Previous Field Trips

All of these field trips have already taken place. They’re listed here to jog our members’ memory or to give you ideas about places you might want to visit on your own. Looking for current trips? See the main Field Trips page.


Summer 2017 Field Trips

June 24, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hannegan Pass Trail

This trail becomes a busy route to the back country after the snow melts out, but should be ideal for leisurely botanizing in late June this year. We will likely go 2 or 3 miles on the gentle valley bottom part of the trail before we are turned back by snow. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring a lunch and water, dress for the weather, and wear shoes suitable for crossing snow patches. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or asrichardson5@gmail.com to confirm.

July 22, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Grouse Ridge

Grouse Ridge Wildflowers

Sulfur Buckwheat & Yarrow on Grouse Ridge with Mt. Baker & Black Buttes bkgnd [Eriogonum umbellatum; Achillea millefolium]. © Mark Turner

Hike a way trail to a rocky ridge and endless flower meadows staring Mt. Baker in the face. Look over to Marmot Ridge, Bastille Ridge, the Black Buttes, and Coleman Glacier. Explore plant communities of both thin rocky soil and lush alpine meadows. Parts of Grouse Ridge feel a bit like Chowder Ridge, parts like Skyline Divide, but without the crowds. There’s no maintained trail, but the boot track was in good shape in 2016. Approximately 5 miles RT with 1600’ elevation gain, high point about 5850’. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 7:00 AM. Contact Mark Turner (mark@turnerphotographics.com) if you have questions.

July 28 – July 30, Friday thru Sunday

Hart’s Pass Adventure

This will be a three day / two night car camping trip to Hart’s Pass on the far eastern edge of Whatcom County. The expectation is that Saturday we hike south along the Pacific Crest Trail out about 4 miles, in Okanogan Co. Our (Fri, Sun) two half days will likely be Slate Peak for one and a damp meadow south of horse parking the other ½ day. Assuming we can secure camping sites, we will be camping just to the south of Hart’s Pass, rather than Meadow camp. There will be a charge for campground sites, although we will likely be able to share these costs. Last year was lovely, warm and dry, but it can be quite chilly in this high elevation area even in late July; I have experienced August snowstorms here and frozen drinking water on Labor Day (snow then too). Bring a tent, sleeping pad, and warm sleeping bag, clothing for ANY weather. Also bring all the food and water you will need for three days. No limit to number of participants; more information when you pre-register with your transportation needs, or offers, before 6 PM July 25th. Questions and registration with Bob Lemon or Annie Prevost: lemprev@alphahunt.com or (360)714-8629.

August 12, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Church Mountain

At the western end of High Divide, Church Mountain towers over the North Fork of the Nooksack and has extensive views in all directions. Three miles of switchbacks and strenuous climbing through Douglas-fir and montane forests will bring us to diverse south-facing meadows. Here the grade lessens and we will botanize our way towards the summit, perhaps plucking a few early blueberries along the way. Overall we will travel 8.5 miles round trip with 3750′ of elevation gain, so bring a lot of water, extra snacks, and anticipate a full day in the mountains. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. Contact trip leader Abe Lloyd with questions (arcadianabe@yahoo.com) or 360 303-1339.

September 1, Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Lake Ann

The trail is a popular hike — we will go on a Friday to miss the weekend crowd and to get first pick of the blueberries. This is an 8-mile round trip that drops 800 feet to cross Swift Creek and then rises 840 feet to Lake Ann beside Mt. Shuksan, with plenty of interesting plants along the route. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. If you have questions, contact Jim Duemmel at 360-733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

September 7, Thursday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Moonwort Madness

Botrychium montanum

Botrychium montanum

Hundreds of moonworts (Botrychium ssp.) of six different species can be found at Yellow Aster Butte in a good year (the last was 2011). We’ll see if the melt water from last winter’s ample snowpack will coax the moonworts into making an appearance after being coy for several years. If not, there are plenty of other ferns, flowering plants, and amazing views on this hike to hold our interest. This is a moderately strenuous, 7-mile round-trip hike, with an elevation gain of up to 2200 feet. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water; and dress for the weather. The trail enters the Mount Baker wilderness, so group size is strictly limited to 12. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 7:30 AM. Pre-registration is required for this trip by contacting Tim McNitt at 360-714-9474 or mcnitt@acies.com.

September 16, Saturday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Scott Paul Trail

Mount Baker alpine meadows, forest, and glacial moraines, complete with breathtaking close-ups of the volcano as well as sweeping views of the surrounding North Cascades peaks. We will hike the 8.0 mile loop counterclockwise. The well-graded and smooth trail starts at 3,350 feet and gradually tops out at 5,050 feet. The diverse flora is documented in the plant list available on WNPS.org. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Fairhaven west side park-and-ride at the end of 32nd St. If you have any questions, contact trip leader Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or asrichardson5@gmail.com.

September 24, Sunday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Table Mountain north end (side table) for 8 outlier Pinus albicaulis!

The slightly lower “side table” is accessed from a historic, well-constructed, but neglected trail ascending the west slope. Expect alpine flora, Hippuris montana, and a far west occurrence of Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine) as we circumambulate the table top. Elevation gain is 650 feet, distance about 8 miles depending on botanical wanderings. Alpine conditions prevail and may lead to a tough day or weather dictated re-scheduling. Limit 12, therefore pre-registration is required and will get you more information. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot for 7:30 AM departure. Questions and sign up with Bob Lemon lemprev@alphahunt.com or (360) 714-8629.


Spring 2017 Field Trips

March 25. Saturday. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Earliest Flowers at Deception Pass

Deception Pass Field Trip
Explore one of the best sites for early season wildflowers on the shore of the Salish Sea at Deception Pass State Park. We’ll ramble across the meadows on Pass Island where the grass widows (Olysynium douglasii) and camas (Camassia quamash) should be blooming. Examine Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) male and female cones, see red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) clinging to the cliffs just above the splash zone, and see if the first precocious blossoms of harsh paintbrush (Castilleja hispida) are showing. Maybe even a checker lily (Fritillaria affinis) under the trees. Then we’ll head over to West Beach where we should see diminutive Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua in the sand. What else might we find? Mark Turner (mark@turnerphotographics.com, 360-671-6851) is leading. Meet at the Fairhaven west side park & ride to carpool, leaving at 8 am and returning around 5 pm.

April 1. Saturday. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Larrabee State Park Balds

A dense forest covers most of Larrabee SP. However, there are several small open areas, balds, in the spring filled with vibrant flowers not to be found in the shade of the forest. We will visit several of these balds and then hike to the ridge of Chuckanut Mt. Be prepared for off-trail travel on very steep terrain. Meet at the Fairhaven west side park-and-ride at the south end of 32nd Street at 9 AM. Discover Passes will be necessary. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

April 22, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Oyster Dome

The best view near Bellingham can be enjoyed from the west side of Blanchard Mt. on the rocky precipice known as Oyster Dome. We will botanize our way from the Samish Overlook north, pausing to examine cascading rivulets, ferny glens, massive old-growth stumps and logging relics as we go. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the top and be prepared for a 5 mile round trip with almost 2000 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway west side Park and Ride (at the end of 32nd St) at 9:00 AM. Contact Abe (arcadianabe@yahoo.com) if you have questions.

May 7, Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Beaver Botany at Maple Creek Reach

Do you marvel at dams and canals, or have a favorite engineering feat? Or if you think you’re right-brained, maybe you have a favorite masterpiece of art? Well, the mighty beaver will put your bests to the test! Join us as we use both sides of the brain to explore Maple Creek Reach, a property that Whatcom Land Trust has co-managed with Castor canadensis for over a decade. Together, their extensive restorations are forming a highly diverse, textured land and aquascape replete with exciting forest, riparian and wetland flora. In the course of a rambling, 3-4 mile loop, we will puzzle out the complexities of plant succession and the many ways beavers sculpt wood and watersheds. The pace will be leisurely but the terrain is uneven, and both lunch and knee boots are advised. We will depart from the SE corner of Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 9 am and return between 3 and 4 pm. This trip will be ideal with a 12 person max, so please RSVP to Rob (rlrich3@gmail.com) for registration and pre-trip background materials.

