Animals in Summer: Ferruginous Hawk

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 ...
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Native Plant of the Month: Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum Sword ferns are one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic species. They are native to the west coast and infamously difficult to grow outside of their natural range. Huge fronds radiate from a central base and each leaflet has a tiny hilt ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Native Plant of the Month: Ocean Spray

The rocky outcroppings and coastal bluffs of the Salish Sea cast up a misty white sheen in the churning surf. But you don’t have commute to the coast to catch a glimpse of the ocean surf crashing on the rocks. Look no further than the ...
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Animals in Summer: Coyotes

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 ...
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Animals in Summer: Pacific Chorus Frogs

Here at the Nature Preserve, summer means listening to the Pacific Chorus Frogs sing in the evening as we pack up for the day. Also known as the Pacific Tree Frog, these amphibians have a reputation for being some of ...
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Native Plant of the Month: Columbines

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 ...
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The Cedar River Watershed

Washington State is home to two coastal mountain ranges. When alpine peaks bud up against the open ocean, the result is lots of precipitation! King County is among a limited number of lucky communities in the United States who draw ...
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Native Plant of the Month: May Flowers

Spring has most certainly sprung at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and our staff cannot get enough of the beautiful wildflowers that are popping up all over the grounds. In fact, there are so many exquisite, perennial native plants in bloom ...
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Earth Day: A Native Plant Celebration

This Earth Day SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve hosted a native plant celebration! This was an opportunity for participants of all ages to learn about the plants that are native to the Western Washington Coast and how they help to support ...
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Tahoma Field Trips Underway!

As part of Next Generation Science Standards of Washington State, all fourth graders learn about the processes that shape the surface of the earth. This month, fourth graders from the Tahoma School District are taking this requirement out of the ...
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Guided Nature Walks: Tour of the Upland Forest

Explore the beauty of our trails with a guide to lead you through the diverse ecology represented at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Guided Nature Walks are outdoor explorations that take place rain or shine. Come with weather appropriate clothes and ...
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What’s that word? — Fast vocabulary about glaciers!

Tectonic: Large-scale processes affecting the structure of the earth’s crust. Cordilleran ice sheet: Large historic glacier that stretched across the West Coast of North America to the continental divide, at times expanding as far south as Aberdeen, WA. Puget Lobe: ...
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Animals in Spring: Bald Eagle

The start of spring marks breeding season for many of our local bird populations, and the American Bald Eagle is no exception. The Bald Eagle is not only an iconic symbol for our nation, but a symbol of hope for ...
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Native plant of the month: Oso Berry, Oemleria cerasiformis

Spring has finally sprung, here in the Pacific Northwest and there is no better herald of spring than our own native plant – Oso Berry, Oemleria cerasiformis.  This time of year, Oso Berry is hard to miss – they are ...
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5th Grade Fundraisers: Pint sized Conservationists take on Full Grown Problems

This winter, SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve hosted a Wilderness Adventure, field trip in partnership with the Woodland Park Zoo. The students and teacher were particularly concerned about the plight of amphibians and sought out SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve as a ...
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SHADOW Recommend: iNatrualist App

SHADOW’s staff have a new favorite app, available for iphone and android, and we recommend you check it out! If you were a fan of Pokémon Go, then iNaturalist is for you. This app allows citizen scientists to survey the ...
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Engaging Trees: Survey of culturally significant trees

Survey of culturally significant trees  What do trees mean in your life? Can you think of any trees in South King County that are particularly significant in your memory? Have you ever used a distinct tree as a landmark? In ...
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GiveBIG 2017

So far, 2017 has been a difficult year for the environmental community. The United States’ new leadership has made it overwhelmingly clear that it plans to dismantle much of the existing infrastructure for environmental protection. This affront is aimed largely ...
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