Cedar River Watershed

Connecting people to Seattle's watersheds.

Issue 51

Stirrings of Spring to Come

Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius
Some rely on the groundhog to celebrate the coming of spring while others wait for the equinox, but you can also step outside and experience the changing season. It may not feel like it yet, but every day, sunlight is making significant gains over the night. This increasing brightness allows plants to waken from their dormancy and once again photosynthesize. Indian plum is one of the first to unfurl its green leaves and stretch for the sun. Its white blossoms are quick to follow, emerging while other plants haven’t even begun to sprout. Another early flowerer is the hazelnut. Watch for its pink tint against small, green buds or its catkins that dangle from bare branches, which are more obvious to the observer. Leaves and flowers provide a feast for hungry wildlife, from insects to elk. As more plants waken, insects and birds arrive. Varied thrushes come early to dine on emerging insects. Their song rings through the gray mornings. This is a critical time for many of the Watershed’s creatures. If the vernal banquet is delayed or is covered by a late snowfall, hunger can turn to famine. Spring brings so much more than a break from the gloom.

Did You Know?

Visitors Enjoy a Guided Winter Walk

The Bright Side of Winter

What can you do about the dark of winter? One hour of aerobic exercise outside, even on a cloudy day, is equal to 2.5 hours of light treatment. Getting outside won’t only brighten your mood it can help you fight the flu. The closed-up indoors is a great growing environment for germs. Going outside increases your body’s microflora, boosting your immune system and helping you fight cold and flu pathogens. So resist the urge to hibernate and come to the Education Center. Join us for our winter weekend programs.

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Winter Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays
January 18 - March 15 in the afternoons
Space is limited; registration recommended

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Education Center
17905 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045

April thru October
Tuesday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November thru March
Tuesday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area
17905 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045

All Year
6 a.m. - Dusk


Phone: (206) 733-9421 | (425) 831-6780
Email: crwprograms@seattle.gov
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