Marine Mammals & Ecosystem Change

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Marine Mammals & Ecosystem Change
Wed., Jan. 14, 7pm
Pacific Biodiversity Institute research scientist Aileen Jeffries discusses the changing ecosystem of the Salish Sea and describes how these changes have affected marine mammals. She also highlights the acoustic and land-based research she is undertaking on harbor porpoises. At the library.

Herons of Fidalgo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Herons of Fidalgo
Wed., Jan. 21, 7pm
Local photographer Lance Ekhart reveals the beauty and behavior of our local Great Blue Herons. With a heron rookery just yards from his boat, Lance provides a close-up view of these magnificent birds as they nest, feed, groom and fledge. At the library.
 

Fidalgo and Friends

Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Fidalgo and Friends TimeBank Social & Potluck
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

Come enjoy some yummy food and good company.When timebankers get
together, good exchanges and good times result!If you’re not a member
but you want to learn more about the Timebank, you’re also welcome.

Please bring a potluck dish to share, and your own place settings.

Location: Anacortes Center for Happiness: 619 Commercial Avenue,
Anacortes (the Keystone Building)
3rd floor ballroom

Rising Seas and Ecosystem Resilience

Friday, February 13, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The specter of rising sea levels, perhaps the most obvious consequence of climate change, captures our imagination and concerns.   Dr. John Rybczyk, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Environmental Sciences, WWU, will discuss his experience with field modeling programs designed to predict the effects of rising sea level on coastal and estuary ecosystems, such as the estuaries of the Pacific N.W.  He will also describe how some coastal ecosystems could keep pace and even thrive against a backdrop of rising seas.  Friday, February 13, 7-8:30p.m., Northwest Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches http://skagitbeaches.org.  For more information contact: Matt Kerschbaum,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planning Spring and Summer Planting

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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February 17, 7:00 pm, Anacortes Public Library

The Transition Skill Share Series starts this month and continues through October: 17 free workshops designed to encourage energy efficiency, local food production, sustainable transport, and skills to build health and know-how.

On February 17, 7:00 pm, at the Anacortes library: *Planning Spring and Summer Planting. *When it comes to having a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything! Certified horticulturalist Rachel Anderson will teach us when to plant cool and warm season vegetables, from peas to tomatoes, whether you're beginning with seeds, starts, or both.  Get tips on how to keep your garden producing throughout the season and into fall.

Free (donations gratefully accepted); no reservations necessary.
See the complete schedule.

Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series: *Vegetable Growing in Skagit County*

Tuesday, March 3, in the meeting room of the Anacortes Public Library, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WSU Professor Carol Miles returns to help beginner and advanced organic gardeners alike decide what to grow and how to increase their productivity.Want more food per square foot? Join us and get your questions answered as we dream and scheme this year's garden into existence.

No pre-registration required. All workshops are free; donations are needed and appreciated!
See the whole schedule at www.transitionfidalgo.org/skill-share.

Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series: *Planning for Fall and Winter Planting*

Tuesday, March 10, in the meeting room of the Anacortes Public Library, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Learn how to garden year-round in our mild climate from Peter Heffelfinger.We’ll cover the use of floating row covers, grow tunnels, and simple greenhouses, vegetable storage, cover crops, and some of Peter's latest interests, such as salsify, purslane, pink (inside) potatoes, and tomatillos.

No pre-registration required. All workshops are free; donations are needed and appreciated!
See the whole schedule at www.transitionfidalgo.org/skill-share.

Friends of Skagit Beaches lecture

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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A New, Safer and "Greener" Longline Fishing Vessel: Construction is Underway at Dakota Creek Industries

Now under construction at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes is a unique, low-impact "green" boat that will be among the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced fishing vessels in the world. Mr. Kenny Down, President and CEO of Blue North, a Seattle-based natural resources company, will tell us about the innovative features of this new ship and how it makes fishing safer and better for the resource and the environment. Friday, March 13th, 7-8:30p.m., Northwest Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches http://skagitbeaches.org.  For more information contact: Matt Kerschbaum,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea
Wed., Mar. 25, 7pm - At the Library
Orcas, with the exception of humans, are without parallel in their cultural capabilities. The Southern Resident orcas we see foraging, playing, and traveling all over the Salish Sea are members of a cohesive cultural community; virtually every behavior and move they make is governed by their social and family traditions. Orca Network co-founder Howard Garrett discusses our two resident communities and how they have been completely distinct and separate from each other for thousands of generations.

New Energy for a New Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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March 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m, Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon

Welcome the fresh air of clean energy and sweep away the clouds of carbon pollution!Learn how we can all help create healthy communities, support jobs, and move forward into a new energy future.

Speakers include

  • Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Strategist, Sightline Institute, who'll speak on “Engaging Heart, Soul, and Mind on Climate Change"
  • Chris Davis, Gov. Inslee’s Senior Advisor on Energy and Carbon Markets, focusing on “Clean Air, New Jobs and Healthy Communities: Reducing Carbon Pollution  in Washington”
  • Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director, Community to Community Development, who'll talk about “Local Food Systems and the Color of Climate Justice.”
  • Singer/songwriter Dana Lyons will liven things up with his humorous and heartfelt songs
  • The La Conner Boys & Girls Club (who recently won a national Energy Star award) will share the puppet show that earned them acclaim.

