Seward Park Audubon Center
NEWSLETTER January 20, 2022
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Beaked Hazelnut photos by Marilylle Soveran and Ken-ichi Ueda
Winter's Bloom
Did you know that even in the middle of winter there are signs of spring?  Yes, our native plants are giving us harbingers of the longer days and warmer temperatures to come even in mid-January…if you know where to look!  Our native filbert Beaked Hazlenut is the first shrub to flower: long papery structures called catkins are turning yellow and plumping up.  Catkins are the male “cones” that will soon be releasing pollen into the air…some of them landing on tiny magenta female flowers that will ripen into tasty, edible nuts (if you can get to them before squirrels and Steller’s jays).  Beaked hazelnuts will soon be followed by flowering Osoberry shrubs (formerly Indian plum). Keep your eye out for these earliest signs that spring is on the way!
Beaked Hazelnut photos by Marilylle Soveran and Ken-ichi Ueda
Bufflehead photo by Vaughn Larsen
Tonight: The Naturalist's Notebook | Arctic Visitors
Thursday, January 20, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Live Stream
Free

All across our region, colorful birds can be seen on bodies of water large and small.  From small rainwater ponds, to lakes, to Puget Sound, birds that spend the summer in the far north have migrated south to overwinter with us.  Join Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as he shows us these beautiful ducks, coots, and grebes that we call Arctic Visitors.

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Bufflehead photo by Vaughn Larsen
Lichen photo by James Petts
Guided Nature Walk | Lichens
Saturday, January 29, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

A fungus took a “likin’” to an algae and what was the result? Lichens! Come explore the forest as we examine the varied forms and structures of these amazing organisms.

Seward Park is home to an abundance of lichens.  Lungwort, wolf lichen, pixie cups, witch’s hair, and map lichen, just to name a few! Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez will lead an excursion into the old-growth forest in search of these fascinating and varied life forms.
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Lichen photo by James Petts
Paul Talbert at The Royal Room
Here's Your Second Chance
So many authors, researchers, artists, and newsmakers have shared time with our community to broaden our knowledge and offer new perspectives. In case you missed them or would like to re-watch and share these programs, we have created a space to enjoy them again. Our most recent programs can online at our Presentation Rewatch. There’s no charge to enjoy these programs that help us understand and enjoy the natural world.

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Paul Talbert at The Royal Room
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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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5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118
206-652-2444 | Seward Park website

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