Native Plant of the Month

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  Roundleaf Sundew – Drosera rotundifolia The roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is wonderful carnivorous wetland-loving plant species. Unlike most other plants, the sundew derives most of its nutrients from breaking down insects, instead of retrieving nutrients from the soil. Being carnivorous … Continued

Native Animal of the Month

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Stellar’s jay – Cyanocitta stelleri   If you’ve spent some time outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, you have most likely come across a Steller’s jay. Common residents along the northwest coast, Steller’s jays can be found in conifer forests, pine-oak forests, and forested suburbs. Identified … Continued

Give Big for Shadow

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Tomorrow, May 8th, is your last chance to GiveBIG for SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve!    GiveBIG is a statewide wide celebration of community giving. This year, we are asking you to contribute to SHADOW so that we may continue our … Continued

Our Connection to Nature

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Have you ever had a hectic day and headed straight on a nature walk to clear your mind? It is a common and excellent habit to seek nature when you are feeling down or disconnected from yourself or others. There … Continued

Native Animal of the Month: Black Bear

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American black bear – Ursus americanus The Pacific Northwest isn’t home to alligators or giant deadly snakes, but a majestic predator found here is a bear. With long ears, dark eyes, short tail, black fur, black bears are the most … Continued

Native Plant of the Month: Salmonberry

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Salmonberry – Rupus spectabilis It’s the time of year where the pink 5-petaled flowers of our native Salmonberry herald in the start of spring! Salmonberry is a common understory shrub found in a range of habitats here in the Pacific … Continued

Fens vs. Bogs

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Wetlands are very important ecosystems; they help filter water and mitigate flooding. There are four general types of wetlands in the United States; marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. Similar to bogs, fens are a type of peatland that has been formed by retreating glaciers. Unlike a bog, which receives water … Continued