May 13, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Teddy Bear Cove County Park

We will visit Whatcom County’s largest publicly accessible Garry Oak grove and remove the Scotch Broom that is growing there. Our removal technique: pull seedlings and cut older plants at ground level. We want to catch the broom while it is blooming and disturb the soil as little as possible. Tools needed: clippers, loppers, pruning saws. Bring your favorite tool – the county will supply some extras. Gather at the North Chuckanut Mountain parking lot along Chuckanut Drive at the west end of Arroyo Park just north of California St. at 9:30 AM. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

May 20, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Flowering Plant Restoration Through Fire

A very large and hot fire a couple of years ago in and around Newhalem killed many trees and burned the understory in multiple areas. Much of the area is still too dangerous to hike (e.g., falling trees and limbs), but we will find safe areas where regrowth has begun. It will be interesting to note the species that are first colonizing burned areas and whether there are any differences between lightly and severely burned areas. We will meet at 8:00 at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at the end of 32nd St.) in Bellingham and carpool to the Newhalem area along Highway 20. Bring a lunch and wear sturdy clothes/shoes as we may be thrashing around in the brush a little. Please contact Jim Davis at 296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net for more information.

May 29, Monday, Memorial Day, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Marine Algae of Point Whitehorn

Pt. Whitehorn proper is Whatcom County’s best algae and invertebrate beach. We will approach it from the Birch Bay side, continuously tidepooling while making our way to the “mother lode”; about 5 miles of flat walking, return. Rubber boots, guidebook, snacks, water, hand lens, hand towel and clothing for “cooler than I expected” shoreside conditions. All knowledge levels and backgrounds welcome; for some this will be tutorial, others a seminar; invertebrate and bird observations are permitted too! Whatever guidebook you own is just fine; if buying, I suggest Druehl, Louis D. and Bridgette E. Clarkston, 2016, Pacific Seaweeds; ISBN 978-1-55017-737-4. Meet for car pooling at Sunset Safeway lot at 9:00 AM, or meet the group at the S.W. corner of Birch Bay State Park, boat ramp and last toilet facility, at 9:40; vehicle Discover Pass required. Questions? Try Bob Lemon lemprev@alphahunt.com or (360)714-8629.

June 3, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ferns of the Baker River Trail

Spreading Wood Fern

Spreading Wood Fern [Dryopteris expansa] along the Baker River Trail

The trail is an easy 5 miles round-trip, with only about 200 ft. of elevation gain. We should see as many as 20 species of ferns, including the Sierra Marsh Fern, Thelypteris nevadensis, the Male Fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, and Northern Beach Fern Phegopteris connectilis. This trail is also a great place to hunt for fern gametophytes. We may even glance at a few flowering plants along the way. Bring a lunch and water, and dress for the weather. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven Park & Ride at the end of 32nd Street at 8:00 am. Contact Tim McNitt at 360-714-9474 or mcnitt@acies.com with any questions.


Winter 2017 Field Trips

January 14, Saturday. 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Semiahmoo Spit: Plants and Birds in Winter

We will walk along the spit and alternate identifying plants by their twigs and buds and the marine birds that should be abundant at this time of year. There will be handouts for identifying plants and several scopes and handouts for the common birds seen at this time of year. You may want to bring binoculars for the closer in water birds and terrestrial birds. Bring a lunch and dress for winter weather. Meet at 9:15 AM at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway, or meet at 10 AM at the parking lot on the left just as you get to the bottom of the hill going out to Semiahmoo spit. For questions, contact Lyle Anderson at 527-3025 or lyleand2@comcast.net.

February 4, Saturday. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Ambling over the Alger Alp with Abe

Perched on the edge of Skagit and Whatcom Counties, the Alger Alp affords views under the clouds to iconic landmarks like I-5. This trip will explore the subdued wonders along the soggy shores of Squires Lake on our trek through cedar and maple forests on our path to the peak. We will carpool from the west side Fairhaven Park-and-Ride leaving at 9:00 AM. Please bring raingear, a sack lunch, and a weatherproof sense of humor. Expect to return around 3 PM. Pre-trip complaints and questions regarding this description or any other matters can be sent to Abe (arcadianabe@yahoo.com).

February 25, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Annual Cryptogamic Ramble

Fred Rhoades will lead this hike, hopefully to the Maple Creek Park loop trail. Trailhead on east side of Silver Lake Road 1/10 mi north of Mt. Baker Highway in Maple Falls. Mixed forest with a (defunct?) creek crossing, waterfalls and other wet spots. Bridge over Maple Creek is supposedly out so we may do something else if access isn’t possible. Carpool from Sunset Safeway parking lot (SE corner) at 9:30, or meet at trailhead at 10:00 AM. Please contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net during the week before for last minute details of location, condition, and carpooling. Bring a hand lens and lunch.


Fall 2016 Field Trips

September 20, Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 5 or 6 PM

Chain Lakes Loop

Wetland near Mazama Lake

Late-season wetland wildflowers between Iceberg and Mazama Lakes along the Chain Lakes Trail.

This is a fall favorite with our group. Bring your berry picking containers. On the way up we will drop a car at the Heather Meadows visitor’s center for the return car shuttle. Our hike starts at Artists Point. After a mile we leave the Ptarmigan Ridge trail and descend into the Chain Lakes Basin. After passing several pretty little lakes we ascend to Hermann Saddle and drop down to the Bagley Lakes. Distance 6 miles, elevation gain 600 feet. Meet at the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot to carpool. Trip limited to 12. Register required with Annie Prevost at 360-714-8629 or lemprev@alphahunt.com.

October 1, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Pacific Crest Trail, Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass

In Washington we have two species of deciduous conifers, Western and Mountain Larch, both of which display beautiful yellows in autumn as they begin to drop their needles. We will hike from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass to view the fall color of the high elevation Mountain Larch, Larix lyallii, as well as whatever late mountain flowers we can find along the trail. The hike will be five miles long (one way) with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet – if we make it all the way to Cutthroat Pass. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west side Park & Ride off Fairhaven Parkway. If you have any questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

October 8, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Big Beaver Valley

The Big Beaver Valley is one of the most remote and pristine areas in Washington State. It is recognized as a great place to see old growth trees and perhaps even wildlife. It also has a significantly different flora than most of the areas we visit in western Whatcom County. We will hike from the Ross Lake Trailhead on Highway 20, across Ross Dam, and along the west shore of Ross Lake. The hike is seven miles long one way with minimal elevation gain, but quite a bit of up and down along the trail. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west side Park & Ride off Fairhaven Parkway. If you have any questions, contact Jim Davis at 296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net.

November 5, Saturday

Lily & Lizard Lakes

Join leader Mark Turner for a gentle ramble to Lily and Lizard Lakes in the Chuckanuts. We’ll take the trail from Barrel Springs Road and explore for trailside and lakeside flora. It’s likely to be wet, so dress for wet weather. Maybe even pack a thermos of something hot for lunch. We’ll meet at the Fairhaven west side park and ride lot at 8:00 am. Trip leader is Mark Turner, who may be contacted at 360-671-6851 or mark@turnerphotographics.com.

November 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Mirror Lake Bog

With Thanksgiving following closely after this trip, a walk to Mirror Lake is a timely chance to harvest fresh Cranberries. Mirror Lake has both our native Little Bog Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and Big Bog Cranberry (V. macrocarpon) native to the east coast but introduced sporadically throughout the west coast for commercial production. Despite the small size of the Mirror Lake bog, there is a nice diversity of bog vegetation. Meet by the tennis courts at Whatcom Falls Park (off Electric Ave., near Lafeens Donuts) at 9:00 AM to carpool. Rubber boots are highly recommended. If time allows, we may also explore the Barrell Springs bog before returning in the late afternoon. Contact Abe Lloyd (arcadianabe@yahoo.com; 360 303-1339) if you have questions.


SUMMER 2016 FIELD TRIPS

June 29, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sauk Mountain

Spotted Saxifrage above Sauk Lake

Spotted Saxifrage above Sauk Lake [Saxifraga bronchialis], view from summit of Sauk Mountain

Sauk Mountain is a short (4.2 mile round trip), moderate hike with 1,200’ elevation gain starting at 4,350’. It is a “perennial” destination for native plant enthusiasts, including Art Kruckeberg who features it in his Wildflower Walks of Washington. There is a plant list on the WNPS website under Skagit County. The hike initially traverses rich subalpine meadows and continues up a series of switchbacks through meadows and rock outcrops to the rocky ridge on top, which plays host to a number of alpine species. There will likely be snowfields at the top, but we should be able reach the summit with its spectacular views. Meet to carpool at the Fairhaven west side park & ride lot at the end of 32nd St for an 8:00 AM departure. We will return to Bellingham at 5:00 PM or a bit later. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm.

