Camano SWS Summer 2022

Tina, pop-up, Barnum Point

Stewards: You have a summer full of opportunities to connect with our community and each other on the beach! Your involvement is vital to the success of the projects listed below – all on Camano Island. Please check your calendar and pick dates when you can help, then sign up using the SignUpGenius.

July 8: Michele Rushworth’s Scientific Illustration class is open to ALL SWS. Previous drawing experience is not required. Come learn from Michele how she looks at plants and other things to learn detailed observation that helps lead to nature appreciation and species identification. 10 am Friday July 8 at CISP Picnic Shelter. Read more and sign up

Pop-Up Educational Booths every Thursday through Sept 1, locations vary, 10 am to 3 pm, pick the first or second shift, or both. Join Tina Dinzl-Pederson at a County or State Park. Tina is highly skilled at encouraging the public to learn from nature and you can learn from her. Tina offers you personalized training onsite or in advance. This is an ideal opportunity to connect with small groups or families, just a few people at a time, outdoors on a beach! See dates and locations and sign up:

Low-Tide Beach Walks at Cama – Here’s your chance to share just a little of what you know about marine life with children and families who are visiting this state park. Spot items of interest, circle them with a bright pink hula hoop, help the public know what it seen. At least two Stewards are needed for each of these dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 30, Aug 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Get outdoors and enjoy this beach exploration. You do not need to be an expert! SWS partners with Cama Beach Foundation for this event. Pick your dates and signup here:

Species Identification Refresher with Elaine Chan on July 12 at CISP, 9 to 11 am. On this remarkably low tide day (-3.5 ft at 10:18 am), this field trip will help prepare you for the low-tide beach walks with a reminder about the life forms seen on Camano. Elaine share her expertise at species identification and her enthusiasm for learning.

Water Trees at Freedom Park at Terry’s Corner – If you a solitary volunteer experience, this is perfect for you. The new trees planted by SWS need watering especially now that summer is here! Trees are located near the orca sculpture and reader board. Bring gallon jugs of water from home. Take responsibility for a week of watering. Sign Up Here

Weed & Mulch New Trees – July 21 at 10 am. Join Pat and Tony Vivolo to remove some weeds, mulch around “our” new trees. Afterward, enjoy some social time over a snack, coffee, beer or other beverages at Terry’s Corner.

Beach Clean Up at Cavalero – July 28, 10 am to noon. This cleanup coincides with SWS Pop-Up Booth so you’ll have a chance to see Tina at work and demonstrate stewardship to the people she’s talking with.

Member Meeting – On August 8 at 10 am, at Cama Center, Russ Holmes, Class of 2011, will demonstrate underwater research using the Deep Trekker ROV (remote operated vehicle) that Cama Beach Foundation operates. Russ and Michael Kyte use it for sea stars wasting surveys and will share undersea ROV video. Russ will demonstrate how the equipment works and you’ll be able to see and touch the ROV. Afterward, join with other Stewards for a walk on the forest trails or go together to a nearby café for lunch.

Volunteer Matters Assistance (How to Log SWS Hours) July 18, 11 am to noon via zoom. Join me for an informal session to get technical help for finding your way around inside our new volunteer hours tracking system.

Find these and other SWS events on the SWS Calendar (you must be logged in to the SWS website to see events for members). Did you know you can change how the calendar looks? view it month-to-month.

Summer is here – please sign up for these events! Contact Joan if you have questions.

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