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Catherine Creek Salmon Trees

Volunteers Wanted

You are invited to become part of the Adopt A Stream Foundation “Stream Team” on Saturday February 10, between 10 am and 1pm and help plant 400 trees next to Catherine Creek where it flows through a large open field owned by the City of Lake Stevens.
Access to the site is from a trail at 2805 Grade Road, Lake Stevens WA

“This will be a fun event for the whole family,” says Ecologist Walter Rung.  “The trees that we plant are going to turn into a forest that will provide shade to keep Catherine Creek cool the way salmon and trout like it, and provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife as well.”  The Adopt A Stream Foundation is providing planting tools, gloves...and refreshments to keep volunteer energy up.  Everyone should dress for the weather and wear waterproof footwear...its wet out there!

This event is sponsored by the Washington State Department of Ecology and Adopt A Stream Foundation members who donated last year’s 3 to 5-foot high live Holiday Trees for Salmon that will provide benefits to Catherine Creek fish and wildlife hundreds of years into the future.

Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Volunteers Wanted: Bring the whole family and plant last year’s Holiday Trees for Salmon!!!
Questions: call Tom Murdoch, Walter Rung or Zach Mallory 425-316-8592

All About Bears

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Officers Nick Jorg, who you may have seen on  Animal Planet, presents a very lively and entertaining presentation about Bears in Washington State.  His assistant, who may steal the show, is:  Colter, a Karelian Bear Dog who helps resolve bear/people conflicts.   To learn more about these great dogs go to wdfw.wa.gov and type “bear dogs” in the search bar.

In Washington State, black bears live in a diverse array of forested habitats, from coastal rainforests to the dry woodlands of the Cascades’ eastern slopes.
In general, black bears are strongly associated with forest cover, but they do occasionally use open country, such as forest clearings and the fringes of other open habitat. Black bears are found throughout Washington State.  Also, much to the surprise of most Washingtonians, there are  grizzly bears in the State who reside in the North Cascades! 

The  black bear population in Washington is much larger than the grizzly population.   According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears in the State.  As  human populations encroach on black bear habitat, people and bears have greater chances of encountering each other. Bears usually avoid people, but when bears and people come into close proximity, the bear’s strength and surprising speed can make for a dangerous situation.

Occasional confrontations with bears are the result of a surprise encounter at close range. However, most conflicts result from people living in bear country carelessly attracting bears with improperly contained garbage or pet food outside their homes.  And to most people’s surprise, they are also attracted to bird feeders!  Bears have a great sense of smell.  The average dog’s sense of smell is 100 times better than humans.  A bloodhound is 300 times better.  A bear’s sense of smell is 7 times better than a bloodhound or 2,100 times better than a human.  If you are in bear country, chances are that the local bears will smell you coming their way!  And bird feeders in bear country are an invitation for bears to come to dinner.

All bears should be given plenty of respect and room to retreat without feeling threatened.  Officer Jorg spends most of his time addressing these conflicts.  “In the old days, we used to capture problem bears and relocate them to a different area.” says Jorg.  “We learned that the bears did not fare to well and, now, we capture bears near where there is a conflict with people and then enlist the aid of our bear dogs to help us scare the bears and make them understand that contact with people is not a good idea.”

Jorg says that, “During the show, we are going to teach everyone about bear habits and habitat requirements.  Then we will go over all the Do’s and Don’ts in Bear Country. At the end of the show,  we are going to a simulate a bear capture, and invite the audience to help Chris and I, and Savute and Colter ‘scare the bear’ (a WDFW staffer in a bear skin) away from the NW Stream Center.”  See WDFW photo of the real thing on the right with Colter ready to chase a very large bear!!!

This Streamkeeper Academy event will be fun for the whole family - but be prepared - you could get your face licked by one of the bear dogs! 

Advance reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592; $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. 

Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members.  This a very popular show - to guarantee a space, register in advance by calling 425-316-8592.
Minimum Class Size: 20
Age Recommendation: Grade 1 to Adult.

First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story

Winner! Best Independent Award

The hummingbird nesting movie, "First Flight" won BEST of Category - INDEPENDENT, Merit Award for Storytelling, Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award for Animal Behavior and Merit Award for Backyard Nature at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana!

"Sometimes, the smallest thing can change your life..." one of the smallest birds in the world indeed changed the life of New York advertising photographers into the award winning film makers!

Documenting the lucky finding of the tiny hummingbird's nest on the clothesline in their new home in Las Vegas, the Carroll’s turned the story of Honey, the mother hummingbird and her little chicks into a book and a movie...

This charming 45 minute nature documentary invites you to witness personal life of hummingbirds. Witness breathtaking moment of Honey laying her eggs and the tiny hatchlings Ray and Zen pecking themselves into a new life. 

After the movie, there will be a special 10 minute film segment focusing on hummingbird tongues! Then there will be short Q&A session about local hummingbirds conducted by hummingbird fan Tom Murdoch.  Copies of the First Flight book and video are available at the Northwest Stream Center Nature Store.

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: Admission is $3.  Space is limited and past shows have filled up - advance registration is required by calling 425-316-8592.
Age Recommendation: This fascinating and beautiful film is great for the whole family!  Attention parents: Middle school kids and up love this film. 

Jones Creek Salmon Trees

Volunteers Wanted

Join the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Stream Team on Saturday, February 24 between 10 am and 1pm, and help plant a forest next to the Jones Creek branch of Allen Creek in the City of Marysville’s Northpointe Park (7201 71st Ave NE,  Marysville, WA 98270).  This event will be fun for the whole family...kids really enjoy helping out salmon and trout.

“Everyone who can make it will get the chance to plant several trees and shrubs next to Jones Creek,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Ecologist Walter Rung. “At the same time, we will be teaching everyone, young and old, about the wonders of a “riparian zone” – the area of vegetation next to a stream that effects its ecology.”  Rung advises that the Adopt A Stream Foundation hopes to plant 350 trees and shrubs on the 24th that will provide shade “that helps keep the water cool just the way salmon and trout like it.”

The Adopt A Stream Foundation will be providing volunteers with planting tools, gloves and refreshments to keep everyone’s energy up.  However, its a good idea to wear waterproof footwear to keep your feet dry.   This will be a rewarding experience and the Coho salmon and cutthroat trout that call Jones Creek home will be very grateful for your efforts!

For more information call the Adopt A Stream Foundation at 425-316-8592 or email Walter at: walterr@streamkeeper.org.