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Nature Watch: Under Construction

Building is happening in Island County… of bird nests, anyway. In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis shares interesting information about nests, the construction process, and the different features and formations for various species. Read more to learn about nesting, Rufous Hummingbirds and Washington’s state flower – all blooming and vibrant in the month of May!


Nature Watch: April’s Amphibians

In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis shares detailed knowledge on local amphibians. These creatures can be difficult to see, but Steve provides some handy tips for identifying egg masses of different species. Read more to learn about the Pacific Chorus Frog and other plants and animals you might discover in April!


Nature Watch: The Beat Goes On

In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis brings light to the drumming of woodpeckers, a strong indication of spring. Woodpeckers drum or tap for a variety of reasons including a form of communication or when they feel threatened. Read more to learn about the drumming techniques of different woodpecker species and discover other flora and fauna that can be found on a forest walk in March.


Nature Watch: In the Still of the Night

In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis shares a host of creatures that take up the night shift, and gives a play-by-play of some common nighttime activity taking place this time of year. Tides are low, insects are on the move and the forest floor is crawling with energy. Read more to discover an “owl prowl” and what can be seen if you take part in this venture during the month of February.


1,000 Hours Outside Challenge

In 2010, a global movement called the 1,000 Hours Outside Challenge was initiated in response to the rising concern that children are spending too little time outside, and too much time in front of screens. In 2023, Land Trust stewardship assistant, Taylor Schmuki, and her family attempted the feat, and the following is their motivation and experience taking part in this challenge last year.


Nature Watch: Dabbling in Winter Waterfowl

Ring in the new year with winter dabblers! In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member, Steve Ellis, dives into some fun facts about the ducks known as dabblers that migrate to the islands during the winter months and where you might spot them. Read more to learn about several waterfowl species and discover more plants and animals you can find in the month of January!


Nature Watch: The Woods in Winter

The stormy season is here! In his latest blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis highlights the important role conifer forests play in protecting life below the tree canopy from strong wind and rain events. Deciduous forests, on the other hand, give up much of their protection with their leaves, but life persists, nevertheless!


Nature Watch: Birds of Different Feathers

Is there proof that birds of different feathers do indeed flock together? In his recent blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis shares his knowledge on mixed flocks and where we might encounter them. Read more to discover the nature spotlights of November.


Nature Watch: Fall’s Dilemma – Flee or Fight?

In his recent blog entry of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis breaks down the big decision wildlife grapple with each year – should I stay or should I go? – and the consequences of each. Read more to find out the answers to these questions and discover the plants and animals you might see in October.


Nature Watch: Gone to Seed

In his latest blog installment of “Nature Watch,” Land Trust member Steve Ellis sheds light on seed dispersal and the various strategic and accidental ways that nature makes it happen. Steve also highlights a precocious little mammal that lives its life in the trees, the Douglas squirrel, in all its glory. Click the button below to learn more about the sights and sounds of September!


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