Free; suggested $10 donation.

Injured Owls & Orphaned Otters

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Injured Owls & Orphaned Otters
Wed., April 8, 7pm @ the library
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Shona Aitken describes what kinds of animals they treat, what the injuries are, and how they help the animals that end up at the Center.

 

Volcanoes, Under Water Hot Springs, and Life in the Extreme

Friday, April 10, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Some of the most exciting discoveries of the past decade came from studying submarine volcanoes and the relationships between the gas rich fluids they release and the life that thrives in these extreme, high temperature, deep-sea environments.  The most advanced underwater volcanic observatory in the world was recently installed off the coast of Oregon and now streams real-time data back to shore from one of the most active hydrothermal systems on earth.  Come to hear Dr. Deborah Kelley, School of Oceanography, UW, talk about the new worlds and insights revealed by this technology and well as what it is like to dive 12,000 feet below the ocean in the 3-person submersible named Alvin.  Friday, April 10, 2015,  7-8:30p.m., NW Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches http://skagitbeaches.org.  For more information contact: Matt Kerschbaum,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FIdalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Saturday, April 11th - 9 am to 4 pm

Location: Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes

At this One Day University for everyone, choose from a variety of presentations about current issues facing our marine environment, Salish Sea ecosystems and culture. This year’s Keynote speaker is Dr. Joe Gaydos speaking about his work as the Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Chief Scientist for SeaDoc Society, a science-based marine conservation program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center located on Orcas Island with a focus on designing a healthy Salish Sea.  New this year!  Sharing Shorelines -Trail Tales volunteers and local experts will provide unique sessions with ideas & hands-on demonstrations to inspire the naturalist in you!  Teachers – continuing education clock hours available. For complete program details visit www.skagitbeaches.org and register online at www.fidalgoshorelineacademy2015.eventbrite.com.

Native Trees of Western Washington

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Native Trees of Western Washington 
Wed., April 15, 7pm @ the library
Forestry professor and author Kevin Zobrist provides a slide show presentation on native trees, especially around Anacortes, followed by a book signing.

ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR

Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR
Saturday, June 6th
10am until 4pm
Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration.Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. 

FREE Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series:

Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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FREE Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series:
Berry Production for the Home GardenerSaturday, June 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at the Depot: 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes.
WSU faculty member Lisa Devetter will review site selection and general plant requirements for the successful cultivation of blueberries, strawberries, and red raspberries. Free and open to the public; donations needed and gratefully accepted.
See the whole schedule of workshops at www.transitionfidalgo.org

Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop

Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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FREE Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series: 
Raising Backyard Chickens

Saturday, July 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at the Depot: 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes.

You like the idea of raising chickens, but wonder how much work it really is?  Linda Zielinski will share all you need to know about food, shelter, health care, breed types and behaviors, safe egg storage, safe manure composting, and more. Free and open to the public; donations needed and gratefully accepted.  See the whole schedule of workshops at www.transitionfidalgo.org.

Trail Tales at Farmers Market

Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Saturday Farmers Market Stations

Date: Saturday July 25th

Time: 9 am to 1 pm

Location: Anacortes Farmers Market, 611 R Avenue

Trail Tales docents will share information about our interpretive programs and new trail signs that have been installed in town.  Pick up a copy of one of our new trail map brochures and a schedule of events for the remaining season.  For more information, contact Betty Carteret at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.skagitbeaches.org

 

Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop

Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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FREE Transition Fidalgo Skill Share Workshop series: 
Sustainable Pest Management in Your Garden

Saturday, July 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at the Depot: 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes.

They aren’t just bad guys!  WSU faculty member Beverly Gerdeman will teach us how to select plants to minimize pests, identify common pests and recognize dangerous ones, attract beneficial insects to your garden, and understand the seasonality and life cycles of pests. Free and open to the public; donations needed and gratefully accepted.

See the whole schedule of workshops at www.transitionfidalgo.org.

Workshop: Tracing Forests and Seas

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tracing Forests and Seas: Observing, Drawing and Writing Natural Histories and Landscapes of Fidalgo Island
Tuesday, August 11th + Thursday, August 13th
10-3 PM

Combining observational drawing and writing we will explore the wooded and watery landscapes of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two day workshop explores the idea of fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Regardless of background, each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our abilities of “seeing” through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will explore the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Yet “observational” drawing isn't about looking at a tree and making a perfect version of it in pencil. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field. Ultimately, participants will heighten their unique powers of investigation and reflection through creating a series of drawings and writings that merge poetry and documentation.

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details will be given then. It is geared to adults, though ages 13-18 are allowed with an accompanying adult or permission of the instructors. For those who can, there is a suggested donation of $25 per day or $40 for both days.

