Climate Change in the Salish Sea
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

Climate Change in the Salish Sea

  • Coupeville Rec Hall

Whidbey Audubon Lecture

The Whidbey Audubon Society presents Dr. Richard Gammon to speak on the effects of  "Climate Change in the Salish Sea" at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and a short meeting, and program starts at 7:30pm.

This is a free event.

For more information, visit www.WhidbeyAudubon.org.

Septic 101 & 201
Apr
24
5:00 pm17:00

Septic 101 & 201

  • Nordic Lodge

Septic Systems need TLC!

Learn how to avoid expensive repairs or replacement. If you have a gravity or conventional pressure system you may be able to get certified to inspect it yourself. These classes are especially for new residents but will also serve established residents of Whidbey Island.

To register call 360-678-7914 or visit: Islandcountyseptictraining.com

Pub Talk
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Pub Talk

  • Ott & Murphy Tasting Room

Science While Sipping!

Talking Tips for Tough (Environmental) Topics with Barbara Bennett, MMA.

Septic 101 and Open House
Apr
20
4:00 pm16:00

Septic 101 and Open House

  • Coupeville Library

Septic Systems need TLC!

Learn how to avoid expensive repairs or replacement. Bring your questions and get answers.  This workshop is especially for those who have recently moved to Whidbey Island, but will also be helpful for established residents. 

To register call 360-678-7914 or visit: Islandcountyseptictraining.com

Movie Night with Popcorn AND Scientific Expertise!
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Movie Night with Popcorn AND Scientific Expertise!

  • St. Hubert Church

St. Hubert Church presents "Before The Flood"

Watch a screening of the poignant documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, and ask questions of Randall Berthold, retired NASA scientist with expertise in issues of earth and marine sciences.

Septic 101 & 201
Apr
17
5:00 pm17:00

Septic 101 & 201

  • Freeland Hall

Septic Systems need TLC!

Learn how to avoid expensive repairs or replacement. Bring your questions and get answers.  This workshop is especially for those who have recently moved to Whidbey Island, but will also be helpful for established residents.

To register call 360-678-7914 or visit: Islandcountyseptictraining.com.

Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles, and Long-tailed Weasels
Apr
13
7:30 pm19:30

Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles, and Long-tailed Weasels

  • Coupeville Rec Hall

Everyone has heard of Birding Big Years, but how about one for mammals?

Come hear Steve & Martha Ellis describe their year-long journey in 2016 to see as many mammal species as possible in the wild.  They’ll highlight some of their experiences and describe the roles these mammals play in their various habitats.

Mammals are vital to healthy ecosystems and can be found throughout our regions, living on mountain peaks and probing the depths of the Salish Sea.  You’ll come away with a better understanding of our fellow mammals and a  new appreciation for these dynamic creatures.

Whidbey Audubon members Steve & Martha Ellis have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for more than 25 years.  Steve is the current chapter vice-president; Martha is also a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.

Apr
30
8:00 am08:00

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip

  • Bayview Park & Ride

Birding Around the South End

Meet at Bayview Park and Ride for a morning of birding some of South Whidbey’s local spots.

We’ll check out Lone Lake, Ewing Marsh and finish at Langley Harbor. We hope to catch some early spring migrants and local breeding species. 

Trip leader is Frances Wood, 360-630-4208

Apr
23
12:00 pm12:00

Keynote Talk: Earth Day Festival

  • Bayview Hall

Pandora's Gift: Uncovering Hope in an Era of Ecological Crisis

with Kate Davies

How can we have hope in an era of ecological crisis and uncertainty? How can we nurture and sustain it in the face of climate disruption and global ecological destruction? Is it even possible to be hopeful about the future? These questions become increasingly important and urgent as feelings of fear, sadness, grief, despair and anger become more common in our society.

In this talk, Kate Davies will discuss the meaning of hope in these times and explore why we can be hopeful. By looking at hope as an intrinsic quality of the human heart, rather than the expectation of achievement or success, she will suggest how we can make a creative response to the challenging world in which we live.

