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A Day On the Skykomish River for Earth Week

Sunday, April 27th, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Apr 27th 2014

 

Join us for the day, Sunday, April 27th, on the South Fork of the Skykomish River to celebrate Earth Week.

 

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - weather dependent.

 

Recognized for its world-class scenery, stunning waterfalls, and pristine habitat that supports seven species of salmon and migrating trout (several on the Endangered Species List), eagles, otters and other wildlife. Like habitat, which is rapidly disappearing in Washington.

 

Don’t put off your chance to experience the one-of-a-kind natural wonders of South Fork Skykomish River, it could be your last. A low power hydro project threatens to destroy some of the last wild salmon runs in Washington and the critical habitat to many species of fish and wildlife, several on the Endangered Species List. Washington's shirking salmon habitat is one of the key factors responsible for the 90% decline in salmon populations. The ripple effect from the loss of salmon ranges from crippling the commercial and recreational fishing industries to causing so many Puget Sound Orcas to disappear, they are now endangered.

 

Gray Wolf River Hike (South of Sequim)

Sunday, April 27th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Apr 27th 2014

Join me on a hike through the wonderful Lower Gray Wolf River valley.

This outing features old growth forest, silver river rocks and fluorescent green fauna.

Come on out to the Peninsula and see the Wild Olympics for yourself up close.

A good early season leg stretcher that goes roughly 4 miles one-way for a total of 8.5 miles.

Please RSVP at bill.volmut@gmail.com

Diobsud Creek Rainforest Trail Maintenance, North Cascades

Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014
Help with the annual upkeep of the delightful Diobsud Creek Trail in Skagit County, above a wild river gorge in one of the state's largest unprotected roadless areas. This trail is a well-kept secret for its mossy beauty, wildflowers, and ready access. Easy work and hike, no experience required, hand tools supplied. Please wear work clothes, gloves, and boots suitable for wet conditions. 3-4 mi rt. Meeting locations in Seattle and Sedro Woolley to carpool to trailhead. For directions and more information, contact Mark Lawler at 206-632-1550. (CH)

Proposition 1: Vote YES (Local Proposition, Seattle)

Recruiting: Conservation Program Manager, Washington State Chapter

About Sierra Club: The purposes of the Sierra Club are to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

General Job Description: The Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club seeks an experienced Conservation Program Manager with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to educate and engage the public about conservation issues. This position will organize and implement a single issue conservation campaign that may be a state level component of a national Sierra Club campaign. The specific conservation issue will manifest itself into different projects throughout the state. The Chapter Conservation Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that the Chapter’s approved conservation program objectives are implemented, will participates in the development of program strategies and will work closely with volunteer leaders on conservation campaigns. This position will report to the chapter chair and associated chapter committee leaders and will coordinate with national or regional Sierra Club staff.

Seattle Eve Class - Safety, Tracks & Bird Alarms in Cougar, Wolf & Bear Country

Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Apr 17th 2014
Hiker Safety: Animal Tracks & Bird Alarms in Cougar, Wolf & Bear Country

Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:30-9:00

The Sierra Club is co-sponsoring a training class run by the Wolf College at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N in Seattle's UW-Wallingford District.

Skills covered include an overview of safety for hiking in wolf, cougar and bear country; awareness and knowledge necessary to recognize tracks and other signs of animals; and the categories of “bird language” key not only to identification, but to locating predators in nature.

Sierra Club members receive an additional $5 off the class tuition of $15 advanced registration via the Wolf College site or $20 at the door.

Environmental SLAM (Seattle)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 22nd 2014

Student groups from six local schools will compete for prize money and honor in the annual Environmental Slam, hosted by the Washington Foundation for the Environment. Multi-media presentations are 5 minutes long, and the audience will vote on the most compelling.

Admission if free

Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill, Seattle.

330 19th Ave E, between Harrison and Thomas

Participating Schools: Billings Middle School, The Bush School, Explorer West, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle Waldorf School, and West Sound Academy.

Visit www.wffe.org/ for more details or contact Morgan Ahouse.

Talk: Wolves Across the Water (Bellingham)

Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Feb 23rd 2014

Tim McNulty will talk about the Olympic National Park and wolves.

Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist and nature writer. He is the author of ten books of poetry and eleven books of natural history, including Olympic National Park: A Natural History which won the Washington State Book Award.

Wolves have begun to return to northeastern Washington and the North Cascades. Is there any chance that they can return to the Olympic National Park where they once flourished?

Tim’s talk encompasses the Olympic wolves’ history, biology and politics surrounding them.

Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty (Spokane)

Friday, February 21st, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Feb 21st 2014

You are invited Winter Waters – 2014 spotlight on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

Patsy Clark Mansion, 2208 W. 2nd Ave Spokane, WA

Our annual celebration of water will focus on the international effort to modernize the Columbia River Treaty to return salmon home to the Spokane River and other ancestral spawning waters in the upper Columbia Basin. D.R. Michel, Upper Columbia United Tribes Executive Director, will keynote the evening.

We'll also provide an update on Oil Trains and Coal Trains by Jace Bylenga, Sierra Club.

Coal: Trains & Export Issues Meeting (Edmonds)

Wednesday, March 5th, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm, Mar 5th 2014

The public is invited to quarterly planning meetings opposing coal trains passing through Edmonds and other towns in the region. Join other concerned residents to learn about what’s happening and plan ongoing activities. Hosted by the Sierra Club and Sustainable Edmonds.

Frances Anderson Center, Room 206, 700 Main Street (east of the Edmonds Library).

For more information please email Richard: r_bisbee@msn.com