Nature Watch: First Stirrings

Nature stirs but it’s only a tiny fraction of what is to come writes Land Trust member Steve Ellis in his latest blog installment of “Nature Watch.” Some species of small fish are spawning, Red-legged frogs are laying eggs, several duck species are entering courtship and buds on deciduous trees and shrubs swell with lengthening daylight.

Nature Watch: Nature in Stasis

Nature’s pulse barely registers in the darkest month of the year writes Land Trust member Steve Ellis in his latest blog installment of “Nature Watch.” As Deciduous trees and shrubs set their buds and await longer, warmer days, the bird migration has ended and the only avian movement seen is between one resource to another.

Nature Watch: Winds of Change

Fierce storms arrive in November, writes Land Trust member Steve Ellis in his latest blog installment of “Nature Watch.” Heavy winds can down large conifers bringing more sunlight to the forest floor. Deciduous trees and shrubs take full advantage of the change. These storms also bring snow to the North Cascades forcing birds to migrate to the lowland forests. Read more and learn about the Pacific Madrone and Varied Thrush.

Nature Watch: Autumn Drama Unfolds in October

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 Watch: September Starts Nature in Motion

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.

Nature Watch: August Offers Days of Abundance

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.

Northern Flickers: A More Grounded Woodpecker

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.

Coupeville Students Focus on Nature

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.

Slideshow: A Prairie Tour

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.

Helping Our Wild Feathered Friends

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.


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