Natural History

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Quiet Water:
Wetlands of the Watershed
May
$15
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Instructor: Clay Antieau
Journey into the watershed with Clay Antieau, Seattle Public Utilities scientist and local authority on Northwest native plants. Highlights of the day include Eagle Ridge Meadow, a 40-acre fen; 14 Lakes, a strange “kettle” wetland; and a forested bog in the Rock Creek riparian wetland complex. Participants must be able to handle 2 - 3 miles of moderate hiking over muddy and uneven terrain.

May 10 (Saturday), 9am-4pm
Adults, $15

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Among Ancients:
Old Growth Forests
August
$15
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Instructor: Clay Antieau
Enjoy a day in old growth forests with Clay Antieau, Seattle Public Utilities scientist and local authority on Northwest native plants. Hikes will include trips into some of the best lowland old growth, including the Lost Creek old growth and the ancient forests of Findley Lake. Participants must be able to handle 2 - 3 miles of moderate hiking over uneven terrain.

August 2 (Saturday), 9am-4pm
August 16th (Saturday), 9am-4pm
Adults, $15

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Hidden Connections:
Restoring Forest Habitat
September
$15
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Instructors: Rolf Gersonde & Bill Richards
Spend the day with Rolf Gersonde, PhD and Bill Richards, two Seattle Public Utilities scientists who work in the Watersheds. They will help you discover the hidden connections in the forests and share how we restore biodiversity and habitat in young forests of the Watershed. Explore differences in wildlife habitat and other ecosystem qualities between young and old forests in the Rex Basin.

September 6 (Saturday), 9am-4pm
Adults, $15

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Forest, Flows and Fish:
Habitat Renewal
September
$15
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Instructor: Watershed staff
Join Watershed staff to explore active efforts to renew forests, restore flows, and return anadromous fish to the lower Cedar River Municipal Watershed. This 5-hour tour visits project sites that illuminate how 10 years of Habitat Conservation Plan - related projects and research are renewing the forest, restoring water flows, and returning salmon to their vital spawning grounds.

September 27 (Saturday), 9am-2pm
Adults, $15

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Fungal Treasures of the Watershed
Full
$30
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Instructor: Lee Whitford
Learn about mushrooms with naturalist Lee Whitford, who has been teaching mycology for 20 years. The class begins with a brief overview of fungi and a slideshow about their characteristics. Then head into the woods of the Watershed to collect specimens and look at habitats. Finish the day back in the classroom learning identification skills and discussing the specimens found in the field.

October 18 (Saturday), 9am-3:30pm
October 19 (Sunday), 9am-3:30pm
Adults, $30

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Paul Bannick: Owls & Woodpeckers
November
$15 - $25
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Instructor: Paul Bannick

The Life of the Owl
Paul Bannick, award-winning photographer and author, will take you on a visual exploration of a year in the life of North American owls. Examine every species, each key habitat type, and the stages of their life through the four seasons of the year. Through this program you will better understand their mating strategies, nest selection, raising of young, the dispersal of owls, and winter survival.

November 8 (Saturday), 11am-1pm
Adults, $15 or $25 for both Owls & Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers of North America
Paul Bannick, co-author and photographer of the new book, Woodpeckers of North America, a Naturalists Guide, will examine each of the North American woodpecker species through award-winning images, intimate sounds, stories, and observations from the field. Paul’s presentation will delight as well as help distinguish between species by behavior, habitat, and field markings.

November 8 (Saturday), 2pm-4pm
Adults, $15 or $25 for both Owls & Woodpeckers

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