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...]

Help Protect Wild Birds from Deadly Salmonellosis

Recent reports of sick or dead birds at backyard feeders in King, Kitsap, Skagit, Snohomish, and Thurston counties are prompting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to recommend that people … [Read more...]

Pitch in for Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is less than two weeks away, and this year instead of hosting an in-person event in the Middle Fork on a Saturday in September, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has … [Read more...]

PLEASE Don’t Pet the Elk

We’ve all heard the stories, Woman Attacked by Bison After Approaching Calf, Man Painfully Learns Why You Should Never Pet A Wild Bear Cub, or the one most likely to strike a chord with residents, Tourist pets … [Read more...]

I Killed a Bear

[Guest post by Daryl Ratajczak, 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...]

A Bear Story I Will NOT Share

[Reprinted with permission. Article by Daryl Ratajczak wildlife biologist and Instructor at Wildlife for You] Do you love bears? It is a simple question and if the answer is YES... then I CHALLENGE … [Read more...]

Understanding the Snoqualmie Valley’s cat of many names: the cougar

I live and walk my dog on a tree-lined road. Occasionally we see wild animals along our way: deer, elk, bears, bobcats, birds, and small mammals. One recent day during our morning stroll, two deer … [Read more...]

The Great Scotch Broom Census: help state locate, eliminate the invasive plant species

There's a little-known council in our state - the Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) - that provides policy direction, planning and coordination to help prevent, detect and eradicate invasive species. … [Read more...]

50 organizations create new Washington Outdoor Coalition, share Key Tips to #RecreateResponsibly this Memorial Day

More than 50 organizations recently came together, creating the Washington Outdoor Coalition that agreed on practical advice for enjoying the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic - to protect residents and … [Read more...]

One of the Snoqualmie Valley’s most visible wild animal residents: the prolific Lagomorph

This time of year the pesky Lagomorph tortures my dog, tears up my garden, reproduces freely and poops indiscriminately….which the dog promptly eats as if it’s a delicacy from a five star … [Read more...]

Happy Avian Ending: PSE installs new platform so Fall City osprey can complete nest started in dangerous power pole

There is an osprey couple that has captured the attention of some Fall City residents over the past few years. According to resident Mary Fairchild - who's been observing the feathered pair for past 4-5 … [Read more...]