Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Classes

Checkout the many free gardening classes using native plants and sustainable gardening practices that support wildlife
"Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability" by Emily Bishton.  
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15500 SE 16th Street, Bellevue
 Greg Rabourn, "Designing the Northwest Garden" 
Thursday, March 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Avenue NW, Issaquah and...
Saturday, March 28, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Gray Barn Garden Center, 20871 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond
And the best part is they are free. Check their webpage to register:  The full class list can be downloaded on the right side of this page

Top Five Great Berries for the Great Birds of Your Region


The Top Berries in the Pacific Mixed Forest Region

  • Osoberry (Indian Plum)
    Oemleria cerasiformis
  • Red Elderberry
    Sambucus racemosa L. var. melanocarpa (A. Gray) McMinn
  • Red-osier Dogwood
    Cornus sericea L.
  • Salal
    Gaultheria shallon
  • Western Serviceberry
    Amelanchier alnifolia

Check out this link for more information:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Give Your Dying Tree a Second Life

Check out the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife web page:

Why Birds Need Native Trees

Nice followup to January 5th  talk about attracting birds to your garden with native plants sponsored by the Eastside Branch, Central Puget Sound Chapter, WA Native Plant Society.

Carolina chickadee
Check out this link!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ebright Creek Restoration Work 12/13/14

Impressive blackberry roots removed!
Explaining how invasive holly is a problem in our natural areas
Restoration work continues at Ebright Creek park. On 12/13/14 further planting and blackberry removal was done. Thanks to the volunteers and native plant stewards the habitat next to the creek is being improved. And as an added treat, 3 pileated woodpeckers were spotted in the nearby trees before work began.  Most of us had never seen that many in one place at one time.

Attracting Birds with Native Plants

Spotted towhee bird pipilo maculatus perching on a branch by Kramer Gary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Attracting Birds with Native Plants
Washington Native Plant Society
CPS Chapter( Eastside Branch)
January 27th, 2015
Learn how to enhance your garden to attract a wide range of native birds in all seasons. Connie will present slides showing the most common birds that can be attracted to your yard. She will also give tips on the kinds of native plants that can be used to landscape a Pacific Northwest garden for birds and how to supplement it with feeders and other aids.
Connie Sidles is a master birder and long-time member of Seattle Audubon Society. She has written four books about nature focusing on her favorite "backyard," Montlake Fill on the UW campus. She is a board member of Friends of Yesler Swamp and leads numerous walks through these sites.
Date Tuesday, January 27th, 2015   
7:00 pm --Social Time (meet your fellow Eastsiders)
7:30 pm--Program begins
King County LIbrary Service Center
Room 2A/B
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA
Contact:    Franja Bryant
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