 

Beyond I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engine)

Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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August 22: Beyond I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engine) FREE Transition Skill-share workshop, Saturday, August 22. The Depot, 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes, 10:00 — 11:30 a.m. Many people in our community have found alternatives to transportation that cut down or eliminate carbon emission. A panel of folks who choose alternative transportation have come together to answer your questions about electric car ownership, bicycle commuting, walking to work: the reality, the joys, the wonderful quietness of a non-combustion world. If you are contemplating making a change in your mode of transport, these folks will offer you a taste of what it takes. You may find that you are ready for new transportation in your life, and can help make Anacortes even more liveable than it already is! Various bikes, cars, and footwear will be available to examine (wanna see a Tesla?). Hosted by Linda Zielinksi. All workshops are free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

7th Generation Supper: Citizen Stewardship of the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper on Tuesday, August 25, at 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center. Our presentation is "Citizen Stewardship of the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve." What is the Aquatic Reserve program? Why is the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve, in particular, so valuable to our area, and what are some of the risks it currently faces?  The Volunteer Stewardship Committee assists the Department of Natural Resources to manage the Reserve. Learn who they are and what they do. Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

National Estuaries Day & Fidalgo Bay Day

Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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National Estuaries Day & Fidalgo Bay Day

Date: Saturday August 29th

Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Location: Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes

Celebrate our back yard estuary, Fidalgo Bay, at this day of fun-filled activities and learning for all ages! Taste complimentary samples of local shellfish and chowder, touch living sea creatures, try beach seining, make kid-friendly crafts and view new educational displays.  Trail Tales celebrates at discovery points along the Tommy Thompson Trail.  Pick up your “Discovery Passport” and map at our information table then visit the stations from 10 a.m - 2 p.m for hands-on learning, fun facts, and trivia about natural and cultural connections to Fidalgo Bay.  Fill your passport with stamps and win a PRIZE!  Find more information at the Trail Tales link at www.skagitbeaches.org. These partners sponsor or support both events: the Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Initiative, Friends of Skagit Beaches, Samish Indian Nation, Taylor Shellfish Farms and WWU Shannon Point Marine Center.

Dragonflies & Damselflies of Anacortes

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dragonflies & Damselflies of Anacortes
Wed., Sept. 9, 7pm at the library
Anacortes is home to many amazing dragonflies and damselflies, perhaps none more striking than the Happyface Dragonfly discovered at our own Cranberry Lake. These delightful creatures splash-dunk into the water to bathe, then spin-dry at 1,000 rpm in flight. Jim Walker, retired WSU physics professor, provides a lively and entertaining introduction to dragonflies and their behavior, illustrated with numerous photos and slow-motion videos. Fun for all ages!

Harbor Porpoise Bluff Days

Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Are your lazy summer days starting to feel, well . . . "porpoiseless?" Join Pacific Biodiversity Institute naturalists for a “Bluff Day,” Sat., Sept. 12, 9am–3 pm, Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park (Discover Pass or $10 day parking fee required). Watch and learn about the elusive harbor porpoise! Drop by a porpoise observation lookout (see map at http://pacificbio.org/news/Bluff-Days-Lookout-Maps.pdf), pick up tips from our expert porpoise-spotters, and discover why these petite marine mammals are important indicators of the health of local waters. If you have a pair of favorite binoculars, bring them along, or use ours. The porpoises are invited, too! Bluff days are FREE!  Questions? Please contact Anna Hallingstad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea at http://pacificbio.org/initiatives/harbor_porpoise.html

Harbor Porpoise Bluff Day

Saturday, September 19, 2015 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Are your end-of-summer days starting to feel, well . . . "porpoiseless?" Join Pacific Biodiversity Institute naturalists for a “Bluff Day,” Sat., Sept. 19, 12–3 pm, Washington Park. Watch and learn about the elusive harbor porpoise! Drop by a porpoise observation lookout (see map at http://pacificbio.org/news/Bluff-Days-Lookout-Maps.pdf), pick up tips from our expert porpoise-spotters, and discover why these petite marine mammals are important indicators of the health of local waters. If you have a pair of favorite binoculars, bring them along, or use ours. The porpoises are invited, too! Bluff days are FREE!  Questions? Please contact Anna Hallingstad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea at http://pacificbio.org/initiatives/harbor_porpoise.html

Harbor Porpoise Bluff Day

Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Are your weekends starting to feel, well . . . "porpoiseless?" Join Pacific Biodiversity Institute naturalists for a “Bluff Day,” Sat., Sept. 26, 12–3 pm, Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park—State Parks FREE admission day! Watch and learn about the elusive harbor porpoise! Drop by a porpoise observation lookout (see map at http://pacificbio.org/news/Bluff-Days-Lookout-Maps.pdf), pick up tips from our expert porpoise-spotters, and discover why these petite marine mammals are important indicators of the health of local waters. If you have a pair of favorite binoculars, bring them along, or use ours. The porpoises are invited, too! Bluff days are FREE!  Questions? Please contact Anna Hallingstad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea at http://pacificbio.org/initiatives/harbor_porpoise.html

