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...]

Celebrate Our Community’s Forests on Green Snoqualmie Day

Celebrate fall by planting a tree with family and friends on Green Snoqualmie Day. Through the Green Snoqualmie Partnership, an initiative to restore and steward Snoqualmie’s forested parks and … [Read more...]

Rain and Possible Thunderstorms Coming to the Snoqualmie Valley

[Guest Post by North Bend resident Mark Davis] There is a front moving through tonight into Monday. We could get some wind gusts at around 20mph going into Monday morning. However, this is no major storm. … [Read more...]

Bears: The Super Sleepers

Guest Poster and Wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak explains why bears are extra hungry this time of year, so we can all take care with our garbage, pet food, and birdseed to help keep bears wild! As … [Read more...]

What’s in a Wolf Pack Name? A Lot of History

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists confirmed the presence of four new wolf packs during the most recent population survey- the Vulcan Pack, the Onion Creek pack, … [Read more...]

New Outdoor Recreation Guidelines Emphasize the Importance of Preparation, Inclusivity, AND Shared Stewardship

Part of a national movement, the Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition encourages best practices that keep people and places safe and welcoming. Today, the Recreate Responsibly Coalition released updated … [Read more...]

Hunting Bigfoot, the Movie, from a Locals Perspective

[Guest Post by Snoqualmie Resident Susan Burk] When I was asked to attend the premiere of the movie Hunting Bigfoot, a film by local Taylor Guterson, I didn’t hesitate. I hadn’t been to a theater … [Read more...]

Hike and Help the WDFW Help Pikas

If you plan on hiking this summer, consider helping the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collect data about pikas! Your observations could help biologists better monitor pika populations, which … [Read more...]

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...]