When: Saturday, April 23rd 10AM - 2PM
Where: West Bay Woods
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The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation and Native Plant Salvage are hosting an Earth Day Event at the Westside Heronry, with support from the Thurston County Conservation District. We will be joined by several dozen volunteers from the Evergreen State College who are making restroration of the West Bay Woods part of their Inauguration Day Celebrations.
The West Bay Woods are breeding habitat for Olympia’s lone colony of Pacific Great Blue Heron. The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation has established a five acre conservation area that includes the herons nests and is currently pursuing funding to acquire additional adjoining property to create a viable habitat corridor in the Olympia’s urban core. The West Bay Woods are a unique, beautiful, and delicate asset to the City of Olympia. There are large areas that are still forested with 100-year-old trees that are habitat for many kinds of animals, including herons, Cooper’s Hawks, falcons, coyote, deer, mountain beaver, red fox and many other species. There are also wetlands and seasonal streams scattered through the area.
Volunteers will plant a large rain garden area, remove ivy from the trees and surrounding ground, spread mulch on cleared areas and plant native plants to re-establish the understory. They will learn about managing invasive species, the importance of addressing runoff in the nearshore forests of our city and forest restoration. Most importantly, volunteers will learn about efforts to conserve urban open-space through advocacy and community action. Come prepared for the weather. Bring work gloves if you have them. All tools and materials will be provided.