7th Generation Supper, Silent Auction

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:45 pm
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Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center. Carbon tax? Cap and trade? Are you confused about which would work better in our state to cut carbon pollution? Alex Epstein of Climate Solutions will discuss cap and trade, and Kyle Murphy of Carbon Washington will present info on the carbon tax (Initiative 732). Bring your questions and decide which approach has the best chance of curbing carbon emissions.  After the presentation, enjoy an organic Autumn Bounty Silent Auction to help raise money towards our matching grant campaign! Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Films with Friends

Friday, October 9, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FILMS WITH FRIENDS – 2015 Environmental Film Series

Join Friends for great films, good company and popcorn! FREE screenings of feature length films, on issues timely and relevant to our Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters. Short films, made by young, local filmmakers for the Friends of Skagit Beaches’ Trail Tales Program, will lead off each screening. Films will be posted on our calendar at http://skagitbeaches.org

At Northwest Educational Services building, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes 

Films with Friends

Friday, October 23, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FILMS WITH FRIENDS – 2015 Environmental Film Series

Join Friends for great films, good company and popcorn! FREE screenings of feature length films, on issues timely and relevant to our Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters. Short films, made by young, local filmmakers for the Friends of Skagit Beaches’ Trail Tales Program, will lead off each screening. Films will be posted on our calendar at http://skagitbeaches.org

At Northwest Educational Services building, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes 

Feature Film: Just Eat It

Friday, November 6, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FILMS WITH FRIENDS – 2015 Environmental Film Series

Join Friends for great films, good company and popcorn! FREE screenings of feature length films on issues of interest to those who value our Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters. Short films on topices of local interest, made by young, local filmmakers will be premiered nightly before the feature film. For more information check our calendar at http://skagitbeaches.org/calendar.html

Feature Film: Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story

Just Eat It is a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia's Knowledge Network. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant, pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Date: November 6th
Time: 7 PM: doors open at 6:30 PM for popcorn, drinks and to meet the young filmmakers
Location: NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg. 1601 R Ave., Anacortes 

Feature Film: Mission Blue

Friday, November 20, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots – special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. The film is part oceanic road trip; part biography; part action adventure story. The film deftly weaves legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s unique personal history with the passion that consumes her today: creating a global parks system for the ocean.

Date: November 20

Time: 7 PM: doors open at 6:30 PM for popcorn & drinks

Location: NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg. 1601 R Ave.

Join Friends for great films, good company and popcorn! FREE screenings of feature length films on issues of interest to those who value our Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters.  Short films on topices of local interest, made by young, local filmmakers will be premiered nightly before the feature film.  For more information check our calendar at http://skagitbeaches.org/calendar.html

Lecture - Climate Change Science in Haiku

Friday, January 15, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Skagit Beaches 2016 January Lecture - Climate Change Science in Haiku

In 2014 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a major report that has more than 2000 pages.  Come see and hear how Dr. Gregory Johnson, Ph.D, School of Oceanography, Univ. of Washington, has distilled the entire report into 19 illustrated haiku.  Although his result is a work of art, it provides powerful talking points and a visual guide to assist our understanding of the important information covered in this document.  Friday, January 15th, 7-8:30 p.m. Northwest Educational Service District. Bldg.  1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches http://skagitbeaches.org.  For more info. contact: Matt Kerschbaum, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Eye of the Heron

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Eye of the Heron

Wed., Jan. 20, 7pm at the library

Local nature photographer Lance Ekhart focuses on the beauty and behavior of our great blue heron population. In this stunning visual presentation, he offers an intimate look at the amazing activity of these magnificient birds within nearby heronries.

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Depot Building located at 611 R Avenue
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins at 7:10 pm.

This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series:
Recent NE Pacific Warming or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob
Come to hear about a huge area of abnormally warm water that has formed along our nation's Pacific coast. Coined "The Blob" by Dr. Nick Bond, Ph.D., Washington State Climatologist and Sr. Research Scientist, UW, this phenomenon may be affecting our local weather and has been linked to weird weather events across the U.S. and the disruption of marine food webs and ecosystems.  Friday, February 12, 2016. 7-8:30 p.m.  1601 R St., NW Educational Service District Building., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, http://skagitbeaches.org. For more info. contact: Matt Kerschbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seeds or Starts?

Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Seeds or Starts?

Sat., Feb. 13, 10-11:30am at the library

Should you start your garden from seeds or starts? Becky Stinson discusses the pros and cons of each and gives tips on how to give your garden a great start using either method or both. She'll also discuss seed sources and types -- how important is it to get local seeds and how do you find them?

Tool Sharpening

Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Tool Sharpening 

Sat., Feb. 27, 10-11:30am at the library

Back by popular demand, Andy Gladish teaches the basic principles of sharpening knives and tools, using common tools for sharpening, and using sharp tools safely. Get your tools ready for the gardening season!

Preparing Garden Soil

Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Preparing Garden Soil

Sat., Mar. 12, 10:30am—12noon at the library

Callie Martin gives you the dirt on dirt. It’s spring; how do you start the annual cycle of soil care and get your garden ready to plant? What’s the difference between mulch, compost, and fertilizer? How important is it to use organic amendments and where do you get them? Bring all your questions and get answers to these and more!

