Mural at Ridgefield Floral

Ridgefield Floral has a new mural that really brightens up the entrance into town.  The artist is Kassi Summers and she is also a designer at the shop. Isn’t it great when shop owners decide to make our town more beautiful?

USPS CELEBRATING POLLINATORS

 

This sheet of postage stamps was recently released by the USPS.  If celebrates the beauty of both flowers and their insect pollinators. The twenty sheet stamp has Monarch butterflies on 12 stamps and honey bees on the other 8.  The choice of these two insects is appropriate because both insects are in decline.  Many other insect populations are in decline also.  Because of the lack of insects some bird populations, which are dependent on insects, are down too . Each stamp states:  “protect pollinators”    Providing forage for pollinating insects free of pesticides can  help.  In the past two years I’ve given away a few hundred seed packets and plants of narrow leafed milkweed.  These milkweeds provide food for Monarch caterpillars and the flowers of milkweeds are great for many pollinating insects.  Next spring I should have another batch of plants to give away.  People with milkweed plants that grew and flowered should find they will  do even  better next year.  The Ridgefield Post Office is sold out of these pretty stamps but have more ordered.

 

How to Bury a Walnut

Find a good place

Dig a hole

Put in the walnut

Backfill the hole

Carefully arrange the sod to hide the nut.

Last:  Remember where it is buried

 

 

Some Information about Climate Change

The climate changes we are experiencing are serious and need action to be done soon, even yesterday.  This posting  is a follow up to the post done a few days ago.  The next post will discuss some of the changes that are  likely already happening in Ridgefield and what is likely to happen in the future—Paul Snoey

 

First: The site below is an ingenious animation of  the history of the levels of carbon dioxide on our planet for the last 800,000 years.   It plots carbon dioxide levels at points from the South Pole on the left of the screen to the North Pole on the Right of the screen,  There is a great deal of information in this animation.  Please don’t hesitate to pause or watch it again.

https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/history.html

Second:  “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked.”  From this site you can watch on-line or download.  It’s interesting that this was published in 2014.  It’s 2017 and some things are already different.  For example, C02 has increased a bit.

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/18730/climate-change-evidence-and-causes

Third:  A discussion from Wikipedia about the global warming controversy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_controversy

Fourth:  The last site is given with  reluctance.   It is not good news.  It says that the changes we have set in motion are going to persist for a very long time, even if  all  climate changing emissions are immediately stopped.  As bad as that is, it will be much worse if nothing is done at all.

http://theconversation.com/what-would-happen-to-the-climate-if-we-stopped-emitting-greenhouse-gases-today-35011

 

 

 

 

Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide

Mauna Loa CO2

Measurement of Atmospheric CO2 at the Summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii since 1957

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the level of global carbon dioxide has increased  40%.  It is increasing at more than 5% a decade, and  in spite of a lot of discussion and proposed actions, the increase is unabated.  It is higher than it has been in more than eight hundred thousand years.  As a result of the increase the worlds ocean  temperatures has risen  on average 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit and the land   temperature has risen an average of  1.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Much of the increase has occurred since 1970.  There is really little  debate in the scientific communities worldwide that the cause of the increase is mostly due to the increase in carbon dioxide.

Three Hurricanes in the Atlantic this year were categories 4 or 5.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria were very destructive.  All formed over waters that  were warmer than average.  Hurricanes and typhoons get their energy by removing heat from ocean water.  With higher sea surface temperatures these storms can rapidly intensify.  If the water is warmer at higher latitudes they can stay stronger.  Hurricane Ophelia became a category 3 hurricane in the northeast Atlantic and did great damage to Ireland.  It was the strongest hurricane  ever to form in the northeast Atlantic.

On land,  many areas are having record heat and drought.  In our area, the years 2009 , 2015, and 2017 had the highest numbers of days with temperatures over 90 degrees.  The extended summer drought  and heat in the Columbia River Gorge set the stage for a fire that began on September 2nd and burned an area almost 50,000 acres.  The fires in Northern and Southern California burned thousands of homes and killed dozens of people.  Like here,  California experienced an extremely hot summer.  Portugal and Spain have had terrible wildfires that have killed  well over 100 people.  In the rest of the European Union,  the number of fires has doubled over the past few years.  The fire season is starting earlier and lasts longer.

There is an intense debate about climate change in the US.  Our president has placed many agencies in the hands of climate change deniers with ties to oil and coal.  Their claim is that the science is flawed and that there really is not a scientific consensus about climate change or even its causes.

The goal of the Paris accords, from  which Donald Trump has removed the United States, was to curb emissions world wide to prevent an increase of global temperatures of over 2 degrees Centigrade.   The scientific community argues that if emissions are not cut, our world could see a  temperature increase of 5 degrees Centigrade or more by 2100.

So, who to believe?  It may help to look at the evidence  and how it was obtained.  If it is so very important for the future of our planet, then it is worth taking time to consider it.  In the next post there will be some references to help with that.

 

Dedication this Morning

This morning at 10 am members of the Ridgefield Garden Club will dedicate the new monument in Davis Park, honoring our founding members. You are invited to attend and lean a little more about the history of the park and the Garden Club.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the Ridgefield Outdoor Complex will be August 31, 1pm, at the site on Hillhurst.

