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Last update: September 9, 2019


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501C3 non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA.

Burn Ban goes off on Wednesday, Sept 11

Ok to burn with fires 4'x4' or under. More info: Skagit County Fire Marshall burn guidelines. 9/9/19

Shore Lines for September

You can find the September Samish Shore Lines Newsletter here. Depending on your browser, you can read or download the pdf to your computer. Find past editions here. 9/1/19

Heron Observers/Recorders Needed

Help Increase Knowledge of Skagit County’s Great Blue Herons!

Volunteer citizen scientists with Skagit Land Trust and the Skagit Heron Foraging Study have observed Skagit County’s Great Blue Herons throughout the breeding and nesting seasons since 2013, increasing our understanding of when and where they gather for courtship, choose their mates, build their nests, lay their eggs, forage for food, and raise their young. 

As we learn more about the behavior and habits of Skagit County’s great blue herons during the nesting season, we realize how much more there is to learn.  We would like to expand our understanding of where the herons go when they’re not foraging and not in the colonies.  Where do they sleep, doze, preen their feathers? Do they roost in the same trees year round or seasonally? Are they waiting for the tides to change or just hanging out together?  

We hope that you can help us by providing data about when and where on Samish Island the herons gather to roost.  We’ll be creating a data sheet for recording date, time, location, approximate number of herons, and if you feel like adding it, a brief description of what you think the herons may be doing. You could report one sighting or multiple sightings, any time throughout the year.

If you’re interested, please contact either Anne Winkes or Sue Ehler.  Anne’s email is; her phone is 360-445-6914.  Sue’s email is; her phone number is 206-399-6773. 8/23/19

Samish Shore Lines Newsletter

The August Shore Lines is on the web page today, to download or print. 7/31/19

Edison Celebrates 150th (from Next Door e-group)

Edison's Sesquicentennial this summer. A few members of Edison's community are organizing the 150th celebration that will be on August 24. There is a Facebook page (Edison 150th Celebration) for anyone interested. 7/31/19

Community Garden

If you enjoy growing food for personal use and helping others, consider joining the Samish Island Community Garden, at the end of Blue Heron Road. Cost to join is $25 for individual, $50 family. Members harvest for themselves, and the garden contributes weekly to the Food Bank Distribution Center in Sedro Woolley, for those in need. Contact: Linda Larson 766-6600 for more information. 4/25/19

Complaint form for Tanker off-gassing odors (Northwest Clean Air Agency)

If you smell noxious gas odors from tankers in Samish Bay, during the spring and summer, fill out the online form below, to report it. Some days it goes beyond bad, to completely unhealthy and unbreathable air, putting residents and pets at risk. This summer, community meetings are being planned, exploring some form of action, whether county, legislative, or legal action. More info..

Complaint Form: You can also call the Northwest Clean Air Agency and leave a phone message: 360-428-1617. 3/31/19

Tanker Air Polluters

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Destinations for ships in Samish Bay, are destined for March or Cherry Points. It helps if you can pinpoint which ship is off-gassing when you make a report. 3/31/19

Walking on the island

Many islanders walk for pleasure, enjoying the "east loop walk." Camp Samish, owned by the Community of Christ Church, allows islanders to walk the far east side of the camp property (off the far end of Scott Rd), as long as no camp residents are disturbed, and dogs are leashed and cleaned up after. See the Camp Samish Walking Guidelines here. 3/29/19

Staying in Touch through e-Groups:

We have two groups sponsored by SICC: The first - and most popular - is for neighborly sharing, borrowing stuff, selling stuff, asking questions, reporting various problems, and emergency island information, called Samish Neighbors.

The second e-group is for people who don't want a lot of neighborly info, just essential and emergency information (like floods, road conditions, emergency weather conditions, and also The Shore Lines Newsletter). This Group is called Samish Info. You can join either group by clicking on Groups (on the site index above left), then click on E-Groups and read instructions. If you need help, contact our webmaster, 1/4/19

Samish Island shoreline photos

You can see various years of Samish Island shoreline photos, taken by the State Department of Ecology, from 1976 to 2017 at this Shoreline Photo Viewer. 10/31/18

Community Center Rentals

Have a gathering planned that's too large for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islander/Member daily rate: $75. Off-Islanders with an island sponsor daily rate: $100. The Community center holds 100 people for meetings, less for sit-down dinners.. More info..