Whidbey Island Conservation District

Whidbey Island Conservation District The mission of the Whidbey Island Conservation District is to assist in the management of natural resources on and around Whidbey Island for present and future generations, inspiring voluntary conservation practices.
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Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo
11/01/2020

Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo

Even though the temps are cooling and days are getting shorter, there's still a lot of magic and adventure to be found o...
10/29/2020

Even though the temps are cooling and days are getting shorter, there's still a lot of magic and adventure to be found outdoors. Our PNW forests are full of mushrooms and glowing Big Leaf Maples and birds, among other treasures. Take a walk in the woods at Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom and learn as you go - fun for all ages.
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Whidbey Watershed Stewards

Big thank you to the Whidbey Community Foundation for awarding WICD a $2,000 capacity grant.This grant will help the con...
10/28/2020

Big thank you to the Whidbey Community Foundation for awarding WICD a $2,000 capacity grant.

This grant will help the conservation district continue providing services to the local community.

Information on our services and resources are available on our website www.whidbeycd.org.

It's Bat Week! What better time of year to celebrate and learn about bats than the darkening, frosting, spooky days befo...
10/27/2020

It's Bat Week!
What better time of year to celebrate and learn about bats than the darkening, frosting, spooky days before Halloween?
This is the Silver Haired Bat, one of the most common bats in forested areas of the U.S.
We love close-up pictures of bats! Outside they are just shadows and swooshes in the air, so it's fun to see their funny little faces.
#batweek2020

photo credit: Merlin Tuttle.

Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo
10/26/2020

Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo

There's still time to enter the Orca Inspired Art Contest! The contest is open to all ages and all mediums. Have you bee...
10/26/2020

There's still time to enter the Orca Inspired Art Contest! The contest is open to all ages and all mediums. Have you been inspired by the orcas in the Sound this fall? Share your inspiration with us!
Deadline is Oct. 31.

Sound Water Stewards

The 2020 Tilth Alliance Conference will be virtual this year, and they are a ton of great speakers and workshops prepare...
10/24/2020

The 2020 Tilth Alliance Conference will be virtual this year, and they are a ton of great speakers and workshops prepared, and there will also be a virtual trade show!
More information is available on their website at http://www.tilthalliance.org/special_events/Conference.

Our monthly Make a Difference Column in partnership with Whidbey Weekly  is out this week! This month's article is all a...
10/22/2020

Our monthly Make a Difference Column in partnership with Whidbey Weekly is out this week! This month's article is all about Orca Recovery Day and why it's important for all of us in the Pacific Northwest to come together to help the Southern Residents.
Check out our website for more information and ways to help - www.whidbeycd.org/orca.

The article is in the Whidbey Weekly, and archives are available on our website as well at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column.

#orcarecoveryday

10/21/2020
We're getting excited for Plant Sale!Our bare root native plant sale pre-order starts November 1, 2020. Get updates and ...
10/20/2020

We're getting excited for Plant Sale!

Our bare root native plant sale pre-order starts November 1, 2020. Get updates and information before it hits social media by signing up for our native plant email list at www.whidbeycd.org/native-plants.

10/19/2020
What Do Conservation Districts Do? Farm Plans

Have you checked out our video series What Do Conservation Districts Do? This week's video is on Farm Planning, shared with the help of our Natural Resource Planner Kelsi Mottet, farm plan recipient Jessica Aws, and two great horses, Legacy and Adonis.
https://youtu.be/xFa_9gywwdI
All our videos are available on Youtube and on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/video.

One of the services that conservation districts provide is farm planning. Our natural resource planners work with landowners to assess their natural resource...

Orca Recovery Day weeding party at the Cornet Bay restoration site, which we planted at 2019 Orca Recovery Day. WICD sta...
10/17/2020

Orca Recovery Day weeding party at the Cornet Bay restoration site, which we planted at 2019 Orca Recovery Day.
WICD staff and board missed the rain and removed multiple bags of thistle and weeds from the site!

#OrcaRecoveryDay

Our PNW forests are a vital part of the beauty and character of our region. As climate change continues, it's more impor...
10/16/2020
Forest Health Watch – PNW Community Science to Keep Forests Healthy

Our PNW forests are a vital part of the beauty and character of our region. As climate change continues, it's more important than ever to monitor our forests and track their health.
You can help! Check out this link to a citizen science program aimed at helping researchers studying forest health.
https://foresthealth.org/

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to contribute to research and keep forests healthy. Become a community scientist and help advance knowledge!

