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Close Encounters, Endless Beauty Leave Lasting Impressions

From a sleeping elk to eye-opening scenery and nature, a summer intern shares her experience.


A Rare Sighting at Crockett Lake Preserve: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper

A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was spotted at the Land Trust’s Crockett Lake Preserve, only the third recorded sighting of the species in Island County.


Believe it or Not, Fall Shorebird Migration is Underway

Grab a spotting scope. Fall shorebird migration is just now getting started.


It’s Fishing Season for Eagles, too

Bald eagles might not be the most graceful swimmers. But style points don’t matter when a tasty salmon is involved, as one wildlife researcher recently discovered on Whidbey Island.


Oh Deer! It’s Fawn Season!

Fawns are one of cutest things you’ll ever see on Whidbey and Camano islands. Early summer is one of the best times to see one. If you come across a fawn by itself, there’s often little need to be concerned.


Listen Closely and You Might Just Hear the Sweet Sound of Cicadas

It’s music to a nature enthusiast’s ears: Cicadas singing at two Land Trust preserves.


May Brings Prairie Flowers and Coyote Puppies

May not only brings promises of beautiful native prairie plants in bloom, but coyote pups and white pelicans, too!


Not So Fast: Prairie Falcon Turns Out to be Rescue Bird

It turns out, the Prairie Falcon creating a buzz among birders in recent months at Crockett Lake Preserve wasn’t such a rare find after all. The falcon is a rescue bird owned by a Central Whidbey falconer.


Sharing Inspiration and Gratitude

The nature and scenic beauty on Whidbey and Camano islands is helping many people to better cope during this truly difficult time. We’re asking members of the Land Trust community to describe how nature is helping them during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Diving into a Toad-ally Awesome Month for Nature

April really is a ‘toad-ally’ awesome month on the islands. Ospreys return. Toads are looking for mates. And an uncommon native plant is in bloom.


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