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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

Three Generations of Cheasty

I already talked about the magical sense of history I get in Cheasty walking among the stumps of a centuries-old forest, but the most exciting part is the way this deep history roots me in the future.

The old Iroquois law about our debt to the seven generations before us, and our responsibility to the … read more

The Fourth Forest Dimension

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Walking in Cheasty Greenspace not only makes me feel connected to the natural world and my place in this space, but it also keeps me connected to the passage of time on Earth.

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I thrill every time I see one of these old growth stumps from the Firs and Cedars that owned this space for … read more

Indian Plum

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The Indian Plum has been blooming in Cheasty!  The photo above was taken in early February, clearly showing the role of Indian Plum as one of our earliest harbingers of spring and an important early nectar source for hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. 

Native from Southwest British Columbia all the way down to … read more

Fungus in the Forest

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After the heavy rains of this last week, I spotted these tiny, snow-white, almost translucent, shiny mushrooms sprouting from a twig, just off the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview, very near the junction with the Alaska spur.

Here’s the underside:

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