2020 Earth Day Planting and Celebration at Strawberry Fields!

With the current public health crisis we are experiencing due to COVID-19, this Earth Day event may be postponed to a later date. 

While we know that there are many opportunities to celebrate Earth Day, consider this!

Join us on Saturday, April 18, from 10am to 1pm,  by becoming part of the Adopt A Stream Foundation (AASF) Stream Team.  Become a volunteer and help AASF Ecologists and Technicians plant 2,000 trees and shrubs next to the Middle Fork of Quilceda Creek where it flows through the City of Marysville’s Strawberry Field Park at 6100 152nd Street NE Marysville WA 98270. Over time, these trees will provide shade to help cool the creek waters during the summer months – a major function of riparian zones, the area of vegetation next to the stream that affects its ecological health.

This is a great family event! Did you know that planting a tree is the single most beneficial thing you can do to help the environment? Come by and learn about native plant communities, streams and habitat restoration! 

AASF will provide work gloves and refreshments, but volunteers should dress for the weather, wear waterproof footwear, and plan to get dirty!  

This Earth Day event is part of AASF’s on-going effort to restore 8-acres of Quilceda Creek riparian zone at this location with support from the Tulalip Tribes, WA Dept. of Ecology,  WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Snohomish Conservation District, City of Marysville, and several hundred volunteers.   

So mark your calendars and join us on April 18th, from 10 AM – 1PM, at The Strawberry Fields Athletic Park (6100 152nd St NE, Marysville, WA 98271).

Volunteers of all ages are invited and no advance registration is required – there are a lot of trees that need to get planted!! For more details, contact AASF Ecologist Walter Run at walterr@streamkeeper.org

Quilceda Creek Background:  This stream flows from Arlington through Marysville and the Tulalip Reservation into the Snohomish River.  Historically, Quilceda Creek was the most productive Coho salmon spawning stream in the Snohomish River Basin.  Now, due to numerous causes associated with rapid and poorly planned development in the surrounding watershed, the Coho numbers have declined significantly. The small Chinook run has virtually disappeared. Water quality is suffering due to a several factors associated with development caused stormwater runoff and failing septic tanks: Fecal coliform bacterial levels exceed State Standards as do levels of mercury, cadmium and lead.  Sediment samples show detectable levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, and zinc.   Due to clearing of riparian zones, tree canopies that once provided shade that kept water temperature low have been significantly reduced in size or eliminated resulting in high water temperature and low water oxygen conditions that can be lethal to fish life.  According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, Quilceda Creek no longer supports the designated uses of primary (swimming) and secondary (boating and fishing) contact recreation.  Fish spawning and rearing areas have been degraded throughout the 38 square mile watershed.  

 

Curious Kids Nature Talk with Fiona Cohen

On Saturday, June 23 at 1:30pm, the Adopt A Stream Foundation invites kids between 5 and 11 years old and their parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles to join Fiona Cohen at the Northwest Stream Center for a Curious Kids Nature Talk. This event is designed to get youngsters ready to explore and enjoy the amazing outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. The Northwest Stream Center is located in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 – 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208. 

Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Admission is $5 for AASF members, $7 for non-members.

Fiona Cohen grew up in Victoria, Canada. As a kid she developed a passion for nature, including birds, rocks, trees, and squishy things on the beach. Her curiosity once led to a black eye while fleeing from an enraged river otter – an interesting tale! 

Fiona is also the author of the regional best selling book Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Cohen says, “This is the book that I wish I had when I was young and exploring the woods and beaches around Victoria and nearby Salt Spring Island.” 

During the Curious Kids Nature Talk, Fiona will engage kids and adults with fun facts. Did you know:

· Baby raccoons are smaller than a bar of soap!
· Anemones are green because of photosynthetic algae – so anemones that live in the shade are white!
· Carpenter ants feed each other by vomiting in each other’s mouths!! 

Like the book, the Curious Kids Nature Talk is organized by habitat—forest, beaches, fresh water, and backyards and urban parks. During this presentation, kids will learn about some of the most intriguing flora, fauna, and natural phenomena of the region, and many ecological lessons.

To add color to her stories, Fiona will use beautiful, and scientifically accurate illustrations from the book intertwined with photos from around the region and the Northwest Stream Center’s Elevated Nature Trail. Everyone – kids and adults – will become inspired to go outside and explore woods, beaches, lakes, creeks, and backyards along the northwest coast of North America!

Following the Curious Kids Nature Talk, Fiona Cohen will be available for questions and a book signing. As a bonus, everyone who attends will also be able to stroll through 20-acres of forests and wetlands next to a salmon stream on the Northwest Stream Center’s Elevated Nature Trail. Space is limited so make a reservation now by calling 425-316-8592. You can also pre-order the book by calling that number.

MORE ABOUT FIONA COHEN 

Fiona earned a BS in Biology from Mc Gill University in Montreal. Then, she became a reporter for the Victoria Times-Colonist Newspaper and the Bellingham Herald where she was on the “outdoor beat.” 

Fiona now lives in Seattle and has two kids who are now teenagers and still talk with her! She writes about education, outdoor sports, and science for a number of publications including Seattle’s Child. She grows vegetables (tomatoes are a passion), hikes, camps, knits, and enjoys the theater. Fiona also adores complex board games, obscure musical instruments, and cheese.

The Curious Kids Nature Guide that outlines the amazing world kids can find in woods, beaches, lakes, creeks, and backyards along the northwest coast of North America is her first book. It’s very good!

Learn about other great Adopt A Stream Foundation Streamkeeper Academy events at www.streamkeeper.org or by calling 425-316-8592.

Sammamish River Restoration Event

Join the Adopt A Stream Foundation on March 24th, 2018 to restore habitat along Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River! Volunteers will learn about restoration, salmon habitat, and plant live stakes and trees in the stream banks. Tools, gloves and light refreshments are provided. The event is rain or shine so bring muck boots and rain gear!

Meet us at Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center 7353 NE 175th Street, Kenmore, WA 98028