Month: April 2016

Bird Watching in the PNW

Spring Bird Watching in the PNW

I’ll be the first to admit I am a bird watching nerd. I have numerous bird identifications books, apps, various camera lenses and binoculars. This hobby started while taking an Introduction to Ecology class in my first year of school and carried over into my second year research project. Now I can’t get enough of it. Just yesterday I was walking along a trail at work doing some light pruning when I heard an unfamiliar woodpecker sound…. I looked up and low and behold there was a Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) trying to get some snacks out of a Cottonwood tree. These guys are rare in our neck of the woods and are a blue-listed species1 so it was a real treat. Books and Apps to Get Started First things first, get yourself a bird identification book. I highly recommend The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America by David Allen Sibley. It is super easy to use with a quick identification guide, pictures are true to life, and notes on how to …

Take It Outside Challenge

May Challenge – Take it Outside

In May the David Suzuki Foundation’s annual 30×30 Nature Challenge begins. We’re adding a twist. We want this challenge to be habit forming, making nature apart of your daily routine by taking something you would normally do indoors, outdoors. This can be anything like taking a meeting, eating lunch or simply spending time with friends. By dressing appropriately and thinking creatively there is no reason you can’t spend 30 minutes in nature every day of the year. Why would you want to do this? For starters, nature is awesome, the outdoors are fun and there are tons of physical and mental benefits, such as; lowered heart rate, improved concentration, stress-reduction, boosted immune-system and much more. Plus the more time we spend in nature the more likely we are to take care of it. Other than that, prizes. We’ll be randomly selecting 3 winners at the end of the month. PRIZES: 1 $50 gift card for TenTree, 1 limited edition photo or fine art print (of your choosing) on FSC-certified paper,  and a knitted beer growler carrier using cruelty-free wool. How to enter: Post a photo on Instagram …