Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

At the Water's Edge

Even in the coldest weather, I take advantage of the Library's proximity to water every chance I get. I mentioned this on the blog a while back, but lately current events has made me realize anew the value of time spent outdoors, moments to reflect and refresh.

To enhance your beach visit, we have some very useful resources available at the Library, starting with Getting to the Water's Edge on Whidbey & Camano Islands by Sarah Schmidt, Dan Pedersen and Stacy Neumiller. (Make plans to attend the authors' program at the Library on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 PM.)

You'll want to have a good field guide handy, perhaps the
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region, the Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, or the pocket-sized Birds of the Puget Sound Region by Robert Morse. I've mentioned Birdnote before, a short radio program I listen to just before 9 AM on KPLU (the Birdnote website is loaded with previous shows and useful links). Also very informative are sites from the Friends of Camano Island Parks and Skagit Audubon.

All these resources (and many more the Library can provide) can make your beach visit fun and educational, though I usually just bring my lunch!