BirdFest and Bluegrass

BirdFest & Bluegrass, taking place the weekend of October 6-8th, is an annual celebration of the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane. This year’s festival will bring some exciting developments, with new family-friendly events at Overlook Park, expanded hikes and workshops on the Refuge, and a bluegrass picker’s festival throughout town.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, there will be a screening of ‘Love Thy Nature’ at the Old Liberty Theater. Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities for all ages, all over town, including the always popular Audubon Live Bird Show, raptor displays, craft stations, and more! From bird walks and bird language workshops to sandhill crane tours and a variety of hikes! Kayaking and Big Canoe river trips can be reserved in advance by visiting the website link below. A special offering that makes our BirdFest unique is the sandhill crane tours. Not only do you get to view these unique birds, you get an exclusive opportunity to visit an area of the refuge not usually open to the public. Reservations can be made here

The weekend will also include a watercolor workshop, a digital photography workshop, the Birders’ Marketplace, and stick around Sunday for a traditional salmon bake with complimentary samplings. Visitors can also get an early start on holiday shopping.

Lastly, enjoy bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield, with pickers jamming in businesses, venues, and parks around town. Dan Varland, founder/director of Coastal Raptors, professional ornithologist, and amateur entertainer will give a keynote presentation entitled “The Turkey Vulture: Love at Second Sight”, followed by a joint presentation with Tony Starlight, professional entertainer and amateur ornithologist. Dan and Tony will discuss how a tagged turkey vulture brought them together. Their presentation will include some original music, Tony’s discovery of the joys of birding, and some photography and comic commentary on birding.

Purchase your commemorative festival button at the following businesses downtown: Buckets, the Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield Floral and the Sportsmans. They are $5 each, and may also be purchased at City Hall. This button gets you into several events, and supports the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information and a schedule of events, go here.

Make it 2 m

Here’s another of the chairs that will be auctioned off at the CHAIR-ity event on Friday, August 11.

This one was painted by Barbara AW Wright.

The menu for the evening is pulled pork with real Hawaiian Seasoning rub; red, white, and blue potato salad with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, honey bourbon RRQ beans, creamy honey and nut coleslaw, Texas homemade BBQ sauce and buns from US bakery. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

There are still a very few spaces left – if you want to be a part of this exciting evening, call me at 360-624-7359 to reserve your space.

 

Contact info for Yrs Truly

My land line has not been connected since the move last Friday, and while I find it very refreshing to be unconnected, I’m starting to feel a little guilty. If you need to reach me in the next few days, please call my cell phone, 360-624-7359.

I have been told that the cell phone does not accept voice mails, so if I don’t answer please send a text.

I’m hoping all systems will be up and running next week.

I’m Back!

Did you miss me? I have been gone for almost two weeks: first to a watercolor workshop in Maine, then to Cleveland for a family reunion and my sister’s 80th birthday party.

Don’t believe the things you’ve heard about Cleveland, sometimes called the Mistake on the Lake. We found it to be a jumping place, with gracious yards and substantial buildings. Because they get rain in the summer the gardens flourish and their grass stays green during the summer. In fact there was a gusher while we were there.

As we drove home from the airport I noticed all the weeds along the way, such as the overpass along Pioneer. We could take some lessons from Cleveland!

Now it’s on to my move and getting settled in downtown. My new address is PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Phone numbers stay the same.

Volunteer Grape Clipper Needed

Ron Onslow and others are going to trim the grapes in the roundabout today (Saturday) at 9 am. He needs some volunteers with garden clippers. Should not take long as the last time went very fast.

Make it 2 m

Friends of the Library are looking for people to help plan this summer’s big event: The CHAIR-ity dinner and auction on August 12. We need table hosts as well as planners and doers to make this event a success. Ideas are welcome.

Call me at 887-2160 or email kathywinters179@gmail.com if you are interested.

Make a difference in your community – volunteer!

Plankhouse Opens April 16

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will hold its spring celebration with guided walks and other events on Sunday, April 16. The Plankhouse will be open from noon to 4pm. There will be hands-on displays, you can sample stinging nettle tea and enjoy children’s activities throughout the day.

Ridgefield School District seeking school board candidate applications

The Ridgefield School District is seeking highly qualified and interested community leaders to apply for a vacant Director position (District 1) on the Ridgefield School Board.

Applications for appointment to District 1 are due in the Superintendent’s Office by 4 p.m. on April 10, 2017.  Applications are available at the Superintendent’s Office, 2724 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield or online at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

The Board of Directors will meet in a special meeting for the purpose of an open public session to interview candidates and make the appointment session tentatively May 15, 2017.

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors consists of five members. Each Director represents one of five geographic districts in which he or she resides.

The District 1 vacancy when Jeff Vigue announced his retirement from the board following ten years of distinguished service.

The District 1 boundaries are as follows:

Director District 1

Starting at the intersection of Refuge Rd and Hillhurst Rd.

Southeast on Hillhurst Rd to 22nd Cir.

East on 22nd Cir to 26th Ave.

North on 26th Ave and extension to 2010 Ridgefield city limits.

West and North following city limits to Gee Crk.

Northwest on Gee Crk to Pioneer St.

East on Pioneer St to Reiman Rd.

North on Reiman Rd to 5th Way.

West on 5th Way to Lark Dr.

North on Lark Dr to Heron Dr.

Westerly on Heron Dr to Gee Crk.

Northerly on Gee Crk to Main Ave.

North on Main Ave to 291st St.

East on 291st St to 71st Ave.

North on 71st Ave to Lancaster Rd.

Northwest on Lancaster Rd to Union Pacific RR.

North on Union Pacific RR to county line.

Westerly on county line to Columbia Rvr.

South on Columbia Rvr to Bachelor Island Slough.

Southeasterly through Bachelor Island Slough to Lake Rvr.

Southeast through Lake Rvr to Refuge Rd.

Easterly on Refuge Rd to the point of the beginning.

The Board of Directors is the governing board of the Ridgefield School District. Directors must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Washington; be a resident and qualified voter in the school district; and reside in the director district which he or she represents.

Interested persons may apply in person or in writing by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 360-619-1302, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642.