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The Fighting Goldfinches!

A local Girl Scout service unit has been a valuable partner in restoring this greenspace to healthy forest, improving habitat for our local wildlife like their namesake Goldfinch.

They came dressed to the 9’s in their work gear,

worked hard all afternoon pulling out ivy and blackberry,

and know how to take break and enjoy … read more

Fun Fungus

The variety of fungus, moss, and lichens in Cheasty never ceases to amaze!

Send your photographs of growth in Cheasty to Forest@Cheasty.org for inclusion in this Naturalist blog.… read more

Where’d all the blackberries go?

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 … read more

Natural Emergence

Fringecup emerging from a mossy stump

Because we spend so much time planting in this forest, it’s especially gratifying to look around the restored sections and find a diverse array of native life springing forth on its own.  

Young Indian Plum emerging from the forest floor

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Unteachable Moments

Discovery in the dirt at Cheasty

As an educator, I am always looking for opportunities to teach but an even more difficult skill is NOT teaching!  Sometimes when we back off and allow room to explore, children will learn worlds on their own.  This group repurposed a hole into a “worm hospital.”  It’s true that … read more

Spotted at Cheasty

Spotted Towhees have been active this spring.  Look for these native sparrows scratching around on the ground for seeds, though they’ll take a break and find a safer perch when they see you coming.

These birds are ground-nesters, and will try to raise two broods in a season, so if you walk your dog in … read more

Bud of spring

Spring blooms

Even without the new growth, red-twig dogwood is stunning, but as the leaves emerge in spring, it’s even more amazing.… read more

Slugs and discoveries

Look what I found!

As a gardener, I have a healthy distaste for slugs, but I have to admire the magic they hold for children discovering them for the first time.

Have you made any discoveries in the Cheasty Woods that you’d like to share in the Naturalist Blog?  Email your stories to Forest@Cheasty.org for … read more

Today in the forest:

Today in the forest:  a redtailed hawk being chased by crows.  Did you know that hawks are happy to raid the nests of other birds to pick up a tasty snack?  Crows will often harass the hawks at every opportunity to drive them out of their territory.  If you hear a lot of crows cawing … read more

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    5 days ago

    Benjamin Grider

    Still noting the "Bike Park" designation in the name of this group. Is that still a developing reality or a pipe dream? ...

     

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    Still a developing reality!

    Benjamin: The last official update on this project was in May 2017 on the Seattle Parks website: www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/cheasty-mountain-bike/pedestrian-trail-pilot-project The project is still a developing reality at this time, but it has been slower than desired due to politics. Stay tuned to this page for news over the coming months.

    Aha. Thought I hadn't seen an update in a while. Worried it's 5-10 out still and with quickly growing kiddos on bikes was hoping they'd have an opportunity to play in the neighborhood - we're Beacon locals. But alas we will still slog up to Duthie or down to Swan Creek for the foreseeable future.

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    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main! Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then we'll go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, we've got the tools and gloves.

    Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
    Breakfast: 9am
    Party wraps up: 12pm
    All ages welcome, no experience necessary!

    PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns!

    PPS: This little gal is a Bewick's Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!
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    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main! Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then we'll go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, we've got the tools and gloves.

    Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
    Breakfast: 9am
    Party wraps up: 12pm

    PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns!

    PPS: This little gal is a Bewick's Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!
    ...

    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main!  Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then well go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, weve got the tools and gloves.

Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
Breakfast: 9am
Party wraps up: 12pm

PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns! 

PPS: This little gal is a Bewicks Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!

    3 weeks ago

    Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View

    As the days get shorter and nights grow longer, we walk together carrying lanterns to celebrat the bright spirit of our community!

    The annual Lantern Walk welcomes everyone to walk and sing and strengthen our community ties walking as one through Rainier Vista and the HazelNut Loop Trail in Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View. Music and luminarias and forest ushers will make this fun for all!

    Free lantern making workshop takes place before the walk from 4 to 6pm in Central Park [Lantern making workshops also take place on Nov 3 in Rainier Vista at 4:30pm, and Nov 4 at Eileen Fisher RENEW at 10:30am] Join us for hot cider and snacks and a bonfire after the walk!

    Lantern Walk 2017November 4, 2017, 6:00pmCentral Park at Rainier Vista, 29th Ave. S and S. Genesee St.As the days get shorter and nights grow longer, we walk together carrying lanterns to celebrat the bright spirit of our community!

    The annual Lantern Walk welcomes everyone to walk and sing and strengthen our community ties walking as one through Rainier Vista and the HazelNut Loop Trail in Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View. Music and luminarias and forest ushers will make this fun for all!

    Free lantern making workshop takes place before the walk from 4 to 6pm in Central Park [Lantern making workshops also take place on Nov 3 in Rainier Vista at 4:30pm, and Nov 4 at Eileen Fisher RENEW at 10:30am] Join us for hot cider and snacks and a bonfire after the walk!
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    Lantern Walk 2017
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