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Jan 09

Endangered Turtle Found at our Habitat Restoration Site

Posted to Conservation Corner by Camila Matamala-Ost

A person holds a baby western pond turtle.
A person holds a baby western pond turtle. Photo by USFW/Public Domain

Have you ever heard of the endangered Western Pond Turtle? You probably haven’t unless you have spent a lot of time around Oregon and California’s ponds. 

Believe it or not, this turtle was originally found all the way from Baja California to Canada. But most importantly, these turtles loved the wetlands here in the Puget Sound. There was even a population of our own living at our habitat restoration site, Deadman’s Pond (no other reason has been found to why it is called Deadman’s Pond, other than the fact that it’s close to a cemetery- but rest assured, it is a cool place). Several years ago, only one Western Pond Turtle was left there. That lonely guy was rehomed to the Woodland Park Zoo to participate in their turtle recovery program.

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Jan 09

And the Winner is...

Posted to Environmental Education by Camila Matamala-Ost

The winning poster by Morgan’. It features a variety of soil organisms and is very colorful.
Morgan’s poster features a variety of soil organisms.

Each year, The National Association of Conservation Districts holds a poster contest about natural resources. Students put their creativity on display as they learn about topics like

This year we helped Emerald Hills Elementary submit entries to the poster contest. We visited classrooms and taught activities about soil organisms and the benefits of healthy soil. Afterwards the students spent time turning their learning into artwork and we submitted their posters for them.

We would like to congratulate Morgan, a 2nd grader, for submitting the winning poster! We can’t wait to see what the students come up for next years’ contest.

Dec 01

Planting Trees for the Salmon of the South Prairie Creek

Posted to Habitat Improvement by Camila Matamala-Ost

Volunteers after their hard work planting trees!
Volunteers after their hard work planting trees.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came out to South Prairie Creek Preserve on November 19th

We had a great turnout. Close to 20 community members attended! Together, the volunteers planted over 200 trees and native plants in a short amount of time .  Even though the ground was quite frozen, that didn’t stop them from helping the habitat of South Prairie Creek Preserve 

10A beautiful day at South Prairie Creek.  The ground is frosty and the sun is out.
Volunteers were able to see salmon that had already spawned along the creek.

The trees they planted will provide many ecological benefits like:

  • increasing habitat for wildlife and
  • improving streambank stability to prevent erosion in the future


IMG_7398A salmon that spawned in south prairie creek lying dead in the water.
A beautiful day at South Prairie Creek. The ground was frosty and the sun was out.