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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteSeptember 2014


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What a summer it has been! We will have much more news to share in the coming months, but for now, scroll down for a quick update on the exciting progress over the summer and on two upcoming events.

Hope to see you on Saturday at the Whidbey Raptor Day!

Best Regards,

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Holly M. Syreen
Development Director


Whidbey Raptor Day 

(Photo by Ron Norman)

THIS Saturday 
September 20, 2014  
1:00 - 3:00 PM 

For the 5th year, local falconers will be joining us at the Pacific Rim Institute to share with us the life and ecology of their precious birds of prey. 

This event is FREE and family friendly.

Rain or Shine

Questions? (360) 678-5586 or  [email protected]

Volunteer Work Day October 18, 2014 

Help us plant 9,000 seedlings into our prairie while also helping us secure significant grant funding.

Two Shifts:
9:00 am - Noon
1:00 pm - 4:00pm

Groups or individuals welcome. Please RSVP. Maximum of 15 people per shift.

(360) 678-5586
Summer College Session and Internships

We hosted twenty four college students this summer for five weeks of ecology courses.  We had the honor of facilitating and supporting the six professors as they equipped these students with knowledge and skills that will serve them as they seek future degrees and careers.

Our interns (pictured above: Rocio, Cat and Mark) excelled and contributed over 1,000 hours while also learning valuable skills in habitat restoration.

To register for courses next year, visit the Au Sable Institute website.


CEO Tours! 


Robert continues to offer special CEO tours on the FIRST and THIRD Thursdays of each month at 5:00pm.   



Next one is October 2.  



2014 Seed Challenge Winner
This year, we launched our first Seed Challenge.  Individuals were invited to volunteer as native seed collectors and the individual with the most hours would win a prize.  Due to this program, we have had a record year for seed collecting.

2014 Winner of the Seed Challenge is

Not only did Pat collect seed for almost 12 hours from June-August, she also traveled all the way from Anacortes to do it.

Runner Up: The Weigner Family.  Jason Weigner and his two sons, Noah and Gabe, each spent eight hours collecting seed this summer.

Thank you also to Carol Reafs, Cheri Wilson and Lori Armstrong.

Stay tuned for our next volunteer challenge...
coming soon!


Owl Barn Renovation Underway
(Photo by Brandon Roos, Evergreen Building)

The new roof is in place! Now the work of repairing the structure begins. We will continue to keep you posted on this progress.  Call if you are interested in helping and/or learning about restoring historic buildings.
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