Around 30 people trekked around the Spit into Mansons Lagoon, during the July 12 ‘Gumbooting the Lagoon.’ While Jane Newman, from the Cortes Island Museum, explained the site’s human history, marine biologist Deb Cowper and FOCI’s Autumn Barret Morgan introduced everyone to intertidal life forms. One of the many topics that arose was the loss of marine life.Continue reading Perceived Biodiversity loss in Mansons Lagoon
The Friends of Cortes (FOCI) have just released their summer program of daily offerings for 2022.
“It’s about educating people about the natural environment, but also really having people getting out there, having fun and enjoying themselves. So whether it’s locals or visitors, we’re really pleased to welcome anyone who wants to come along,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI.Continue reading Things to do on the Island: Summer offerings from FOCI
On June 3, guests joined Autumn Barret Morgan and host Manda Aufochs Gillespie at hte Mansons Village Commons for a special Folk U Field Trip (simulcast on the radio) event to learn both the how and why of firescaping with native plants AND get a chance to see and learn how.Continue reading Folk U FieldTrip: Native Plant FireScaping
A total of 92 species are listed in Cortes Island’s Spring 2022 Bird count. More than 20 birders participated, including local naturalist George Sirk who started the day off as a guide on board the Misty Isles. This year’s count was expanded to include Mitlenatch island, where Sirk served as a naturalist in 1969 and 71.Continue reading Cortes Island’s Spring 2022 Bird Count
It has been a year since Autumn Barrett-Morgan was hired as a Biological Monitoring Technician at the Dillon Creek Wetlands Restoration Project. This is in Cortes Island’s oldest farm site, currently known as Linnaea Farm, but prior to the land being a farm, it was wetlands. Three years ago the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) and Linnaea Farm partnered in a project to restore the wetlands, to help reduce the sediment and thus reduce the nutrients flowing down Dillon Creek into Gunflint Lake. The wetlands are also meant to enhance the breeding and foraging grounds for wildlife, including Species at Risk.Continue reading Wildlife returning to the Dillon Creek Wetlands