News: Naturalist Blog
This 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
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).
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Motion: Commissioner Lowe moves to recommend the project moves forward to keep momentum. Marty seconds.
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
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
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!
With summer arriving so early this year, Cheasty Greenspace is currently bursting with emergence.
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