Friends Of Skagit Beaches: Sea Otters - A Natural History

Friday, March 18, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Prized for their fur, sea otters were heavily hunted and by 1911 were extirpated from British Columbia. Reintroduced in the early 1970s, sea otter populations grew and spread until today there are more than 6,000 animals along the outer coast of B.C. The return of sea otters has resulted in dramatic changes to coastal ecosystems. Dr. Jane Watson, Ph.D., Dept. of Biology, Vancouver Is. University, will share her knowledge from 25 years of study of these important and charismatic animals.  Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m.  Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. For more information contact: Matt Kerschbaum, (360) 293-0773  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Water-wise Gardening

Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Water-wise Gardening

Sat., Mar. 26, 10:30am—12noon at the library

Ani Gurnee brings her water conservation knowledge and experience to share with you. She’ll deal with drought gardening, mulching, drip irrigation, rain water storage, plant spacing, dry farming, water requirements for different vegetables, and more.

Anacortes Community Energy Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2016 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Please join us for the Second Annual Anacortes Community Energy Fair!

Saturday, March 26th, 1pm-5pm at the Educational Service District building, 1601 R Ave

The ACE Fair will feature lectures from local experts throughout the day to get you informed. Become well versed in Anacortes’ $5,000,000 prize programs, energy saving strategies, home energy audits, Net Zero Energy home design, and solar for residents and businesses. You’ll learn how to increase your home’s value, help Anacortes win $5,000,000, contribute to environmental sustainability, and save money along the way. Quite the deal!

Presenter Agenda:

1:00 pm- 1:45 pm             What Is The ACE/GUEP Competition, and how do I help?- Jensen Lovelett, City of Anacortes

1:50 pm- 2:35 pm             Eliminate Waste Energy And Save $- Eric Shen, Transition Fidalgo & Friends

2:40pm- 3:25 pm              This is the Community Energy Challenge- Ross Quigley, Community Energy Challenge

3:30 pm- 4:15 pm             What Is A Net Zero Energy Home?- Ted Clifton/Larry & Shelley Parfitt

4:20pm- 5:05 pm              Solar Generated Electricity For Your Home And Business- Josh Miller, Western Solar

Restoration of the Elwha River and its Estuary

Friday, April 8, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Two dams have recently been removed from the Elwha River and it again flows free.  Dr. Ian Miller, Ph.D., Coastal Hazards Specialist, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA, and other scientists are monitoring the unrestricted river and the resultant physical and ecological changes within the river basin and its estuary. Dr. Miller will discuss observed changes that have occurred in the coastal environment adjacent to the Elwha River mouth. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches http://skagitbeaches.org. For information please contact Matt Kerschbaum, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse Hike at Whistle Lake for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am until noon for a day after Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL. Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. We are experiencing an early Spring, anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

People’s Climate Conference

Friday, May 13, 2016 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Spearheaded by members of the Anacortes community, the People’s Climate Conference is a space for folks to come together and to participate in the conversation. A place where we can start talking about what a post-fossil fuel based economy is going to look like – for Anacortes and for all of us. Workshops, presentations and performances will occur at the Transit Shed. Friday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Also, Saturday, 10:00 am - 9:30 pm. and Sunday, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.

Friday events:
6:30 - 7:30pm : Welcome to The People’s Climate Conference
We will hear from a variety of speakers on the many issues that will be raised throughout the People’s Climate Conference, from the global picture of a renewable future, to what a renewable energy future might mean to the Anacortes community, to a global perspective of Climate Justice and a few words on why so many tens of thousands of people around the globe believe that the Break Free actions are essential.

7:30 - 8:30pm : Climate Monologues, performed by Sharon Abreu
“The Climate Monologues,” link, is a one-woman musical show about climate change. It brings to life onstage the stories of real people in the U.S. and around the world – people affected by climate change, and people working to solve the climate crisis. Their stories are told in their own words and through original songs that complement the stories.

8:30 - 9:30pm : Live musical performance from Dana Lyons
Dana Lyons, link, is a folk music and alternative rock musician from Bellingham, Washington. His songs include The Great Salish Sea and Cows with Guns

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This year the Fidalgo Shoreline Academy is pleased to have well known photographer and environmentalist Chris Jordan, as the Keynote Speaker. Chris's work includes documenting the tragedies of Midway Island's starving albatrosses who mistake our floating plastic for food. Chris’s powerful photographic artworks tell a story using data and common objects to create amazing images. Following the keynote, choose from a variety of interesting  programs and interpretive walks on the Salish Sea marine environment and culture. At the Fidalgo Bay Resort Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. More information at skagitbeaches.org.

People’s Climate Conference

Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Spearheaded by members of the Anacortes community, the People’s Climate Conference is a space for folks to come together and to participate in the conversation. A place where we can start talking about what a post-fossil fuel based economy is going to look like – for Anacortes and for all of us. Workshops, presentations and performances will occur at the Transit Shed. Friday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Also, Saturday, 10:00 am - 9:30 pm. and Sunday, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.