July 2, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Heather Meadows Wildflowers

Mt. Shuksan from Picture Lake

Mt. Shuksan from Picture Lake at Heather Meadows

This will be a moderately easy hike in Heather Meadows. We will be looking at the variability in flowering of common subalpine meadow species by micro-habitat. We will also take a close look at any pollinators that we find on these meadow flowers. If we are very lucky, we might even find a few ripe huckleberries. Bring a lunch, rain gear (including pants), and sturdy shoes. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.

July 16, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Agate Pond Preserve

Come see an evolving, newly created beaver wetland in the midst of summer drawdown. Native wetland grasses (Gylceria, Deschampsia, Torreyochloa), sedges and rushes, sparganium, Rumex occidentalis, Sagittaria latifolia, Menyanthes, etc. Our guide Tricia Otto will discuss management techniques and problems. Muskrat, mink, bobcat, and bear are currently in residence on her property located 1 mile off North Shore at Agate Bay. Meet at 10 am for wetland walk, bring lunch to have on the veranda, and walk the 100 acre forest preserve in the afternoon as desired. Call Tricia with questions 360-927-0225. Address is 3695 Agate Bay Lane – corner of Agate Bay Lane and Jensen Road. There is plenty of parking at the site. Bring rubber boots if desired.

July 23, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Heather Pass and Maple Pass loop

Lake Ann from Maple Pass

Lake Ann and the Maple Pass trail, viewed from Maple Pass

Heather Pass and Maple Pass loop is a classic high-country alpine hike that begins at Rainy Pass, loops past Lake Ann, and climbs to spectacular ridges and alpine meadows dotted with larches. Gain about 2000 feet, with a high point of 6650 ft, and round-trip distance of 7.2 miles. Meet at 7:00 am at the Fairhaven west side park & ride. Plan for a long day. Sign up with leader Mark Turner, 360-671-6851 or mark@turnerphotographics.com.

July 29 – July 31, Friday, 8:00 AM thru Sunday

Hart’s Pass Adventure

Slate Peak Ridge

Brandegee’s Desert Parsley [Lomatium brandegeei] on the alpine ridge of Slate Peak, above Harts Pass

This will be a three day / two night camping trip to Hart’s Pass on the far eastern edge of Whatcom County. We will be hiking moderately difficult high elevation sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. The views are stunning along the trail and the dry side subalpine wildflowers should be prolific in late July. We will leave Bellingham early on Friday and do a short hike near Hart’s Pass on Friday afternoon. We will also do a long hike on Saturday and a shorter hike on Sunday before we begin our return drive to Bellingham. Assuming we can secure camping sites, we will be camping just to the south of Hart’s Pass. There will be a charge for campground sites, although we will likely be able to share these costs. It can be quite chilly in this high elevation area even in late July. Bring a tent, sleeping pad, and warm sleeping bag (or your cozy warm camper). Also bring all the food and water you will need for three days. Hopefully, the weather will be beautiful, but just in case, bring rain gear, a warm coat, a winter hat, and gloves. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the west side Park & Ride off Fairhaven Parkway. RSVP required for this trip. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net.

August 13, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ridley Creek Trail

Yellow Cedar along trail

Yellow Cedar and Western Hemlocks along Ridley Creek Trail

Rediscover this recently reopened trail, which begins with a safe crossing of the Middle Fork Nooksack River, then wanders through damp woods before climbing to subalpine meadows at Mazama Park. The hike is 2.9 miles and 1800’ elevation gain one-way. Last September we were about 2 miles up the trail in a yellow cedar forest when we were turned back by rain. This trail was the route used in the Mount Baker Marathon in 1911 and in the recent round-trip run from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Baker. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM. Trip limited to 12. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to sign up.

September 10, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Table Mountain North end (side table) Alpine Floral Loop

The slightly lower “side table” is accessed from a historic, well-constructed, but neglected trail ascending the West slope. Expect alpine flora and a far west occurrence of Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine) as we circumambulate the table top. Group A (Annie with acrophobes) return the same route, botanizing subalpine lake and waterfall. Group B (Bob with bolds) continues on the historic route steeply up (exposure) to the more familiar Table Mt. top where botanizing continues, descending via the east end trail. Elevation gains are 650 or 750 ft; distance about 8.4 miles depending on botanical wanderings. Alpine conditions prevail and may lead to weather dictated re-scheduling. Limit 10, therefore pre-registering required. Questions and register with Bob Lemon lemprev@alphahunt.com or (360) 714-8629.


Spring 2016 Field Trips

April 2, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Early Leaves and Flowers (maybe)

This will be a moderately easy early spring hike along Horseshoe Bend Trail and the lower portion of Canyon Creek Road just outside Glacier. Attractions include a heavily shaded riparian conifer forest along the river and a leafless spring deciduous forest along the road. This outing will be a real test of whether our very early flowering last year carries over to this year. Bring a lunch, rain gear (including pants), and shoes that are good for climbing around on bumpy terrain. Meet at 9:00 AM at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.

April 14 -17, Thursday – Sunday

Backpack to Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

Shi Shi Beach is the northernmost wilderness beach in ONP. It’s two miles of sand stretching from Portage Head south to the renowned Point of Arches. The plan: drive over on Thursday and walk in two miles to a campsite along the beach, botanize the beach and adjoining forests on Friday and Saturday, and hike out and return home on Sunday. This is a National Park wilderness area so there is a limit of twelve persons in the group. Bear resistant canisters (mainly because of the raccoons) are required and can be rented. For details and to sign up contact Jim Duemmel at 360-733-3448 or jimduemmel@q.com.

April 16, Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

NSEA Native Plant Habitat Garden Planting Party

A Partnership project with Koma Kulshan Chapter of WNPS and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Help plant 65 native plants, install plant signs, and mulch trails in the new Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association native plant habitat garden at 3057 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. The 6-acre site is east of Hannegan Road, down the hill where E. Bakerview turns north to Dewey Rd. (look for the blue NSEA tents!). Wear weather appropriate clothing to stay warm and dry, including sturdy boots. The ground is very wet and you will be digging.

QUESTIONS? Contact Wendy Scherrer, WNPS+NSEA Member (360) 319-9518 or bluegreen.northwest@gmail.com, or Ben Saari, NSEA Restoration Coordinator (360) 715-0283 or restoration@n-sea.org.

April 23, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Baker River

Native plant flowering and bumble bee activity should be at their peak at Baker River during this field trip. The trail is an easy three mile round trip with very little elevation gain. There will be loads of scenic views (snow capped mountains, cold clear rivers, and more), assuming we are blessed with a sunny day. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water; and dress for the weather. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven Park& Ride at the end of 32nd Street at 8:00 am. The trip will be led by Jim Davis. Contact Jim at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net if you have any questions.

April 30, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Vendovi Island

Vendovi is a 217 acre island south of Lummi Island being maintained in its natural state by the San Juan Preservation Trust. There are no permanent human inhabitants and no deer or other grazing mammals, so the flora is especially healthy. We will visit near the peak of bloom for camas and other wildflowers in south facing meadows, and also explore forest, wetland and shoreline habitats. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. We will take a 22 passenger boat from Anacortes to Vendovi Island. The cost will be $45 per person, round trip, payable on the day of the trip. Contact John Bremer at 360-527-3503 or john.bremer@comcast.net to reserve a space.

May 7, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Edfro Creek Preserve and Yúmechiy

Explore the natural and cultural world of the upper South Fork Nooksack River valley with Whatcom Land Trust volunteer Rob Rich and Nooksack Place Names author Allan Richardson. The river bottom upstream from Skookum Creek is being restored through volunteer efforts and help from a colony of beavers. Upstream from Edfro Creek is the important Nooksack cultural site of Yúmechiy (spring salmon place), named for the now endangered South Fork spring Chinook salmon. We will observe and identify a range of native plants in a moss-draped rain forest environment. Bring a lunch and come prepared for wet weather. Also, the trail may be flooded in the area of the beaver ponds, so bring extra boots or expect to get wet feet. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 9:00 AM. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm.

