Wild Whatcom Outings - January 2017
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Frost flowers or hair ice? Photo: Holly Roger
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Wild Whatcom

January Outings

A full moon marks both the first and last days of January this year, making it a blue moon month. It's a short story version of the cyclical nature of the seasonal novel that is constantly in motion around us. Where is the beginning, the middle, or the end in a cycle? Because really, you can start anywhere in a cycle and you'll be part of it as it moves on. Beginnings, life spans, and endings happen all the time, all year round. Nature reminds us of these rhythms of return in the life cycles around us; eagles, salmon, insects, seeds, mushrooms fruiting, and plants sprouting.

Another way to track seasonal changes is by observing birds as they pop by on their migrational odyssey, or stay around all year long. Bats, butterflies, and the swallows left town long ago to find food, but we have all kinds of winter visitors hanging around Whatcom County, including Bald eagles, Trumpeter swans, Varied thrushes, and all kinds of sea ducks. And did you know we have resident hummingbirds, the beautiful, purple-throated Anna's hummingbird? Who's visiting your feeder? I figure backyard birds could use our support as their habitat dwindles, while our human population increases. I have suet, sunflower seeds, and a hummingbird feeder out at this time of year. A great place to learn to identify birds is the free field trips with the North Cascades Audubon Society. Or participate in the annual Holiday Family Bird Count coming up Saturday, December 30. Details below. Learn all about how to support and feed the birds visiting you at the locally-owned Wild Bird Chalet

May the warmth of the sun's energy return to bring new life. Again. 

See you on the trail,

Holly Roger
Community Programs Coordinator  l  (360) 393-7827

Wild Things

Photo by: Holly Roger 

Lake Padden Park (East) - Directions
Every Friday - 9:30-11:00AM

Lake Padden is a wonder-full place to explore in any season. January brings the promise of fresh beginnings (and fancy mating plumage for many birds). We will be searching for the first signs of spring this month. Do you think we'll find any? As in many aspects of life, some beginnings are so tiny, so subtle as to go without notice unless you slow down and take a close look. The wonder-full thing about exploring with young children is their ability to see the world in all its detail - and be fully present in the moment.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

Nature Outings

Photo Credit: Dick Daniels

DECEMBER Holiday Family Bird Count
Saturday, December 30 - 8:30-2:30PM

Join Wild Whatcom and our local Audubon society as Citizen Scientists in a fun winter bird count at Lake Padden. We’ll meet indoors at the Cedar Grove Clubhouse (4915 Samish Way, Bellingham). Follow signs to clubhouse and park in the parking lot. Arrive at 8:30AM and through interactive games learn which birds we might see at Lake Padden. Families drive one mile to Lake Padden for a couple hours to count birds. Back at the clubhouse for lunch and to compile data and celebrate our success!

Audubon provides morning snacks and drinks. Bring your own sack lunches. Dress warmly for our outdoor experience and bring binoculars if you have them. Profits are donated to conservation efforts. More information.

$15 per family (scholarships available)
Space is limited. Children must be 7 years and older and accompanied by a parent who will also drive between sites.
Register early at (336) 207-7505 or Registration deadline: December 27.

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Bing Images

Moon of the Crackling Branches
Monday, January 1 - 4:00-6:00PM

A rare opportunity in winter, this ladies night out is by special request! Come celebrate the first full moon of the calendar year in good company. Bring your intentions, gratitude and lessons learned, and your favorite resolutions gone hilariously awry! January is a Blue Moon month this year.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation:

  • $12 (women only)
Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot! Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger:
Group size is limited. Note: Location revealed after reservations are received.

Neighborhood Nature - Winter Session

After a successful pilot winter session last year at Wade King elementary school in Bellingham, we are offering a 6-week winter Neighborhood Nature session at five Bellingham elementary schools beginning in late February through March. Is your school on the list?

Registration is open! Sign up today!
If you are interested in Wild Whatcom outings at your school, email for more information.

Summer 2018 Backpack Trips - Immunization Reminder

Joining us next summer on a backpack trip? Remember:

For extended backpacking trips lasting longer than 36 consecutive hours, a tetanus booster within the last 5 years AND a current copy of your child's Immunization Record showing a full primary tetanus vaccine series is required to participate. No exceptions to tetanus policy will be allowed.

For participants planning to register for one of our summer extended backpacking trips, please note a seven (7) month window is needed in order to get the full series of tetanus if you have not started it. Summer 2018 schedule will be available by the end of the year. Registration opens March 2018!

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