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Prairie Press
News from the Pacific Rim InstituteSummer 2011

September Events!


Raptor Day 

Joel Gerlach with Clover
Saturday, September 17
1pm - 3pm
Come learn about Whidbey Raptors from local falconers.
Free and appropriate for all ages.

Benefit Sale


 Saturday, September 17
10am - 4pm
Sunday, September 18
11am - 3pm (1/2 off)

Neighbors have donated a variety of furniture, tools, building materials, home decor, and more! All proceeds will provide much needed funding for prairie restoration and other PRI programs.

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Posts and Chicken Wire available

chicken wire
Suggested Donation
Doug Fir Posts: $4
Used Chicken Wire:  $0.15/ft
Cedar Split Rails: $10 


Rent our Facilities

Party/Dining Room

Dining/Party Room





India Room




For availability, call

(360) 678-5586


Download our Rental Form or visit our website for more info.  


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Last week, I was walking with my little sister (my mentee through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) and she recounted how she was spending her last lazy days of summer.  Playing at the park, running in the sprinkler, reading, watching movies... it all sounded divine.  As I reflected over my own summer days, one thought initially came to mind: work.  A dull and depressing thought, at first.  But, what did work actually entail for me this summer? People.  Lots and lots of time spent with people from all over the country.  Interns, students, professors and other visitors descended on the prairie this summer to discover something new and I got to talk with every single one of them.  This was a summer of stories and a summer of stories changing, including the Pacific Rim story.

We do not yet know how the Pacific Rim story will play out in the future, but with more friends come more ideas and opportunities.  We are so grateful for all of you in our lives and the LIFE of this institute.  You are helping to make our vision real and impactful!

Happy to serve you,holly Salmon

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Holly M. Kress
Resource Development Officer

p.s. My first salmon!
I suppose I did do more than work this summer :) 

Summer of Stories


Golden Paintbrush 

Golden Paintbrush Graph  

We are very excited for the numbers of flowering Golden paintbrush we found in our prairie, this year.  You can read a little more about Golden paintbrush and how you can help the effort here:

Golden paintbrush 2011 Letter 

Golden paintbrush insert for letter 

Donors have already responded to this appeal with over $2,000 towards prairie restoration.  Will you join them?  



Five interns have shared their summer vacation with us this year and we are so grateful for the work they have contributed.  Seed collecting, grounds work, research assistance, garden management, restoration activities - you name it, they've done it. Big thanks to Dan Bransford, Joelle van Gaalen, Katelyn Geleynse, Nolan Exe, and Jack  Connors-Kellgren.  


Katelyn was recently featured in a Calvin College article regarding the small mammal research she did on our prairie - check it out! 


Au Sable Summer ProgramAu Sable 2011 SEA

We had a great summer program this year with 25 college students exploring the northwest through four courses: observing whales up close in Marine Mammals, hiking the mountains in Alpine Ecology, learning about global issues in Global Development and investigating the relationship between humans and the environment in Environmental Health.      


Volunteers neededseed collecting

We are still in the process of collecting native seed and we would love your help! The collection of native seed from our prairie is critical for prairie restoration.  This can be done any day and any time that works in your schedule.  If you would like to be trained in seed collection, please contact our land steward, Seth Luginbill, at [email protected]  



15 new donors joined the Pacific Rim Institute community this summer. WOW!!  Thank you so much to everyone that has given this month.  Your donations are critical.  



brush mower
Thank you! 
Edward and Bonnie Schein and Dave and Joyce Williams have generously matched our grant from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation for the purchase a brush mower.  The mower is in and will greatly benefit our prairie restoration.  Thank you so much!


Joe Sheldon with Students 2010

Join our Efforts
The Pacific Rim Institute serves the community and the land by preserving and restoring native habitat, researching the best methods for effective restoration and providing resources for environmental education.

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.