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.
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.
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.
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