Macroinvertebrates

Macroinvertebrates

In my experience as an environmental educator, macroinvertebrate is a term mostly used for aquatic animals that are small enough that you may have to squint or use a magnifying glass to look closely, but that you don’t need a microscope to see. These critters,...

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

It’s a relief when we notice the shift to longer days in the spring. Suddenly it’s light when we eat breakfast, and STILL light when we get home from work. But it’s not just we humans who notice. About that same time, the birds start singing, and buds start popping...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service. While our work party is full there is ample opportunity for you to continue your connection to habitat by participating in a local Martin Luther King Day of Service event...

Native of the Month: Squirrels

Native of the Month: Squirrels

Seven species of these fuzzy rodents call Washington home, but only five of them are native to our area. All live in forests, and are primarily herbivorous, but they are surprisingly diverse in their lifestyles and range. Top predators of most squirrels are domestic...

Young Sustainability: Coffee

Young Sustainability: Coffee

We always have new opportunities to form good habits, but a new year feels like a great time to explore our practices. In this article of Young Sustainability by former SHADOW Intern, Isabella Boparai, she explores the negative effects of coffee on rainforest and ways...

Habitat Habits

Habitat Habits

Many of us start off our new year with resolutions or habits we want to adopt or goals that we want to accomplish. People have been making promises or resolutions going as far back as the Babylonians, some 4000 years ago, celebrating their new year in March. With the...

Join us Forest Bathing!

Join us Forest Bathing!

The times I feel most calm are during a backpacking trip or when foraging for mushrooms. These are a few of the rare times that my thinking slows and I am reminded of the large scale of nature, making my little problems seem less important. It has been proven time and...

Spicy Steps in the Forest Shadows

Spicy Steps in the Forest Shadows

You may have seen dark, heart-shaped leaves cascading down a slope under conifer trees in the deep forest. Or perhaps you have spied a carpet of hearts peeking out of a snowy bank in the woods. I have discovered Wild Ginger in several spots throughout the Pacific...

Native of the Month: Bryophytes

Native of the Month: Bryophytes

The first plants to adapt to life out of water were Bryophytes, plants that reproduce via spores and have no circulatory system: the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. These amazing little plants have no roots, but they may have rhizoids to anchor them to their...

Young Sustainability: Fast Fashion

Young Sustainability: Fast Fashion

As we continue to be mindful of our practices, we continue to change our habits and improve the environment. Did you know that many products can be unstable, due to the company's materials and practices? However, many companies today are taking the initiative to...

Mummies Under Mosses: Bog Bodies

Mummies Under Mosses: Bog Bodies

The soft mosses of a peat bog grow slowly and build up at a rate of mere centimeters per year. And most bogs have been forming and accumulating peat since the last ice age roughly 10,000 years ago. Beneath the lush moss on top is a dense accumulation of peat, often...

Native of the Month:

Native of the Month:

Bigleaf Maple - Acer macrophyllumThere are few things as delightfully childlike as going out of the way to hear the crunch of fall leaves underfoot. Growing up, my family had a huge bigleaf maple tree that would produce an outstanding number of fluorescently yellow...

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

Did you know that anyone, including you, can contribute to real-world science projects? You can work with scientists and other volunteers in gathering data that can help to answer real-world questions and learn about and gain confidence in scientific processes at the...