May 14, Saturday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Birds, Bees, and Blossoms at Ravencrest Farm

This field trip at Ravencrest Farm will focus on spring-blooming native plants and their pollinators. Ravencrest is a 40 acre property (1411 E. Hemmi Rd) dedicated to research and education about native flora and fauna, and to sustainable horticulture and low-impact forestry with native plants. We’ll start at 11 am and go until about 3 pm, but participants are welcome to come and go on their own schedule. Wear waterproof boots if you’d like to get close to the many wetlands. Bring a lunch if you’d like to chat over lunch; warm drinks are provided. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot to carpool. If you’d like to drive to the farm on your own, please get in touch for directions. RSVP if you plan to come. Trip leaders are Anu Singh-Cundy (360-647-8493 or Anu.Singh-Cundy@wwu.edu) and Jim Davis (360-296-5159 jimdaviscpc@comcast.net).

May 20, Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

North Cascades National Park Bioblitz

Help the National Park Service celebrate their centennial by participating in a botanical blitz. We will be joining specialists in other fields of natural history at North Cascades National Park, and work in solidarity with experts at Parks across the nation to tally species in protected areas. Our survey team will identify and photograph plants in the Newhalem area. Meet at the Fairhaven Park and Ride at 8:00AM. Bring a camera if you have one, a sack lunch, and a field guide. Plan to return by 5:00PM. Our specific destination is still to be determined. Please RSVP to Abe (arcadianabe@yahoo.com).

Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

South Fork Valley Plant Survey

Join Whatcom Land Trust director of stewardship Eric Carabba and botanists in our chapter to explore the Catalyst–Riverstead preserve and document its flora. Some of this area along the South Fork Nooksack River just upstream from Acme is natural, but much of the 311 acres is undergoing restoration. We will focus on the natural areas, including the gravelly river bed. Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 9:00 AM to carpool to the site. It will also be possible to meet us a bit later near the property at 5400 Rothenbuhler Road. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

June 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Salal Native Plant Garden

Brenda Cunningham, garden manager for the Salal Chapter’s Native Plant Garden, will lead us on a tour of this 1/2-acre garden and nursery in Mount Vernon. The garden was planted in 1998 and has developed into a valuable resource for demonstrating the use of native plants appropriate for the home landscape. The garden includes more than 125 species of plants, and there are a few mystery plants that are in need of identification. A large nursery area under a shade structure is used for plant propagation and their semi-annual plant sales. Come to be inspired and share your ideas on how to improve this facility for the promotion of native plant landscaping. After touring the Native Plant Garden, Brenda will also introduce us to the fruit orchard (maintained by Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation volunteers) and the Master Gardener Display Garden (http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/gardens.html). We will eat lunch in the garden pavilion. Meet at the Fairhaven west side park and ride at 8:00 AM to carpool, or meet us at the gardens at 8:45 AM. Contact Katrina Poppe if you plan to attend (katrinalee_98@yahoo.com or 360-303-7806).


Winter 2016 Field Trips

January 16, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Entish Code

If trees could talk, what would you ask them? With silent resilience, trees stand through fire, drought, wind and snow. Both hard times and good leave their marks for centuries to follow, and this workshop will explore how to measure trees and decipher their Entish code. We will travel to Arcadia—the new property of Abe and Katrina—to estimate tree height and diameter, core, and examine stumps in a grove of mature trees. Tea and coffee provided. Address questions to trip leader Abe Lloyd (arcadianabe@yahoo.com 360-303-1339). Meet at 9 AM at the Fork Restaurant parking lot (intersection of Northshore Rd and Y Rd).

January 23, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Winter Twigs and Buds of Haner Peak, Stewart Mt

Short days and drab winter colors need not keep the keen botanist indoors. All of our deciduous trees and shrubs leave little clues that reveal their identity. This field trip will explore the twigs and buds along the route to Haner Peak, in the Lake Whatcom Park reconveyance land. Wear sturdy boots suitable for hiking on snow, and dress for the weather. We will eat lunch in a place with potential views of Lake Whatcom, the San Juan Islands, and Skagit County. Total elevation gain will be about 1500’. Meet at the main, upper Lake Whatcom Park trailhead just before the end of Northshore Road at 9:00 AM. Bob Lemon, Allan Richardson, and Abe Lloyd are teaming up to lead this trip. Contact Abe at 360-303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com if you have questions.

February 21, Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Snowshoe Outing

Don your snowshoes and head out to explore the conifers and bare branches along one of the many side roads leading off from Mt. Baker Highway. The exact destination will depend on the snowpack on February 21, but it’s likely to be somewhere between the Wells Creek Road (Nooksack Falls) and the White Salmon Road just a mile or two below the ski area. We’ll look at twigs, buds, and any remaining fruits or seeds we find from last year. Dress for the weather, bring lunch, and prepare to have fun. Meet at 8:00 AM at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway. We might decide to stop for dinner on the way back down the road. Tell Mark Turner mark@turnerphotographics.com, 360-671-6851, you’re going.

March 5, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Annual Cryptogamic Ramble

This year the cryptogam ramble will be along the trails of Sharpe Park on Fidalgo Island, Skagit County (trail map and info at http://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/ParksAndRecreation/parks/sharpe.htm). There could be some relatively steep but negotiable bits and there may be wet bits as well. Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride lot off 32nd Street at 9 AM or the trailhead at 10. Return between 4 & 5 PM. Contact trip leader Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net if you have any questions. Bring a hand lens and lunch, and dress for the weather.

March 12, Saturday. 8:00AM to 4:00 PM

Lily Lake Trail

We will be looking for early spring flowers on Blanchard Mtn. This will be a little more than six miles round trip with 1200 foot altitude gain. A plant list is available on the WNPS website. Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 8:00 AM. To sign up or if you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.


Autumn 2015 Field Trips

Sunday, September 20, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ridley Creek Trail

Ridley Creek Forest

Old-growth Western Hemlock forest [Tsuga heterophylla] along the Ridley Creek Trail. © Mark Turner

Rediscover this recently reopened trail, which begins with a safe crossing of the Middle Fork Nooksack River, then wanders through damp woods before climbing to subalpine meadows at Mazama Park. The hike is 2.9 miles and 1800’ elevation gain one-way. This trail was the route used in the Mount Baker Marathon in 1911 and in the recent round-trip run from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Baker. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm.

Saturday, October 10, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hannegan Pass Trail

Join us for an autumn visit to the mountains. There may not be any flowers, but we can study the fruits and seeds, and consider what food is available for wildlife. The trail starts at 3100 feet, and is 4 miles and 2000’ elevation gain to the pass. We will hike as far as the snow level and the weather allow. Be sure to bring rain gear and a lunch. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM to form carpools. To sign up contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 by phone or by email at jimdaviscpc@comcast.net.

Saturday, October 24, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Whatcom Land Trust Catalyst—Riverstead Property

For the morning we will join a Make a Difference Day work party planting native trees and controlling invasive plants “deep in the heart of WLT’s 311-acre Catalyst–Riverstead property on the South Fork Nooksack River near Acme.” After a lunch break, Eric Carraba, WLT stewardship director, and volunteer John Bremer will lead us on an exploration of the property, directing us to areas of botanical interest. During this tour we will also be starting a plant list as part of a more complete botanical survey. Wear sturdy boots and clothes suitable for a work party, bring rain gear and a lunch. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM to form carpools. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm. If you are driving directly to the site, here are the directions: Travel east on Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) to Highway 9 (SR9). Head south to Acme and turn left onto Rothenbuhler Road. Travel ¼ mile and turn right at gate, then travel on a gravel road and park by the WLT signs. From there you will need to be prepared to walk a half mile back into the restoration site.


Summer 2015 Field Trips

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

Kelcema Lake and a Snohomish County Fen

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.

Thursday, July 23, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Alpine Cryptograms

Elegant Sunburst Lichen

Elegant Sunburst Lichen on bedded rock [Xanthoria elegans]. Photographed on Chowder Ridge. © Mark Turner

Join the Licheneers on an alpine cryptogam field trip. We will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot (in the Sunset Square shopping center on Mt. Baker Highway Rte 542 I-5 exit 255) at the southeast end. We’ll investigate the lichens (and other living things) along and off the Huntoon Point trail from Artist’s Point (elev. 5100 feet). This is about 1/2 mile trail with modest (couple hundred feet) elevation gain. Bring sunscreen, a lunch and water, hand lens and, if you drive, make sure you have a forest parking permit (or we can stop in Glacier to get one). Depending on interest and daily heat (let’s hope it cools down some), we’ll return to Bellingham between 4 and 5 p.m. Please contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net, if you plan to come, so we’ll wait for you.

Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm or later

Anderson and Watson Lakes

Watson Lakes

Watson Lakes in the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness. © Mark Turner

We will visit Anderson and Watson Lakes east of Baker Lake near the North Cascades National Park. These secluded subalpine lakes should not be very crowded mid week. In fact, we may not see any other hikers. Late July should be perfect for huckleberries this year, so bring an appetite for berries. It is a long drive to the trailhead with more than 12 miles on a gravel road. 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. To sign up contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 by phone or by email at jimdaviscpc@comcast.net.

Sunday, August 23, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

South Twin Sisters Sortie

If you heard stories about last year’s trip to “Muenscher meadow” below the South Twin, you might recall it was an all-out bush-whack. However, our toils were richly rewarded when we encountered rich alpine wet-meadows (at 2700 feet!). This year we will attack a different valley and expect to see a dozen or more sedges, some fun Pedicularis species, Dwarf Bilberry (Vaccinium caespitosum), and 10 or more conifers. The geology of the Twin Sister’s range makes for all sorts of botanical surprises! The outing will begin at the south trailhead of the Elbow Lake Trail at the end of Forest Road 12 south of Mt Baker. After 2 miles we will leave the trail and traverse into a basin to the west. The trip will be led by Allan Richardson and Abe Lloyd. Meet at the west side Fairhaven park-and-ride (at the south end of 32nd St) at 7:30 am, and expect to return around 6 PM. Be prepared for some off-trail hiking and small creek crossings. Please RSVP to arcadianabe@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Bogs of Lower British Columbia

Burns Bog

Labrador Tea in bog forest at Burns Bog. © Mark Turner

Burns Bog and the Richmond Nature Preserve are both extensive peat bogs just across the border in British Columbia. With excellent representations of Ericaceous vegetation we can expect to see some rare blueberries such as Bog Blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) and Velvet-leaf Blueberry (V. myrtilloides), as well as Highbush Blueberries (V. corymbosum) gone wild. The keen eyed may spot Lowbush Cranberry (V. vitus-ideae) and the tiny vines of Bog Cranberry (V. oxycoccos). Burns Bog is the largest raised bog on the west coast of North America. Meet at the SE corner of the Sunset Square parking lot at 8:30 AM. Bring your passport, a lunch, sandals or boots, and some gas money. Contact trip leader Abe Lloyd (arcadianabe@yahoo.com) if you have questions.

2015 Introductory Plant Walks

All walks are free and no registration is required, just show up at the meeting spot. 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. Leaders will share tidbits on ethnobotany, wildlife use, gardening with natives, and other interesting plant related facts. 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. For more information contact: Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or via email at boghill@earthlink.net.

Sunday, April 26, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

Visit this gem of a county park, preserved through efforts of the Whatcom Land Trust, at the start of Native Plant Appreciation Week. The forest floor at Point Whitehorn is carpeted with small wild flowers in the spring. Join us for a walk and learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees of this forest on the edge of the sea. The walk will take us to the beach. At this time you may choose to linger on the beach or return to the cars.

Meet at the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Park. Directions: take the Grandview Road exit on I-5. Head west on Grandview to the end, turn left (south) on Koehn Rd. and you will soon see the parking lot on the left.

Thursday, May 7, 6:00 pm to dusk

Hidden Forest Foray at Sehome Hill Arboretum

Explore the plants of the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a “secret” natural area in the heart of Bellingham with guidebook author and Arboretum board member Mark Turner. Sehome Hill was logged in the early 20th century and is now developing a mature second-growth forest. We’ll look at trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and a vine or two. Learn what’s native and what’s not.

Meet in the parking area at the top of Arboretum Drive (off Bill McDonald Parkway).

Saturday, May 16, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Padden Lagoon

Join WNPS at the Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair. We will walk from the fair area to the City Greenways trails around Padden Creek to see a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering native plants. Make sure to stop at the fair before the walk to purchase some native plants and see various displays.

Meet at the stage at Fairhaven Village Green.

Thursday, May 21, 6:00 pm to dusk

Coastal Ethnobotany at Woodstock Farm

Salish people have harvested food and fiber from coastal areas like Woodstock Farm for thousands of years. Ethnobotanist Abe Lloyd will share traditional uses and identification tips for the colorful plants we will encounter.

Meet at the North Chuckanut Trailhead Parking Lot. We will walk to Woodstock Farm and enjoy good views, unique flora, and conversation.

Thursday, May 28, 6:00 pm to dusk

Downtown Plants at Maritime Heritage Park

Enjoy an evening walk investigating native plants in the urban environment. We will follow the Native Plant Teaching Trail in Maritime Heritage Park along Whatcom Creek and learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish tradition. The walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson, co-author of Nooksack Place Names.

Meet at the Environmental Learning Center, just east of Whatcom Creek, on West Holly Street at Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham.


Spring 2015 Field Trips

April 18, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Baker River Trail

Join us for a low elevation hike in the North Cascades. The trail is an easy 3 mile round trip with very little elevation gain. We will see a diverse range of native shrubs, annuals, trees, and ferns. Flowers should be very abundant and pollinators should be active in mid April. It is a beautiful setting with glimpses of high peaks. Bring a lunch and snacks, and dress for the weather. We will likely be back to town after 5. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven Park & Ride at the end of 32nd St at 8:00 AM. Trip will be led by Jim Davis. Contact Jim at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with any questions.

May 2, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Vendovi Island

Vendovi is a 217 acre island south of Lummi Island being maintained in its natural state by the San Juan Preservation Trust. There are no permanent human inhabitants and no deer or other grazing mammals, so the flora is especially healthy. We will visit near the peak of bloom for camas and other wildflowers in south facing meadows, and also explore forest, wetland and shoreline habitats. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. We will take a 22 passenger boat from Anacortes to Vendovi Island. The cost will be $35 per person, round trip, payable on the day of the trip. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net to reserve a space.

May 9, Saturday, 8:45 AM to 3 PM

Clark’s Point Work Party

Join us at this WLT Conservation Easement property to restore the hillside where an escaped fire burned native vegetation. We will be planting trees and shrubs and removing invasive plant species. Meet at Fairhaven Park just inside the park entrance on Chuckanut Drive at 8:45 am to coordinate carpooling before heading to Clark’s Point. The formal work party ends at noon, but there may be more to do after we take a lunch break. Wear sturdy clothes and bring rain gear, water and lunch.

May 30, Saturday, 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a public garden containing a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics in a naturalistic, wooded setting. Located in Shoreline, Washington (near Seattle), the Garden was founded in 1958 by Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg and his wife Mareen, who amassed the plant collection over 50 years in the property surrounding their home. We will meet at 8:15 am at the west side Fairhaven Park and Ride to carpool. A Garden docent will be giving us a private tour starting at 10 am, after which we’ll have the afternoon to amble around on our own and be back to Bellingham by 5 pm. Bring a lunch and $10 for the tour. Please RSVP with Katrina Poppe at katrinalee_98@yahoo.com or (360) 303-7806.

June 6, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Jorgenson Bog

Many of the peat bogs in Whatcom County were drained and converted into farm fields by early pioneers. Jorgenson bog has weathered some peat mining, but still has bog cranberries, bog laurel, and several other interesting bog plants. This is the first of a series of bogs that we hope to visit. Stay tuned for trips to Burns Bog and the Richmond Bog this summer. Meet at the Sunset Square parking lot in front of Safeway near Taco Bell at 9:00 AM. Pack a sack lunch and bring rubber boots. We anticipate returning around 3:00 PM. Contact Abe Lloyd (arcadianabe@yahoo.com) if you have questions.

June 14, Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5 PM

Big Tree Experience

An Ancient Forest contrasted with a Managed Forest, both low elevation and having conifers to 8ft diameter. Focus will be on experience and feel of the 2 forests as well as forest ecology and site history. Species lists provided, but not emphasized. Two sites along Mt Baker Highway will be visited: MP 44 Research Natural Area, and MP 31, Whatcom Land Trust Steiner Property. There will be about 6 miles, flatish, but rough walking with some bushwhacking, log walking (elevated trail), and creek crossings. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 9:00 AM. Trip will be led by Bob Lemon. Contact him at 714-8629 or lemprev@alphahunt.com if you have any questions.

