WLT hosts and participates in a number of events throughout each year: property tours, classes, fun fundraisers, brunches, information fairs, book signings, and of course, work parties. Visit our volunteer page for work party information.
Earth Day Tree Planting 4/20
Come get dirty with WLT, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, REI and the Whatcom Conservation District! Work continues to restore a former poplar farm purchased by WLT in 2010 to viable habitat for native plants, animals and salmon. Chum salmon have already appeared in “remeandered” Landingstrip Creek, providing great motivation for ongoing restoration. On this day, Whatcom Conservation District will celebrate the planting of one million trees through its CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) program. There will be cake! (and local dignitaries, free t-shirts, an REI tent awarded to a lucky volunteer, energizing snacks and beverages and a terrific view of the Sisters if the weather deems us worthy). Break out the whole family’s barn boots and head to Acme. We will shuttle workers from two parking lots in “town” to the nearby but not-car-friendly site. Follow the parking signs and resist the temptation to walk the busy railroad tracks. Saturday April 20th, 9a-1p. Acme. Here’s a Googlemap!
Native Plant Walk at Point Whitehorn 4/28
Join WLT and the Koma Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society at Point Whitehorn. The forest floor should be covered in tiny wild flowers. Learn about the plants, shrubs and trees in this increasingly rare coastal spruce forest habitat. The walk will end at the beach. The tide will be quite low. You are welcome to linger at the beach as long as you like. Sunday April 28, 1:30-3:30.
WHATCOM LAND TRUST presents:
Mudflats to Mountains – A musical celebration of Whatcom County by MAGPIE
Please join your music-loving friends and neighbors for a very special benefit concert May 16th, 8 PM, at the Roeder House
We are honored to have Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, beloved as the duo “Magpie”, performing their unique repertoire for Whatcom Land Trust. The concert could include traditional folk, classic country, swing, and even some blues because Terry and Greg cover a lot of musical ground.
Terry and Greg are internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement. Throughout their career, they have devoted a tremendous amount of their time, energy, and music to the natural world. As a result Magpie is in great demand by environmental action and education organizations. They have performed all over the world in folk festivals and concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Italy.
Bellingham is lucky to have this opportunity!
The Baltimore Folk Music Society acclaims: “Magpie performs songs of and for the Earth. The absolute perfection and clarity of their arrangements and harmonies is masterful and stunningly emotional. They are among the finest songwriters and performers of our era.” Pete Seeger wrote, ”Greg and Terry can show us all what a wonderful thing it can be for two voices to harmonize together.” You can learn about Greg and Terry, and hear some of their music at www.magpiemusic.com/.
Tickets are available at the downtown Co-op and at Village Books in Fairhaven
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Magpie’s Bellingham performance is co-sponsored by the Whatcom Homemade Music Society + Whatcom Family and Community Network.
For more information email Sandra Tassel at email@example.com
First Friday Field Trips with the Steward
On any first Friday of any month, starting February 1st, tag along with Nick Saling, WLT’s Director of Stewardship, on a monitoring visit to a WLT preserve. This will be an opportunity to visit new places, step behind the scenes at familiar places, learn about WLT’s stewardship goals and responsibilities and experience the life of a land steward first-hand. Check back on this page for details and schedule. Please plan to call ahead (360 650-9470) to reserve a spot. We will coordinate carpooling as necessary.
April 5 changed to April 12: Fenton Preserve in Custer. This will be a half day. Easy terrain. Limit: 5 STILL ROOM FOR FOUR as of 3/25
May 3: Edfro Creek near the Skookum Creek Fish hatchery southeast of Acme. This site includes the long-popular-with-locals “1000 Puddles Trail.” This rich riparian ecosystem along the South Fork of the Nooksack is a wonder in Spring. Terrain is easy to moderate, but heed the trail name when you choose your footwear. This visit will take most of the day. Limit: 6
June 7: Bottiger’s Pond is a treasure in Glacier. It is a quiet pond that seeps through a mature wetland into the North Fork of the Nooksack, with Church Mountain rising beyond the river. This field trip will provide a few folks with a sneak peek at place we hope to share more widely in the future. The terrain is moderate to very steep but it’s easy to skip the steep descent down to the pond’s narrow edge. This visit will take most of the day. Limit 6.
July: NO FIELD TRIP
All listed field trip sites are marked on this MAP
Conservation Book Club 5/13
The environmental conservation book group meets next May 13th (the second Monday of each month) at Village Books from 5p-6p. For the May meeting we’ll be reading
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland (Several copies available at the library)
A lavish historical novel about a pioneering woman artist and the untamed country she loved.
Before Georgia O’Keefe redefined the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Frida Kahlo revolutionized the art of self portraiture, Emily Carr blazed a similar path with her boldly modern and inventive renditions of the British Columbian landscape. In The Forest Lover, Susan Vreeland brings to life the astonishing career of this fiercely independent adventurer and painter.
Overcoming the confines of Victorian Culture, Carr set off on her own to paint a rugged frontier and its indigenous peoples just before the forces of history changed them forever. Ranging from tribal villages in the Pacific Northwest to artist’s studios in pre-World War I Paris, Vreeland tells her story with gusto and suspense, giving us a glorious novel about courage, genius, and the pursuit of vision against daunting odds.