Including: 8:30pm: Procession of the Luminary Salmon people departing from the Transit Shed in Anacortes. Join us for an inspiring and beautiful luminary procession carrying hand made salmon windsocks, earth lanterns, and other luminaries down Commercial Avenue. This event will leave from the Transit Shed at 830 and be led by Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner playing his Coast Salish Native American flute music for the healing of the Salish Sea and Mother Earth. There may also be a luminary display from the water too.

Full schedule and more information at: http://breakfreepnw.org/programming/

TRANSITION SKILL SHARE SERIES

Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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2016 TRANSITION SKILL SHARE SERIES at the library

2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:30am—12noon

Free workshops to help build self-sufficiency, sustainability and skills for happy, healthy living, sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends.

No More Ach-ooo! Natural Approaches to Seasonal Allergies

Sat., May 14, 10:30am—12noon

Alethea Fleming presents.

The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Insect Management

Sat., May 28, 10:30am—12noon

Bev Gerdeman presents.

Indigenous Day of Action

Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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On Saturday, the day of action will start at 11am, gathering at the Park and Ride on west side of March Point, with a peaceful “Procession for Future Generations” — people from around the region will march along the shores of Fidalgo Bay in front of the Shell and Tesoro refineries to demand that we accelerate the move to 100% renewables–without leaving workers or communities behind, and being sure to address the needs of the people most impacted by climate change, and to leave a thriving planet for future generations and all of creation.

The three-mile procession will end at the northeast tip of March Point, where we will join the “It’s in our Hands” indigenous gathering and ceremony starting around noon and ending at 3:30pm.

9:30 -10:30 am: Guests arrive at Park and Ride at March Point from around the region
11:00 am: Procession march starting at 11 am from Park and Ride (3 miles)
There will be some shuttles to the staging area for elders and others who cannot march
12-12:30 pm: Tribal speakers, singers & drummers, activists, witnesses gather at NE tip of March Point
12:30-2:00 pm: Indigenous speakers, drummers, musicians and honoring
2:00 pm: Water Blessing Ceremony (worldwide)
2:30-3:30pm: Honoring of Mother Earth continues…honor songs and dances
3:30-4:00 pm: Shuttles leave and others march back to Park and Ride
5:30 pm: Salmon Dinner at Transit Shed in Anacortes.

People’s Climate Conference

Sunday, May 15, 2016 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Spearheaded by members of the Anacortes community, the People’s Climate Conference is a space for folks to come together and to participate in the conversation. A place where we can start talking about what a post-fossil fuel based economy is going to look like – for Anacortes and for all of us. Workshops, presentations and performances will occur at the Transit Shed. Friday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Also, Saturday, 10:00 am - 9:30 pm. and Sunday, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.

More information at: http://breakfreepnw.org/programming/

2016 TRANSITION SKILL SHARE SERIES

Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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2016 TRANSITION SKILL SHARE SERIES at the library

2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:30am—12noon

Free workshops to help build self-sufficiency, sustainability and skills for happy, healthy living, sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends.

No More Ach-ooo! Natural Approaches to Seasonal Allergies

Sat., May 14, 10:30am—12noon

Alethea Fleming presents.

 

The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Insect Management

Sat., May 28, 10:30am—12noon

Bev Gerdeman presents.

Four-Season Gardening in the Maritime Northwest

Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Four-Season Gardening in the Maritime Northwest

Sat., June 11, 10:30am—12noon at the library

Peter Heffelfinger explains how to garden year-round in our mild climate: floating row covers, grow tunnels, simple green-houses, vegetable storage, cover crops and one of his latest interests: purple and pink tomatillos.

Ethnobotany Field Seminar

Friday, June 24, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR – Advanced Registration Required
Friday, June 24th from 10am until 4pm
Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration. This is worth taking the day off of work for.   To register and for more information, contact The Friends of the Forest at:  360-293-3725 / www.friendsoftheacfl.org 

Container Gardening for All Seasons

Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Container Gardening for All Seasons

Sat., June 25, 10:30am—12noon  at the library

Ginny Sharp explains how to make a great container garden: texture, structure and color; soil, fertilizer and water; plants that are compatible; and containers that remain beautiful even through fall and winter.

Fidalgo Bay Day

Saturday, August 27, 2016 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Come celebrate one of our most important estuaries, Fidalgo Bay, a state Aquatic Reserve.  This event is open to all ages and has many activities, learning opportunities, and a "Discovery Passport" that can be completed to win a prize. 

Fun for the whole family, young and old.  Enjoy chowder and seafood samples and watch local citizen scientists as they demonstate a beach seining technique used to survey aquatic animals in the bay. 

At Fidalgo Bay Resort, Saturday, 11am - 3 pm

Transition Skill Share Series

Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:30am – 12noon at the libarary

Free workshops to help build self-sufficiency, sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends.

What is Permaculture? Sat., Sept. 10, 10:30am

Presented by Nancy Chase.

Mushroom ID and Foraging Sat., Sept. 24, 10:30am 

Presented by Harold Meade and friends.

