Bird Walks with Victor Burgett

May 18, June 8: 9am - 12pm at the Ferry Overflow Parking Lot

From February to May the bird population on Lummi Island gradually shifts from winter to summer avifauna. At first, the focus will be on resident species and wintering water birds. As spring arrives, so will a variety of warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and more. We will visit different sites from week to week, including the Otto and Curry preserves, as well as various places along the shoreline to watch for saltwater species. Meet at the ferry overflow parking lot next to the library, then carpool to the weekly site. Bring binoculars, walking shoes, and dress for the weather. (Weather permitting, light rain is okay, but if high winds or heavy rain, will be cancelled.)

Photo by Victor Burgett

Photo by Victor Burgett

Photo by Victor Burgett

Photo by Victor Burgett

Photo by Victor Burgett

Photo by Victor Burgett

Noxious Weeds Seminar

Saturday, June 1: 10am - 12pm at the Resource Center at the Otto Preserve

Come learn from Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom County Noxious Weeds Control Board Coordinator, about the noxious weeds lurking in your garden. Learn how to identify these invasive and aggressive plants, like scotch broom, giant hogweed, yellow archangel and more. Find out how you can begin to eradicate these invaders in your own yard. This informative presentation will be followed up by questions and answer session and a foray to practice your newfound identification skills here at the Otto Preserve.

Do you have a problematic plant in your yard? Bring your puzzling weeds to identify!


Gear Up For Crabbing

Saturday, June 29: 10am - 12pm at the Resource Center at the Otto Preserve

Over 12,000 crab pots are lost in Washington’s Inland Waters each year.  These lost pots may continue to fish for over two years before deteriorating, killing an estimated 180,000 harvestable crab every year.  The most common cause of pot loss is user error, knowing how to rig your crab pot and where to set it are key to keeping your pots safe and having a successful day on the water. 

Gear Up for Crabbing will offer participants the opportunity to learn helpful tips about when and where to set pots, how to check and if needed modify your own crab gear in order to reduce the chances of your gear becoming lost and increase your chances of keeping your pots and catching your limit. Gather up your crab pots and come participate! Materials will be available to make simple modifications to your own gear that will help keep your pot in place, and if the pot still is lost will allow crabs to escape quicker and reduce the amount of crabs killed by derelict gear.

Bring your pots and get ready to Gear Up for Crabbing!


Annual Member Appreciation Picnic in the Preserve

Saturday, July 13: Noon - 3pm at the Otto Preserve Meadow

Join us for the coolest event of the summer! Pie auction, music, picnic & beer! Enjoy an afternoon in the sun with live music featuring the Prozac Mtn Boys. Walk the trails and visit with other Heritage Trust supporters.

12:00 - 3:00pm Member Appreciation Picnic – lunch, beer, lemonade, music
12:00 - 2:00pm Silent auction of pies
2:00pm Announcement of pie winners

Bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Picnic includes burgers, hotdogs, ice cream, lemonade & beer. Suggested donation of $8.00 adults, $4.00 kids (11 years & under)