Friday, January 21, 2011

Surfrider Clean-Up Day in Bellingham

Saturday, February 12

1-3 PM

Join Surfrider Foundation and the City of Bellingham’s Park department to help restore the mouth of Padden Creek! This unique piece of Bellingham waterfront serves as a home and stopping point for many native plants and animals; snow geese, green and blue herons, salmon, ducks, and song birds are all seen here regularly. As a piece of natural habitat, the lagoon provides an opportunity for people in all walks of life to observe some of the gems our ecosystem without leaving the sidewalk of Harris Avenue! However, this critical piece of habitat, where the fresh and salt water mix at the mouth of the creek is in need of your help. Invasive black berries and other foreign flora are beginning to take over the site, and will do so without our intervention. Come help us continue a process to strengthen our local ecosystem On February 12 by removing these invasive plants and spreading mulch beside the lagoon. With your help, we can restore this important estuarine habitat! We'll supply tools and light refreshments; all you need to do is bring yourself and weather appropriate clothing!

The mouth of Padden Creek is located off Harris Avenue in Fairhaven (by the Greyhound/Ferry terminal). Street parking is plentiful in the vicinity, and additional parking is located at the bus station. Look for Padden Creek Work Party signs and come get your hands dirty! For more information, please contact Erik Goheen 425-733-0470 or email