This month, students off all ages have been returning to the books. Whether you are a student or not, we have got you covered learning some of our favorite conservation science terms we use regularly in our work. Impress yourself and your friends with this new knowledge.
What is a rain garden?
A shallow depression that collects water and filters it slowly back into the ground. Rain gardens naturally filter pollutants and keep Puget Sound healthy. Both public and private citizens can install rain gardens to help save Puget Sound’s water quality.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that collects and delivers water to a single point. By studying an entire watershed, scientists can better understand the entire system and improve water quality, fish habitat, flooding and reducing soil erosion.
What is a log jam?
A log jam is a buildup of wood debris creating deep pools for salmon. Installations of log jams have become a priority method to recover salmon habitat and reset stream flows that have been affected by a century’s worth of logging.
Scientists have developed a new framework to guide city planners around the world in measuring the mental health benefits of nature and incorporating them into plans and policies for residents.
Summer 2019 kicked off on an upbeat note for Washington hikers: our favorite mountain trails were snow-free weeks sooner than in previous years. But like schoolkids let loose unexpectedly early, we are wary of a catch. And there is a catch: it’s a drought.
Did you know that sex is not distinctly defined among many animals? It often shifts in the most fluid of environments: the ocean.
Coastal habitats mangroves, sea grasses and estuaries can capture and store carbon, and are a key natural climate solution. In Washington, our estuaries hold great promise.
Oceans forum bridges academic and indigenous knowledge for fishery management research and strategies.
As we work to diminish the threat of wildfire and smoke, a new Nature Conservancy study shows an important part of the solution may actually be more fire – of the right type.
We’ve got a new welcome sign in the Cle Elum Field office: a giant map of the Central Cascades!
In valleys like the Yakima Basin, snowpack provides the majority of water to support a rich agricultural legacy, world-class orchards and critical salmon runs.
We’re tracking snow accumulation and melt-out in the Cascade forests, collecting key data that will help ensure water security for valleys and communities below.
We’re searching for snowpack in the Eastern Cascades, to find the best way to keep water secure as our climate warms.