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...

Preserve and Protect First

Preserve and Protect First

Habitat loss is one of the world's greatest threats to species diversity and to the natural world. Habitat loss occurs when natural habitat is destroyed, fragmented, or degraded. Most of the time, habitat loss is a human...

Native Plant of the Month: Sitka Alder

Native Plant of the Month: Sitka Alder

Sitka Alder - Alnus viridis ssp. sinuate Sitka alder is a small tree (compared to its neighbors) that grows between 3-39 ft, depending on elevation. It is found on the western edge of North America, ranging from Alaska down to northern California. Its eastern-most...

Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

Ponderosa Pine - Pinus ponderosa You probably recognize this tree, or one similar, if you have traveled anywhere in North America. The Pinus ponderosa has five subspecies native to different climates such as Colorado...

A Year in Restoration

A Year in Restoration

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve works hard to restore and maintain the land that it owns and manages. In order to monitor our ongoing restoration work, we created a photo point project that will document the visual changes occurring as our restoration efforts...

Peat!!

Peat!!

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is home to several different habitats including a bog, a special type of wetland. Specifically, it is considered a peat bog, but what exactly is peat? Peat is a nutrient-rich soil that takes thousands of years to...

Frog Frolic – 23 years!

Frog Frolic – 23 years!

Summer is here! Do you know what that means?   The 23rd Annual Frog Frolic, SHADOW's biggest event of the year, will be upon in just a few more months! Be sure to save the date, September 14th from 1 - 5 pm, for SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve's...

Native Plant of the Month: Ponderosa Pine

Native Plant of the Month: Ponderosa Pine

Red-flowering currant - Ribes sanguineum     A native Pacific Northwest shrub, the red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) grows along the coast in many different semi-shaded habitats, including mixed woodlands. The red-flowering currant can grow up to 13 feet tall,...

What’s a conservation easement?

What’s a conservation easement?

In the world of conservation, people work tirelessly to restore and promote healthy environments, but how can we ensure that the land we all love will be enjoyed by generations to come? Landowners specifically, have a powerful tool to do this called a...

Native Plant of the Month” Roundleaf Sundew

Native Plant of the Month” Roundleaf Sundew

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...