Archive for August, 2011

Check out this great article from today’s Wall Street Journal:

Long Considered Pests, Beavers are in Hot Demand on the Range

Ranchers are encouraging beavers to return to pasture land that they were once ousted from– their natural architecture of dams and pools helps with water flow and drinking pools for the livestock. The improved water table then encourages the return of willow and alder groves, which in turn provide habitat for more wildlife.

Score one more for beavers as nature’s habitat restoration experts!

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Yesler Swamp By Canoe!

Free Canoe Tour of Yesler Swamp, September 18, 2011

What: Canoe tour of Yesler Swamp
When: Sunday, September 18, 12:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Friends of Yesler Swamp will launch a free two-hour canoe tour of wildlife and plants in the waters of Yesler Swamp on Sunday, September 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The tour will be led by Scott Schuldt, noted local artist and canoeist.

The canoe adventure will begin at 12:45 pm at the UW Waterfront Activities Center, located just east and behind the Husky Football Stadium, 3900 Montlake Blvd. NE. Canoes can be rented at $10 an hour for two hours. Children are welcome, but they must weigh at least 25 pounds and be able to walk. All participants must wear personal life preservers.

We will launch our canoes from the Waterfront Activities Center at 1 p.m. Scott will lead us as we paddle northeast along the edge of the Union Bay Natural Area. We will arrive at the waters near Yesler Swamp about 1:40 p.m. Participants with their own canoes, paddleboards or kayaks can launch from the Belvoir Place Park dock or other docks and meet us in the Yesler Swamp lagoon at 1:40 p.m.

Scott will point out the wildlife and native plants in the waters of Yesler Swamp as well as some of the non-native plants that threaten Yesler Swamp.

The canoe tour is the first in a series of Third Sunday Swamp Walks sponsored by Friends of Yesler Swamp. The Swamp Walks will be conducted by a variety of experts. We expect to explore Yesler Swamp wildlife and plants and history – everything from mushrooms and dragonflies to Henry Yesler to beavers!

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