Category Archives: Nature and wildlife

How Birds Survive the Cold: Feathers + Food = Warmth

This article by Charles Eldermire in All About Birds tells of the strategies used by birds to cope with cold weather. For the winter season we might well follow the example of the birds:  Get some friends to hang out … Continue reading

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Seattle Stream Names

The City of Seattle has at least fifty streams flowing across its ridges, through meadows and wetlands into bodies of water including Puget Sound and Lake Washington. There is no one source for a list of Seattle streams and their … Continue reading

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Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

Seattle author David B. Williams is well-known for his geology walks and talks.  In recent years he has been doing research into Seattle history and how the city has interacted with and altered its natural environment, and he wrote the … Continue reading

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The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

Walking outdoors in nature or just looking out your window and observing birds is a great stress-reducer.  On February 17 through 20, 2017, you have a good excuse for gazing out the window:  you are a citizen scientist in the … Continue reading

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Celebrate Yesler Swamp

The wonderful Yesler Swamp Trail with amenities such as a boardwalk and benches, celebrated its completion on October 16, 2016.

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Looking, Listening, Birding

Northeast Seattle has wonderful natural areas where you may see birds and other wildlife, including Magnuson Park on Lake Washington, Meadowbrook Pond at NE 107th Street on the east side of 35th Ave NE, and the Union Bay Natural Area. … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s Wildlife

Throughout northeast Seattle there are many ravines, big and small, with creeks running eastward down to their outlets at Lake Washington.  As can be seen throughout the city, there are possum, raccoon and coyotes living in Wedgwood’s ravines.   It … Continue reading

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Herons in Seattle

What does a teenage Great Blue Heron look like?

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There’s a Bird in My Yard, What Kind of Bird Is It?

There’s a bird in my yard!  How can I find out what kind of bird it is?

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Completing the Trail at the Yesler Swamp

The name of Henry Yesler is associated with Seattle’s earliest years.  Yesler set up a sawmill in 1853 at the site of today’s Pioneer Square and the mill became the economic engine which gave the small community a reason to … Continue reading

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