- Certified: December 2008
- Population: 12,815
- Located 5 miles west of downtown Seattle on Puget Sound
Alki is the historical "birthplace" of Seattle. Today, it is a diverse, highly urbanized community. It is on the northern tip of the West Seattle peninsula, and is a favorite tourist destination offering sweeping views of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay to the east, and the Olympic Mountains to the west. Schmitz Preserve Park contains the last old-growth forest in the immediate Puget Sound region. The Duwamish River, part of which runs through Alki, is a federal Supefund site, because of severe contamination.
Bainbridge Island, WA
- Certified: April, 2010
- Population: 22,600
- Located in Puget Sound, west of Seattle
Only a ferry ride away from Seattle, Bainbridge Island has retained its rural character. It is noted for its natural beauty, abundance of wildlife, preserved open space, walking trails and narrow two-lane roads. The forested areas are mostly second-growth, with small areas of old growth. Also, much of the island is still farmed. There is a small-town atmosphere on the island, with a high level of community involvement. For more information, please go towww.westsoundwildlife.org.
- Certified: March, 2010
- Population: 72,000
- Located in northwestern Washington, 90 miles north of Seattle
Bellingham is a small city located on Puget Sound and the county seat of Whatcom County. It has an active port, which supports fishing, shipping and other industry. The citizens of Bellingham have a strong interest in their parks and green spaces, voting three times to tax themselves to purchase land for this purpose. East of Bellingham are the North Cascades Mountains, including volcanic Mt. Baker. Species of concern include chinook and coho Salmon, western pond turtles and marbled murrelets. Check out the City of Bellingham Landscaping for Wildlife web page for a brief history of Bellhingham's certification and local resources on how to certify your yard, schoolyard or business landscaping.
Camano Island, WA
- Certified: April, 2005
- Population: 13,347
- Located in Puget Sound, about 60 miles north of Seattle
As an island in Puget Sound, Camano Island affords breathtaking views of the surrounding waterways, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. It is a year-round home to commuters and retirees alike, as well a summer home to "snowbirds." The dominant ecosystem is upland coniferous forest. The habitat team certified both of the island's state parks and several of its nature preserves. Although 175 certification points were required, the habitat team insisted on sticking with their original goal of 500 certifications, which they achieved in time for the ceremony. For more information, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
- Certified: April, 2010
- Population: 40,560
- Located on the shore of Puget Sound, 15 miles north of Seattle
Edmonds is a picturesque seaside community with views of Puget Sound and both the Olympic and Cascade Ranges. The waterfront is a transportation corridor, with railroad and ferry service. The City of Edmonds established an underwater scuba-diving park that is a protected marine sanctuary. In addition, a 23-acre brackish marsh is a wildlife sanctuary. Edmonds has a city ordinance that restricts cats; cats are not allowed to roam freely in the city limits. For more information, visitwww.edmondsbackyardwildlifehabitat.org.
Fidalgo Island/Anacortes, WA
- Certified: June, 2008
- Population: 21,000
- Located 80 miles north of Seattle in the western region of Skagit County
The Fidalgo Island/Anacortes community is comprised of three areas: rural Fidalgo in the south, the City of Anacortes in the north and the Swinomish tribal lands in the east. Fidalgo Island has numerous lakes, wetlands and streams; 1,300 foot Mt. Erie; more than 40 miles of saltwater coastline; and many state, county and city parks. Deception Pass State Park alone is 1,170 acres and there are 2,800 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Most of the parklands are dense coniferous forests. Species of concern include chinook and coho salmon, bald eagles, goldeneye buffleheads and wood ducks.
- Certified: September, 2009
- Population: 75, 000
- Located 8 miles northeast of Seattle
Kirkland is located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. Its downtown area is located right on the waterfront and includes shops, art galleries and restaurants, as well as public beaches and a performing arts center. Warehouse chain Costco originally had its headquarters in Kirkland, which led to the Kirkland Signature store brand. The Community Wildlife Habitat project includes the entire city of Kirkland, as well as an area called the Proposed Annexation Area, which has Kirkland mailing addresses, and which the city hopes to annex.
