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June 19, 2010 is Natural Areas Appreciation Day

On June 19th, the Washington Department of Natural Resources will offer several field outings in celebration of the first annual Natural Areas Appreciation Day. This is a great opportunity for the public to see, experience and learn about some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring landscapes remaining in the Northwest. This event is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Natural Areas Committee, a group of governmental, and non-profit agencies whose purpose is to promote the recognition, establishment and management of Northwest natural areas. See the below announcement for details about the five outings and please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at

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Help the birds - vote for Audubon

The American Express Members Project is offering Audubon a special grant for its conservation efforts. National Audubon needs your help and that of your friends to secure the votes needed to qualify. Start by clicking the picture to register. Then, vote for Audubon today and once a week through August 21.

The top vote-getting group in each category of this  effort will receive a $200,000 donation for its work. So tell your friends and family to vote too! It will take only a few clicks to make a difference.

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Avian Bird Signs Featured on History Walk

Margaret Green explaining....On May 15, Longview Park Superintendent, Al George led 20 citizens on a walking history tour of Lake Sacajawea.  As well as lake history, the Avian Interpretive Signs were featured on the tour. These signs were designed and installed through the efforts of Willapa Hills Audubon Society in partnership with the City of Longview and are now a prominent feature on the lake, offering both art and educational opportunities to Park patrons.  WHAS member, Margaret Green spoke to those gathered,

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Environmental Lobby Day 2010

Join the state’s leading conservation groups and hundreds of citizen lobbyists to push for the passage of the Environmental Priorities Coalition’s 2010 legislative priorities.

1. The Working for Clean Water bill is about creating jobs, rebuilding our local economies, and cleaning up polluted waterways like Puget Sound and Spokane River.

2. Safe Baby Bottles to protect children’s health and the environment by phasing out the harmful chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, food and beverage cans, and other consumer products.

3. Budget for our Environment to ensure adequate funding for the core environmental protections that make Washington State a healthy place to live.

During Environmental Lobby Day you will hear from legislators that are championing the Environmental Priorities legislation, receive a training on how to lobby from top environmental lobbyists, and meet face-to-face with your elected officials. And don’t forget the party in the evening!

When: Tuesday January 26th, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Where: United Churches of Olympia, 110th East 11th Ave

Additionally: Unveiling of the

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Acidification of Willapa Bay

"Four years ago wild-oyster fishermen in Washington State began to notice something rather strange going on. In the brackish waters of Willapa Bay, where cold, nutrient-rich water from the deep ocean wells up and nourishes the oysters and their young, larvae were dying at alarming rates."   Check out A Sea Less Hospitable to Life by Molly Webster in NRDC's On Earth Magazine for more information.