Despite the shooting of seven members of the Wedge Pack last summer by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife because they were killing cattle, the state’s wolf population is burgeoning, a new survey shows. Only one pack, the Hozomeen Pack, has been documented on the western side of the state, in the North…More
Etheral, otherworldly witch hazel lives up to its name. The time to see this spectacular plant in bloom is now, in the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum. Like other species of very early flowering plants, witch hazel really packs the fragrance, the better to attract pollinators at a time of…More
The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is underway in Boston. This means one of the largest aggregations of pointy heads anywhere has converged on an already pointy-headed city. Underway since Thursday, the conference wraps up today. Cruising the exhibit hall at the AAAS meeting in Boston The AAAS is…More
The seventh annual Snow Goose and Birding Festival is coming up in Stanwood on February 23 and 24. New this year is a celebration of the designation of the Skagit and Stilliguamish Delta as a site of regional importance in the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network featuring. The celebration will feature a talk by Rob…More
Perhaps you saw my story in the Seattle Times this morning on shorebirds. Tom Luhman, member of the board of BirdNote, sent along this link from the program’s piece on how dunlins, starlings and other birds manage their acrobatic flight, turning and sweeping en masse in perfectly coordinated movement to confuse a predator.
Perhaps you saw my obituary of Alden Mason in The Seattle Times today. Exploring the world of his art made me appreciate his sense of beauty, steeped in the shapes and colors of our Northwest landscape, yet presented in an utterly fresh way: “Landscape Totem” Alden Mason 1999, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches. Courtesy Foster/White Gallery This…More
Lately the local news about trees in Seattle has been about them being topped and chopped at the behest of property owners seeking a view they prefer. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit American Forests that Seattle has been named as one of…More
I wrote in the Seattle Times last week that wolverines are making a comeback in Washington. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also last week proposed listing wolverine as a threatened species. Why? Because climate change is expected to melt wolverines out of their deep snowy denning habitat within the next century. Researchers…More