Lake Forest Park, WA
- Certified: December, 2006
- Population: 12,770
- Suburb of Seattle located on the north shore of Lake Washington
Lake Forest Park is a suburban community best characterized by its name. Nicknamed "the Park" by lifetime residents, Lake Forest Park incorporates an intricate network of streams and wetlands which flow into Lake Washington. The town has a lush green canopy including impressive stands of second growth conifers. Established trees are protected in the city ordinance code and healthy habitat is a community value. Threatened species include coho, chinook and sockeye salmon.
- Certified: November, 2011
- Population: 20,110
- Located on Puget Sound, 25 miles north of Seattle
Mukilteo is a waterfront community in southern Snohomish County and a regional transportation hub for the State Ferry System, Amtrak, the BNSF railroad and Sound Transit. The city is the home of the historic Mukilteo Light Station, located in a park. Other parks and trail systems provide recreation for city residents. The city’s community garden provides fresh produce for the Food Bank. Mukilteo’s dominant landscape features include steep ravines and shoreline bluffs. Homes are mostly located on the bluffs, whereas most of the city’s forested lands are located in the ravines.
- Certified: March 2011
- Population: 40,600
- Located 10 miles east of Seattle
Sammamish is a suburban community situated on the shores and hilly terrain east of Lake Sammamish. The natural environment includes approximately 10 miles of Lake Sammamish shoreline, wetlands, streams, two other lakes and several parks with many hiking trails. Wildlife seen in the community include black bears, bobcats, coyotes, black-tail deer, beavers, and numerous bird and fish species. The Community Wildlife Habitat team includes the City’s Volunteer Coordinator, two Parks Commissioners, two Washington Native Plant stewards, and an Eastside Audubon Society member.
- Certified: October 2010
- Population: 53,000
- Located 10 miles north of Seattle, on Puget Sound
Shoreline is a suburban community that incorporated to become a City in 1995. It has classic Puget Sound beauty along with proximity to Seattle and all it offers. Shoreline is a "land bridge" connecting Puget Sound to Lake Washington. It may be small, but it has diverse natural habitats that include marine shoreline and bluffs; peat bogs & streams; in addition to upland habitats & many native evergreen trees. The combination of diverse habitat and being on the Pacific Flyway affords the opportunity to see many different resident & migrating birds.
Skagit Valley, WA
- Certified: July, 2010
- Population: 42,000
- Located in Skagit County, 55 miles north of Seattle
The Skagit Valley community is based around the Skagit River, which originates in the North Cascades and empties into Puget Sound. The City of Mount Vernon, voted the "Best Small City in America" in 1998, is the principal town. The lower Skagit Valley is very productive agricultural land, while the lands to the west are mostly uninhabited forest land. This community abuts the Fidalgo Island/Anacortes Community Wildlife Habitat project and the hope is to create wildlife corridors on a more regional basis.
Surrey Downs, WA
- Certified: June 28, 2013
- Population: 800
- Located 5 miles east of downtown Seattle
Surrey Downs is a suburban community of 275 single-family homes, within Bellevue, WA, a city of 120,000 people in the Puget Sound region on the east side of Lake Washington. Located just south of Bellevue’s downtown urban core, it is within easy walking distance of shopping, restaurants, a regional library and art museum. The community borders Mercer Slough, a migration pathway for Chinook, Coho, and sockeye salmon, as well as cutthroat trout and steelhead. A number of homes have well-established large trees and shrubs that provide excellent habitat, but opportunity remains to increase wildlife cover in yards with more traditional gardening practices.
- Certified: May, 2002
- Population: 15,000
- Located 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle
Tukwila is found at the crossroads of two major interstate freeways. This convenient location has led to its being a center of commerce and industry, including the Boeing Company's Corporate Headquarters. It is a highly diverse cultural and ethnic community. The Community Wildlife Habitat project was sponsored by Tukwila Parks and Recreation. One hundred percent of Tukwila's schools were certified as well as numerous businesses.
Whidbey Island, WA
- Certified: December, 2011
- Population: 59,000
- Located in Puget Sound, 30 miles north of Seattle
Whidbey Island is approximately 55 miles long and is the largest island in Washington. It has 200 miles of shoreline and is comprised of gentle hills, forest and green valleys. Ebey's Landing National Historic Preserve protects the island's rare and sensitive plants. Numerous other state parks are on the island, including Deception Pass State Park, which offers views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains to the west and east. The project has already partnered with Whidbey Audubon and a local Boy Scout troop.