Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Gray Whale Watching

in Saratoga Passage

Join Sound Water Stewards of Island County on a whale-watching cruise. Leaving from Langley Marina aboard the "Mystic Sea" on Sunday, April 22nd, departing at 3:00 pm

To reserve space, call (360) 331-1030, signup online at http://soundwaterstewards.org/events/whales/

or email events@soundwaterstewards.org

$75 per person includes a two and a half hour cruise, appetizers, beverages, and on-board naturalists.

This is a fundraiser for Sound Water Stewards of Island County.

 

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Apr
21
9:45 AM09:45

Spring Migration Cruise to Protection Island

Join leader Sharon Gauthier on the Puget Sound Express as you cruise from Port Townsend around Protection Island on this three-hour unique field trip.  A National Wildlife Refuge, Protection Island is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of Rhinoceros Auklets in the country.   An on-board interpreter will search for seabirds (keep your eyes open for Tufted Puffins, Murres, Murrelets and mammals) while providing information on the geology and history of the area.

Audubon has reserved 20 spaces for this trip.  Cost is $65.40 per person; you can bring a sack lunch if you wish or purchase on board treats. 

Meet the group at the Coupeville Ferry Terminal parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to walk on the ferry.  Plan on returning from Port Townsend on the 5:15 p.m. ferry.  

All participants MUST RSVP to Sharon Gauthier, at 425-466-2460 or sharongauthier88@gmail.com,  no later than Sunday, April 1st.  She will then make the cruise reservations for all paid participants.

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Apr
18
7:00 AM07:00

Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta British Columbia

Leader: Kim Shepard
Windjammer Park, end of Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, to form carpools.

We’ll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and migrating songbirds, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl. We’ll also stop at Boundary Bay dike.  Bring passport or enhanced licence, lunch, plenty of fluids, and money for admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress for the weather. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails.  Return late afternoon to early evening.

NOTE: As this is an international trip, you MUST possess an unexpired passport or enhanced license in order to attend.  Passengers are expected to contribute toward fuel costs.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Kim Shepard at 360-720-1711.

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Apr
14
10:15 AM10:15

Island Transit Tour "Welcome the Whales"

Island Transit Guided Tour to Welcome the Whales in Langley. Meet at the Wal-Mart bus stop in Oak Harbor at 10:15 to catch the Route 1 bus south with stops in Coupeville at 11:02, Freeland at 11:27 and Bayview at 11:34. Learn about marine mammals of Puget Sound on the fare free bus with activities for kids. Wear your favorite critter costume for the parade, visit the Whale Center and participate in the festival. The bus leaves Langley for the return trip at either 1:00 or 3:00.

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Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve

Wade into the Science at Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve


Discover why the largest kelp forest in WA is in your backyard while exploring our local birds with Audubon & DNR ecologists. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks provided.

Meet at Libbey Beach, just north of Coupeville off Highway 20 -- turn left at Libbey Rd and drive to the end. For more information, contact Rick Baker at rickbaker17@gmail.com or call (949) 726-2713.

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Whale Watching Fundraiser for Sound Water Stewards
Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Whale Watching Fundraiser for Sound Water Stewards

Support Sound Water Stewards and have a great time with the whales!

Join Sound Water Stewards for a 2 & ½ hour Whale Watching Fundraising Tour, from the Langley marina with refreshments and on-board naturalist. Sign-up online or call 360-331-1030, or email events@soundwaterstewards.org.

Meet at the Langley Marina (228 Wharf Street, Langley) at 3pm!

Tickets: $75 each

For more information, visit http://soundwaterstewards.org/events/whales/

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Joseph Whidbey State Park & Swantown Lake
Apr
15
8:00 AM08:00

Joseph Whidbey State Park & Swantown Lake

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip

Search for forest and other upland species at Joseph Whidbey State Park. Early warbler migrants such as Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped should be evident as well as a good assortment of raptors. We'll finish at Swantown Lake for waterfowl including Ruddy Duck and Northern Pintail. Meet at 8 a.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor for this half-day trip. Note the early time. There will be some walking. Carpooling is a must because of the limited parking spaces at Joseph Whidbey.

For more information, contact trip leader Steve Ellis at 360-678-2264.

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Light Bike Ride
Apr
9
2:00 PM14:00

Light Bike Ride

You’re invited to Return of the Light Bike Ride!

The Occupy Your Bike 3rd annual group bike ride to celebrate the return of evening light and moderating temperatures will convene on Sunday April 9th at 2:00pm. We invite all riders to join this very scenic rural ride on South Whidbey Island. This ride is longer and has more hill climb than our previous rides. Because our goal is to make riding accessible to all, we cast no shame on riders who need to walk bikes up steeper hills. We cheerfully pause and wait for slower riders.

Meeting place: The parking lot at South Island Crossfit, 4777 Commercial Street in Clinton. Parking is available for those transporting bikes on vehicles. For riders coming to Whidbey Island from the Mukilteo ferry, someone will be happy to meet you at the ferry (plan to be on the 1:30 boat) and escort you to the meeting place, but only if we know you will be coming. Please be sure to RSVP if you want a guide.

Route: We'll have printed route maps available for this 12-mile ride with about 650 feet of climb to Langley. Most of the route is on country roads with no shoulders but very little traffic. You can explore the route map on Google Maps.

We'll pause at the park for snacks and socializing. The park has a few picnic tables and terrific views across the water to the Cascades and up Saratoga Passage. It's whale season, so we may even catch a glimpse of gray whales!

The route back to the meeting place will be determined individually at the event, with both a shorter, flatter route (6 miles) and longer, hilly routes available.

RSVP or questions: Derek Hoshiko, 360-579-2886 or text 206-384-8826 the afternoon of the ride. You may also RSVP on the Facebook event. Please check the Facebook event the morning of the ride for updates or cancellation due to weather.

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Early Spring at Deer Lagoon
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Early Spring at Deer Lagoon

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip 

It's early spring and we are hoping to see some migrating birds, especially some shorebirds on the tidal flats at Deer Lagoon. Low tide is 10:15 a.m. so gather at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9 a.m. and carpool to the Lagoon. Bring your scopes and bird guides and we will identify as many species as possible.

Please contact Ann Casey (cspcoach@aol.com) for more information.

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