Animals in Winter: Rough-skinned Newt

Rough-skinned Newt –¬†Taricha granulosa The rough-skinned newt, named for its rough granular skin, is a medium to large-sized newt with a rounded snout and bright orange underside. The rough-skinned newt is the most common salamander found in the Pacific...

Native Plant of the Month: Sword Fern

Sword Fern –¬†Polystichum munitum   Another classic plant in the Pacific Northwest is the sword fern. These ferns are extremely versatile and resilient. They thrive in moist soil and almost full shade, but can also survive in full shade and low nutrient...

Natural Heritage Registry

At the end of October, the Natural Heritage Advisory Council voted to include the Shadow Lake bog in the Washington Register of Natural Areas, in recognition of the high conservation value of the bog and Shadow Lake Nature Preserve’s efforts to protect the site!...

Native Animal of the Month: Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcons – Falco peregrinus   Peregrine falcons are found all over the world. Adult peregrines are blue-gray above with barred underparts and a dark head with thick dark sideburns resembling a helmet. Juveniles are heavily marked, with vertical...