Kate Davies DPhil MA is core faculty in the Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change at Antioch University Seattle and clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Her first book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, was released in 2013 and was selected as one of the top ten books on sustainability published that year. Since then, she has been teaching and writing about how to be hopeful in these times. Her second book, Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in an Era of Ecological Crisis will (hopefully) be published later this year. She has lived on Whidbey since 2010.

Apr
23
9:00 am09:00

Septic 101 & 102 Combo Class

  • Nordic Lodge

Protect Whidbey’s waters, shores and public health by attending this free septic class. 

Septic systems need a little TLC to avoid costly repairs or replacement. Learn how your system works and what you can do to protect it from what goes down the drain inside to protecting your drain field outside. If you have a conventional gravity or pressure system and pay $28 you could also get certified to inspect it yourself.

Register (at least 3 days in advance) online at www.islandcountyseptictraining.com or call 360-678-7914.

Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

UUCWI Film Series: "...Reports from the UN Climate Talk in Paris"

  • UUCWI

The Earth Lives and We Must Protect Her: Personal Reports from the UN Climate Talks in Paris

Join us on Earth Day for the video message from regional indigenous leaders which was taken to Paris by a 8 Lummi youth ambassadors who will talk about their experience. UU Voices for Justice president William McPherson and 350 Seattle’s Carlo Voli who were also there will share their perspectives and plans for 350.org's Break Free national mass mobilization for May. 

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI). http://uucwi.org/

Apr
22
2:00 pm14:00

Herbal First Aid

  • Oak Harbor Library

We never know when an emergency situation will occur. Be prepared by learning in advance the best ways to use the right plants – whether at home, on the road, or in the wilderness.

Instructor Suzanne Jordan of Cedar Mountain Herb School has been teaching herbal medicine for 30 years and is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University.

Supported by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Apr
22
12:30 pm12:30

Vegan Earth Day Potluck

  • Whidbey Institute (Storyhouse Meadow)

Join us for our third annual free Vegan Earth Day Potluck, hosted by Marnie Jones at the Whidbey Institute. Please bring something vegan to share (no dairy, eggs, honey, or meat). If you have questions, please contact marnie@whidbeyinstitute.org.

We’ll gather in the Storyhouse Meadow (or, in the case of rain, in the Storyhouse itself). Carpooling is encouraged . . . and those who can park in the outer lot (near Campbell Road) and walk in are invited to do so. For directions to Storyhouse, call or email the organizer.

All are welcome, and RSVPs via email are appreciated.

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Ocean Acidification

  • Clinton Community Hall

With Rick Baker, Executive Director, Whidbey Watershed Stewards

Rick has over 22 years of work in the field of environmental education. He will speak about ocean acidification and what It means to the planet and our local water habitat. Please join us at 6:30 for refreshments and social time.

Sponsored by the Clinton Progressive Association. www.clintoncommunityhall.org 

Apr
19
5:30 pm17:30

Walking Tour: The Pacific Rim Institute Prairie and Forest

  • Pacific Rim Institute

Led by Dr. Robert K. Pelant, CEO of Pacific Rim Institute

Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will involve walking about 1.5 miles.  We will observe and discuss ongoing restoration activities on the site.  It will be a good time to catch a good number of blooming native plants including the threatened golden paintbrush that PRI is working with US Fish and Wildlife to remove from the Endangered Species List.  Bring binoculars and cameras. www.pacificriminstitute.org

Apr
17
1:00 pm13:00

Work Party & Tour

  • South Whidbey Tilth

Forest Understory Recovery

Learn about native plants, forest soil ecology, and sustainable plant communities in the Tilth forest. Help clean up the trails and route out invasive plants.

Located in the upper meadow of the Tilth campus at 2812 Thompson Road on SR 525 between Freeland and Bayview. Beverages and snacks will be available.

