 30 years ago. Due to the prevalence of Scotch broom and to hopefully see your smiling (masked) faces, we are hosting two time slots on this day: 9 am – 11 am 4 pm – 6 pm If you’re able to join us for either of these times, please sign-up by clicking here.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided, along with tools. We hope to have you join us in the ongoing fight against Scotch broom!


13 Apr Ted Olson Nature Preserve Expanded!

The Ted Olson Nature Preserve has been expanded by adding two more acres to this beloved neighborhood-protected area. In partnership with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and a neighborhood-led group, Friends of Ted Olson, a successful fundraising drive was launched to expand the beloved park and save critical habitat. When the Island neighborhood group first heard that the two-acre parcel adjacent to the Preserve was at risk of development, they knew they had to act quickly. The group approached the Land Trust to assist with the effort to acquire and secure the parcel. With nearly two acres of mixed alder and conifer forest and a native plant understory featuring salmonberry, salal, fern, skunk cabbage, and more, these additional acres protect portions of a larger wetland complex and build upon an existing wildlife network in the vicinity. After an energetic few months of fundraising and community appeals by the neighborhood group, including a grant from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation and a significant financial commitment by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District (BIMPRD) – the Land Trust had the funds needed to purchase the property. Thanks to the committed action of the neighborhood group and other community partners, these two additional acres will be added to the Ted Olson Nature Preserve. This addition will be permanently protected through a Bainbridge Island Land Trust Conservation Easement. The Island community will now be able to enjoy the expanded natural wonders within the Ted Olson Nature Preserve. The Land Trust thanks the Friends of Ted Olson, the neighborhood group, the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District (BIMPRD), the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, and the generous community of supporters who stood up to help save and conserve this land.   Ted Olson Nature Preserve © Shaun Swalley


25 Mar Celebrate Earth Month and Take Action with the Earth Month Activities Calendar!

Everyone can take action to support and celebrate our environment and planet Earth. We encourage you to participate in Earth month in a way that respects the social distancing measures necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore the activities and events hosted by the Land Trust and our partners throughout all of April with the calendar, below. Click here to download your calendar. Looking to get outdoors and tackle invasive weeds? Join us for our First Wednesday Work Party, held on April 7th from 9-11 am. To signup, click here.  And don’t forget – the Land Trust’s FREE Invasive Disposal Days will be held on Sunday, April 18th, and Sunday, April 25th, from 10 am – 4 pm.  


25 Mar Renew Your Commitment to the Land Trust’s Conservation Work!

  Bainbridge Islanders seeking to stay healthy and find solace during the pandemic have flocked to the Island’s natural areas. Thanks to decades of support from Land Trust members, there are a lot of options available. Your membership will provide support for day-to-day Land Trust operations and allow us to continue tackling conservation projects large and small – while stewarding and restoring properties already protected. Plus, Land Trust members receive twice-yearly newsletters (look for yours in early April) and early access to the Native Plant Sale slated for October! Join as a first-time member, or renew your membership here.  


15 Mar April’s Free Invasive Disposal Days Are Back!

The Land Trust’s Free Invasive Disposal Days are back!   Sundays, April 18 and 25 from 10am to 4pm. We’re here to help you get your yard in order with two days of FREE Invasive Weed Disposal! Bring your weeds to the transfer station and the Land Trust will cover the cost of disposal. Invasive plant targets are Scotch broom, English holly, English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, tansy ragwort, English laurel, and the noxious weeds on King county’s “Noxious Weed” list. Please do not mix in non-invasive yard waste. For questions about whether or not something will be accepted, email Andrew Fraser, Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator, or call (206) 842-1216. Invasive plant species are one of the leading causes of vegetation biodiversity loss. They spread quickly and can displace native plants, prevent new native plant growth, and create monocultures. Lack of diversity among native plants reduces the quality and quantity of fish and wildlife habitat. Remove your invasives now while the ground is soft and make room for native plants come fall and winter when the weather is best for planting! Resources: The Land Trust’s Invasive Weed Primer Jeannette Franks’ Despicable 6 King County Noxious Weed List A special thanks to Bainbridge Disposal for helping facilitate this important event. If you are interested in volunteering for the invasive disposal effort, please email Matt.


16 Feb Join us for the Virtual 2021 Bainbridge Environmental Conference!

The Future of Our Forests – Bainbridge Island & the Climate Crisis Passionate about Bainbridge Island’s forests and wildlife? Want to learn more about the impact of climate change, and what you can do about it? Join city, state, and regional scientists for the free, virtual 2021 Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference! Each Sunday throughout March, we’ll be hosting a community conversation on the research and best practices for stewarding our natural environment in the face of climate change. Feel free to sign up for one session, or join us for all four! To sign-up, visit March 14th’s conversation will include a presentation by the Land Trust’s own Gina King (Conservation Project Lead) and Ken Bevis of the Washington Department of Natural Resources on managing forest habitat to support wildlife.  


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!…


09 Nov Call for Volunteers – The Seattle Urban Carnivore Project on Bainbridge Island

About the Project Urban spaces and the suburbs that sprawl around them are growing worldwide, pushing some carnivore species into more remote regions, while forcing others to adapt to higher human densities. Increasing contact between humans and carnivores potentially leads to more human-carnivore interactions and increased concerns about risks to humans, whether real or perceived. The continued survival of urban carnivore populations, as well as a sense of security for the public, requires an increased understanding of, and coexistence with, these species. Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University have launched a new project to explore how mammalian carnivores, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and even cougars and bears live and interact with people across urban and suburban areas in the Seattle region, and beyond. Call for Volunteers Thanks to a grant awarded by the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust now has the funding needed to provide our community with the opportunity to assist with this exciting initiative. This new program will use camera traps to build off of efforts by the Land Trust – since 2015 – to better understand the use of the Island by wildlife. And we need your help! We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help carry out this project, allowing us to participate in the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project as well as to continue the Land Trust's efforts to increase our knowledge of all local wildlife species - from squirrels to bears. If you’re interested, please read the assignment descriptions, decide on a role in which you would like to participate, and fill out the form below. Please note that we are currently recruiting field volunteers who are comfortable checking our camera traps in teams of three while following current social-distancing protocols. We hope to soon announce volunteer opportunities for this project that...

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