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RE Sources offers a seasonal series of skill-building workshops, classes, films, seminars, presentations and facilitated discussions to help you build a more sustainable lifestyle. Scroll down to see what's upcoming at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store). 2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA.

Proceeds from all workshops benefit RE Sources' environmental conservation and advocacy. Thank you for supporting our community. 

Calling Interested Birders and Citizen Scientists for Bird Survey Training

Tuesdays,:  January 13, and 20, 
February 3 and 10 from 6-8pm 
RE Sources Sustainable Living Center 

Are you interested in birding, Cherry Point, and citizen science? If so, join us as one of the 2015 Bird Survey Team! The Cherry Point birders go out on a monthly or bimonthly basis to count birds at three locations at Cherry Point. These data are used to help build our knowledge of bird populations in the Salish Sea and at Cherry Point, in particular. This training is open to all, from beginners to experts, and as surveyors, you can help by becoming notetakers, spotters, and/or counters. 

This is our third year of trainings and we are increasing the number of birds from 7 to 14-- so you should come to the trainings, even if you have attended previously. Trainers will be Dr. John Bower and Audubon leaders Pam Borso and Paul Woodcock. Read John Bower's study Changes in Marine Bird Abundance in the Salish Sea: 1975 to 2007 here.

This year we will count Bald Eagle, Brant, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Double crested Cormorant, Harelequin Duck, Horned Grebe, Pacific Loon, Pelagic cormorant, Red Necked Grebe, Red Throated Loons, Surf Scoter, Western Grebe, and White Winged Scoters.  Join us!

Raptor Identification and Behavior Class

Thursdays, Jan 8th - Feb 5th, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St (map)
$175 for 5 classes

Sponsored by Whatcom Land Trust, world-renowned raptor expert Bud Anderson will teach his 33rd annual western Washington raptor identification and behavior class this January.  

Bud is founder of the Falcon Research Group, responsible for rescuing 562 raptors from Sea Tac airport and initiating the Annual Skagit Flats Raptor Count. 

Bud speaks from decades of intimate experience with raptors and shares his love story with students, teaching them to think like raptors, and take awe in their beauty. 

This course will focus on identifying characteristics, behavior, and life cycles of the raptors in our region, and will include an all-day field trip.  From beginners to seasoned birders, many students take the class multiple times, and report learning new  information each year. Read more (p 10 - 12).  For more information, contact Bud Anderson (360-592-5169) or Rand Jack.

To register, mail a check payable to Falcon Research Group for $175 to:
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
Include your address, phone number and email address.

Energy & Climate: the defining issue of our time

a six – part workshop series
Thursdays, Jan 22nd – Feb 26th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store)
2309 Meridian St, Bellingham (map)

Energy is all around us, lighting our homes, getting us to work, and providing virtually every modern necessity.  Although energy is an essential part of our daily lives, we rarely think about where it comes from, how much we use, or where our energy future is heading. 

Join us for a six-class series to learn about the single most defining issue of our time: energy and climate. From nuclear to photovoltaic, get an overview of the geology, history, and physics of these complex systems. Each topic may be attended as a stand-alone class. These courses are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. 

     Jan 22      Petroleum and peak oil
     Jan 29      Wind energy
     Feb 5       Coal power
     Feb 12     Photovoltaic & other solar
     Feb 19     Nuclear power & weapons
     Feb 26     Climate change

Shell oil-by-rail public hearing
Thursday, January 29th
10:00 am
Skagit County Administrative Building
1800 Continental Place, Mt Vernon (map)

The Skagit County Hearing Examiner is holding a public hearing on the proposed shoreline permit and variance for the Shell refinery's oil-by-rail facility, which would route six new oil trains per week through our local community. In addition to at least one hour per day of added traffic, these trains derail and spill huge quantities oil, putting our river, the Puget Sound, and our communities at risk.

Now is the time to speak out. Skagit County needs to hear from you. Say no to exploding, dangerous oil trains!

The project is too dangerous. Adding six oil trains per week to aging and congested rail infrastructure puts our community at risk.  Skagit County should not move forward on any permits until there is a thorough environmental review, protections to prevent an explosion or spills from an oil train, assurances that there will be no more tanker traffic, and greater consideration of our community safety. 

The hearing will address a proposed Shoreline Permit, the first permit for the proposed facility changes. Read more. 

If you cannot attend, written comments on the shoreline permit are due January 27, 2015. Send to: 

Planning and Development Services
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Storming the Sound

Thursday, January 29th
9:00AM - 4:00 PM
Maple Hall
104 Commercial, La Conner (map)

Join organizations and educators in the north Puget Sound area with an interest in environmental education to connect, share information, and discover local resources. Substitute teacher reimbursement may still be available. Read more here.

Host a Workshop or Event

Please contact or call (360)733.8307 for rental rates and information. 

Location & Directions

2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

The Sustainable Living Center is located just above The RE Store, on the NW corner of Broadway and Meridian in the Fountain District. You'll find a bike rack in the alley off of Broadway and the stairs behind the RE Store.

Lee First,
Dec 23, 2014, 11:35 AM
Wendy Steffensen,
Sep 16, 2014, 1:11 PM
Lee First,
Oct 1, 2014, 1:48 PM
Lee First,
Sep 24, 2014, 2:30 PM
Lee First,
Oct 1, 2014, 1:50 PM
Peter Frazier,
Sep 16, 2014, 3:39 PM