June 24, Wednesday, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Skyline Divide to Deadhorse Volcano

Skyline Divide is noted for its spectacular views of Mt Baker and lush wildflower meadows. Depending on the amount of snow, we plan to go to the end of the established trail and explore the ridge that extends to meet Chowder Ridge. From here we can view the nearby headwaters of Deadhorse Creek, the location of the ancient “Deadhorse Volcano.” The hike is 4.1 miles one way and 2200’ elevation gain to the end of the trail. Bring extra water and enough food for a long day. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 7:00 AM. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm.


Winter 2015 Field Trips

February 21, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Winter Twigs and Buds at the Curry Preserve, Lummi Island

Short days and drab winter colors need not keep the keen botanist indoors. All of our deciduous trees and shrubs leave little clues that reveal their identity. This field trip will explore the twigs and buds of the new Curry Preserve on Lummi Island. We will eat lunch in a place with potential views of the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, and the BC Coast Range. Meet at the east part of the Sunset Square parking lot near the Skagit Bank at 8:30 AM to carpool. We will return to Bellingham around 3:00 PM. Bring $10 cash for the ferry, a hand lens if you have one, and warm clothes. Contact trip leader Abe Lloyd at (360) 303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com if you have questions.

March 7, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shoreline Plants at Larrabee State Park

Join us for a hike along the beach and up on the headlands within 100 feet of the ocean. This unique and relatively dry habitat is significantly influenced by sun, wind, and salt spray exposure. We should see a few plants that are seldom seen in other habitats (e.g., madrone) and if we are lucky early spring leaves and flowers may be emerging. An afternoon low tide should add even more variation to the hike. We will meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 10:00 and carpool to the Clayton Beach parking lot. Bring a lunch, rain gear, and shoes that are good for climbing around on rocks. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.

March 22, Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Annual Cryptogamic Ramble

Fred Rhoades will lead this hike, hopefully to the Nesset farm property of the Whatcom Land Trust, if we can get the permission. This lowland area north of the South Fork includes habitats around the farmhouse with some interesting cyanolichens plus the usual treasures along several woodland trails. Please contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net during the week before for final details of location and carpooling. Bring a hand lens and lunch.

March 28, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Samish Island

This will be a visit to a very unusual grove of Garry Oaks, a lowland bald and a salt water shore on the west end of Samish Island. We will walk at most a few miles with some minor scrambling. This is on private property and the group will be limited to 12 people. To reserve a spot contact Jim Duemmel, by phone at 733-3448 or by email at JimDuemmel@q.com. We will meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 9:00 AM.


Autumn 2014 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

November 15, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Lookout Mountain Preserve

This foray will investigate the new Lookout Mountain Preserve near Sudden Valley. There is a wondrous network of trails that visit young and old forests along with scattered wetlands and numerous streams. There are some great waterfall views that harbor some nice fern habitat. The trails are sloped and moderately strenuous. There is ample parking at the site so we will meet there. To get there head east on Lakeway Drive until it becomes Cable Street, then take a right on Lake Louise Road (just before Lake Whatcom). Follow Lake Louise Road for approximately 3 miles. The parking area is very evident on the right (west) side of the road. Be prepared for the weather and bring a sack lunch. If you have questions call trip leader Vikki Jackson at 319-6988 or you can reach her via email at vikki@nwecological.com.

October 18, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Fragrance Lake

Fire in the rainforests? Explore the Chuckanut Mountains looking for clues of fire history. Where are the fire-scarred trees? What can the presence and absence of old growth stumps tell us about previous landscapes? Who might have been burning, and why? We will hike from Chuckanut Drive to Fragrance Lake in Larrabee State Park in search of clues in the vegetation. Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride on Saturday October 18th at 9:00 AM. Contact Abe Lloyd at 360-303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com if you have questions. We will eat lunch at the lake and return to our cars by mid-afternoon. The round trip is 5.5 miles with 950 feet of elevation gain.


Summer 2014 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

July 12, Saturday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or later

South Twin Sisters Exploration

We will be exploring off-trail to reach the olivine-rich dunite rocks and related soils of the Twin Sisters Mt Range. The outing will begin at the south trailhead of the Elbow Lake Trail at the end of Forest Road 12 south of Mt Baker. At the 2500’ level we will leave the trail and traverse into one of the two basins off to the west. The trip will be lead by Allan Richardson and Abe Lloyd. Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway park-and-ride (west side of I-5 on 32nd St) at 7:30 am to form carpools. Contact Allan at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

August 2, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Schreiber’s Meadow Cinder Cone and Lava Fields

Please join us for a subalpine meadow hike on the lower southwest slopes of Mt Baker on August 2. We will be exploring the lava fields and cinder cone of Schreiber’s Meadow and expect to identify many flowering plants, including huckleberries, salmonberries, elderberries, and others. Special attention will be paid to sorting out the various huckleberry species that can be found in the area. We may even learn a little about subalpine pollinators, especially bumble bees. We will meet at the Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride (west side, on 32nd Street) at 8:00 and return late afternoon. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.

August 8-9, Friday and Saturday

Lone Fir Campground and Cutthroat Lake

Join us to explore these areas along Highway 20 six miles east of Washington Pass. On Friday, starting at 1:00 PM, hike a loop trail from the campground though a very unusual forest that is a mixture of east side and west side species. Stay in the campground Friday night and then, Saturday morning, starting at 9:00 AM, hike to and botanize around Cutthroat Lake, a high mountain lake. Lone Fir is a Forest Service campground very popular as a stopover for travelers along Highway 20. It can fill rapidly in the late afternoon. A morning arrival is advised. People who want to come for just one of the days are welcome. For details or sign up contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

August 23, Saturday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or later

Boulder Ridge

This sometimes overlooked trail on the SE flank of Mt. Baker passes through a beautiful shaded forest, an extensive wetland, subalpine meadows, and reaches a spectacular moraine and basalt cliffs near Boulder Glacier. Wildflowers abound. This is a moderately strenuous hike of 6-8 miles round trip with one steep and rough stretch of about 500′ vertical. Insect repellant strongly recommended, but maybe bug season will be mostly over. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Fairhaven Parkway west-side Park and Ride. Contact trip leader Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

September 6, Saturday, 7:30 to 6:00 PM

Huckleberries and Ferns at Gold Run Pass and Yellow Aster Butte

The subalpine meadows of Gold Run Pass and serpentine slopes of Yellow Aster Butte host a diversity of unusual plants. We can expect to see numerous ferns and several plants adapted to ultramaephic soils. This is a moderately strenuous, 6-mile round-trip hike, with a total elevation gain of 1800 feet. We will be leaving Bellingham at 7:30 in the morning, eating lunch (and berries) atop Gold Run pass, and then taking a jaunt partway up Yellow Aster Butte to explore the ferns, returning around 6:00PM or later. Hike will be led by Abe Lloyd. Meet at 7:30AM at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square parking lot south of the Cost Cutter/Safeway Market. Contact Abe at (360) 303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com if you have questions.

September 13, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or later

Cryptogam Ramble

We’ll do the Damfino Lakes trail at the end of Canyon Creek Road east of Glacier to perhaps gain Excelsior Ridge with its fabulous view of Baker from the north. Return late afternoon/early evening. We should see many subalpine (and alpine?) cryptogams, perhaps a mushroom or two and, of course, other living things. Meet at 8:00 AM at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square parking lot south of the Cost Cutter/Safeway Market. Contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net to confirm and check on last minute details.


Spring 2014 Introductory Plant Walks: Sorry You Missed These

Join our fun, informal walks and get familiar with plants native to WhatcomCounty. 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. For more information contact: Vikki Jackson at 319-6988 or via email at vikki.jackson8@gmail.com.

Monday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. to dusk

Wild Foods of Chuckanut Bay

Learning plants is fun when you can eat them too! The picturesque forests along the beaches of ChuckanutBay are rich with wild edibles. Trip leaders Abe Lloyd and Katrina Poppe will share identification tips, traditional Native American plant uses, and their favorite recipes for enjoying nature’s bounty. Rubber boots are recommended.