The Island County Local Integrating Organization (ILIO) is seeking input from Island County residents’ on your values an...
10/15/2020

The Island County Local Integrating Organization (ILIO) is seeking input from Island County residents’ on your values and experiences with the natural environment. The ILIO seeks to gain a better understanding of what matters to local residents so they can better focus their efforts and direct funding.

Let Island County ecosystem recovery partners know what's important to you, as an Island County resident, by taking this survey:
https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4f9d43sfagJc2x

That was quite a bit of rain we had the last few days! Get ahead of wet weather by starting to prepare your horses, live...
10/13/2020

That was quite a bit of rain we had the last few days! Get ahead of wet weather by starting to prepare your horses, livestock, and pastures now.
Need guidance to get started on better managing manure, winter pastures, and stormwater? We can help - visit our website and contact us anytime.
www.whidbeycd.org/horses.

10/08/2020
10/07/2020
Join Sound Water Stewards for an orca inspired art contest for all ages! We'll have winners in 4 age group categories. A...
10/06/2020

Join Sound Water Stewards for an orca inspired art contest for all ages! We'll have winners in 4 age group categories. Art can be in any medium. We can't wait to see what you create!

10/03/2020
What Do Conservation Districts Do? - Penn Cove Stormwater

In our first What Do Conservation Districts Do? video, we tell you about the importance of storm water, and how the actions you take on your property effect your watershed.

Check it out here, on our Youtube channel, and on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/videos.

https://youtu.be/rfZ5m6kh9yQ

In this video, learn about conservation district funding, watersheds, the importance of stormwater, and actions to take to improve water quality. More resour...

The inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey is currently accepting applications. This is a 5-month intensive program to su...
10/02/2020
Leadership Whidbey

The inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey is currently accepting applications. This is a 5-month intensive program to support current and future leaders on Whidbey Island.

https://leadershipwhidbey.org/

Being a great leaderStarts With You Leadership on Whidbey Island is worth investing in.Given the demands on leaders during this pendemic, it is urgent that we come together and support local leadership development. The challenges ahead are large, and now more than ever we need leaders who are ready....

Hot off the press is our quarterly newsletter, the Conservation Connection. Read about all the activities that the WICD ...
10/01/2020

Hot off the press is our quarterly newsletter, the Conservation Connection. Read about all the activities that the WICD staff has been up to and what we've got planned for the fall.

Sign up for our email list to get this newsletter straight to your inbox. www.whidbeycd.org/conservation-connection

Fall is a good time to take a closer look at the health and viability of your pasture, and start making a plan for the w...
09/30/2020

Fall is a good time to take a closer look at the health and viability of your pasture, and start making a plan for the wet winter months. For instance, it's an ideal time to get soil tests done on your pastures!

Find soil test resources and more fall pasture management tips and videos at www.whidbeycd.org/horses, and contact us for assistance.

Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo
09/29/2020

Whidbey Island Conservation District's cover photo

09/28/2020
What Do Conservation Districts Do? Intro

Have you ever wondered What Do Conservation Districts Do? Our new video series from WICD staff shares some of the ways that we promote and inspire conservation on Whidbey Island.

Videos will be posted weekly on our Youtube Channel, here on Facebook, and on our Instagram, and they will also be on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/videos.

https://youtu.be/cXRmZuI7dUQ

Welcome to our What Do Conservation Districts Do? video series! In this introductory video, our outreach coordinator Shannon Bly explains what conservation d...

09/26/2020
We are so excited to share with you our newest publication, Near Shore Living: A Homeowner's Guide to Creating Better Gr...
09/24/2020

We are so excited to share with you our newest publication, Near Shore Living: A Homeowner's Guide to Creating Better Ground in Our Community.

In the publication you'll find information and resources on one of our precious natural resources - water - and how to protect, conserve, and improve it in all its many forms. We hope that Near Shore Living inspires you or reminds you that we live in a beautiful, interconnected ecosystem and that you matter to this amazing place.

Find Near Shore Living on our website at www.whidbeycd.org or contact us for a paper copy.

Please visit the Better Ground  website to view the complete job description and associated self-assessment checklist an...
09/23/2020

Please visit the Better Ground website to view the complete job description and associated self-assessment checklist and resume questions. We look forward to reviewing your applications! Deadline to apply is Sunday, October 4 at 11:59 p.m.
https://betterground.org/pscd/partner-resources/

We're in the exciting planning stages for our annual bare root native plant sale! If you are planning on ordering a larg...
09/22/2020

We're in the exciting planning stages for our annual bare root native plant sale! If you are planning on ordering a large quantity of 100+ of the same plant or tree, you can contact us now at [email protected].

Pre-orders begin November 1, 2020.
Volunteer sign-ups begin the end of January 2021.

