Native of the Month: Pacific shrew

Native of the Month: Pacific shrew

You’re walking along some bushes in a park, and suddenly see a tiny gray creature skittering into the fallen leaves. At first you may think it’s a rodent, but this frenetic ball of energy is actually a shrew.  While it appears small, shrews are one of the most...

Wetlands Can Catch Fire??

Wetlands Can Catch Fire??

It seems that summer is finally here in Western Washington. Time for road trips, camping in the woods, and swimming outside!It also means that it is time to take extra care around all situations of potential risk of starting wildland fires. Last year wildland...

We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is looking to fill the role of Program and Development Director!   The Program and Development Director (updated from Executive Director) is the key management leader and is responsible for overseeing the administration,...

Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month!

The natural world is filled with colorful, magnificent, and fabulously diverse wonders. Many species of mammals, fish, and birds engage in nonreproductive sexual behavior and display same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, and co-parenting. Species like bonobos, giraffes,...

World Rainforest Day

World Rainforest Day

Rainforests: the mere mention of the word conjures marvelous visions of lush, steamy jungles full of resplendent parrots and birds of paradise, butterflies on passion flowers, stalking jaguars, poison dart frogs calling beneath sprawling canopies from which...

Native of the Month – Western Hemlock

Native of the Month – Western Hemlock

Western Hemlock - Tsuga heterophyllaIn 1947, RCW 1.20.020 of the Washington state legislature declared, “that certain evergreen tree known and described as the Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) is hereby designated as the official tree of the state of...

Grizzly and Black Bear Co-occurance

Grizzly and Black Bear Co-occurance

As outdoor recreation evolves, it is important to look at non-human animal and human interactions especially when it comes to animals that do not fear humans as much. A study in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada studied how often grizzly and black bears appear in...

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Most of us who enjoy spending time on public lands for recreation have probably been exposed to messaging about how to minimize our impact on the environment while still doing the things we love. “Take only pictures and leave only footprints,” is a well-known example...

Native of the Month: Pacific Poison Oak

Native of the Month: Pacific Poison Oak

Pacific Poison Oak - Toxicodendron diversiloba Pacific poison oak, also called Western poison oak, is a native plant that you hope to never come into contact with. Pacific poison oak, like the Atlantic poison oak, contains urushiol, which is a...

Caring for Wildlife from Home

Caring for Wildlife from Home

Every year, acres of healthy, connected habitats are lost to urban development. Did you know that you can help decrease habitat fragmentation at home? Whether you live in an apartment building or a single-family home, you can help promote healthy habitats...

Native of the Month: Blue Orchard Bee

Native of the Month: Blue Orchard Bee

Blue Orchard Bee - Osmia lignariaWhat’s blue, beautiful, beneficial, and buzzes? The blue orchard bee. Native to the US and Canada, these little bees become active in early spring and get right to work pollinating some of our favorite plants. They are known to be...

Migration and Ways Animals Survive Winter

Migration and Ways Animals Survive Winter

To the observant eye, the natural world around us sends many harbingers of spring: the days are getting longer, buds are beginning to swell and break on deciduous trees and shrubs, and here at SHADOW the frogs are singing their three-chambered hearts out. A very...

Carnivore Brain Size Evolution

Carnivore Brain Size Evolution

In the past, it was believed that sociality i.e. tendency to associate in or form social groups, determined a species’ brain size. It seemed that forming complex relationships and societies allowed for larger brains as seen in communities of primates. Although that...

Native of the Month: Long-tailed weasel

Native of the Month: Long-tailed weasel

Long-tailed weasel - Neogale frenata Perhaps the word carnivore conjures a specific image to your mind. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! But carnivores, mammals belonging to the order Carnivora and specialized in eating meat, come in all shapes and sizes. A small and...

First Dinosaur from Washington State

First Dinosaur from Washington State

Along the Cedar District Formation, a geologic formation on the San Juan Islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Vancouver Island, a proximal left femur was formally recorded as the first dinosaur found in Washington state. The fossil was retrieved in the shallow...

What Makes our Ecosystems Extraordinary

What Makes our Ecosystems Extraordinary

Washington State is home to many unique species and diverse habitats. In fact, nine different terrestrial ecoregions have been delineated in Washington, and that doesn't even include marine ecosystem diversity. We’re lucky enough to find estuaries,...

Food Shopping in the New Year

Food Shopping in the New Year

Many people participate in new year resolutions at the beginning of the year to improve their lives but lose sight of their goals almost as soon as January ends. A new year can be like a new room; although we enter with every intention of performing a task, we may...