Ecosystem Services: Wetlands

Ecosystem Services: Wetlands

Wetlands are sometimes referred to as the kidneys of the landscape because they function as the receivers of waste and filters of water from both natural and human sources. Different types of wetlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services. Ecosystem...

Native of the Month: Coho salmon

Native of the Month: Coho salmon

Coho salmon - Oncorhynchus kisutchThe Coho (or silver salmon) are anadromous which means they spend most of their lives in the ocean and return to freshwater to spawn. They can grow up to 30 inches and can weigh up to 20 pounds or more. Most salmonid...

Education offerings!

Education offerings!

Our new virtual Wilderness Adventure experiences for K-5 students are now available! These Wilderness Adventures are short, interactive videos accompanied with discussion questions and extracurricular activities. Virtual Wilderness Adventures are perfect for...

World Water Day

World Water Day

During the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, leaders from across the globe congregated to explore solutions to problems regarding the global water crisis. World leaders discussed the 2.2 billion people living without...

Nature and Genetic Memory

Nature and Genetic Memory

Years of research suggests that humans feel relaxed, happy, and even healthier while exposed to nature. Two hours per week of nature immersion alleviates stress. Spending time outdoors in a safe setting lowers blood pressure, enhances immune...

Native of the Month: Mock Orange

Native of the Month: Mock Orange

Mock orange - Philadelphus lewisiiMock orange is in the Hydrangea family and can be found in North America, from British Columbia down through California, and Idaho and Montana. While other varieties can be found throughout the world, 27 of these species are native to...

Native of the Month: Townsend’s mole

Native of the Month: Townsend’s mole

Townsend's mole - Sccapanus townsendiiWestern Washington Is home to the largest mole in North America, the Townsend’s mole (Scapanus townsendii). The Townsend’s Mole can be found west of the Cascade Mountains ranging from southern British Columbia to northern...

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

Noise pollution from vehicles, machinery, and construction impacts people and wildlife alike. Sound pollution can cause stress, nervous disorders, insomnia, increased blood pressure, and hypertension in humans. Research has also found that these noises interfere with...

Restoration around the Nature Preserve

Restoration around the Nature Preserve

At SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, we work on projects involving ecological restoration. Ecological restoration is accelerating ecosystem recovery following damage, degradation, or destruction. We create conditions needed for plants and animals become healthy and...

Thank you volunteers!

Thank you volunteers!

As 2020 comes to an end, we want to take a moment to celebrate and thank the wonderful people who have made an impact volunteering with SHADOW this year. Our volunteer support is the backbone of our organization. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all the...

Native of the Month: Snowberry

Native of the Month: Snowberry

Snowberry - Symphoricarpus albusThere are approximately 15 species in the plant genus symphoricarpos (also known as snowberry or ghostberry). You’ll find common snowberry here in the Pacific Northwest. The distribution of snowberry can be found from...

Trends in ice cover and harp seals

Trends in ice cover and harp seals

As marine mammals, harp seals have developed strategies to survive changes in resource availability, but if essentials to live are made even less available due to climate change, it is not certain if these earless creatures will be able to cope. Seals use seasonal ice...

Native of the Month: Barn Owl

Native of the Month: Barn Owl

Barn Owl - Tyto albaBarn owls can be found in most of the lower 48 states, parts of southern Canada, and around the globe. These owls are non-migratory and reside near grasslands, marshes, deserts, forests, the open plains, and even in busy cities. They nest in...

What makes a plant “native”?

What makes a plant “native”?

Gardeners, horticulturists, botanists, nature lovers have different definitions of which plants are considered native, invasive, and noxious, but there exist some general conclusions about which flora belong where. One aspect of a native plant is that it...

Fantastic Fungus

Fantastic Fungus

How can mushrooms help restore the forest at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve?  The Pacific Northwest is a great place to enjoy beautiful and varied fruiting bodies of fungi, or mushrooms, scattered about the mossy forest floor. What many people don't know is that below...

The Color in Leaves

The Color in Leaves

As temperatures begin to cool and the days get shorter, leaves on deciduous trees begin to change colors. But why? There are several hypotheses for this phenomenon, but it is likely a chemical reaction that is triggered by the amount of daylight the plant is receiving...

Living with Wildlife

Living with Wildlife

Living in rural parts of Washington state often means that some of your neighbors are local wildlife like raccoons, coyotes, and bears. Being in and around wildlife habitat results in frequent human-wildlife interactions and sometimes these...