09/21/2020
Wildfire-resistant landscaping with Ciscoe Morris

The past few weeks we've seen record wildfires and smoke on the West Coast. Events such as these are expected to become more frequent due to climate change, and here at the district, we want to help our community prepare. Our Wildfire Preparedness program offers videos, resources, and free site visits to evaluate your property's wildfire risk and how to manage it. Visit www.whidbeycd.org/firewise to see all our resources.

This video from Washington State Department of Natural Resources gives great tips on Wildfire Resistant Landscaping.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZtkYMp30pM

Ciscoe Morris, Seattle Times garden writer and star of King 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe," sits down with Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and DNR Com...

Our monthly Make a Difference Column, in partnership with Whidbey Weekly, is out! We are planting pollinator gardens thi...
09/20/2020

Our monthly Make a Difference Column, in partnership with Whidbey Weekly, is out! We are planting pollinator gardens this fall at 3 schools on the island, and wanted to share with the community the importance and benefits of pollinator gardens in the hopes that you all will join us in adding more pollinator flowers and habitat to your outdoor spaces.

Plan a Pollinator Garden This Fall is in the Whidbey Weekly and on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column.

Today is International Coastal Clean-up Day!Join WICD as well as participants around the world in heading out to the bea...
09/19/2020
International Coastal Cleanup - Ocean Conservancy

Today is International Coastal Clean-up Day!

Join WICD as well as participants around the world in heading out to the beach and filling up a bag with trash.

Learn more about the history and impacts of International Coastal Clean-up Day at: https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/

We’re dedicated to working with indigenous communities, legislators, scientists and people like you to advocate for science-based solutions to protect this fragile ecosystem.

We hope everyone had a great week back to school! Teachers and parents - WICD can provide you with more resources for di...
09/18/2020
Environmental Education at Home | Pierce Conservation District, WA

We hope everyone had a great week back to school! Teachers and parents - WICD can provide you with more resources for distance learning conservation and environmental education. Reach out if you're in need of ideas!

Our partners at Pierce Conservation District have multiple videos and lots of resources for exploring environmental education lessons at home.

https://www.piercecd.org/522/Environmental-Education-at-Home

During the school closures, the Environmental Education team is sharing lessons, activities, and home projects.

09/17/2020
Make Your Own Watershed Lesson

No matter where you live, you live in a watershed! This video from our partners at Whatcom Conservation District gives step-by-step instructions on how to make your own watershed at home.

https://youtu.be/cKHn8TGC0BY

No matter where you are on Earth, you are in a watershed! Join Whatcom CD educators as they walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to make your ow...

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1 NE 4th St
Coupeville, WA
98239

Island Transit has 3 routes that drop you off approximately 100 ft. from our office: Route 1SB, Route 1NB, and Route 6. Visit http://www.islandtransit.org/Routes-and-Schedules for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(360) 678-4708

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The Whidbey Island Conservation District Story

The mission of the Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) is to assist in the management of natural resources on and around Whidbey Island for present and future generations, inspiring voluntary conservation practices through education outreach, as well as technical and financial assistance.

Established in 1967, Whidbey Island Conservation District is guided by a five-member volunteer board of supervisors and local staff with professional expertise, all of whom have a personal investment and interest in improving the quality of life in their communities on Whidbey Island. We believe that most people agree conservation works best when people who live and work in an area learn to take care of their own natural resources.

​As political sub-divisions of state government, conservation districts provide resources and programs that are voluntary and incentive-based, and available to all interested landowners and residents that live on Whidbey Island. WICD's technical assistance and educational programming is also free, non-regulatory, and can be tailored to meet your conservation goals. We are the "boots on the ground" here on Whidbey, and WICD strives to be a community resource that empowers landowners to conserve natural resources on their property. Camano Island residents are served by the Snohomish Conservation District.

Whidbey Island Conservation District staff provide a wide range of natural resource assistance in the topics areas of Farm Planning, Forest Stewardship, Firewise Assistance, Local Agriculture Outreach, Resources for New & Transitioning Farmers, Backyards & Habitat, and Water Resource Management for shoreline, bluff, and wetland property owners, as well as landowners wishing to learn more about drainage solutions using alternative stormwater management and Low Impact Development techniques. WICD also hosts an annual Native Bare Root Plant Sale and has numerous volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in donating their time and energy to benefit conservation actions on Whidbey Island. Contact us with questions about our programs, services, and volunteer opportunities. We also encourage you to subscribe to our email lists to be connected with resources and publications - including our bimonthly e-newsletter and quarterly Weed Bulletin - on a regular basis.