Events

13 Oct Introducing Friends of Agate Passage Preserve!

Bring your work gloves and passion – we need your help caring for Agate Passage Preserve.   Friends of Agate Passage Preserve is a new volunteer group dedicated to assisting the Land Trust in achieving stewardship goals by helping with tasks on the preserve. Future dedicated members of Friends of Agate Passage Preserve will aid the Land Trust in achieving its conservation goals on the ground. Weren’t able to attend our Zoom info session? View the recording here! Interested in learning more or becoming a friend? Sign up below! If you are a current friend looking to track your volunteer stewardship hours, please fill out this form. Questions? Please email Lexi.

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28 Sep First Wednesday Work Party at Wildlife Corridor – October 6th, 2021

The October First Wednesday Work Party (October 6th) will take place at Wildlife Corridor from 9 am to 11 am. We will be working at Wildlife Corridor clearing ivy and blackberry from the eastern side of the property. The work area is a bit of a walk from the parking area and can be a bit steep depending on which invasive you want to tackle. If you haven’t been to Wildlife Corridor before it is in the center of the Island off of Koura Rd. The property is 34.5 acres and contains mixed riparian, wetland, and forest habitats and provides a critical connection for wildlife moving between Meigs Park and the Grand Forest complex. As always parking is limited so please RSVP if you are planning to attend. Parking directions will be provided next week for those who sign up. 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 Wildlife Corridor. If you are interested in attending, please email Lexi Wagor ([email protected]) or sign up on the Bainbridge Island Land Trust webpage – https://www.bi-landtrust.org/work-parties/

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10 Sep Native Plant Sale – October 1st & 2nd!

We hope you will join us for the 2021 Native Plant Sale, located at Bainbridge First Baptist Church, on October 1st from 4 – 6 PM, and October 2nd, from 9 AM – 12 PM.  Masks will be required to attend the Plant Sale. Friday is open to Land Trust Members only, so if you have not yet submitted your membership donation, you can do so by clicking here! For a complete list of this year’s species for sale, please click here.   Aside from our regular native plant offerings, we’ll be joined by speakers and vendors! Speakers: John van den Meerendonk Topic: Native Ferns (4 PM Friday, 9:30 AM Saturday) About John: John served on the Land Trust board for 6 years. He’s also a present board member and past President of the Hardy Fern Foundation which introduces new ferns in horticulture and promotes fern display gardens for education. In the past, John was the Horticulture and Grounds Director at the Bloedel Reserve, a Peace Corps volunteer, horticulture teacher, and Principal of Botanica Inc. (a landscape design/build/consulting company). He is now retired. Azure Boure Topic: Culturally Significant Plants & Their Uses (5 PM Friday, 10:30 AM Saturday) About Azure: Azure Boure is a member of the Suquamish Tribe where she works as an educator in the Traditional Food & Medicine Program. She teaches within the Tribe and the local community sharing her knowledge. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Native Environmental Science from Northwest Indian College and is an active member in several Indigenous Foods collectives. Gathering traditional foods and plants is a passion of hers and teaching others those skills is what fulfills her. Vendors:   Questions? Contact Cullen Brady ([email protected]) or Andrew Fraser ([email protected]).

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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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