Native of the Month: Spiders

Native of the Month: Spiders

Some may cringe or feel repulsed at the thought or sight of spiders, but honestly once you realize their environmental significance, you can’t help but appreciate these 8-legged beauties. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve hosts a diverse and species rich spider community....
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...
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...
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...