Restoring Prairies and Restoring Life on Whidbey Island
Dr. Robert K. Pelant, a veterinarian, has lived or worked in over 50 countries. His vocation has been focused on sustainable development through food production and security, human and animal health, and transformational education.
Since moving from Thailand to Whidbey Island, Dr. Pelant has founded the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) for Environmental Stewardship on the site of the old State Game Farm (Pheasant Farm) in Coupeville. PRI is a nonprofit dedicated to practical education and restoration of endangered ecosystems including the rare native prairie at their 175 acre site.
Learn about the history of the prairies on Whidbey Island with a focus on glacial/geological, cultural and ecological forces. Explore the challenges and lessons learned in restoring some of these prairies – specifically what constitutes restoration and why it is important.
PRI is open for tours and has facilities for use by the public, service clubs and others. There are many volunteer and educational opportunities. PRI’s Prairie Days are May 14-15 and include educational sessions about the Asian Giant Hornets, native plant and honey sales, birding tours, prairie and savanna tours, and the newest information from Puget Sound Energy on practical and money/energy saving practices you can employ.
Second Monday each Month via Zoom – zoom link and agenda to be provided via email to Stewards.
The usual schedule is:
10 am to 10:30: Organizational Announcements
10:30 am: Speaker Presentation
11:30 am: Breakout Rooms for Camano (definitely) and Whidbey (occasionally)