Dow Constantine Day 2014

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…

Earth Month 2010!

I know it’s been a while since the blog was updated, but that’s a sign of how incredibly busy we have been here at Nature Consortium! April 22nd marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and our volunteers celebrated this fact all month. During the month of April we had 983 volunteers out to the greenbelt and they put in 3,591 hours of service! Many of these volunteers came to us from the following groups: UCDS, Seattle Works, International Fulbright scholars, The Service Board, Out for Sustainability/Earth Gay, Environmental Protection Agency, City Year/Young Heroes, SPU Latreia, University of Portland alumni,…

Power Hour with University Prep!

Last fall we had all of the seventh graders from University Prep out to do some blackberry removal, and they enjoyed it so much they came back with the whole school! Around 200 students and faculty came out for about an hour and a half and they dug up almost 10,000 sq.ft. of blackberry root balls! They also cut and raked another 3500 sq.ft. of blackberry canes. The week before the event, our SYEP crew and regular weekday volunteers worked hard to prepare the area for the shovel-wielding army of youth. We cut and raked our way through a huge…

Good golly, check out 12th & Holly!

We have been incredibly busy in the Greenbelt, especially over on SW Holly St. between 12th Ave. and 14th Ave. We currently have a full-time crew of folks from Seattle Youth Employment Program working with us, and they have been blazing through the Himalayan blackberry at the corner of 12th and Holly. So far they have cleared over 12,000 sq.ft. of blackberry in the area! They have also put hundreds of plants in the ground as the end of the planting season approaches with the warm, dry, spring weather (sunny and in the high 50s all week!). Perhaps you have…

MLK Weekend of Service!

This year we decided to honor the MLK holiday with an entire weekend of service projects in order to make having “a day on, not a day off” more accessible to everyone. We had three amazing days filled with perfect weather (nearly 60 degrees on MLK Day!), great attitudes, and hard working volunteers. Over the weekend, 208 volunteers put in 777.25 hours of service! Saturday was our largest planting day of the weekend with 453 wetland plants put in the ground, most of them sedges and rushes, but with some piggyback and fringe cup in the mix as well. On…

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