Habitat Restoration at Thelma
In honor of activist Thelma Gilmur, Tahoma Audubon partners with the City of Fircrest, Chamber Bay Women's Club, and Pierce County Conservation District to restore this urban island of green.
Thelma T. Gilmur and Helen Engle were the founding mothers of Tahoma Audubon. Thelma was known for her environmental education outreach, inspiring children through nature. She was also instrumental in saving many of our local natural gems, including Snake Lake, China Lake and Nisqually.
Job one remains removal of invasive plants like Himalayan Blackberries, English Ivy, Scotch Broom, and Holly, by their roots. When an area is successfully cleared of invaders, we have the pleasure of planting native species in their place.
In just six years so far, nearly 100 Ocean Spray, Salal, Tall and Low Oregon Grape, and Flowering Red Currant, among others, have been planted.
A Tahoma Audubon member who also belongs to Chamber Bay Women's Club recently donated three Pacific Ninebark. The shrubby growth habit of these flowering native plants provides valuable bird cover and nesting sites, and the blooms support butterflies. The donated Ninebark were planted as a gift to the members of Chamber Bay Women's Club.