The Legacy Society at Great Peninsula Conservancy honors members who have included GPC in their estate planning. Fueled by a $20,000 match, GPC launched a Legacy Challenge to increase the impact of each legacy pledge received this year.
No matter the amount, the next 15 members who submit a Legacy Society pledge form will activate a $1,000 donation to GPC's conservation work!
Update on Acoustic Monitoring
This May, GPC secured a second round of funding from Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, which supported an ongoing study to better understand how birds respond to forest management activities. This time, GPC was awarded the grant through a joint application with Jefferson Land Trust to establish a study on their conservation lands!
The stewardship team recently deployed ten AudioMoth remote acoustic monitoring devices and is currently analyzing the acoustic data to "mine" >10,000 sound files for our target species. The sonogram above shows the "signatures" for spotted towhee (SPTO), cedar waxwing (CEDW), and Pacific-slope Flycatcher (PSFL).
Partnering for the Planet!
GPC hosted two successful days of stewardship at Newberry Woods Community Forest for Earth Day in late April. Thanks to support from the US Navy and the Port of Bremerton, volunteers made a big dent in Scotch broom removal!
Read more about Newberry Woods Community Forest and the partnerships making this project possible in the Kitsap Sun.
Watershed Lessons with Land Labs
This spring GPC staff and volunteers worked with students from South Colby Elementary, Catalyst Public Schools, and Mountain View Middle School to deliver watershed health curriculum. Land Labs brought a combined 173 Students to Curley Creek Preserve to learn about watershed health and the organisms that call the creek home!
Recap: Wildlife Tracking Walk and Talk
The April Wildlife Tracking Walk and Talk was a great success! GPC Stewardship Associate Ben Wymer lead participants in understanding the track and signs of little seen species at Newberry Woods Community Forest. Read about what the group discovered during their visit below!
Join Great Peninsula Conservancy for Second Wednesday Work Parties! This June we will be returning to Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge to remove blackberry and Scotch broom bushes that are encroaching on the saplings that were planted last year. Come check on the status of your saplings and help us make sure they grow tall enough to fight the weeds!
When: Wednesday, June 14th, from 9am-11am
Where: Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge in Belfair, WA
Questions? Email Beatrice at email@example.com
Join us on Saturday, May 27th from 9-11am to think about the art of nature journaling with GPC Stewardship Associate Micaela Petrini. Together, the group will explore the unique habitats that make up the beautiful Cowling Creek Preserve. Prepare to slow down, relax your busy mind, and engage more deeply with the natural world through journaling exercises and artistic prompts. Bring your notebook, mobile art supplies, and your best journaling questions!