Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cleaning Your Birdbath

If you ever wondered the best way to maintain your birdbath, here are some tips from Emily Bishton, a local landscape designer and environmental educator :

Cleaning your birdbath

 Plain water is usually sufficient, but if there is a lot of algae buildup or it feels slimy to the touch, then continue with the following:
Soak a large rag in a 50/50 water/white vinegar mix 
  • Lay the rag so it is in contact with as much of the birdbath surface as possible, and let sit for 1-2 minutes,
  • Wring out the rag into the birdbath and then scrub the birdbath with the water/vinegar solution, then soak up the solution with the rag again
  • Rinse and scrub the birdbath one more time with plain water, and rinse off all surrounding plants with plain water too
Vinegar can harm plants by making the soil too acidic for their roots, so this method puts as little of it as possible on them.

If there has been a lot of fecal matter around the edge of the rim or you feel that more is needed, then soak a rag in a 10:1 solution of water:bleach and follow the same process, but be super careful about getting any of the bleach solution on surrounding plants, even for a few minutes.
Emily Bishton

Rev. 7/12/14


Friday, June 13, 2014

Free Bird Walk June 14th

Red-breasted Sapsucker, by Mick Thompson

Eastside Audubon is sponsoring a family oriented bird walk tomorrow at Lake Sammamish State Park from 10:00 AM to noon.  Check out their web page below for more details and enjoy the beautiful picture of the red-breasted sapsucker Mick Thompson took at the park!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Take Your Volunteer Work on Behalf of Sammamish Community Habitats to a Higher

Become a Native Plant Steward or Trail Steward

Sign up now for the 2014 Native Plant Stewardship Program. 

This ten week course includes expert training in:

·   Native Plant Identification

·   Puget Sound Ecosystems and Plant Communities

·   Forest Ecology

·   Riparian, Shoreline and Wetlands Ecology

·   Project Leadership and Management

·   Ecological Restoration and Monitoring

·     And more!
Trainings will be held at Mercer Slough Environmental Learning Center, courtesy of the City of Bellevue.

·  Fridays, 8:30-4:30pm April 18th– June 27th

· There will be three Saturday field trips

No experience is necessary.  The training is free with a commitment for100 volunteer hours volunteer service working on a habitat restoration project, and to WNPS public outreach projects in King County. So many Native Plant Stewards have found this program rewarding and continue to volunteer their services and efforts to restore Washington's native plant habitat and educate others about the value of native plants.

Applications are posted at Applications are posted at  

Sammamish Trail Stewards

The City of Sammamish Trail Steward Program provides support for the construction and maintenance of the Sammamish trails system. Community members interested in serving as volunteer trail stewards receive advanced training in trail construction, safety and volunteer management. Upon completion of the training, stewards are asked to lead trail construction and maintenance work parties in the City of Sammamish. If you are interested in learning more about being a Sammamish Trail Steward contact or 425.295.0556.
Upcoming Volunteer Events to Enhance Our Community Habitat
Saturday March 8, 10am – 2pm, Evans Creek Preserve
Is Evans Creek Preserve your favorite Sammamish Park? Have you wanted to go but haven’t got around to it yet? No matter what the reason, save the date and join us at this volunteer event! Volunteers will be removing scotch broom, ivy and blackberry from two different areas near the parking lot. Don’t worry – the blackberry is still quite small. If you haven’t used a weed wrench yet this is the perfect opportunity. Our weed wrenches make pulling out scotch broom fun. Take a break from the volunteer work to check out the park – who knows, you might even find one of the gnomes! Register to volunteer at
Earth Day Volunteer Event  - Tuesday April 22 3:00-5:00pm
Lower Sammamish Commons
550 222nd PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98074

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering in the Lower Sammamish Commons Native Plant Garden. This afterschool event is appropriate for all ages. Come dressed to work in the garden (no sandals, wear long pants and weather appropriate clothing). Bring work gloves if you have them. Tools and healthy afterschool snacks will be provided. Register at
Lower Commons Volunteer Event – Saturday April 26 9-12pm
550 222nd PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98074
Which park can you find deer, bear, rabbits, eagles, herons and a community garden? Lower Sammamish Commons, of course! This park is also home to our native plant garden. Volunteers have spent many hours repetitive weeding, planting, mulching and tending to the many native plants we have at this site. Join us for the annual spring cleanup and mulching event. Register to volunteer at

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Check out this great web page for educators for National Wildlife Week March 17-23, 2014!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Save the Date for National Wildlife Week!
March 17-23, 2014

One thing that all wildlife need, whatever they are and wherever they live, is WATER. In 2014, the theme of National Wildlife Week is:

Wildlife and Water
From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans 

National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. Each year, we pick a theme and provide fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with kids.  
As we update this website with lesson plans, materials, events and more, we'll send out periodic email updates. Sign up for updates >>

For questions about National Wildlife Week, email