What’s Blooming at SHADOW

What’s Blooming at SHADOW

Spring has sprung and we have an abundance of beautiful wildflowers at SHADOW to prove it! Along with the unpredictable showers and sun, this month you can find many different flowers appearing in all the diverse habitats that the Nature Preserve has to offer.  ...

Give Big for Shadow

Give Big for Shadow

Tomorrow, May 8th, is your last chance to GiveBIG for SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve!    GiveBIG is a statewide wide celebration of community giving. This year, we are asking you to contribute to SHADOW so that we may continue our work in preserving the...

Our Connection to Nature

Our Connection to Nature

Have you ever had a hectic day and headed straight on a nature walk to clear your mind? It is a common and excellent habit to seek nature when you are feeling down or disconnected from yourself or others. There is a lot of evidence to support that a connection to the...

Native Animal of the Month: Black Bear

Native Animal of the Month: Black Bear

American black bear - Ursus americanus The Pacific Northwest isn't home to alligators or giant deadly snakes, but a majestic predator found here is a bear. With long ears, dark eyes, short tail, black fur, black bears are the most familiar bear in North America. But...

Native Plant of the Month: Salmonberry

Native Plant of the Month: Salmonberry

Salmonberry - Rupus spectabilis It's the time of year where the pink 5-petaled flowers of our native Salmonberry herald in the start of spring! Salmonberry is a common understory shrub found in a range of habitats here in the Pacific Northwest. From bogs and wetlands,...

Fens vs. Bogs

Fens vs. Bogs

Wetlands are very important ecosystems; they help filter water and mitigate flooding. There are four general types of wetlands in the United States; marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. Similar to bogs, fens are a type of peatland...

Preservation at SHADOW

Preservation at SHADOW

If you have ever taken a stroll to the end of SHADOW's boardwalk and looked out beyond the trees from the boardwalk deck, there is a good chance you were looking towards a parcel of land that was not owned or managed by SHADOW, until now.   We are pleased to...

Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Violet

Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Violet

Evergreen Violet - Viola sempervirens Striking and small, the evergreen violet often goes unnoticed. This tiny plant loves to grow very low to the ground usually only 2-3 inches high. The petals range from only 7 to 10 millimeters long; that's not even half an inch....

New Native Plant Interpretive Signs

New Native Plant Interpretive Signs

Last August, thanks to a grant from our partners at 4Culture, SHADOW brought on Gabi Esparza to complete a heritage project. This season, her work will be immortalized in the form of 12 new signs on the Boardwalk trail. These signs highlight native plants found at...

Boardwalk update!

Boardwalk update!

The Boardwalk Trail is an essential part of SHADOW's grounds and mission as it is the only way visitors can view the bog. This trail is extremely important for SHADOW's education programs, there are over 1,000 local students scheduled to tour Shadow Lake Bog this...

A Letter from Isabelle

A Letter from Isabelle

Hello SHADOW Community, My last day at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve was Friday, February 15th. As I look forward to the next phase of my life, which involves a pivot away from the beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest, I am grateful to be leaving the Nature...

Welcome Joy!

Welcome Joy!

As SHADOW transitions in staff, we are delighted to announce our new Operations Manager, Joy. She has a strong passion for preservation and conservation. She developed her love for the outdoors and nature while taking ecology courses as an undergraduate student. Joy...

Ongoing Restoration Activities

In January of 2018, SHADOW began a large restoration project in our Uplands property. This particular plot had been logged in the early 1990's. After this logging, not much was done with the property, which meant it needed a lot of help! We are now ready to move to...

Herpetology Season Begins!

Starting soon, SHADOW's amphibian monitoring team will be conducting monitoring of SHADOW's two amphibian ponds. This team will be looking for egg masses and other evidence of amphibian breeding that will then be reported back to Woodland Park Zoo. In the past, SHADOW...

False Solomon’s Seal

False Solomon's Seal - Maianthemum racemosum Seemingly disappearing in the Fall and Winter, this native flower pops back up in the Spring. When mature, the stems zig-zag in lengths from 1 to 3 feet. The leaves extend alternately along the stem and can be up to 6...

You can’t predict the weather!

Winter seems to have kicked in a little late this year. SHADOW got over 3 inches of snow between February 3rd and 4th and at least a foot total this winter. Although the snow makes SHADOW's grounds look like a dream, we have had to change around some of our meetings...

Native Plant of the Month: Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle - Urtica dioica Stinging nettle is highly regarded for its health and healing benefits. It stings by releasing formic acid which is present in most bee stings. When harvested correctly, stinging nettle can be used to treat muscle pain, eczema,...