Autumn’s Untidy Beauty

Author Christy Peterson has provided us with a good excuse NOT to rake up all the leaves in the yard!  Skip the tidying, Christy advises.  Left where they fall, leaves and dying vegetation provide habitat for birds.  In rethinking fall clean-up, Christy writes,

Autumn seed heads provide food for birds.  Photo courtesy of Tweets & Tree Frogs blog, October 2014.

Autumn seed heads provide food for birds. Photo courtesy of Tweets & Tree Frogs blog, October 2014.

My little corner of the earth is slipping towards its winter nap. Leaves are falling, flowers fading, and everything is looking just a bit unkempt. (More so than normal anyway – my garden has never quite achieved the opposite of unkempt!) Despite the ragged edges, I won’t be rushing out with clippers and rakes. That’s because the fallen leaves and ragged stems that look untidy to us are gold for backyard wildlife.

Read more at Christy Peterson’s Tweets & Tree Frogs blog.

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Pumpkin Season in Wedgwood

The ever-ready Scouts of Troop 151 promote pumpkin sales in Wedgwood.

The ever-ready Scouts of Troop 151 promote pumpkin sales in Wedgwood.

This year’s fun fall festival of pumpkins is brought to you by Scout Troop 151.  They are getting into the spirit with costumed sales helpers and a great variety of gourds for your October decorating needs.

The annual pumpkin extravaganza is held in the heart of the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle at the Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE next to the Wedgwood Post Office.

Shop for pumpkins on Friday evening from 4 to 8 PM, and all day on Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 6.  Sunday, October 26 will be the last day of pumpkin sales.

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Meadowbrook Update: September 2014

The rain and cooler temperatures of the week of September 21 to 27, 2014, were a signal to fish, that it is almost time for them to swim upstream!  The summer dry-season is over, and in-water work at The Confluence on Thornton Creek, must finish by the end of September.

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Bird Migration Routes

Rufous Hummingbird by Lois Manowitz via Birdshare

Rufous Hummingbird by Lois Manowitz via Birdshare

An article from the All About Birds Blog of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains how birds migrate seasonally, following the “green wave” of plant resources.  The bird migration patterns show the importance of conservation efforts such as building the tree canopy.

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The New Boardwalk at Yesler Swamp

Yesler Swamp TrailThe Yesler Swamp is a wetland on part of what was the property of Henry Yesler, a Seattle pioneer who moved his sawmill business from downtown to this site on Union Bay in 1888.  The Town of Yesler later became part of Laurelhurst.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM there was a celebration and ribbon-cutting for the first section of a new boardwalk completed on the Yesler Swamp Trail.  The celebration was held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, where the Trail is easily accessed from the east corner of the parking lot.

Yesler Swamp overlook on the boardwalkThe Washington Conservation Corps recently completed this first phase of the Yesler Swamp boardwalk.  Made of cedar planks, the boardwalk extends out toward the lagoon and includes two overlooks so visitors can pause to enjoy the view.  Yesler Swamp is located on the north shore of Union Bay and is home to over 100 species of birds, plus other wildlife such as beaver and otter.

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Twentieth Anniversary Celebration: Thornton Creek Alliance

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) is an all-volunteer organization whose goal is to benefit the watershed by encouraging individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and government to work together in addressing the environmental restoration of the creek system.  It has been twenty years since a few concerned activists began organizing to improve water quality, flood prevention, and habitat throughout the northeast Seattle watershed which includes the North and South Branches of Thornton Creek.

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Fresh Produce for Sale along the Trail

The Burke-Gilman Trail will now have a fresh produce stand on Fridays, 3 to 5:30 PM, beginning on August 29, 2014, brought to you by students of the UW Farm.  Students will sell produce just across the Trail from the Husky Grind, 1315 NE Campus Parkway, at the Mercer Courts Apartments of the University of Washington.

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