Location: Meet at the end of Fairhaven Ave in Chuckanut Village (Driving South on Chuckanut Drive, turn Right onto 21st Street and then Right again onto Fairhaven Ave).

Sunday April 27, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Spring Plant Walk at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

This week is Native Plant Week and the walk is sponsored by the Whatcom Land Trust and the Washington Native Plant Society. The forest floor at Point Whitehorn is carpeted with small wild-flowers in the spring. Join us for a walk and learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees of this forest on the edge of the sea. The walk will take us to the beach. At this time you may choose to linger on the beach or return to the cars.

Location: Meet at the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Park. Directions: take the Grandview Road exit on I-5 head drive West on Grandview to the end, turn L (south) on Koehn Rd. and you will soon see the parking lot on the left.

Saturday May 3, 1-3 p.m.

Backyard Habitat Fair Padden Lagoon Walk

Join WNPS at the Backyard Habitat Fair. We will walk from the fair area down the City Greenways trails around Padden Creek to see a variety of fun native plants. Make sure to stop at the fair before the walk to purchase some native plants.

Location: Fairhaven Green. Meet at the stage at the Fairhaven Village Green.

Thursday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. to dusk

Hidden Forest Foray

Explore the plants of the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a “secret” natural area in the heart of Bellingham with guidebook author and Arboretum board member Mark Turner. Sehome Hill was logged in the early 20th century and is now developing a mature second-growth forest. We’ll look at trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and a vine or two. Learn what’s native and what’s not.

Location: Meet in the parking area at the top of Arboretum Drive (off Bill McDonald Parkway).

Thursday, May 29, 6:00 p.m. to dusk

Downtown Plants

Enjoy an evening walk investigating native plants in the urban environment. We will follow the Native Plant Teaching Trail in Maritime Heritage Park along Whatcom Creek and learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish tradition. The walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson, co-author of Nooksack Place Names.

Location: Meet at the Environmental Learning Center on West Holly Street at Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham.


Spring 2014 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

April 26, Saturday, 9:00 to 4:00

Maple Creek Reach Plant Survey

Join Whatcom Land Trust preserve steward Michael Taylor and botanists in our chapter to explore the Maple Creek Reach preserve and document its flora. This area along the Nooksack where the creek reaches the river has created a distinctive ecosystem known as the Maple Creek Reach (a “reach” being a stretch of river). Some of the area is natural, but much of the 110 acres is undergoing restoration. Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Rubber boots may be needed to reach some areas. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square parking lot by the rock wall just west of Orleans Street at 9:00 AM to carpool to the site. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

May 10, Saturday

The Balds in Larrabee State Park

We will examine some open areas in the otherwise heavily forested Larrabee State Park. The balds are very steep and the “soil” is shallow, sometimes only moss on bedrock. Due to the fragility of the habitat and safety considerations this trip is limited to six persons. To sign up contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or JimDuemmel@q.com.

May 11, Sunday, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

Iceberg Point, Lopez Island

Join botanical illustrator Linda Ann Vorobik for an exploration of the natural highlights of Lopez Island, including camas meadows at Iceberg Point in the new San Juan Islands National Monument. Bring lunch and snacks, and dress for variable weather. We will visit a show of Linda’s art in Lopez Village and can get take-out food for early dinner, before lining up for our return ferry. Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway park-and-ride (west side of I-5 on 32nd St) at 8:30 AM to form carpools. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net if you want to go on this trip. Transportation plans may change depending on the numbers.

May 31, Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sumas Mountain Spring Hike

We will hike from the trailhead on end of Sealund Road, a spur road off South Pass Road, at the north end of Sumas Mountain. After a boggy start (bring boots to stash for initial muddy area) the trail traverses lower elevation mixed forest, passing mining relics and stream views to Friendly Cabin with valley views and then up to Bald Spots for camas and other spring flowers. For those who wish, further up the trail may still lead to calypso orchids and the summit of Sumas Mt. Elevation gain is about 1500′ to the balds with moderate to some steeper trail sections and a bit over 3000’ gain to the summit. Meet at 8:00 AM at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square parking lot, near the closed Cost Cutters. Contact Alan Fritzberg at (360) 671-3985 or arfritz@comcast.net, or Abe Lloyd at (360) 303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com if you have questions.

June 8, Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Skagit Estuary Salt Marsh and Craft Island

Roger Fuller will lead us on an exploration of the estuarine salt marsh near the north fork of the Skagit River. We’ll check out the lower marsh with the morning’s low tide, then move higher as the tide comes in. A trail from the end of Rawlins Rd. will lead us through the marsh to Craft Island, a lovely lunch spot with grand delta views, and some interesting rocky balds surrounded by junipers that may provide some interesting botanizing opportunities of their own. Bring your preferred footwear for soggy conditions, as well as a WA State Discover Pass if you have one. Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway park-and-ride (west side of I-5 on 32nd St) at 7:30 am to form carpools. Blame the tides for the early start. Contact Katrina Poppe at 360-303-7806 or katrinalee_98@yahoo.com to confirm.

June 21, Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Schreibers Meadow Lava Fields

Please join us for a subalpine meadow hike on the lower southwest slopes of Mt Baker on June 21. We will be exploring the lava fields of Schreibers Meadow and expect to identify many flowering plants, including huckleberries, salmonberries, elderberries, and others. Special attention will be paid to sorting out the various huckleberry species that can be found in the area. We may even learn a little about subalpine pollinators, especially bumble bees that are out in force that time of year. We will meet at the Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride (west side, on 32nd Street) at 8:00 and return late afternoon. Bring a lunch, warm clothes, and rain gear. Yes, it can still be raining in the mountains in late June. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.


Winter 2014 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

January 18, Saturday, 9:00 to 4:00

Larrabee State Park, Coast to Ridge Top

Explore the diversity of habitats from the beaches and bluffs along Samish Bay up through second growth forest to a ridge top overlooking the bay. We will visit Clayton Beach and nearby bluffs during the morning to observe dryer habitats with madrone trees and associated understory plants. For those who want to further indulge their love of our January weather, we will head up to a Chuckanut Mountain ridge top in the afternoon to examine plants associated with dense coastal forests and steep bluffs. Bring a lunch and come prepared for wet weather. Meet at the North Chuckanut Trailhead parking lot at 9:00 AM. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or jimdaviscpc@comcast.net to confirm.

February 22, Saturday, 9:00 to noonish

Winter in the Arb

Walk the second-growth forest in the heart of Bellingham at the top of the hill in Sehome Arboretum, affectionately known to many WWU students as “the arb.” We’ll explore the soft and subtle winter palette of dusky evergreens, fallen leaves, and bare twigs. Will the first buds have begun to swell, anxious for spring? How many species can we identify without their leaves? What shrubs would you add to the hilltop, replacing toppled bigleaf maples and red alders that were blocking views from the tower? Meet at 9 am in the parking lot at the top of Sehome Hill. Tell leader Mark Turner (360-671-6851, mark@turnerphotographics.com) you’re coming. Co-leader, Abe Lloyd.

March 22, Saturday, 8:30 to 5:00

Cryptogamic ramble to the Sulfur Creek Lava Flow

Join Fred Rhoades in looking at a rich diversity of lichens, bryophytes and vascular cryptogams. This lava flow leaves the southeast side of Mt. Baker at Schreiber’s Meadow and eventually runs into Baker Lake at about 720 feet elevation. The blocky andesitic rocks are also home to an unusually low-elevation subalpine fir population. We will bushwhack out onto the habitat as high up as the snow has melted. Meet at the south-side, Fairhaven Parkway, Park & Ride lot (west side of I-5 on 32nd Street) at 8:30 a.m. We will return by 5 p.m. Wear sturdy boots. Contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net to confirm.


Fall 2013 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

Sunday. October 13, 2013. 8:30 AM

Whatcom Land Trust Survey

The Whatcom Land Trust would like some help documenting the plants at a new site near Glacier known as Bottinger‘s Pond. This is a 66 acre property on the North Fork of the Nooksack River with an upland forest, wetland forest, meadow, and open wetlands. This will be a preliminary visit focused on late season plants of the forested areas and possibly adjacent wetlands. Bushwhacking is likely. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing. Meet at the S.E. corner of the Sunset Mall lot at 8:30 am for carpooling. Call Barry at 671-8403 for details.

