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Samish Island Heronry Nest Count, Tour and Ivy Pull

Feb 2011 5

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Samish Island Heronry

All are invited to Skagit Land Trust's annual Samish Island Heron Count, Tour and Ivy Pull!

If you are interested in learning more about great blue herons, this is the perfect opportunity.  This heronry, located on one of Skagit Land Trust's conservation easements, is closed to the public for the entirety of the nesting season, so this is your best chance to come and observe.  Brenda Cunningham, the former stewardship director and current board member with Skagit Land Trust, will be giving a heron biology talk.  After the talk, we will head out with pencils and paper to count the nests in the heronry - and if you've never seen a heronry before, it's quite the sight!  After the nest counting (which shouldn't take too long) we will be putting on our gloves and pulling some english ivy from the surrounding forest to help ensure the herons can stay in their heronry as long as they would like.  This should be a fun event, for all ages!

Please RSVP to Regina at reginaw@skagitlandtrust.org, or by calling 428-7878.

The Community of Christ church has graciously agreed to let Skagit Land Trust use their parking lot for this event.  Their address is 11507 Scott Road, Bow, WA 98232-9334.  View a map and full directions here.

To get to the heronry, take Chuckanut Drive/WA-11 north from I-5.  Turn left at W Bow Hill Rd, and follow the main road through Edison as it turns left and becomes Main St, turns right and becomes Gilmore Ave, continues onto Farm to Market Rd, and then turns right at Bayview Edison Rd.  Turn left to stay on Bayview Edison Rd, and then continue straight onto Samish Island Rd.  Turn right at Scott Rd (a small road which comes up as Samish Island Rd takes a left onto Samish Island), and follow the signs to the back church parking lot. 

Please remember to wear something with long sleeves, and to bring your own gloves if you have them.  For some people, touching english ivy irritates skin.  We will have gloves available for your use as well.

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