Subject: SWS Newsletter - Winter 2019

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Sound Water Stewards
 Beach Log

Winter, 2019

We are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach,
stewardship, and citizen science.
2019 Volunteer Training
Would you like to become a Sound Water Steward? Maybe you are interested in learning how to protect and preserve your favorite beach. Maybe you are concerned about water quality, wildlife habitat, or conservation. Maybe you would like to better understand the island geology and biology of our marine environment. Or maybe you would like to join others who share a love of nature and a desire to give something back to our island community...[read more]

Meeting the New Executive Director

The new year has brought exciting changes for both Janet St Clair, Sound Water Stewards former Executive Director, and myself as SWS new Executive Director. Janet left SWS to fill her new position as Island County Commissioner, and I am very much in gratitude to her for the guidance she provided over the past 16 months...[read more]

Position Announcement: Program Coordinator - Whidbey
Volunteer Spotlight

Clara Beier has been a devoted volunteer since she joined in 2014. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to feature her and her work in the "Volunteer Spotlight". Clara has dedicated her life to education in one form or another. She retired from a 40-year career of teaching with a specialty in elementary education...[read more]

Creature Feature

Over the last couple of years, I've gotten hooked on bird watching. Island County is a wonderful place to go birding and my eBird account tells me I have seen 175 species within its boundaries. This time of year, one of my favorites is the surf scoter. ..[read more]

SWS Wreath/Swag Fundraiser

SWS volunteers tried their hand at a new way to try and raise money for our organization. Traditionally, we have had a group of volunteers every year that makes wreath/swags to sell at our Holiday party on Whidbey...[read more]

Save the Date - All

Sound Water Stewards Training - starts March 14th
    Learn more and download the application (due Feb 28th)

New Volunteer Q & A Camano Library
   February 20th 7:00 pm- 8 pm [calendar]

4th Wednesday on Camano
    Come learn about various topics relating to your local environment.
    For more information check the [calendar] for future events.
Sound Waters University- Registration Closed
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 [learn more]

Stanwood-Camano Snow Goose Festival-check out our booth!
    February 23rd and 24th, 2019 [calendar]

Speaker series: Science, Art, and History of the Salish Sea
   March 6th - April 10th, Wednesdays at 7 pm, Bayview Cash Store [calendar]

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Save the Date - SWS Members

Camano Monthly Meeting
     1st Mondays 9:30 am-12 pm [calendar]

Whidbey Monthly Meeting
     4th Wednesdays 10:00 am-12 pm [calendar]

Recommended reading, listening, and/or watching
  • A Plastic OceanDocumentary available on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes and DVD
Sound Water Stewards of Island County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is partially supported by contributions and grants from Lighthouse Environmental Programs.  Thank you to all our supporters.
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