Kelcema Lake and a Snohomish County Fen

Friday, July 3, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm or later

We will visit Kelcema Lake and an interesting mountain fen along with nearby areas if time permits, all in Snohomish County along the Mountain Loop Highway. This is a long drive, about ninety miles on pavement and four miles on gravel one way. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven park and ride at the south end of 32nd Street at 7:30 AM. A Forest Service permit for parking will be necessary. The fen is small enough that a large group could easily overwhelm the site – so the group is limited to twelve people. To sign up contact Jim Duemmel at 360-733-3448 by phone or by email at JimDuemmel@q.com.

Fieldtrip Alert to Kelcema Lake

 

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Friday July 3rd
7:30am to 5pm or later

We will visit Kelcema Lake and an interesting mountain fen along with nearby areas if time permits, all in Snohomish County along the Mountain Loop Highway. This is a long drive, about ninety miles on pavement and four miles on gravel one way. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven park and ride at the south end of 32nd Street at 7:30 AM. A Forest Service permit for parking will be necessary. The fen is small enough that a large group could easily overwhelm the site – so the group is limited to twelve people. To sign up contact Jim Duemmel at 360-733-3448 by phone or by email at JimDuemmel@q.com.

Summer Field Trips

Visit the Field Trips page for Koma Kulshan chapter field trips between July and September. Explore the Twin Sisters area, lava fields at Schreiber’s Meadow, Cutthroat Lake, Boulder Ridge, Yellow Aster Butte, and Damfino Lakes and learn about the plants that grow there.

Can Tree Leaves Uncover Pollution Patterns?

Bernard Housen will discuss the use of tree leaves as pollution monitors as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in the Environmental Studies building, room 100 on Western’s campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.

Native Plant Sale May 3rd, Pre Order sales now open

Our annual Native Plant Sale taking place at the Backyard Habitat and Flora Fair in Fairhaven Village Green on May 3rd. This sale is an important fund raiser for our chapter. The sale offers a wide range of native plants ranging from unusual little herbaceous finds to larger  shrubs and trees. If you want to make sure you get what you want and don’t want to risk something getting sold out you can pre-order your plants. You can find the pre-order form by clicking this link 2014 Plant Sale Pre Order Form. The deadline for pre-ordering plants is April 18th.

2014 Introductory Plant Walks

Join our fun, informal walks and get familiar with plants native to Whatcom County. Sponsored by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society, these introductory plant identification walks feature an easy pace and will each last a couple of hours. The walks will focus on a variety of habitats, with your expert guide introducing you to common trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants native to our area. Tidbits on ethnobotany, wildlife use, gardening with natives, and other interesting plant related facts will be shared. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes that may get wet. Each walk stands alone, or attend them all to get a free mini-course on plant identification. You can find the complete list of walks under the Field Trip Tab. For more information contact: Vikki Jackson at 319-6988 or via email at vikki.jackson8@gmail.com.

Bryophytes Part 1: Our Common Mosses

Native Plant Study Group

Bryophytes Part 1: Our common mosses

Wednesday February 5 from 6:30 – 9pm

WWU Biology Building Room 249

Don’t you wish you had more plants to ID in the wintertime? Well, if you can get familiar with the bryophytes you’ll have plenty to keep you busy! This week, Katrina will get us started with bryophytes by providing an overview of moss anatomy, terminology to help with identification, and a sampling of the most common and easily identified moss species of our region. Take advantage of this opportunity to use the microscopes in the biology lab — it is hard to identify mosses without them.