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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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Animals in Winter: The Banana Slug

Just like a true Washingtonian, the banana slug is not deterred by our winter weather and rain. Their cousins, snails, retreat into their shells and hibernate throughout the cold and rain; but not the slug! Despite their relative vulnerability in ...
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Bee My Valentine Celebration Recap

The start of amphibian season means that SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is hopping! Just this February, the Nature Preserve hosted Bee My Valentine: A Native Pollinator Celebration. Together, we learned about the value of native pollinators and how individuals and community ...
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Native Plant of the Month: Red Osier Dogwood

This native plant is especially eye-catching during winter months when the beautiful red coloring of its bark is especially prominent after a freeze. A fan of moist soil, this plant is often found along streams and in forested wetlands. Besides being ...
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Its Herping Season!

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Herping is the act of searching for these creatures in their natural habitats. Both of the words herpetology and herping come from the Greek root herpeton, meaning ‘to creep”. This Greek root ...
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Bee My Valentine: A Native Pollinator Celebration

If you enjoyed an apple today, you have a pollinator to thank for your snack! In fact, if you ate a strawberry, a lemon, an avocado, or even a batch of French fries, you have a pollinator to thank. One ...
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Animals in winter: The Douglas Squirrel

John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and renowned 20th Century naturalist, famously said of the Douglas Squirrel, “He is the mocking-bird of squirrels, pouring forth mixed chatter and song like a perennial fountain; barking like a dog, screaming like ...
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