Renew our urban landscape! Come join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Join your neighbors and help us take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy by helping us pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave & 15th at 9 am. Tools, gloves, safety vests, and snacks will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Governor Inslee signed a proclamation declaring June 2014 the 8th annual “Orca Awareness Month” to focus attention on orca and their habitat in our state. Orca Awareness Month encourages residents to “recommit our time, talents and treasure to work that ensures protection and growth of our orca population.”
Here are some ways you can help:
- Get involved – the Orca Awareness Month site has a list of organizations and events doing great work to learn more about orca and how to celebrate and protect them
- Use natural lawn and yard care practices to reduce pesticide use and use smart watering techniques
- Reduce pollution that enter drains leading to Puget Sound and other local waterways
And, in case you missed it, check out the “orca parade” caught on video in the San Juan islands on Wednesday. Amazing!
[Repost of April 21 King County News Release ]
King County is again offering grants to fund small-scale environmental projects that support the cleanup and protection of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and nearby neighborhoods. Non-profit community groups, tribes, and schools are encouraged to submit applications, which are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 2.
King County established the Lower Duwamish Green Grants program in 2010 to support projects in the Duwamish watershed that will improve air and water quality. Past projects have included roadside rain gardens, outreach to businesses on how to implement best management practices to stop stormwater pollution, an art installation that measures air quality, and wetland restoration.
A total of $102,825 in grant funding is available in 2014, with a maximum award of $50,000 per applicant.
Examples of projects that can be funded by Green Grants include:
- Implementation of stormwater management practices such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, tree plantings or other green infrastructure to prevent polluted runoff from going into the river.
- Forest, wetland, or shoreline habitat enhancement projects that replace invasive weeds with plantings of native vegetation.
- Education and outreach efforts to local businesses and neighborhood groups to promote air and water quality improvements.
- Efforts that help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases.
- Research to assess and identify impacts to the Lower Duwamish of climate change.
The Lower Duwamish Waterway Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and the Green/Duwamish Watershed Ecosystem Forum, which oversees salmon recovery in the watershed.
For more information about WTD’s Green Grants, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Programs/GreenGrants.aspx or email GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov.
This release is also posted on the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx
Deadline for applications is February 12, 2014.
Do you love sharing nature with others? Are you interested in learning more about the flora and fauna of Seattle’s many public green spaces and parks? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Volunteer Naturalists participate in 10 weeks of training and commit to providing 12 programs a year at Environmental Learning Centers and in parklands near schools throughout Seattle.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Naturalists provide hands-on learning opportunities for school groups and nature programs for families and adults at Discovery Stations, destination locations throughout parks that present visitors with a theme and natural objects that help them discover their backyard parks.
Volunteers’ backgrounds are as varied as the students they teach – the common thread is their desire to share nature with the greater Seattle community.
The goal of the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program is to enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting citizens and students with their Seattle parklands, by providing educational opportunities for all.
Training begins in March 22, 2014. Deadline for applications is February 12, 2014. For more information and to get an application, please email Penny Rose at email@example.com or call her at 206-386-4250.
Join the Green Seattle Partnership to celebrate and restore Seattle’s beautiful forested parks for the 8th annual Green Seattle Day on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm (event times may vary by site)!
Green Seattle Day is a meaningful way to connect with nature and create a healthy and vibrant community by planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you. The event takes place in 17 parks city-wide. Seattle’s own West Duwamish Greenbelt is this year’s Green Seattle Day’s central hub site.
The Green Seattle Partnership is a collaborative venture between the City of Seattle, non-profit partners, and thousands of committed volunteers that seek to create a sustainable network of healthy forested parklands by removing invasive species and replanting with native shrubs and trees. Without a coordinated effort, Seattle is at risk of losing 70% of its forests in just 20 years.
A complete list of projects sites is here. Registration is still open!
***Repost of Friends of the Cedar River Watershed press release June 25***
Bring your family and friends to view salmon migrating through our own community. Trained volunteer naturalists will be stationed at the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks on June 29, July 6, and July 27 between 11am and 3pm to teach about our local salmon’s annual journey from the ocean through Lake Washington and up the Cedar River to spawn.
Visitors will learn of the intersections between people and salmon and challenges that salmon face in today’s world, from climate change to habitat loss and changing ocean conditions. Salmon Journey coordinator, Charlotte Spang, states, “the fate of Cedar River salmon is directly tied to the choices people make. By providing an opportunity to connect the community with this magnificent species, we hope to raise awareness of how each of us can take steps to ensure their survival.”
This year’s sockeye return has started off strong with over 23,000 fish counted in the first eight days of the run, and is raising hopes that we may see a larger run than expected. Numbers of returning sockeye have been low over the past several years; 2009 was the lowest on record since counting began in 1972. Early reports from the Locks are encouraging with sockeye crowding the fish ladder and excited visitors watching them.
Join in and learn more about our local salmon populations and what you can do to help.
The Cedar River Salmon Journey at the Locks is sponsored by Friends of the Cedar Watershed, Seattle Aquarium, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Seattle Public Utilities in partnership with the City of Renton, Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish (WRIA8), Salmon Recovery Council and is funded by King County Flood Control District.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org