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Prairie Press
News from the Pacific Rim InstituteOctober 2010
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Prairie Work Day!
Camas in spring bloom
November 13, 2010
9 AM - 1 PM
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Welcome to the first official issue of the Prairie Press.  We are excited to keep our friends and supporters updated each month with activities, progress, and opportunities to support and serve.  We are eager to hear from you so reply to this email to tell us your thoughts!

It's been a busy Fall...

To catch you up to speed, the following is an account of a few of the happenings here at PRI during the fall months.  

Joel Gerlach with Clover

First Annual Report Published

     If you would like an electronic copy of our annual report, please reply to this email and let us know!

Fall Prairie Festival & Raptor Day

     On September 25, 75 community members gathered at PRI to enjoy good food and get up close and personal with Red-tailed hawks.  Falconer Joel Gerlach joined us with his hawk, Clover, and allowed event attendees a chance to hold the bird.  There was also a naturalist tour of the property lead by board member Joe Sheldon and Land Steward Seth Luginbill.  The event was a great success, lead by efforts of the Prairie Council, and raised over $700 for PRI programs in addition to introducing new people to our site. 

Membership Drive
     Along with the festival, the Prairie Council helped launch a new membership drive to help raise funds for PRI.  The goal of this program is to recruit new supporting members to the Pacific Rim Institute community.  Already, several new donors (as well as several past donors) have responded to the drive and we are hoping to hear from more of you soon!

3 New Grant Proposals
     We have submitted three new grant proposals this fall in support of general funds, stewardship work on the property, and creation of an overall habitat management plan for the property.  Award decision dates vary, though two of them will be determined by the end of the year.

Academic Advisory Board
     The Academic Advisory Board had its first meeting in October to discuss opportunities to expand our education outreach.  This board is made up of past and present Au Sable Pac Rim professors that are very familiar with our site and with what we are trying to accomplish at the Pacific Rim Institute.  We are very excited to see what they are able to accomplish for this coming year.  We plan to provide programs for pre-K to 99, including possible CE classes for educators.

     2,811 volunteer hours have been logged in 2010.  30 of these hours were logged in October, mostly by members of the Cascade Dachshund Club.  The next big volunteer event will be on November 13.  We have 1,000 plugs to plant and 1,000 shrubbery clippings to collect, so we need as many hands and feet as are available.  

     In the month of October, we had 4 completely new donors join the community of PRI supporters.  Thank you so much to everyone that has given this year!  You are helping to preserve a beautiful and ecologically significant place, as well as create opportunities for people of all ages to engage with creation.
Joe Sheldon with Students 2010

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The Pacific Rim Institute supports ecological sustainability by transforming the awareness, thinking and actions of individuals and communities.  PRI pursues this mission through Preservation and Restoration, Research, Education and Service to the community. 

Please consider supporting us in this mission by making a donation.  You can donate online here or you can send a check made out to Pacific Rim Institute to 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Contact us if you would like to discuss particular projects that you can support.