News: Naturalist Blog
Being in the forest with children is a special treat that brings youthfulness and joy to even the oldest heart. They find excitement and pleasure in all the tangible objects around them, and explore the nuanced textures of their environment like scientists.
Their drive to make sense of the complex ecosystem is a testament to … read more
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.
and know how to take break and enjoy … read more
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
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
These birds are ground-nesters, and will try to raise two broods in a season, so if you walk your dog in … read more
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: 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