Seward Park Audubon Center
NEWSLETTER October 7, 2021
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Photo by Derrick Midwinter
What Happens When The Frozen Tundra Isn't Frozen?
Did you know that the carbon stored in permafrost may be up to four times greater than the carbon dioxide emitted by modern humans? The release of carbon may affect not just the regions where permafrost is present but everyone across the world. In his book ‘The Big Thaw,’ writer Eric Scigliano provides insights into understanding the importance of this little-known crisis and provides hope that greater understanding might provide the impetus for greater action. 

Join us at Columbia City’s Royal Room as Eric presents this incredible scenario, complete with captivating images by award-winning photographer Chris Linder. Find details below. 
Photo by Derrick Midwinter
Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Three Degrees Affair | Eric Scigliano - The Big Thaw
Thursday, October 14, 2021
6:30 - 8:00 PM, Doors open at 6:00 PM

Free
Advance Registration Required


Permafrost is permanently frozen ground that lies under tundra and boreal forests across our northern regions and covers more than 12 percent of the earth’s land mass. It is also a vast store of ancient carbon, more than four times the quantity found in all of today’s forests. 

Eric Scigliano is the author of ‘The Big Thaw.’ Eric is a journalist and author with a longtime interest in climate change, the Arctic, and the alarming intersection between the two. He has been a science writer at the University of Washington and a staff writer and editor at several newspapers and magazines and has written for National Geographic, New Scientist, Discover, Harper’s, Technology Review, and many other national publications.

Join us live at The Royal Room as Eric reveals what the melting permafrost means to our health, our climate, and to the people who have called these landscapes home.

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Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist's Tour
Molly Hashimoto | 'Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist's Tour' book release
Sunday, October 10, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required


Join renowned Seattle artist Molly Hashimoto to celebrate Mt. Rainier with her new book, Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist's Tour. She'll talk briefly about the park's natural history and the art she has made over many decades and afterward sign copies of her book. Then you can try out some of the fun materials Molly will bring-- including pens, watercolors, water-soluble crayons, and watercolor paper.  They'll also be a fun activity for young kids!

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Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist's Tour
Cooper's Hawk photo by Mick Thompson
The Early Bird
Saturday, October 9, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 AM or

Saturday, October 16, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 AM 


Free
Advance Registration Required


Join us in Seward Park during a point in the day where the bird's calls and songs are lifted high above the din of the busy day that follows. Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez leads our trek through the fields and forest as we tune in to migrating and resident birds and bring them into view as the opportunity allows. We provide the binoculars, and you bring your curiosity.

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Cooper's Hawk photo by Mick Thompson
Photo by Amy Scarfone
We're Pulling for Seward!
Friday, October 8
8:30 – 10:30 AM or 

Friday, October 15
8:30 – 10:30

Advance Registration Required

We are inviting our forest warriors to come out this month to help us remove invasive plant species from Seward Park. We are providing tools, gloves, and good cheer as we work the land to protect the places birds and other wildlife need to thrive.

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Photo by Amy Scarfone
Mushroom photo by Shannon Kringen
Guided Nature Walk | Finding Fungi: Mushroom Foray
Saturday, October 9, 2021
1:00 - 3:00 PM or

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
9:00 – 11:00 AM or 

Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Free
Advance Registration Required

October is fall mushroom season!  With the recent rains, our meadows and forests are sprouting a variety of mushrooms; Boletes, Turkey Tails, and Shaggy Manes, and Witch's Butter add color and interest to our park and provide clues to the fungi just beneath the forest floor.  This fungal connectivity is integral to the health and diversity of our forest.  Join Lead naturalist Ed Dominguez as we explore this fascinating world of mushrooms on a tour of Seward Park.

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Mushroom photo by Shannon Kringen
The Giving Tree by Hannah Salia
Hannah Salia | Illumination - Paintings and Poetry From the Forest
Gallery Exhibit
Through December 12

Inspired by the beautiful coastal landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, artist Hannah Salia's paintings focus on the interplay of color and light through the forest and how these illuminated moments can renew the spirit.  Finding new creative synergies in pairing her paintings with her haiku poetry, Ms. Salia recently published "Illumination - Paintings and Poetry From the Forest," a book featuring these collected works. The show  ‘Illumination’ will feature paintings and poems in the Garry Oak Gallery from September 19 through December 12.
The Giving Tree by Hannah Salia
Barn Owl photo by Tony Hisgett
STARTING SUNDAY! This One's From The Heart
The Seward Park Audubon Center is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to host a two-week-long blood donation campaign in an effort to help ensure an ample blood supply for patients in our community this fall and be entered for a chance to win a custom Owl Celebration for 12 people in Seward Park, including an Owl Prowl and bonfire!.

Visit ANY conveniently located Bloodworks Northwest Donor Center (fixed site) or Pop-up Donor Center, the Mount Baker Community Center, between Sunday, October 10 and Sunday, October 24, and upon arrival, check-in (register) to give blood under donor code BIRD. Help us reach a goal of finding 25 folks to attend over the two-week time frame entered to win a custom Owl Celebration!  

Please sign up now to give blood between Oct 10 – 24 at our Mount Baker Community Club pop-up (located at 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S.) or at another blood donation location. 

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Barn Owl photo by Tony Hisgett
Curbside Pickup
Order Up!
The Center is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 – 5, but we are still accepting orders for curbside pick-up. Choose from many birdfeed options, fun jigsaw puzzles, handmade bird boxes, and our favorite books. Place your order online anytime for pickup on Saturday or Sunday. All orders must be placed online.

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