CNLM seeks four fulltime Americorps members to fill prairie restoration service opportunities with the South Sound Prairies Program in our Olympia location. These four positions include a Native Plant Propagation Technician, a Prairie Restoration Technician, a Prairie Science Technician, and a Volunteer Coordinator. These positions are offered through and contingent on funding from the Washington Service Corps (WSC). Please see the position descriptions for more information
For the past two weeks a group of students, AmeriCorps members, and CNLM employees have been showing up at Glacial Heritage Preserve at sunrise. As soon as the first light of day appears, so do the siluettes of bird enthusiasts carrying, nets, bird guides and yes…plenty of coffee mugs. You might be wondering what on earth is motivating these people to wake up so early. Well, the group has been training for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. MAPS is a bird banding program that aims to assist in understanding the ecology and conservation issues facing North American breeding birds.
On May 14, the Friends of Puget Prairies along with more than 12 organizations working on prairie conservation celebrated the 21st Annual Prairie Appreciation Day. Prairie Appreciation Day is a family-oriented educational event that celebrates the beauty of our local South Sound Prairies. Every year, the event takes place at Thurston County's Glacial Heritage Preserve, a premier nature preserve that hosts several rare species including the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. This preserve is typically not open to the public except on Prairie Appreciation Day when visitors can and witness the wildflower blankets covering the lush green prairie grasses.