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Yesler Swamp Nature Walk for Kids

Patrick teaches kids about tree growth in Yesler Swamp

Friends of Yesler Swamp is offering a free guided nature tour for kids and
adults of Yesler Swamp that will explore plants and animals common to the
Pacific Northwest on Sunday, March 25 1:00-2:00 p.m. The nature walk
will remain on the dry woodchip path and will be led by Patrick Mulligan,
Education Supervisor of the UW Botanic Gardens. Patrick’s nature walks
through Yesler Swamp are a big hit with kids and adults alike.

Meet in the east parking lot at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E.
41st Street, Seattle.

Patrick and Swampy the Bear will lead kids on a nature tour of Yesler Swamp


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A Swamp Mystery for Kids!

Kids will join Zoe, Animal Detective, and her special swamp friends, to solve a mystery at the Center for Urban Horticulture on Sunday, April 11th.

Kids are invited to become Junior Animal Detectives and search for clues to an exciting animal mystery at Yesler Swamp, next to the Center for Urban Horticulture.  They’ll be entertained with games and comedy antics by a cast of fun characters as they learn about swamp wildlife.   Kids and parents should come dressed for walking on an occasionally muddy trail.

For ages 3 and older. Sunday, April 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street. Admission is free.

“A Swamp Mystery for Kids” is written and produced by Art Feinglass whose nature mysteries for kids have been a favourite with children at the Brooklyn Zoo. Friends of Yesler Swamp are presenting this live entertainment to introduce local residents, kids and adults alike, to the natural wonders of this unique wetland in the heart of Seattle.

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We met, we talked, we got things done!  Thanks aplenty to everyone who attended, particularly to Wanda Brown and Connie Sidles, two Audubon all-stars who gave their evenings in the service of community involvement.

Learn more about their input, and the state of the project, in the minutes from the 2/25 Friends of Yesler Swamp meeting:

Meeting Minutes, 2.25.10

Our next meeting will be on March 3rd, from 6:30-8pm, in the same great place.

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What:  Meeting of the Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail steering committee. This will be a working meeting, and anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

When: Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Center for Urban Horticulture, the southwest room near the CUH library. (You will be directed to the room.)

The agenda:

1)      General welcome

2)      Update on RFP

3)      Website update

4)      Potential name change

5)      Suggestion for blackberry control and increased mowing

6)      Mystery Tour update

7)      Gift acknowledgement letters

8)      Progress on grants

9)      Public comments

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Behold, the video of the January swamp walk!

Featuring Professor Kern Ewing as our guide,  neighborhood participation, and discussion of avenues for community outreach.

Cinematography and production by Jim Compton.

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  • Planning And Design

On January 11, Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail filed an application with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a grant to hire a professional team to design the Yesler Swamp Trail. As soon as the professionals have been selected, a detailed planning and design process will begin. There will be at least three public meetings for community input, ideas and concerns. Notices of the dates and location will be distributed in advance. Please encourage as many people as possible to attend the planning meetings. Community input and concerns are important!

  • Wildlife Issues

In response to neighborhood concerns about the impact of the proposed Yesler Swamp Trail on wildlife, Kern Ewing assembled a team of wildlife experts to visit the Yesler Swamp.

In January, the four wildlife biologists toured the site. The experts agreed that the benefits of attention to the swamp, especially control of invasive plants, would outweigh any damage from a boardwalk. In fact, a boardwalk that keeps people from trodding directly on leaves and branches could benefit wildlife by curtailing the potential impact of humans. More information at Why a Trail?.

  • Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail Steering Committee Meetings

The steering committee will next meet on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30. There is no formal agenda, but future Yesler Swamp Trail events will be discussed and work will begin on drafting the request for proposals for the professional design team. This will be a working meeting, and anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

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UBNA Management Plan

The April 2009 Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA) draft management plan is nearly final as linked on our blogroll: Union Bay Natural Area.

The Yesler Swamp Trail lies on 6 acres University property just east of the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot and the lagoon as specified as the East Basin Area (G) in the plan and on this map.

There is an Unmanaged Wildlife Area (F) just west of the lagoon that will remain unmanaged, fenced off from human use and an undisturbed sanctuary for wild animals such as coyotes that presently inhabit the area.

Base map accessed from Google Earth in December, 2008. Union Bay Natural Area

Management Sub-units: A (North University Slough), B (Northwest), C (Wahkiakum Prairie), D (Parking Lot E-5). E (Loop Trail), F (Unmanaged Wildlife Area), G (East Basin, e.g. Yesler Swamp), H (Conibear Shellhouse restoration), I (Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility restoration).

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