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WNPS Field Trip: Deception Pass State Park

Animals, Education, Nature, Green/Environmental

April 20, Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Deception Pass State Park. Location: Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride off 32nd street on the west side of I-5 to carpool, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 5:00 pm. Explore one of the best sites for early season wildflowers on the shore of the Salish Sea at Deception Pass State Park. We’ll ramble across the meadows on Pass Island where the grass widows (Olysynium douglasii) and camas (Camassia quamash) may still be blooming. Examine Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) male and female cones, see red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) clinging to the cliffs just above the splash zone, and see if the first blossoms of harsh paintbrush (Castilleja hispida) are showing. Maybe even a checker lily (Fritillaria affinis) under the trees. Then we’ll head over to West Beach where we should see diminutive Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua in the sand. What else might we find? Your field trip leader is a renowned photographer, author and member of the Washington Native Plant Society. This event is free and there is no need to RSVP. See you on the trail!