Events

15 Sep Join us for the 2023 Native Plant Sale!

Mark your calendars for the Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s annual Native Plant Sale! Saturday, October 7th Bainbridge First Baptist Church – 8810 Madison Ave NE 9 am – 10 am: Member Early Access* 10 am – 12 pm: Open Sale *Not a member? No problem! You can become a member at the event or donate online.   Please visit the Native Plant Sale event page to learn more.   Interested in volunteering to help with the Native Plant Sale, or have wheelbarrows to lend? Please Sign Up Here or email Thea at [email protected]

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16 Aug Wetland Wonders: Welcoming Back Beavers – Event Series

Meet the orange-toothed, tail-slapping engineers of the natural world.      Please join us for this three-part celebration of beaver brilliance:   1. Join a virtual webinar with Ben Goldfarb on September 6th at 6:00 pm  Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work has appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Science, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His next book, Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in September 2023. Registration required. 2. Bring the kids to the Bainbridge Island Library on September 9th at 11:00 am  Children’s book reading and activity session all about beavers with librarians at Kitsap Regional Library’s Bainbridge Island branch. No registration is required.    3. Learn, Discuss, Explore at Islandwood on September 17th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm Learn from educational presentations by BeaversNW, King County Department of Natural Resources, Wild Fish Conservancy, Kitsap County Planning and Environmental Programs, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Discuss beavers in the Living with Beaver Neighbors panel discussion focusing on beaver management strategies and resources for landowners. Our panel consists of representatives from BeaversNW, Kitsap County Planning and Environmental Programs, the City of Bainbridge Island Water Resources, and the Little Andersen Creek Watershed Working Group. Explore Islandwood’s beaver pond with a self-guided hike. Registration required.   Please register at www.islandwood.org. We look forward to your participation in Wetland Wonders: Welcoming Back Beavers, as we come together to protect and preserve the natural beauty and function of our local watersheds.   This event series aims to provide a space for community members to learn about beaver ecology, their role in the ecosystem, the…

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10 Aug Volunteers Needed! Support Stream Restoration at Springbrook Creek Preserve

  The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is seeking dedicated volunteers to support an exciting milestone with the Watershed Initiative! This September, we will be breaking ground at Springbrook Creek Preserve to remove barriers to fish passage, and construct a bridge as part of trail restoration. We need your help to fill soil bags that will be used in the stream restoration project. You will have a direct impact on this important conservation work!   There are two dates scheduled, with two shifts each:   Wednesday, August 30th — 9 – 11 AM, 12 – 2 PM Wednesday, September 6th — 9 – 11 AM, 12 – 2 PM   We need all hands on deck to ensure the success of this project, so feel free to bring your friends and family, and spread the word! Please register here.   If you have any questions, please contact Thea. Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you out on the land!

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13 Apr Birds and Blooms Walk at Springbrook Creek Preserve

Join us on Saturday, May 20th to discover the birds and blooms of the Springbrook Creek Preserve. Whether bird or bloom, species composition and diversity are great indicators of ecosystem health. Ecosystems with higher species diversity are more resilient to disturbance and change. We invite you to join us as we take an inventory of the bird and plant species at the newly acquired Springbrook Creek Preserve.  

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23 Mar Celebrate Earth Month!

We invite you to celebrate Earth Month with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust! We will be taking action throughout the month of April to to support our natural environment. Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 from 9-11AM at Quitslund Preserve for our First Wednesday Work Party! We will be removing Himalayan blackberry and maintaining the areas cleared during the 2022 volunteer work parties. Please register here. On Saturday, April 22 from 8AM-3PM, stop by our stand for the 2023 Earth Day Expo at Battle Point Park. We will be featuring watershed demonstrations for kids of all ages! On Sunday, April 23 and Sunday, April 30 from 10AM-4PM, we invite you to bring your invasive weeds to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station for our FREE invasive weed disposal event. 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. Learn more here. A calendar of Earth Month events on Bainbridge Island is available here.

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14 Mar Free Invasive Weed Disposal is Back this April!

Sundays, April 23rd and 30th from 10 am to 4 pm. 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 Manager, 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 Bainbridge Island Cooperative Weed Management Area Priority Weeds 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 Thea.

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07 Mar The 2023 Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference is Here!

Seattle science journalist and author Madeline Ostrander will be the keynote speaker at the 19th annual Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference, “Our Island Home on an Unruly Planet.” The conference will be from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Bainbridge High School Theater. It is presented by Bainbridge Island Land Trust, Sustainable Bainbridge, EcoAdapt, the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation, and IslandWood. Ostrander’s 2022 book “At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Planet” examines how climate change has destabilized our fundamental notions of “home” through stories of finding resilience in the face of dramatic environmental change – melting permafrost in Alaska, rising seas in Florida, catastrophic wildfires in Washington state, and petrochemical disasters in California – Ostrander offers essays on our historical, social and psychological constructs of “home” as a place to be cherished and defended. Ostrander’s book is available before the conference through Eagle Harbor Book Co. For the full conference schedule, including additional speakers and breakout sessions, and to buy tickets, visit the event site here.

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21 Dec 2023 Annual Meeting Open House at Rockaway Bluff Preserve

Registration is now full for our Open House at Rockaway Bluff Preserve. If you registered for a tour, we look forward to seeing you out on the trail! If you missed the registration window, please contact our office to schedule a private tour of the Preserve. Registered Participants please park at Pritchard Park and take our shuttle to the tour site. There is no parking at Rockaway Bluff Preserve. Tours will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and will include a 0.5 mile walk through Rockaway Bluff Preserve. Land Trust staff and supporters will be on site to guide you around the property and share information about the history and ecology of this special place. The trail is flat but it may be muddy so plan for appropriate footwear, and as always, be sure to dress for the weather. Pastries and drinks will be available for your enjoyment. Please bring your own mug to enjoy warm beverages. In 2021, the Land Trust acquired a 35-acre parcel of mature intact forest at Rockaway Bluff. The following year, the Land Trust had the opportunity to add an additional 10-acres including a wetland. The 45-acre Preserve provides habitat for over 80 bird species and is a critical part of the Land Trust’s efforts to build a network of climate resilient lands on Bainbridge Island. The Preserve is not yet open to the public so this is a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the property. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
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01 Dec Join us for a Work Party in 2023!

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is committed to the stewardship and restoration of our protected properties. We appreciate the contribution of volunteers like you to make this possible! We have several work parties already scheduled for 2023: Rockaway Bluff Preserve (January 25 and March 1); Springbrook Creek Preserve (February 1 and 8); Quitslund Preserve (April 5); Ferguson-Wang Conservation Easement (May 3); Miller-Kirkman Preserve (May 10). We invite you to sign up here. Please check back for more work party dates for the fall and summer. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew.

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