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Ten, Ten, Ten!

We give our Clips of Faith event a 10 out of 10 for being a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and made this possible, especially New Belgium Brewing for giving us the opportunity. We had lots of fun! Some Stats: About 50 volunteers set up the event, served beer, checked IDs, sold beer tokens, and tore everything down when it was over.Over 800 people came out to enjoy good beer and cool flicks in the park. Lots of money ($$) raised for a good cause! (No totals yet – it’s still in the works.)One lucky winner of…

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Bikes and brews! A few of our favorites:

It’s beer week at Nature Consortium! We’re gearing up for Clips of Faith (this Friday!), and we’ve got bikes and beer on the brain. New Belgium is set to have 14 of their finest brews on tap, including our staff favorite Ranger IPA. We’re also raffling off a “Fat Tire” cruiser bike (must be present to win). Here’s what a few of our staff have to say this week:     Amy Truax, Grant Manager Fave New Belgium beer: “Gotta be the Ranger IPA! Especially in the can, makes it easier to transport when you’re camping. “ “I have an…

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Calling all volunteers: We need you!

Like beer and movies? Volunteers needed at Clips of Faith, our beer and film festival with New Belgium Brewing. The event will be held at Gas Works Park on Friday July 29th, and we need your help to make it great! We had a great weekend at the West Seattle Summer Fest. The weather was beautiful, and we sold lots of raffle tickets for the “Fat Tire” bike. If you haven’t heard, we’re raffling off this beauty at the end of the month. Aside from being terribly gorgeous, it’s a one-of-a-kind single speed cruiser bike, brand new with a built-in basket…

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Wine in the Woods

Photos Are Here! Our second annual Wine in the Woods fundraiser on June 30th was a great success! We had a great time out in the West Duwamish Greenbelt listening to live music and enjoying delicious wine and treats. All of us at Nature Consortium would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible: 12th & Olive Wine Co for the wine, Long Provincial Restaurant for the delicious food, and Boys of Greenwood Glen and Brian Kent for the music, and all of our fabulous volunteers. We have tons of AMAZING photos. Check out or gallery courtesy of photographers Chris D’Annunzio and…

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Edible nature in Seattle’s forests: Salmonberries are here!

The salmonberries in the greenbelt are nearly ripe and ready to eat! These native treats look like raspberries but have an orange-pink (or sometimes bright red) color. They are in the same family as non-native pest Himalayan blackberry and make a great substitute when you want to remove the invasive blackberry. Salmonberries are an important food source for local wildlife because they are one of the first berries to ripen in the summer. Both the berries and the bark of this plant have also been an important plant for the indigenous people of the Northwest. For example, the Makah people…

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What better way to celebrate our 100th blog post…

…than by telling you all about our awesome accomplishments at this year’s Duwamish Alive! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Duwamish Alive, it is a local coalition founded in 2005 of over 30 nonprofits, businesses, municipalities, and community groups within the Duwamish River Watershed which is working together to preserve and enhance habitat for people and wildlife, with a goal towards improving the health of Puget Sound. Nature Consortium is a key member and sponsor of Duwamish Alive, and we’re very proud of the work that we’ve accomplished together over the last several years! Twice a year DA…

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Oh the things you will find…

….in Seattle’s forests! Tuesday, May 3rd saw the arrival of our semi-annual work party at College Street Ravine in honor of our friend, King County Executive Dow Constantine (for background on this, you can read this previous blog post). This time was extra-special & fun, as we were joined by Anna Birinyi’s first-grade class from Lowell Elementary School. We’ve had her class out with us a few times now and we always have a blast–this time was no exception! It was quite an eventful & productive day, as you can see from these pictures. And oh the things we saw!…

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Spring! Has it sprung? Is it springing?

The air has turned (somewhat) warmer, the rains are (maybe) diminishing, and are those tulips I spy poking out of the ground? Could it be? Spring is…here??! This Indian Plum certainly seems to think so! At our work party yesterday up at Pigeon Point, we got to see some lovely oemleria cerasiformis (that would be the Indian Plum above) in bloom. These are easy to recognize in the Greenbelt because they are often the very first flower to appear–sometimes showing up before the leaves on the plant! Skunk cabbage has also been sighted in the Greenbelt. Another sure sign of…

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Plants, plants, and more plants!

Planting season is in full swing here at Nature Consortium, and we certainly have our work cut out for us! We currently have about 4,000 bare root plants that need to get put in the ground as soon as possible. We’ve already put hundreds in the ground over the last few weeks and it’s time to step up our game! If you have a bit of spare time over the next few weeks and would like to help us put in some conifers, please do! You can sign up for a work party, which are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday…

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Martin Luther King Jr Day work party a success!

For in the true nature of things,   if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. –Martin Luther King, Jr   In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, Nature Consortium held two volunteer work parties. Martin Luther King Jr valued service as an essential part of activism–his late wife, Coretta Scott King, quotes him as saying, “Life’s most persistent and nagging question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” In that spirit, we came together to provide community members with the opportunity to give back to the…

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