“Padilla Bay Foundation Late Winter Newsletter”

February 2021

Boy a pretty dreary, gloomy, soggy (weather-wise) winter so far.  But Spring is coming and things have kept busy with the Padilla Bay Foundation.

The Padilla Bay Reserve Stewardship Department is adopting out “patches” of invasives to people or groups who will “Weed ‘Em Out.”  Your Foundation board adopted a patch and here is Stewardship coordinator Corinne Gardner with board members Candy Smith and Paul Dinnel on our first attack!  More efforts, with vigor, as the weather improves!

As the year approached its end, we appealed for donations through “Giving Tuesday” and year-end membership renewals.  You responded BIG with nearly $10,000 received.  This is a big help during times when many normal funding sources, like our Gift Shop are closed.

New board members Racheal Meloche and “Tica” Cardozo were elected to your Foundation board in December!  Rachael is with Banner Bank in Anacortes and Tica is a student member from Skagit Valley College.  Both are enthused and getting going with various committees.

The website for your Foundation is having a major overhaul and should be ready by late Spring.  We hope you will like it, with new features and a great variety of new pictures too.  Here are two examples, donated by local photographers.

Recently we asked some folks why they donate to help the Padilla Bay Reserve.  Here are some “snippets.”  Is your value in there somewhere?        (Send us your reasons too – foundationatpadillabay@gmail.com   They mean a lot to those who work there.) 

 “It’s in support of what the Foundation does and how it fits with our own mission, and it’s out of gratitude for being permitted to use the facilities.”

“ We like to support worthy causes in the community in which we do business.  As someone who enjoys the mudflats in front of my house, I appreciate the educational aspects of the foundation and hope to see that continue and thrive in the future.

My husband and I have owned a home on Padilla Bay for the past four years. It is the best home we have ever had, not because of the home but because the beauty of Padilla Bay.  We are just starting to learn about the bay research. We and guests have enjoyed visits to the Visitor Center. We always learn something new. Our grandchildren are excited about the new touch pool! Looking forward to the day it opens up and more exploring can take place!”

Amazon Smile! If you will shop with Amazon Smile and select the Padilla Bay Foundation as your charity of choice, we will receive a small portion of your purchase cost at no additional expense to you. Every little bit helps – spread the word!

Would you share your talents and skills to support the programs of the Reserve? Foundation members and others within the community are invited to help the board pursue its goals and initiatives by serving on a committee or taskforce. Please contact us if you will offer your ideas and help to improve our website, communications, gift shop merchandising, and fundraising efforts.

The Padilla Bay Foundation’s mission is to provide supplemental funding to support the activities of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Grassroots involvement of our members is the core of the Foundation’s commitment to protecting our estuaries and supporting the Reserve. Members of the Foundation contribute directly to environmental education, stewardship and research at Washington State’s only National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of 29 in the nation. If not already, please consider becoming a member or making a donation to help support our work

Thank You All – the Padilla Bay Foundation Board of Directors

   www.padillabayfoundation.org   FoundationAtPadillaBay@gmail.com