Exploring the Green Heart of Our Island

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Our 2,800-acre Anacortes Community Forest Lands hold the nature of our island together. From the summits of Sugarloaf and Mount Erie to the water flowing through Ace of Hearts Creek to the sea. Friends of the ACFL naturalist Denise Crowe explores our incredible community woods with insights from the brand-new book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by German forester Peter Wohlleben, translated by Anacortes’ own Jane Billinghurst. How does new science inform our understanding of the biological systems that keep our forest alive and healthy? What stories do the trees have to tell? What is our role in sustaining this exceptional modern commons?

Event at the Anacortes Public Library Wednesday , September 28, 7:00 pm

Film: Eating Alabama

Friday, September 30, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Join Friends for Engaging Films, Good Company & Popcorn!
September 30, 2016 - Eating Alabama: a story about why food matters

Friends of Skagit Beaches is sponsoring our 3rd annual Films with Friends environmental film series. Films with Friends 2016 will include five environmentally-themed documentaries. Most films will be preceded by short films made by area students, filmmakers, and nonprofits.

The 2016 season will kick off with the documentary Eating Alabama, a shout-out to Skagit County farming families hosting the 2016 Festival of Family Farms the same weekend. Eating Alabama tells the story of a young couple in search of a simpler life. They return home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial, gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South, and sustainability; “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters. The Eating Alabama Trailer can be viewed at http://eatingalabama.com/about/.

Doors open 6:30 p.m. for popcorn & drinks. Films begin at 7 p.m. (approximately 1 ½ hours) at the Northwest Educational Services District Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Films are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help continue this series in 2017. For more information visit the Friends website at http://skagitbeaches.org.

Porpathon - citizen science action for the Salish Sea

Saturday, October 1, 2016
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Join Pacific Biodiversity Institute for the Porpathon, a marine wildlife observation blitz! Help protect marine ecosystems by watching the waves anywhere in the Salish Sea on Saturday, October 1, 2016, and telling PBI scientists what marine mammals and birds you saw. Observe any time, for as long as you like. Observe on your own or join a marine wildlife naturalist at a designated lookout. Anyone can participate! Sign up ahead of time to receive a marine wildlife ID guide, directions to suggested locations and designated lookouts, and instructions on how to submit sightings.

More information here, or sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All day on October 1, 2016

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Hike for all ages:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, October 8th from 10 am until noon

Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org. 

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, October 14, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Loop Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, October 14th from 10am until noon

This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Films with Friends Series

Friday, October 14, 2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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For the 2nd night in the 2016 Films with Friends series, Friends of Skagit Beaches will present "Salmon Confidential", a documentay film following biologist Alexandra Morton who discovers British Columbia's wild salmon are testing positive for European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide.  Morton's work takes her from courtrooms and government offices into remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton's journey as she attempts to overcome roadblocks thrown in her path while trying to bring critical information to the public in time to save our wild salmon populations.

 

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, October 19th from 5pm until 6pm. Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Films with Friends Series

Friday, October 28, 2016 6:30 pm
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For the third night in the 2016 Films with Friends series, Friends of Skagit Beaches is offering a double-feature of two inspiring films.  “A Simple Question-The Story of Straw” looks at an innovative program that brings together students of all ages, their teachers, community groups and local land-owners to undertake habitat restoration and preserve endangered species.  “Natures’ Orchestra: Sounds of Our Changing Planet” follows a soundscape expedition in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to record habitats that have not yet been disturbed or destroyed by human activities. Friday, Oct. 28, doors open 6:30 p.m. for popcorn & drinks. The film begins at 7 p.m. (1 ½ hrs.) at the NWESD Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Films are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help continue this series in 2017. Final Film: Nov. 11 “Sonic Sea”. For more information visit http://skagitbeaches.org

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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(Our annual Bat Cave Hike of 25+ years is cancelled due to the fire, please join us for this alternate version!)

Heart Lake Trail of Darkness
Saturday, October 29th
10am until about noon

Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the dark season. Our annual exploration of nocturnal wildlife is fun for everyone! Costumes are welcome. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot on the east side of the lake, just off of Heart Lake Road. (This hike is shorter than most and will include story time half way through, and treats at the end!)

Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event

Saturday, November 5, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event: to be held at Port of Anacortes Warehouse on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. This fundraising party provides the primary support for our Forest Education and Stewardship Program.  This program provides a wide range of educational activities in the ACFL that promote a greater understanding of our unique community treasure.   Check online at www.friendsoftheacfl.org for updates / 360.293.3725 

Films with Friends series

Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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For the final film in the 2016 Films with Friends series, Friends of Skagit Beaches is hosting Sonic Sea. Our oceans encompass a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life and man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea explores the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solves the tragic mystery of a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas that forever changes the way we understand our impact marine life. Friday, November 11th, doors open 6:30 p.m. for popcorn & drinks. The film begins at 7 p.m. (~ 1 ½ hours) at the NWESD Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Films are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help continue this series in 2017. For more information visit: http://skagitbeaches.org

Friends of Skagit Beaches - Films with Friends Series

Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wed., Nov. 16, 7pm at the library

Author David Williams explores the many ways Seattle’s citizens have altered the city landscape: regrading hills, re-engineering tideflats and replumbing lakes to provide better locations for business and easier pathways through the challenging topography. Residents now understand that earthquakes and rising sea levels have the potential to change them as much as they have changed the land.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, November 18, 2016
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on  Friday, November 18th from 10am until noon. We have the best remaining stand of Puget Sound lowland old growth forest right here on Fidalgo Island in the heart of our community forest. Come along and experience the big old trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, November 19th from 10am until noon.

