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In this Issue
March 2021

  • World Water Day: March 22nd
  • Volunteering with Watershed Alliance
  • Film Series 2021
  • Earth Day Virtual Event
  • In the Community
World Water Day
Water is our most critical and invaluable resource. It supports our health, our livelihoods, cultures, food systems, education, and the beautiful ecosystems and natural places we love and cherish. Each year, World Water Day is celebrated on March 22nd. Given by the United Nations, this year’s theme is valuing water
 
Here in SW Washington, we have many relationships to water. We are surrounded by creeks, wetlands, rivers, and lakes. We also experience an average rainfall of 51 inches per year (the US average is 30 inches per year). Today, and every day, we encourage you to reflect on the values of water in your life.
 
The land we live on in SW Washington originally belongs to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, who have an incredibly sacred relationship with water, specifically the Lower Columbia River. Ranging from skilled canoe-makingFirst Salmon Ceremonies, and stewardship, water was and still is an intrinsic part of their culture, economy, spirituality and community health and wellness. 
 
“Tribes and Native communities view their relationship to the water and the inter-relation of natural resources as one of stewardship and reverence. This relationship to water is rooted in creation stories, prayer, and traditions that have been handed down from one generation to the next for countless generations. Today, the relationship and stewardship to water and natural resources is becoming difficult as the demands and pressures on these resources increases.” - Changing Currents, a new initiative from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.
 
Educational resources to check out:
  1. Tanna Engdahl, a Cowlitz Elder and spiritual leader, talks about the Cowlitz were in constant movement and used canoes and the rivers to travel. Click here to listen.
  2. Chief William Yallup Jr.,  a respected elder and river chief, talks about the power of the river and the respect given to it. Click here to listen.
  3. Wilbur Slockish (Yakama, Klickitat) talks about water as where life comes from and is a provider. Click here to listen.
  4. An interview with Direlle Calica, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, on fostering a deeper dialogue about water protection and its importance to tribal communities. Click here to read.
  5. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom is a children’s book about how water affects and connects us all. Available at your local library!
Volunteering
Thank you to our 33 volunteers who planted over 800 native trees and shrubs this past weekend! We could not do this work without you 🙂

We will be announcing our April volunteer opportunity very soon! This information will be emailed to our volunteer list (click here to join) and posted on our Facebook and Instagram. We hope to see you there!
Film Series 2021
Film Club
We are excited to announce we will have a Virtual Film Club for each film! We will host the event the day after the films are shown. This is an opportunity to talk with others who saw the film and share. We normally would have the opportunity to do this at the film in person but this year along the theme of things streaming are trying this.


March Film Club: Pollinators
When: March 24, 2021 5:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


April Film Club: Run Wild Run Free
When: April 28, 2021 05:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Registration for our April film (and all films in our 2021 series) is live! Sign up ahead of time to guarantee your spot.

Registration instructions:
1. Click this link to view all the films
2. Click on the button that says "Pre-order now for free"
3. Enter password: TWA21 (short for the watershed alliance 21)
**A reminder email will be sent to you 24 hours before viewing begins. Remember the password, it will not be sent in reminder email. 
Earth Day 2021
In the Community

Clark County Student Video Contest for Clean Water
Stormwater Partners
Now - Thursday, May 20

The first annual Student Video Contest for Clean Water hosted by Stormwater Partners is open! Any 6th-12th grade student in Clark County is welcome to enter including individual students and families, homeschool groups, learning pods, public and private school groups, and community groups who work with youth.  One $500 winner and one $100 honorable mention prize will be awarded in each of five categories. Winning videos will be shown at local film events this summer and may also be used in the Stormwater Partners 2021 water health campaign.For more information visit: https://www.stormwaterpartners.com/video-contest

Virtual Views & Brews: Chinook and Coho Habitat
Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group
Monday, March 29, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LCFEG's restoration and enhancement activities in the South Fork aim at improving habitat conditions for Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead listed on the endangered species list. The event will start with a tour of the watershed and discussion about limiting factors for fish and will close with strategies LCFEG has previously implemented and new plans recently developed to increase productivity of these keystone species. A link to the live stream will be posted to this Facebook link approximately 15 minutes before the event starts. Click here to learn more. Suggested donation: $5.

Virtual Workshop: Bird Nesting Structures
Backyard Bird Shop, Inc.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Darlene Betat, Outreach Coordinator for Backyard Bird Shop, Inc. will talk about different types of bird nest structures and strategies used by our local songbirds and tips for helping nesting birds in your own backyard. Starting at 6:30pm, the first 30 minutes of this meeting will be a social time when members will be able to interact through live audio and video.Contact Don Rose for more information or to get a Zoom invitation: meetings@vancouveraudubon.org

Virtual Workshop: Curbside Composting: Organics 101
Clark County Master Composter Recycler
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If you live within the City of Vancouver limits, you can now add food scraps to your yard debris cart.  Learn what is and is not accepted in the curbside organics service and why. Understand where this material goes after leaving the curb. Register here.

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