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Local congressman supports migratory bird protections to aid local economies

Story and photos by Tara Nelson Every year more than 350 species of migratory birds fly through northern Whatcom County bringing birding enthusiasts and visitors...

‘Tis the Season: Recipes for hot, spiked drinks

By Amy Gibson Winter is a quiet time in nature, when life has retreated into roots and seeds, saving energy for the promise of sun....

Fall hikes to golden larch groves

By Jason Griffith The long days of sweating up trails and swatting flies are mostly behind us. Fortunately, the cool, crisp days of fall are...

Fall Foraging: Store up for winter

By Amy Gibson As autumn approaches, plants begin to ready themselves for winter. For plants, the change in temperature causes sugars to migrate and convert...

Herbal and healing tea from foraged plants

By Amy Gibson For many, summer is a time to relax, slow down, and enjoy the warm season of our lives. One way I’ve found...

Skagit Land Trust acquires 1,000 acres of key habitat

By Oliver Lazenby Photos courtesy of Skagit Land Trust Earlier this spring the Skagit Land Trust acquired 1,000 acres of land east of Concrete in the...

Vitamin N (nature): A small dose provides substantial stress relief

  By Mandy LeBlanc A midweek hike through Discovery Park in Seattle recently brought a surprising amount of tranquility to my life – after a short sunset...

Getting Started With Spring Foraging

By Amy Gibson As winter winds down, green life emerges in the forest once again. You may notice foragers off-trail, filling baskets with robust leaves,...

Three rivers, many eagles

Winter eagle watching on the Squamish, Nooksack and Skagit By Ian Ferguson Photos by David Riffle In winter, the riparian areas around northwest rivers provide prime habitat...

Eagles of the Skagit

Hundreds of bald eagles from Alaska and northern Canada migrate to the Skagit River every winter to prey on the thousands of salmon that swim upriver to spawn. People flock to the Skagit River valley to catch a sight of this yearly display.