Late Fall in the woods is a time of hushed beauty. Prepare yourself for the holiday season with a deep forest immersion. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, November 30th  from  9am until 10am. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, December 9, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, December 9th from 10am until noon.

The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 13th from 10am until noon.  Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Whales Are Coming! For our first lecture in our 2017 Lecture Series, please come to hear about research and insights on Northwest Coast Humpback, Blue, and Gray Whales and their occurrence in our waters.  Some whale species now use Salish Sea waters more frequently than in the past and in ways we had not realized. Research biologist John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Wa., will discuss new research, including feeding and other behaviors, to explore their underwater behavior and why some are coming here. - Northwest Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 10th from 10am until noon.
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting – Everyone is Welcome!

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm at the Depot, located at 611 R Ave. in Anacortes. This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Fishes of the Salish Sea: Pacific viperfish, northern flashlight fish, longsnout prickleback - just a few of the species identified in a 35 year survey of the Salish Sea. The report and forthcoming book, co-authored by our speaker, are sure to become valuable references for further scientific work on Salish Sea fish. Please come to hear Dr. Jay Orr, PhD Research Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA, present and discuss his findings. As the report's other co-author Dr. Ted Pietsch has said, "If you don't first know what you have, it's impossible to know what you might be losing". Join us to see what is there!

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am
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Cranberry Lake Fitness Hike for the very fit!

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, March 4  from 10am until 1:30pm. We will cover all of the Cranberry Lake Forest lands except for the northeast portion that was impacted by the fire. We will have a chocolate tasting half way through!
Dress in layers and bring water.  Distance:  7 miles. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike For Adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 10th from 10am until noon.
What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. . These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sound in the Salish Sea

Delve deeper into the impact of human-caused "ocean noise" on marine species that use sound to navigate, find prey, and interact socially beneath the waters of the Salish Sea. Oceanographer Scott Veirs, PhD, president of Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School, Seattle, Wa., brings home the message of last fall's Friends of Skagit Beaches film series program "Sonic Sea."  Learn how rising sound levels from commercial shipping, seismic exploration, sonar, military training, and other human activities may be impacting marine life in our own backyard.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, Friday, April 14th from 10am until noon.
This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Tesoro EIS open house

Monday, April 17, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project (CPUP) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for review and comment. Comments received on the draft EIS will be compiled, reviewed and considered by Skagit County. A final EIS will then be prepared. Comments must be submitted no later than May 8, 2017.

Skagit County is overseeing the preparation of an EIS for the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP. Tesoro is proposing additions and upgrades to their existing facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylenes and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels.

We would like to hear from you. The public plays an essential role in the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP EIS process. There are several ways to learn more about the project and submit your comments.

Visit the online open house between March 23 and May 8, 2017. www.TesoroAnacortesEIS.com

Attend the open house and public hearing Monday, April 17, 2017

Anacortes High School, 1600 20th St., Anacortes, WA 98221
Open House: 4-8 p.m., Gymnasium
Facilitated public hearing session: 4:30-8 p.m., Brodniak Hall

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Why do marine birds, fish, and mammals feed where they do? How do tsunamis and earthquakes impact marine habitats? What efforts can help mitigate sea level rise and human population increases? Understanding the geology, substrate and topography of the Salish Sea floor may provide answers to these questions. Please come to hear Dr. Gary Greene, Ph.D, marine gologist and Director of the SeaDoc/Moss Landing Marine Lab's Tombolo Mapping Lab, Orcas Island, Wa, discuss answers to these fascinating and important questions.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse at Whistle Lake Hike for all ages 

Saturday Saturday, April 22nd from 10am until noon.

Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL.  Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.


These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 26th from 5pm until 6pm.

Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 6th from 10am until noon . This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Morrison Meadow Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 12th  from10am until noon. For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 20th from 10am until noon. Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way. 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Big Beaver Pond View Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 31 from  9am until 10am. There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Volunteering to Improve Small-Holder Agriculture Worldwide

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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WSU Horticulture Professor Carol Miles discusses her trip to Mozambique where farmers face scarce water and temperatures in the 100s. Under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, she spent 2 weeks in the village of Buzi training farmers on pest management, rotating crops, and other areas to improve their crops and their lives.

Wed., May 31, 7pm - at the library

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am until after noon. The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 9th from 10am until noon. It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Spring Fitness Hike - A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm for a thigh crunching 7 mile hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the  Heart Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 21nd from 5pm until 6pm. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR   (Require advance registration 293-3725/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 23rd  from 10am until 4pm for our popuar Ethnobotany Field Seminar 

Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. 

Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike - for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am until after noonRevel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.