Nature turns off the tap in October, writes Land Trust member Steve Ellis in his latest installment of “Nature Watch” in the Habitchat blog. As temperatures drop outside, dramatic changes are underway all around us. Squirrels are busy gathering nuts, birds have begun their southward migration and the jousting has begun for male deer preparing for the rut.
Nature is on the move in September, writes Steve Ellis in his latest installment of “Nature Watch.” Some birds are leaving the islands while others are just now arriving. Mammals, and even some plants, are in motion, too.
Naturalist and Land Trust member Steve Ellis shares what you can expect to see in nature on the islands each month. Expect to see a lot in August.
Read Whidbey naturalist Steve Ellis’s take on the Northern Flicker. This bird is unlike other woodpeckers as it spends a good deal of time on the ground, searching for ants, beetles, and other invertebrates.
Through a partnership with Coupeville High School, 32 students in Susan Johnson’s digital media classes had the chance to hone their photography and video skills on several Land Trust protected properties.
Enjoy a slideshow tour of Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve and its rare and common prairie plant species that are in peak bloom in May.
Although feeders and bird baths can play a role in helping wild birds, especially during cold snaps, a better way to help them is to support conservation and add native plants to your landscape.
With the protection of birds on his mind, Congressman Rick Larsen met with the Land Trust, Washington State Parks, and Whidbey Audubon Society to learn more about the habitat significance of Crockett Lake Preserve and the surrounding area.
The scenery around Whidbey and Camano islands is lovely at any time of year. But add a heavy blanket of snow and the scenic beauty soars off the charts, turning the islands into a picturesque winter wonderland.
A salmonellosis outbreak around the state is killing many of our treasured birds this winter. It is highly recommended that we take down all of our feeders and remove bird baths through February.