City of Edmonds offers tips for co-existing with coyotes

You may have seen more coyotes out and about in recent weeks. As young coyotes leave their birth families in fall to find territories of their own, the number of coyote sightings in our community goes up — and the City of Edmonds offers some tips for co-existing with them. Like other wildlife that live…

Reminder: All ages invited to learn about bird-friendly gardening Oct. 1-2

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club and Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline are offering a new fall youth and family event Oct. 1-2, and this time it’s all about birds. Learn how the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden cares for its feathered friends and ways you can make your home and garden bird-friendly this winter. This event features fun…

Puget Sound Bird Fest coming to Edmonds Sept. 10-11

Attention bird watchers: A reminder that the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest is coming to Edmonds Sept. 10-11. This beloved fall tradition will return in person for nature lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest with two days of speakers, guided walks, field trips, boat tours, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. The 2022 event…

Scene in Edmonds: Sharing bird facts at Mathay-Ballinger Park

City of Edmonds parks employees were at Edmonds’ Mathay-Ballinger Park Wednesday to share their knowledge about the local birds of Edmonds. After the Olympic Beach Visitor Station closed due to the pandemic, the city began setting up informational tables in neighborhoods to keep the public engaged. Parks program coordinator Jennifer Leach and ranger Ryan Schultz…

Reminder: Neighborhood Birds Program coming to Mathay-Ballinger Park Aug. 17

Come learn about neighborhood birds on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Discovery Interpretive Table at Mathay-Ballinger Park, located at 24100 78th Pl. W. Edmonds’ Ranger-Naturalists will be at the park from 1-3 p.m., and neighbors of all ages are invited to join them for this free event. Even in the most urbanized neighborhoods, birds are…

Save the date: Learn about neighborhood birds at Mathay-Ballinger Park Aug. 17

Come learn about neighborhood birds at the Discovery Interpretive Table at Edmonds’ Mathay-Ballinger Park from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Neighbors of all ages are invited to join Edmonds’ Ranger-Naturalists for this free event. They will show you how to identify these common birds by sight and sound and where to look for them in…

Swifts Night Out returns to Monroe Aug. 20

The annual Swifts Night Out event at the Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe will return in-person Friday, Aug. 20 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 4 p.m. until dusk, nature lovers, community groups, families and anyone with an interest in the spectacular can enjoy an evening on the lawn to…

Thanks to city employees, injured hawk rescued and returned to wild

An injured Cooper’s hawk spotted on the roof of the City of Edmonds Public Safety building was rescued, rehabilitated and is now back in its natural habitat, thanks to the quick work of city court and police employees. Edmonds Animal Control Officer Andrea Scinkovec said that on July 15, a court employee told her there…

State officials caution against touching sick or dead wild birds

The Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are asking the public to avoid contact with wild birds, especially sick or dead wild birds or their young. An outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is impacting wild birds including Canada geese, snow geese, bald eagles, and…

Puget Sound Bird Fest returns in person Sept. 10-11

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest on Sept. 10-11 in Edmonds. This beloved fall tradition will return in person for nature lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest with two days of speakers, guided walks, field trips, boat tours, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. The 2022 event will kick off Saturday…

Learn all about frogs at Edmonds Demo Garden event April 23

Edmonds’ resident “Frog Lady” Thayer Cueter returns to the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Plant Demonstration Garden (otherwise known as the Demo Garden) at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23 for a free program on frogs. It is the first live program at the Demo Garden — located at the Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine St. — in…

Artists invited to enter Puget Sound Bird Fest 2022 poster art contest

Puget Sound-area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound bird life to be used on the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster for promotion of the event taking place Sept. 10-11 in Edmonds. A $350 prize sponsored by Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation will be awarded to the winner of the poster…

Snohomish Conservation District holding annual youth art contest through Feb. 22

The Snohomish Conservation District is holding its fifth annual youth art contest. Through Feb. 22, children in grades pre-K through high school who live in Snohomish County or Camano Island can submit one piece of artwork about birds either online or by mail. Birds were chosen as the special theme for this year’s contest theme…

Ways to keep visiting birds warm and fed during cold weather

Finding ways to keep bird baths and feeders from freezing can be challenging, but Edmonds resident and retired biomedical engineer Chris Walton has some suggestions. “The bird bath is relatively simple,” he said. “They sell waterproof heaters online that are quite effective. Quite a few birds have been visiting my bird bath for a drink.”…

Reminder: Help count birds for science during Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers and people with backyard bird feeders to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey — the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On Saturday, Dec. 18, birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in this century-long project. “Pilchuck Audubon is making a special effort to count birds visiting yard…

Learning to live with coyotes: Tips for keeping pets and people safe

Early one morning several years ago, Edmonds resident Maggie Peterson let her 25-pound Boston terrier out to wander in the family’s fenced back yard so she could relieve herself. It was their normal routine to start the day, but that was about to change. “She came back in, I got my coffee, I’m sitting reading…

All aboard for a bird-watching adventure

As part of the Puget Sound Bird Festival in Edmonds, a group of approximately 75 birders and bird photographers gathered on the Puget Sound Express Saratoga late Sunday afternoon for a three-hour excursion to Protection Island a National Wildlife Refuge. Jon Houghton and Joe Sweeney were the bird guide experts leading the trip. They are…