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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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Happy birthday to Dow Constantine!

Nature Consortium is lucky to be able to name King County Executive Dow Constantine as a dear friend of our organization. Dow is a West Seattle local who got involved in politics through his environmental work with the Friends of the College Street Ravine many years ago. The story about the preservation of the College Street Ravine is an inspirational one. 5 acres of wooded area in West Seattle were under threat of development, and the neighbors surrounding it, including Dow Constantine, decided to take action by forming the Friends of the College Street Ravine. They lobbied the City of…

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What is that thing?!

It’s a woolly bear caterpillar! One of our keen-eyed volunteers spotted this guy at a work party in the West Duwamish about a week ago. Although not the biggest or most beautiful creature you will find in the Greenbelt, it is, to me, one of the most fascinating. But why, you may ask? Doesn’t it just turn into a moth? Well yes, it does turn into a moth, but it does some other really cool stuff as well. Here are some things you might not have known about woolly bears: Recent research on woolly bears has found that they eat…

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2010 United Way Day of Caring!

What does it look like to have over 200 Microsoft & Qwest volunteers out in the Greenbelt at once? It looks awesome! September 24th, 2010, marked the annual United Way Day of Caring. Nature Consortium is always proud to be a part of this city-wide event and this year we welcomed loads of Microsoft & Qwest employees who came out to help with our restoration efforts. It’s incredible how much work you can get done with so many volunteers being out at once: we did nearly 60,000 square feet of removal and maintenance! That’s over an acre in three hours!…

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Fresh faces and the start of fall!

As summer comes to a close (sunshine, we hardly knew ye!) and fall starts to creep in, things are moving right along at Nature Consortium. This last week we welcomed 2 new faces to the Restoration Team: Lizzie, who will be taking over for Marisa at the end of the month as the Restoration Project Coordinator; and Amy, an AmeriCorps volunteer who will be helping out Lizzie and buphalo as the Restoration Project Assistant. Lizzie & Amy are both stoked to be working with NatureC and to get out in the Greenbelt to tackle some blackberry. If you’re in West…

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The Hunt for Alive Madrones

Somewhere in this field of thistle, Scot’s broom and Himalayan blackberry are several young madrones that we planted last winter, and our Summer of Service (SOS) crew is leading a visiting SOS crew from Othello on a hunt for the beautiful broad leaf evergreens. The hunting grounds are located in Pigeon Point Park in an area that we cleared of eight-foot tall Himalayan blackberry last summer with a different crew of youth. During the winter the area was barren, but for the few dozen madrones we planted and marked with pink-flagged bamboo stakes. However, as you may know, many invasive…

June-uary is over!

That’s right, folks- Welcome to summer! Those of you who grew up in Seattle know that summer doesn’t officially start for us until after the 4th of July, and true to form, the sun came out the afternoon of the 5th. We have a week of heat and sun ahead of us, but there are several shady areas in the greenbelt that are in need of attention so don’t be afraid to come out and get dirty with us! Those of you who complained that the weather was too cold and rainy in June no longer have an excuse! Despite…

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