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Seattle Eagles

At the end of our work party on March 5, putting some finishing touches on the new Valley View Trail, a Bald Eagle was seen circling over the southern tip of Cheasty Greenspace.  It felt like an opening ceremony of our new forested trail!… read more

Root (Cause) Analysis

IMG_1017This last Saturday, I worked with other volunteers to remove parts of this English Holly in Cheasty Greenspace.  Holly and Laurel are two woody invasive plants that have been spreading throughout the forest for decades.  Both trees came in with gardeners and have spread through birds eating their fruits and dropping the seeds all over … read more

UPDATE — Seattle Park Board VOTED — APPROVED!

APPROVED!  The Seattle Parks Board of Commissioners has approved the Cheasty Trails and Bike Park pilot project!  Next steps are to go to City Council for review and approval in August (mark your calendars for August 4 and August 10).

Motion: Commissioner Lowe moves to recommend the project moves forward to keep momentum. Marty seconds.

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Carnivores in the forest

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This partial jawbone was found in Cheasty Mountainview at a work party in April.

Send your ideas about what it could be to forest@cheasty.org.… read more

Joy de Vivre

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In Cheasty today, the most common observation among the children was how loud and talkative the birds were!  We heard many familiar calls, including Robins, Chickadees, Bewick’s Wrens, and Crows, but also many calls we didn’t know.  

Upon reflection, we weren’t sure why the birds were so much louder today than other days we’ve spent … read more

Birds of Cheasty Mt. View

I was walking in Cheasty recently with a neighborhood elder, who had generously agreed to help me identify some of our local birds.  Explaining that his eyesight and hearing were beginning to fade, though, he half-jokingly suggested I focus on plants.  Those are easier to find, he said, and MUCH easier to photograph.

And though … read more

April 21, 2015

Pacific Waterleaf (with snowberry in background), just off the Hazelnut Loop.

Pacific Waterleaf (with snowberry in background), just off the Hazelnut Loop.

As summer rapidly approaches, Cheasty Greenspace stretches for the sun and prepares for another banner year of urban forest in southeast Seattle.

Swordfern fiddleheads, seen from the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Swordfern fiddleheads, seen from the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Emerging Maple, next to the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Emerging Maple, next to the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

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Of Hawks and Hummers

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The Coopers Hawks that have been nesting in Cheasty Greenspace for several years have returned to their nest.  Observation shows one bird sitting in the nest consistently, presumably incubating another generation of hawks in Cheasty.  

 

On the smaller end of the bird spectrum, hummingbirds seem to be everywhere!

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Fungus in the Forest

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One amazing thing about spending time in a forest is the overwhelming confrontation with different forms of life!  Do you have knowledge about any of the life forms shown here?  Email Forest@Cheasty.org to share what you know.

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Emergence of Spring in Cheasty

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With summer arriving so early this year, Cheasty Greenspace is currently bursting with emergence.  

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The fiddleheads are emerging from the soil and, in some places, uncoiling into the open air.  The Mahonia blossoms are beginning to drip from their stalks.  New tendrils of fringecup are opening everywhere the eye turns, while the stinging nettles slowly … read more

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