Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Sunday, October 3

There are no events on this day.

Monday, October 4

There are no events on this day.

Tuesday, October 5

Demystifying Shorebird Identification

Tuesday, October 5 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Vancouver Audubon Society presents Demystifying Shorebird Identification with Jim Danzenbaker.

When you locate shorebirds, do you feel the need to run away because you can't identify them? Do you watch them for a while and realize that you'll never know what they are? This presentation will help demystify some of the identification challenges associated with shorebirds. To help increase our knowledge of shorebirds, we'll look at:

  • Bill shape
  • Plumage
  • Behavior
  • Habitat
  • eBird data
We'll concentrate on shorebirds found in Clark and neighboring counties but may include a few from other spots in Washington. Jim has given shorebird identification workshops and led shorebird field trips in San Diego, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Ocean Shores, WA. He currently lives in Battle Ground, WA.

Contact Don Rose for more information or to get a Zoom link: [email protected]

Programs are currently scheduled as virtual events through Zoom. All are welcome!

Wednesday, October 6

Living on the Land (Class 1 of 10)

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Curbside Composting: Organics 101

Wednesday, October 6 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn what is accepted in the City of Vancouver’s curbside organics service and why.

Classes are available through Zoom Video Communications. Visit zoom.us or download app from Apple Store or Google Play.

Zoom into sustainable living and join Master Composter Recycler classes.

Register online: clarkcountycomposts.org/current-offerings

Thursday, October 7

KOOBDOOGA Community Reads Presents: Author Blaine Harden

Thursday, October 7 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries every Thursday this October for a lively discussion focused on books about nature. 

Pre-registration required.

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia author Blaine Harden will talk about his journey down the Columbia River by barge and car, listening to the heard and unheard voices of those who gained and those who lost when the river was tamed.

Learn more about KOOBDOOGA on our website.

To join this online program, you will need a computer, tablet or mobile device with a speaker. The link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker and microphone, if necessary.

Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Friday, October 8

There are no events on this day.

Saturday, October 9

Salmon Creek Lions Club Free Paper Shred Event Oct. 9

Saturday, October 9 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Salmon Creek Lions Club is hosting a confidential shred event benefitting Friends of the Children. Protect yourself or your business by shredding important documents that are no longer needed and free up valuable space in your home, business or storage spaces.

People may bring in documents they would like to have shred, can stay to watch their items shredded, or leave. Social distancing will be practiced. Event is free, however donations are always welcome. Food donations will also be accepted to benefit Clark County Food Bank.

Please remove paper from binders and remove any binder clips.

 

What can I shred?

YES: bank/financial statements, invoices, pay stubs, tax records, employment records, medical records, leases, contracts and letters, documents containing passwords, PINs or SSNs

NO: junk mail, magazines and catalogs, office paper, flyers and brochures, coupons, receipts

 

*If the document does not have any personal or secure information, you can recycle it in your curbside mixed recycling without shredding! 

 

Contact: [email protected] or visit salmoncreeklions.org

October Big Day

Saturday, October 9 12:00 am - Sunday, October 10 12:00 am

Mark your calendars for October Big Day—9 October 2021! Big Days are a 24-hour opportunity to celebrate birds near and far.

Wherever you are on 9 October, take a few minutes to join the world of birding on October Big Day. By taking part in October Big Day you’re also joining the second-ever Global Bird Weekend and celebrating World Migratory Bird Day. Be a part of the global team, and help set a new record for birding.

We recognize that COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. Even if your local conditions have improved, we always encourage everyone to put safety first, follow local guidelines, and bird mindfully. You can bird from home and still participate in October Big Day!

How to participate

  • Get an eBird account: eBird is a worldwide bird checklist program used by millions of birders. It’s what allows us to compile everyone’s sightings into a single massive October Big Day list—while at the same time collecting the data for scientists to use to better understand birds. Sign up here. It’s 100% free.
  • Watch birds on 9 October. It’s that simple! October Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You don’t need to be a bird expert, or go out all day long. You can report birds from anywhere in the world—even 10 minutes in your backyard will help.
  • Enter what you see and hear on eBird: You can enter your sightings via our website or—even easier—download the free eBird Mobile app. The app allows you to keep and submit lists while you’re still out birding, explore nearby Hotspots, and will even track of how far you’ve walked so you can focus on watching birds. Please submit your eBird checklists before 13 October to be included in our initial results announcement.
  • Watch the sightings roll in: During the day, keep an eye on how the lists are growing in different parts of the world. Follow along with reports from more than 160 countries. Stats will be updated in real-time on our October Big Day page

Finding birds and keeping checklists is easy with the free eBird Mobile app. Download for iOS or Android.

October Big Day Pro Tips

  • If you’re new to eBird or want to make your checklists more valuable for science and conservation, take our free eBird Essentials course.
  • Use Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app for help identifying tricky species by sight or sound, then use eBird to report them so your sightings are part of the October Big Day totals.
  • Take photos and add them to your checklist—they might end up on the October Big Day page!
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  • Make your sightings more valuable: submit complete checklistskeep counts of the birds that you see, and keep multiple checklists throughout the day.
  • Share what you’re seeing on social media with #octoberbigday!

On October Big Day 2020, more than 32,000 participants submitted 80,400 checklists with 7,128 species. How many checklists and participants will we have this year? No matter where you bird, have fun, stay safe, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird. Your observations will help us better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.

Find out more here: https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-2021 

The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families

Saturday, October 9 10:00 pm - Sunday, October 10 12:00 am

TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center is offering “The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families” from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 at 41 Tree-ific Drive W., Washougal. The workshop is led by representatives from WolfWays, a science-based wolf education program sponsored by Oregon Wild and Wolf Haven International.

Through an interactive multi-media presentation — including video and audio clips, wolf fur, track and skull, a life-size wolf model, coyote, and elk cut-outs, stories, and lots of pictures — families will enter the world of wolves. Hear wolves howl, watch wolves play, and through stories, learn all about how wolf families take care of one another. Watch pups as they grow up. Learn how wolves work together as they hunt for food. Learn how wolves help the environment and get to know wolves that live in Washington.

The cost is $15 to $35 per person. Register here.

For more information, call 360-837-8733.

How can I protect myself from the Coronavirus?

Wash your hands

Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

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