News: Naturalist Blog
We’re usually having too much fun playing (I mean, working) in the forest to take many pictures, but here are some of our recent Garden Club participants getting to know the Cheasty woods.
It never fails to give me a thrill when someone comes running up with an … read more
With the recent rains, all these annual seeding weeds pull up pretty easily in our local greenspace, but all this hot dry weather is turning them to seed pretty fast this year.
Now is a great time for neighbors to … read more
This Northern Flicker was seen in the meadow at Cheasty Main this month. My guide book (Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound, by Chris C. Fisher) says that Flickers “squish ants and preen themselves with the remains.” Apparently, ants have formic acid, “which is believed to kill small parasites living on the flicker’s skin and … read more
Sadly, the Kimball Garden Club has wrapped up their forest work for this school-year. With one last load of woodchips to spread, and one or two more discoveries to make, the kids all look forward to spending more time with the trees this summer and getting back to work in the fall.
The kids of the Kimball Garden Club are helping to grow a healthy forest, but few of them have had much opportunity to know what one looks like. This month, they went on a field trip to Cheasty Mountainview, one of their nearest and best examples of healthy native northwest forest.
They were thrilled with … read more
The warm dry spring is bringing an early ripeness to our local woods. The salal is blooming and the Oregon Grapes are setting their fruit.
The trillium is done with it’s spring bloom. If you look closely below, you’ll see one of the ants that help nurture our rich trillium fields.
Last week I spotted another Pileated Woodpecker, this time in Cheasty Main. Of course I couldn’t get a decent photo, so I borrowed the one above from the internet. See if you can spot the one in my photo below. They’re pretty spectacular birds- the largest of the … read more