Sunday. October 20, 2013. 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Anacortes Forest Lands – Little Cranberry Lake Wetlands

Join us for a fall wander on the Anacortes Forest Lands on the trails and wetlands around Little Cranberry Lake. The forest lands always provide wonderful botanical finds. Since the trip leader is Vikki Jackson we will surely spend some time pondering wetland flora and if we are lucky some froggy fauna. Be prepared for the weather and bring a lunch. Meet in the Fairhaven West side Park and Ride at 9:00 am.

Summer 2013 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These

July 13, Saturday, 7:30 AM

Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain has been a favorite Koma Kulshan destination for years. The forest trail, wildflowers, bubbling streams, subalpine meadows, rock outcrops, and stunning views explain why we keep going back for more. Hopefully, interesting plants we have seen in past years will be waiting for us: Corallorhiza trifida, Gaultheria ovatifolia, Botrychium multifidum, and a multitude of species in the higher meadows. This is a moderately strenuous hike. It is 3 miles and 2000 feet elevation gain to reach the meadows. We will continue as far as the snow line and time (and legs) allow. Meet to carpool at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot for a 7:30 a.m. departure. Contact trip leader Abe Lloyd at 303-1339 or arcadianabe@yahoo.com, if you have any questions.

July 27, Saturday, 6:00 AM

Chowder Ridge

Chowder Ridge alpine habitat

Chowder Ridge alpine habitat, on a cloudy day in late August 2008

Chowder Ridge is a high, rocky, alpine habitat that is home to several uncommon or rare plants as well as being a prime example of alpine areas in the Mt. Baker area. Our route will take us along Cougar Divide (often thick with mosquitoes) and then up the north slope of Chowder to the ridge. There’s likely to be snow along the way, so bring your ice axe for the final ascent to the ridge. Read up on the area in Ron Taylor & George Douglas’s 1978 article <http://tinyurl.com/n57c3vf>. Dave Tucker writes about the geology of the area at <http://tinyurl.com/m3xan9t> and <http://tinyurl.com/memv9zc>. Meet at 6 am at the SE corner of Sunset Square to carpool. This will be a very long day. Bring two meals and plenty of water.

Moss Campion [Silene acaulis]

Moss Campion [Silene acaulis], on the slope leading up to Chowder Ridge

Arctic Asters on scree [Aster sibiricus (Eurybia sibirica)]

Arctic Asters on scree [Aster sibiricus (Eurybia sibirica)], a rare plant found on the scree slope along Chowder Ridge, in bloom August 26, 2008

Cougar Divide Topo Map (PDF). It’s about 3.75 miles each way from the trailhead at the end of Wells Creek Road to Chowder Ridge, with about 2325′ elevation gain, with the steepest part at the end.

Sign up with the leader, Mark Turner, 360-671-6851 or mark@turnerphotographics.com.

August 17, Saturday, 7:30 AM

Scott Paul Trail

Mount Baker alpine meadows, forest, and glacial moraine, complete with breathtaking close-ups of the volcano as well as sweeping views of the surrounding North Cascades peaks. We will walk the 8.0 mile loop counterclockwise. The well-graded and smooth trail starts at 3,350 feet and gradually tops out at 5,050 feet. See the plant list on WNPS.org. Notes from a 2012 geology field trip will also be shared. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairhaven west side park-and-ride. If you have questions, contact John Bremer at 360-527-3503 or john.bremer@comcast.net.

August 28, Wednesday, 7:30 AM

Lake Ann

The Lake Ann trail has open woods, wet meadows, and rock slopes for botanizing, and a spectacular close-up view of Mt. Shuksan. The trail drops 800’, then climbs 900’ before reaching to Lake Ann in 4.1 miles—of course there is a drop followed by a climb on the way back. There may be some snow fields to cross, but not on steep slopes. Meet to carpool at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot for a 7:30 a.m. departure. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

September 7, Saturday, 7:30 AM

Ptarmigan Ridge

This late summer hike with spectacular views begins at the end of Mt. Baker highway at Artists’ Point. We should see a few late-blooming plants, ripe blueberries and wildlife. Expect a moderate hike of about 6 or 7 miles, although we could go further depending on the weather and trail conditions. There will likely be some snow fields to cross. Meet to carpool at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot for a 7:30 a.m. departure. Contact Allan Richardson at 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net with any questions.

September 21, Saturday, 8:00 AM

Cryptogam Ramble

Update: Canyon Creek Road is still closed. The updated location is probably Boulder Ridge on the east side of Mt. Baker. Meeting place is still the southeast corner of Sunset Square in Bellingham.

Hopefully the Canyon Creek road will be back in business by the end of the summer. If so, we’ll do the Damfino Lakes trail at the end of Canyon Creek Road east of Glacier to perhaps gain Excelsior Ridge with its fabulous view of Baker from the north. Meet at 8:00 AM at the usual Sunset parking area south of Cost Cutter Market. Return late afternoon/early evening. If the road isn’t repaired we will return to Dock Butte on the south side of Baker. Either place we should see many subalpine (and alpine?) cryptogams, perhaps a mushroom or two and, of course, other living things. Contact Fred Rhoades at 733-9149 or fmrhoades@comcast.net to confirm and check on last minute details of location and carpool meeting.


Spring 2013 Field Trips: Sorry You Missed These …

April 20, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Woodstock Farm Spring Work Party

The camas we planted last year is up and thriving! Come and help us continue the long-term enhancement and protection of native vegetation in this special place. Bring your clippers and loppers for removal of invasives. Other tools will be provided. We will also take a walk around the property and look at potential planting sites for next fall. Meet at Woodstock Farm at 9:30 AM, the gate will be open so drive down to the house. Dress for the weather (it can be windy there) and bring lunch or snack. Call Annie Prevost at 360-714-8629 with questions.

May 4, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Vendovi Island

Vendovi is a 217 acre island south of Lummi Island being maintained in its natural state by the San Juan Preservation Trust. There are no permanent human inhabitants and no deer or other grazing mammals, so the flora is especially healthy. We will visit at the peak of bloom for camas and other wildflowers in south facing meadows, and also explore forest, wetland and shoreline habitats. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. The boat we will use to get from Bellingham to Vendovi has a limit of 12 passengers and will cost $51 per person, round trip, payable at the dock. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to reserve a space.

May 27, Monday, Memorial Day, 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Marine Algae at Cherry Point

This trip will be, depending on your background, a tutorial or seminar focusing on marine algae, somewhat at the expense of animals. The brackish wetland will be an after 3 PM option. Rubber boots, raingear, knee pads, magnifier, a float out pan, lunch, and whatever algae publication you may have, will all be helpful. Meet at 9:15 AM at Cost Cutter lot, Sunset and Orleans, or 10 AM at beach end of Henry-Gulf Rd. Limit 12, therefore please pre-register with Bob Lemon (360) 714-8629 or lemprev@alphahunt.com.

June 8, Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Stimpson Reserve, Wetland Plant Walk

Wandering through the towering Douglas Firs at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve one finds an ancient landscape, spared from the logging that ravaged the remaining lowland forests around Lake Whatcom. Join us as we weave our way through the Reserve’s rich cedar swamps, sedgy stream sides, and marshy ponds on a mission to explore wetland floral diversity and identification. Meet at the Stimpson Reserve parking lot on Lake Louise Road at 9:00 AM. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Bring a sack lunch, water, and rubber boots. Dogs are not allowed in the Reserve. The trip will be led by Lyle Anderson and Abe Lloyd. If you have questions, contact Lyle at 360-527-3025 or lyleand2@comcast.net.

June 22, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Edfro Creek Preserve and Yúmechiy

Explore the natural and cultural world of the upper South Fork Nooksack River valley with Whatcom Land Trust volunteer John Bremer and Nooksack Place Names author Allan Richardson. The river bottom upstream from Skookum Creek is being restored through volunteer efforts and help from a colony of beavers. Upstream from Edfro Creek is the important Nooksack cultural site of Yúmechiy (spring salmon place), named for the now endangered South Fork spring Chinook salmon. We will observe and identify a range of native plants in a moss-draped rain forest environment. Bring a lunch and come prepared for wet weather. Also, the trail may be flooded in the area of the beaver ponds, so bring extra boots or expect to get wet feet. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Cost Cutter parking lot at 9:00 AM. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to confirm.