Children in a newly mown blackberry field

This group was surprised last month to find gone the field of blackberries that surrounded their small section of forest, but thrilled to find new downed trees to climb on.  

Blackberry thickets make a hospitable nesting site for some of Seattle’s many native birds, so local forestry practices call for clearing out small sections, before nesting season starts, for reforestation that year.  Local birds will set up shop in sourrounding areas and will soon find a new forest here that will provide good nesting sites and a year-round supply of food.

Seattle has a wide range of ground-nesting birds, so always keep yourself (and dogs) on the established trails to keep these vulnerable nests safe.