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Fidalgo Island, Washington:  You can find us in the Pacific Northwest USA in the heart of the Salish Sea.  This is the spot where the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound converge.  The nearest communities are Anacortes on Fidalgo, Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island and La Conner on the mainland.  The San Juan Islands are a stone's throw by ferry.  Visit Fidalgo Island Crossings to see more of this beautiful island.

The Salish Sea Ecosystem:  Spanning two countries and dozens of nations, this great inland sea is named for the Salishan language family of its first inhabitants.  Warmed by Pacific currents and sheltered by mountain ranges, the climate is unusually mild for its latitude.  It is fed by several major river systems which make it less salty than the ocean.  Despite more than six million human inhabitants, it remains one of the most diverse biological ecosystems in North America.

Wild Fidalgo is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  Under this program, backyards, churchyards, parks, schools and even apartment balconies can participate.  Providing food, water, cover and places to raise young create a healthy habitat.  Sustainable gardening practices are also encouraged and include reducing chemical use, conserving water and using native plants.  Under the same program, Fidalgo Island/Anacortes is also a Certified Community Habitat

Wild Fidalgo has fulfilled the requirements for certification as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  More than 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat has been converted to housing in Washington State.  This program helps to offset some of the loss.  Providing food, water, cover and places to raise young for wildlife, and encouraging sound practices in resource conservation are goals of the program.

Wild Fidalgo is a member of Washington Shore Stewards for waterfront and stream-side property owners.  We learn 10 habitat-friendly guidelines and voluntarily apply as many as possible when caring for our beaches, bluffs, gardens and homes.  We seek to create healthier waters and shores for birds, fish, wildlife and humans alike.

DaveOnFidalgo:  I am a photography novice, but I try to keep learning.  A life-long interest in nature and science compels me to know everything possible about what i see around me.  Blogging has become an outlet for these passions.  Photo:  Canon

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