First Female Grizzly Bear Captured, Radio Collared, and Released Onsite in Washington

In a first for Washington state, wildlife biologists recently captured and fitted a female grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) with a radio collar. The bear, accompanied by three yearling offspring, was then … [Read more...]

Stuck Ducks Rescued on a Hot Day in a Collaborative Effort by a North Bend Resident, Snoqualmie Police and Eastside Fire & Rescue

Ciara Hogan and her husband James Breen were walking to North Bend Bar and Grill this morning for brunch at about 945 AM.  Their path brought them by the plot of drainage land at Bendigo and S Forks Ave … [Read more...]

The Truth About Bear Spray — It’s Not Just for Bears: Knowing How to Use it and Other Questions Answered

Did you know that bear spray works as a deterrent for a lot of species, not just bears? Bear spray is a highly effective tool against all mammals and may be useful should you find yourself in a rare but … [Read more...]

Here isn’t Anything like There: Get ‘Wild’ in the Snoqualmie Valley

2020, and its crazy real estate market, brought many newcomers to the Snoqualmie Valley.  We arrived here a few years back and fell in love with the beauty of the valley. However, even after living and … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Fire Department Seeks Input on Wildland Fire Protection

The Snoqualmie Fire Department has created a brief public survey about a potential community-led wildland fire protection program in Snoqualmie.   The intent of the survey is to gauge the level of … [Read more...]

Bat Positive for Rabies Found in King County

On social media there have recently been reports of Valley residents noticing bats in odd places at unusual times of day. Public Health has a message for everyone in King County about our leathered winged … [Read more...]

Annual Washington Wolf Population Report Shows Growth for 12th Year

Washington's wolf population continued to grow in 2020, as the minimum count of wolves reached its highest levels since the species began returning to Washington in recent years. The annual wolf … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley Fishing Charters: Local Teens Helping Kids get Outdoors Away from Screens

Mount Si High School student Charles Grant Finney has spent his entire life in the Snoqualmie Valley fishing. His Dad, Bryan, likes to say he “learned to walk while wading (and falling) in the Middle Fork of … [Read more...]

Public Invited to Submit Art Highlighting the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild

The Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite artists of all ages to participate in an art contest through May 14 as part of the “Don’t Let it Loose” … [Read more...]

Finding Stubbs: A Rat Tail; the Finale

I’ll admit it, by this point I had kind of resigned myself to growing old with Stubbs. At this point, I no longer believed I could catch this little furry Mother%$#&*^. I was now just trying to … [Read more...]

Finding Stubbs: A Rat Tail; the Search (Part Two)

While researching rats and how to rid yourself of them, I learned they could be destructive, but until you experience a stubborn, smart one, I don’t think you really can imagine their catastrophic prowess at … [Read more...]

Finding Stubbs: A Rat Tail (Part One)

About a year ago, I wrote an article about the rodents who share the Snoqualmie Valley with us. I reminisced about the times we had to battle rats, saying I would “…keep trying to keep them outside and safe … [Read more...]

Training Neighbors to Restore Their Watersheds

Applications are now being accepted for a program that empowers local community members with a passion for streams, clean water, and local wildlife. The Community Action Training School(CATS) provides a free … [Read more...]

Spring brings outdoor fun and bear activity

Spring is a busy time for wildlife, especially black bears, as they emerge from their winter dens hungry and in search of calories after five months of not eating. During this time of increased activity, … [Read more...]

Impaired Driving Leads to Impaired Boating in Carnation

According to the Office of the King County Sheriff, on the evening of March 9th, 2021, impaired driving became impaired boating for one motorist when her Toyota SUV left SR 203 in Carnation and landed in a pond … [Read more...]

Recreate Responsibly to Help Protect North Bend Area Trails

North Bend area trails have been a popular destination this past year as residents from near and far sought ways to exercise outdoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many local trails have experienced a notable … [Read more...]

Spring babies — do they need your help?

Keep fawns in the crib Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest. But, just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue … [Read more...]

The WDFW Asks us to Leave Bird Feeders Down Until April 1st to Protect Wild Birds from Deadly Salmonellosis

Continued reports of sick or dead birds at backyard feeders across Washington and other northwest states are prompting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to recommend people continue to leave … [Read more...]

What to expect when wolves expand to your area

Wolf populations are slowly returning across Washington State. Populations are steadily growing, which means wolves are dispersing into new areas and forming new packs. No matter where you live in the state, … [Read more...]

WDFW Offers Fish, Wildlife, and Wildland Lessons for School-Age Learners

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)’s new fish, wildlife, and natural resource-themed lessons plan program for elementary, middle school, and high school students is launching its first live … [Read more...]