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...

Native of the Month

Native of the Month

Devil's matchstick - Pilophorus acicularisPilophorus acicularis is a part of the Cladoniaceae (lichenized fungi) family. It is found in cool moist forest locations at all elevation levels but is more common near waterfalls at lower elevations. It has been reported...

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...

Science Communications: Bats

Science Communications: Bats

At night, bats take over as pollinators and some plants rely on them to reproduce, but we don't know everything about them. It may be commonly said that they carry rabies, but how many actually do? In a study by Jesse Bonwitt, Hanna Oltean, Misty Lang, Rochelle M....

Native of the Month

Native of the Month

Dear fern - Blechnum spicantThe deer fern or Blechnum spicant (Greek for "spiked fern") can be found in Europe, Japan, Northern Asia, and in the western part of the United States. In the U.S., it is commonly found from southern Alaska to California mostly distributed...

Sustainable Hiking Practices

Sustainable Hiking Practices

Outdoor ethics constantly evolves with emerging research, but many basic principles for trail use remain the same. We ask that you follow these simple guidelines to the best of your abilities when visiting SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and other outdoor spaces. One less...

Owl Nests

Owl Nests

While looking up into a tree, it's nice to imagine that squirrels or birds call it their home, but where do animals truly nest? Individuals from Washington, Oregon, and even northern California have reported northern spotted owl (NSO) nest sightings in old-growth...

Native of the Month

Native of the Month

Western Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio rutulusThe western tiger swallowtail, a common butterfly, gets its name from its vibrant black and yellow wings that resemble tiger stripes. This species is found all the way from British...

Pollinators: a flowering plant’s best friend

Pollinators: a flowering plant’s best friend

Pollinators play an important role in the success of our native plants around the world. It has been estimated that on average 85% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Pollinators contribute their services to over 180,000 different plant...

SHADOW’s Mission Makeover

SHADOW’s Mission Makeover

After much consideration and thoughtful discussions, we are so delighted to announce that SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve has a new mission!   Our Mission:  SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve acquires and restores critical lands to permanently protect and steward dwindling...

Protecting and Preserving since 1995

Protecting and Preserving since 1995

SHADOW (Save Habitat And Diversity of Wetlands) started out with just two individuals, Max and Erin Prinsen, determined to make a difference in their community. In 1995, Max and Erin purchased a 18.5-acre forested lot next to their home that was being used as an...

Native Animal of the Month: Red-tailed hawk

Native Animal of the Month: Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk -Buteo jamaicensisThe red-tailed hawk is a beautiful raptor species. Because of its distinct red tail, it is easily identified by even the most novice birder. Although the red tail of the red-tailed hawk is easy to spot, the rest of...

Double Your Impact for SHADOW

Don't miss your opportunity to DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT this holiday season. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve kicked off the End of Year Campaign last week and thanks to a generous donor, all donations received from now until the end of the year will be matched!  Your...

Significance of Shadow Lake Bog

Significance of Shadow Lake Bog

If you have ever visited SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, chances are that you've probably seen the Shadow Lake Bog. As you may know, a bog is a wetland habitat that is characterized by spongy ground that consists of partially decaying plant debris called peat. Behind the...

The Worth of Our Water and Wetlands

The Worth of Our Water and Wetlands

What do wetlands give us? Why keep them around? Among other benefits, wetlands improve our water quality in many different ways. Healthy wetlands store and filter nutrients, sediments, pollutants, metals, harmful bacteria, and acids preventing them from entering our...

Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

Western Hemlock - Tsuga heterophyllaIn 1947 the western hemlock, or Tsuga heterophylla, was selected as the official state tree of Washington because of the significant role it played in Washington's forest industry. The western hemlock is one the many evergreen trees...

Restoration Happenings

Restoration Happenings

Site restoration efforts have been in full force this summer season! Between Saturday Restoration Work Parties, Scout groups, and ongoing projects there has been a lot of work getting done at the Nature Preserve. Recently, Eagle Scout Kelly Keil completed a project to...