Animals in Summer: Ferruginous Hawk

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Birds of prey are scientifically classified as indicator species, meaning that the health of the entire ecosystem can be affected by their loss. Healthy ecosystems have birds of prey, but ecosystems under pressure rapidly lose these majestic creatures. Hawks are critical because they keep small mammal populations under control and are a top predator in … Continued

Where there’s smoke…

Forest Fires and Climate Change Photo: Forest Fire/Shutterstock Over the month of August, a change in the natural environment invaded King County. From the first sunset made more vibrant from hanging smoke, to the loss of our mountain views and air quality, it was impossible to ignore … Continued

Dry Photo Tour

Wetlands, like Shadow Lake Bog, expand and contract annually in response to our rain patterns. With the drier weather, the bog has been contracting – giving up its water to the surrounding areas and keeping our neighborhood green and growing, despite the … Continued

Animals in Summer: Coyotes

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Wily coyote is a familiar figure in American folklore. He’s a clever trickster – often mischievous and always seeking personal gain. Real-life coyotes also have a bad reputation – infamous for stealing chickens, house cats, and anything else they can get their teeth around. However, while coyotes are opportunistic predators, and practical measures should be taken to prevent pet predation, most … Continued

Native Plant of the Month: Columbines

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With curling petals and dramatic coloration, the columbine flower is one of the most stunning native wildflowers in Washington state. These perennial beauties are identified by the petals that give them their scientific name. Columbines are members of the Aquilegia family, named after the Latin word for … Continued