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As most gardeners know, not all volunteers are humans. Many plants generously volunteer to grow even where we didn’t plant them. Dandelions are among the most enthusiastic. But they are one … more
This is the cherry blossom time at the State Capitol Campus in Olympia. But you will find a lot more than cherry blossoms. Find a treasure trove of history in terms of buildings and landscape, with … more
Vocalization – aka singing – is vitally important to nearly all bird species. And with the coming of spring, we are reminded of this every morning as our neighborhood birds are vocalizing … more
April is a very busy month. If you have seen the pinwheels at the Capitol, they were placed there by FESS (Family Education Support Services) as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM). … more
Many of us are working to be better stewards of the natural world as we garden, and often our first focus has been to pay more attention to bees, who, we quickly discover, are complicated. There are … more
Tumwater City Council approved to name a new neighborhood park at The Preserve as “Kindred Park” on Tuesday, April 4, in a 4-3 split decision. Parks and Recreation Director Chuck … more
Celebrate one year of enjoying learning about Thurston County's feathered wonders.  Knowing I’m interested in birds, people occasionally ask me to advise them on how to get started in bird watching. And I usually answer, “just walk around your neighborhood and pay attention.” And that’s exactly what I did to gain inspiration for this initial column. more
We were crossing the street after lunch when we saw a venerable flowering cherry tree on the corner, just about to burst into bloom. One of my companions said, “When I see big flowering trees … more
The bird migration season is underway, and throughout the month of April and into early May, various bird species will be coming to or through our area for summer breeding. Understanding migration … more
March is about to end, and April is just around the corner. Spring is officially here (although the weather gods haven’t noticed), and I am in dire need of sunshine, flowers and floors that … more
When I wake up in the morning I shower, dress, go downstairs to make some coffee, and read the newspaper. Thirty minutes or so later, I have a small breakfast before leaving to drop my son off at … more
A neighborhood park would soon arise on the former site of the demolished Trails End Horse Arena, according to plans discussed by Tumwater’s Park and Recreation Committee on Wednesday, March … more
Researchers have spent an enormous amount of time and money proving what gardeners could have told them for free, instantly: gardening is good for our physical and mental health. So, do certain … more
Sandhill Cranes came into my mind this week for two reasons. First, I finally located the small flock of Sandhill Cranes that is still hanging out in the Chehalis River valley. As of March 22nd, they … more
Thurston County has received a $4.5 million construction loan from the Washington State Public Works Board to replace the Green Cove Creek Culvert at Country Club Rd NW in west Olympia. Public … more
Over dinner, a friend lamented that she usually has seeds in the ground by this time in March. She was worried about being late this year. I haven’t planted a single seed yet either, but I … more
Early March is maddening. After living through winter, when the calendar page turns to March we feel we deserve an end to cold, snow, hail and dismal skies. We want warmth – warm air, warm … more
Yesterday my cats woke me up just as the day was dawning, and I clearly heard Song Sparrows and Pacific Wrens singing. They know that Spring and the breeding season will soon begin. And the first of … more
The University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group is doing an analysis of the record-breaking King Tide that flooded downtown last December. At a Sea Level Rise Response Collaborative-Executive … more
Olympia councilmembers are hesitant to take action on the proposal for the aquatic facility, which the Parks department recommended to expand the project’s feasibility study into developing a … more
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