Cedar River Watershed newsletter, Issue 19
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Quiet Waters: Wetlands of the Watershed, Saturday, May 9th

Program participants

Program participants delve into the world of wetlands, led by expert instructor, Clay Antieau, seen standing in back. Photograph by Fran Brooks.

Discover more about the watershed’s wetlands with instructor Clay Antieau, botanist and environmental specialist with Seattle Public Utilities. He has researched various aspects of the watershed for close to thirty years. Here are some of Clay’s thoughts regarding the special ecosystem of the wetland.

What is so special about the wetlands of the CRMW?
The Cedar River Municipal Watershed is an important place to study wetlands because it has rare examples of intact wetland systems such as bogs, large fens, and kettle wetlands. Most of these ecosystems are high quality examples, despite the extensive landscape changes caused by previous human uses.

What kinds of animals rely on wetlands?
Many animals rely on wetlands for all or part of their life history. Some species, such as many waterfowl, use wetlands as temporary stopover points in their migration. Others, such as Beller’s ground beetle, rely exclusively on very specific wetland habitats for their entire lives.

What are some features that visitors can expect to see on the field program?
This field program explores some of the more unusual wetland types found in this region; places not seen by the casual visitor. Discover the unique characteristics of bog, fen, and kettle wetlands. Previous students and participants have expressed that visiting these special landscapes has been a life-altering experience!

What’s your most memorable wetland experience?
I was botanizing in the Municipal Watershed’s Eagle Ridge Fen when I unexpectedly fell through a floating mat of vegetation and was unable to get out! Fortunately, I was with a colleague who assisted in extracting me from the muck.

Rest assured, you will stay on solid ground when you “get your feet wet” on this day of wetland exploration!

Did You Know?

Sundew, a small carnivorous plant

Sundew is a small carnivorous plant found in wetlands throughout the Pacific Northwest which attracts insects with sweet secretions, then captures and digests it with its’ sticky mucus coated tentacles.

Wetlands are areas of land where water significantly influences the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of the terrain. There are many different kinds of wetlands, such as marshes, fens, and bogs. The types of wetlands are distinguished by the seasonal presence, flow, and depth of water as well as the soil type, and plant diversity. The Cedar River Municipal Watershed (CRMW) is home to several examples of high quality wetlands. To learn more, explore our webpage about the CRMW wetlands, and then join us for our wetland program on Saturday May 9!

Breaking News

Registration is Open!

You can now register for all 2015 field programs. Space fills quickly, so secure your spot soon.

We have a new registration system. The first time you use the system you will need to set up an account. You can still register by phone or in person at the Education Center. We no longer accept credit card payments over the phone.

Frequently Asked Questions
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The Early Bird Gets the Discount!

Get 20% off when you register for any Natural History program before May 1! Limit four people per program, per registration.


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