Cedar River Watershed newsletter, Issue 39
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Connecting people to the source of Seattle's drinking water, inspiring confidence, stewardship and sustainability.
Questions? Comments? Contact Cedar River Watershed Education Center
or (206) 733-9421

Cascade Snow Catchers

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High elevation habitats are uniquely adapted for heavy and wet snow.

Winter conditions in the Cedar and South Fork Tolt River Watersheds are as varied as the diverse habitats that blanket the landscape. Once our winter weather systems arrive in October, bringing cold Alaskan air down toward the Pacific Northwest, cool temperatures and heavy precipitation prevail. Our winterlike weather can last up to nine months, with rain in the lowlands turning to snow at about 2,000 feet.

Subalpine and Pacific silver fir trees are adapted to withstand the snowpack of the Western Cascades. These highly resilient ecosystems are linked to our customers in the greater Seattle area who depend on the clean and abundant water that flows from the mountains to their faucets.

Learn more about habitats at Wondering About Wildlife on December 28 >

Did You Know?


Trumpeter swans flying past Rattlesnake Lake and the education center in December.

Trumpeter swans dabble in Rattlesnake Lake and fly over the education center in the winter. Large lakes are important habitat for these 6-foot-long, 25-pound swans because take-off requires a 100-yard run to build momentum for flight. Thanks to conservation efforts, these birds have recovered from near extinction. You might catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures along the shore of Rattlesnake Lake at Wondering About Wildlife >

Breaking News

Wondering About Wildlife
Thursday, December 28
10:00am – 3:00pm
Drop-in event, no registration needed
More Info >

Winter Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays
January 6 – March 25
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Space is limited, registration recommended
Register now >

Browse & register for programs >

Visit Us

Education Center

17905 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045

November thru March
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm

April thru October
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area

19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045
All Year
6:00am – Dusk

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