Sponsored by South Whidbey Tilth. www.southwhidbeytilth.org

Apr
16
9:00 am09:00

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip

  • Partridge Point

West Beach, Oak Harbor

Celebrate Earth Day by visiting several points along Whidbey's west side. We'll also visit forests and a freshwater water wetland. Learn about the Smith & Minor Island State Aquatic Reserve, a local jewel that supports a wide variety of wildlife.

Meet at Partridge Point at the end of Libbey Road at 9:00am for this 1/2 day trip. All carpool vehicles will need a state Discover Pass.

Trip leader is Steve Ellis- 360-678-2264 leave message if more information is desired.

Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

UUCWI Film Series: "Global Meltdown"

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of WI

Global Meltdown

Bill Nye and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up as a depressed patient and his psychiatrist. It explores different aspects of the climate/ocean crisis as Nye goes through the stages of grief.  Afterwards a real climatologist will clarify the role of global warming in our “Godzilla” El Nino year.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI).  http://uucwi.org/

Apr
14
5:30 pm17:30

Pub Talk

  • Blooms Winery

Is God Green?

Elizabeth Guss will take us on a quick tour of how different religions and faith traditions view care of the environment.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Interfaith Green Service

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of WI

Seeking Hope in a Time of Climate Despair

This community reflection launches Nine Days of Private Prayer for healing of the Earth and culminates on Saturday, April 23, 1 pm at the Bayview Earth Day Festival. Download your own copy of the prayer booklet below.

The evening features a Scientific Summary with Dr. Dave Cauffman; Reflection on Denial, Grief, and Viable Hope by Dr. Larry Daloz; the Whidbey Girls Choirs; and more.

Download your copy of the Nine Days of Prayer booklet here

Download your copy of the Nine Days of Prayer booklet here

Apr
13
5:30 pm17:30

Walking Tour: The Pacific Rim Institute Prairie and Forest

  • Pacific Rim Institute

Led by Dr. Robert K. Pelant, CEO of Pacific Rim Institute

Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will involve walking about 1.5 miles.  We will observe and discuss ongoing restoration activities on the site.  It will be a good time to catch a good number of blooming native plants including the threatened golden paintbrush that PRI is working with US Fish and Wildlife to remove from the Endangered Species List.  Bring binoculars and cameras. www.pacificriminstitute.org

Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Natural History and Restoration of the Historic Prairie at Pacific Rim Institute

  • Pacific Rim Institute

Presenters: Dr. Joseph K. Sheldon and Dr. Robert K. Pelant

This talk will examine the geological and climatic forces that have and do shape our home on Whidbey Island.  Attention will then turn to the on-going prairie restoration work at Pacific Rim Institute. 

Dr. Sheldon is an entomologist and former Professor at Messiah College and Eastern University.  Dr. Pelant is the CEO of the Pacific Rim Institute.

Presentation will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments. This talk repeats on Tuesday, April 12. Sponsored by Pacific Rim Institute.  www.pacificriminstitute.org

Apr
9
9:00 am09:00

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip

  • Bayview Park & Ride

Deer Lagoon

Ducks, raptors, shorebirds, songbirds -- Deer Lagoon is never the same twice.  

Meet at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9 am so we can carpool to the lagoon entrance off of Deer Lagoon Rd.  Limited parking, carpooling is important. 

Trip leader is Ann Casey, 360-331-4679

Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

UUCWI Film Series: "Bidder 70"

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of WI

Bidder 70

Back by popular demand, this film documents the story of Tim DeChristopher who in 2007 disrupted an auction of oil and gas rights. His courageous act inspired other acts of civil disobedience in an effort to shock our social/political system out of its stupor of inaction and deal with CO 2 pollution.  Abby Brockway, of the Delta 5, whose recent trial for blocking an oil train drew national media attention, will discuss the role of civil disobedience in the climate justice movement.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)  http://uucwi.org/