Events

27 Jul Join us for the First Wednesday Work Party at the Cougar Creek Preserve on August 4th, 2021!

The August First Wednesday Work Party (August 4th) will take place at the Cougar Creek Preserve. We will be focusing on removing Himalayan blackberry that has invaded an active restoration site and doing some preliminary invasive removal for future planting sites (stay tuned for another work party to install new plants!). Tools, refreshments, and treats will be provided, so come with a pair of work gloves and be prepared to have a fun time of conversation, invasive species control, and enjoy the Cougar Creek Preserve. If you haven’t been out to the Cougar Creek Preserve, the property is located between Blakely Ave and Old Mill Rd; with a trail passing by a large seasonal pond and is great for wildlife viewing and bird watching! The Preserve is just north of IslandWood and Blakely Elementary. A neighbor has generously allowed us to park on their property, so RSVP for parking instructions. We have two time slots, so let us know which time slot you are interested in: · 9am-11am · 4pm-6pm If you are interested in attending, please email Andrew Fraser ([email protected]) or sign up on the Bainbridge Island Land Trust webpage – https://www.bi-landtrust.org/work-parties/

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21 May Using Cameras to Better Understand Bainbridge Island Wildlife: Recorded Presentation

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the presentation! You can now view a full recording of the event by clicking the image, below. 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 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 also let you know how you can participate in these camera trapping efforts.

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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.   UPDATE 5/14:  Thank you to everyone who registered for the presentation! Currently, our Zoom capacity has been met and registration is now closed. But, not to fear! The presentation will be recorded and uploaded to the Land Trust’s website.  If you have any other questions, please contact Matt Steinwurtzel, our Community Engagement Coordinator.

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20 Apr Help Steward the Cougar Creek Preserve – 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, August 4th to tackle Himalayan blackberry out at the Land Trust’s Cougar Creek Preserve. This 15.35 acre property was purchased as part of the Stand for the Land Campaign and provides critical wildlife habitat on the south side of the Island including mature forest, wetlands, and a large seasonal pond which is great for wildlife and bird watching. Help us maintain an active restoration area on the property and begin clearing the space for future planting work parties! We are hosting two time slots on August 4th: 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. Parking details will be provided to those who RSVP. We hope you join us!

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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.  

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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.

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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 islandwood.org/conference. 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.  

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22 Jan The 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Has Arrived!

Normally, Land Trust members would gather tonight at a near-full gymnasium with people lined up for their second run at the potluck buffet. But due to COVID-19, the 2021 Annual Meeting has been adapted to a virtual format. Not to fear! Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and staff, this adapted format still has many of your favorite Annual Meeting elements. Hear from Executive Director Jane Stone as we celebrate our community’s conservation accomplishments in the face of a difficult year, honor the Phyllis Young Award recipient, Craig Trueblood, and the Jo Schaffer Volunteer of the Year, Sandy Schubach, and help us confirm our next slate of Board Members. Whether you are a long-time Land Trust supporter or new to the Island or our organization, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about our work and all of the exciting efforts on the horizon. Plus, you can download a ‘Land Trust Potluck Recipe Sampler’ featuring some of the most cherished recipes from longtime Land Trust members. To view this year’s virtual Annual Meeting program, click here.

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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  

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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!…

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