Animals in Summer: Oh Deer!

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White-tailed deer – Odocoileus virginianus As the weather is heating up you might be seeing extra tracks in your garden. Some of these tracks may belong to this month’s mammal: the white-tailed deer. Here at the Nature Preserve, we are seeing … Continued

Winter Solstice

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  As PNW residents, we are no strangers to lack of sun. Especially with the approach of the winter solstice, which falls on Thursday, December 21st. The solstice marks the shortest daylight hours of the year. Though the shortest day … Continued

Where there’s smoke…

Forest Fires and Climate Change Photo: Forest Fire/Shutterstock Over the month of August, a change in the natural environment invaded King County. From the first sunset made more vibrant from hanging smoke, to the loss of our mountain views and air quality, it was impossible to ignore … Continued

Native Plant of the Month: Columbines

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With curling petals and dramatic coloration, the columbine flower is one of the most stunning native wildflowers in Washington state. These perennial beauties are identified by the petals that give them their scientific name. Columbines are members of the Aquilegia family, named after the Latin word for … Continued