Footprints Wildlife Rehab Center: A Voice for Animals in The Snoqualmie Valley

When anyone has a critter need in the Snoqualmie Valley, one woman is inevitably mentioned as the local expert in all things small, wild and furry. Being a massive fan of those three things, I decided I had to … [Read more...]

The Story of Snoqualmie’s Stewie and his Dedicated Local Rescuers

Labor Day weekend and the days following have been tough for Kate and Chris of Sharkey Farm. On September 5th, three riders from the farm were riding on the Snoqualmie Ridge mixed-use trails when the … [Read more...]

Update: The Death of North Bend’s Princess Ursus Americanus

Alas, North Bend’s bear with the golden earring and her cubs have been killed. I was going to continue with my fairy tale theme seen in the original story below, but I can’t; this just … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley Wildlife: Nuts about Squirrels in Carnation

Over the years, I’ve written about almost every mammal that resides in the Snoqualmie Valley, but there is one critter that has long been on my list to write about but until now didn’t make the cut for one … [Read more...]

Help the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group Help Us

Did you know that in addition to protecting and studying the elk in our area, the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group (USVEMG) also protects and keeps all of us safe? Wildlife fencing was installed … [Read more...]

Girl Attacked by Cougar in Northeast Washington

An attack in Northeastern Washington is a reminder that we too, in the Snoqualmie Valley, share our space with the cougar, or Puma concolor, the second largest cat in the Americas behind the rare … [Read more...]

Collaborative Grant Work for Future Meadowbrook Farm Park Prairie Loop Trail

The Cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie, the Si View Metropolitan Park District, and the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association are collectively planning for the future Baqwab Prairie Loop Trail at … [Read more...]

Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Draft Management Plan Now Open for Public Comment

The Greenway Trust invites feedback on the draft document, which is the product of two years of collaborative planning. The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area (Greenway NHA) is a … [Read more...]

North Bend’s Princess Ursus Americanus: A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time, in the land of the Pacific Northwest, there was a quiet, quaint kingdom of the Evergreen Valley. This valley was nestled up against a stunning snowy mountain range to the east and was far … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley Wildlife: I Killed a Bear

[Guest post by Daryl Ratajczak, a black bear biologist and advocate. Daryl is the former Black Bear Program Coordinator and Chief of Wildlife for the state of Tennessee. He is also a regular wildlife instructor … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Pass Wildlife Crossing Structures: A Bridge to Safety for Washington Animals Big and Small

Five and a half years ago, I wrote about a new Wildlife Crossing Structure being built east of Snoqualmie Pass near Lake Keechelus. Animal crossings, also known as ecoducts or wildlife bridges, are … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Advocate for Washington State Black Bears and Comment to Defeat a New Rule Allowing Spring Bear Hunting

Edited to add the commenting by emailing period has been extended until March 16th at 1159 PM. I’ll admit it I am an unapologetic wildlife advocate and feel compelled to speak out against a proposed new … [Read more...]

Why We Should All Care about the Plight of Western Washingtons Wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comment from February 22 to April 11, 2022, on proposed rule changes to address wolf-livestock conflict deterrence. In … [Read more...]

The Bees Knees: Snoqualmie’s ‘The Keepers Collective’

I am a bee fan from way back. My name means honeybee; I collect bees and have a dog named Bee. At my first (and last) ballet dance recital, I was Bumblebee among many other 3-year-old honey catchers running … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Tribe Acquires 12,000 Acres of Ancestral Forestland in King County 

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, a federally recognized Tribe, headquartered in King County, has acquired roughly 12,000 acres of its ancestral forestlands in the Tolt River Watershed. The forest has … [Read more...]

Aurora Chasing with North Bend Local Photographer Travis Wetherbee (Part Two)

When we last left Travis in part one, he had successfully climbed to a high vantage point on Rattlesnake Ridge to photograph the Aurora Borealis. Now he had to navigate his way down the trail while being … [Read more...]

Aurora Chasing with North Bend Local Photographer Travis Wetherbee (Part One)

Living Snoqualmie's number one clicked photo on Instagram in 2021 was a photo of the Aurora Borealis by local photographer, Travis Wetherbee. When we saw he was going to write up his experience that night, … [Read more...]

If You’re Sick of Snow, Do NOT Read this Forecast aka the Last Forecast of 2021

[Guest Post by North Bend resident Mark Davis] Nothing like ending the year with another round of snow heading our way.  There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 1 AM to 7 PM … [Read more...]

Improvements Underway on the Popular Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

Local nonprofits and volunteers are teaming up to make the trail safer and more sustainable for nearly 300,000 annual visitors. Rattlesnake Ledge, owned and operated by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) … [Read more...]

Great American Outdoors Act Funding Much-Needed Recreation Improvements Across the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area

Signed agreements between the USDA Forest Service and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust mark the beginning of the conservation legislation’s impact close to home.   In August 2020, the Great … [Read more...]