Sharon Wootton

Highlights and surprises from the Christmas Bird Count

Birders walk more than 100 miles and count 138 species — including some rare ones.


You can bird-proof your home to prevent window deaths

Studies estimate that billions of birds die after crashing into glass in the U.S. each year.


See migrating snow geese at birding festival next weekend

The Port Susan Snow Goose Festival in Stanwood features speakers, bus tours and kids activities.


Remembering Warren Miller, the man who brought skiing to the masses

On a ski slope far, far away, Warren Miller, who died Wednesday at his home on Orcas Island, might be enchanting an audience with stories… Continue reading

Find many of our region’s winter birds in the Skagit Valley

If you love birding, also check out these bird-related festivals, lectures and other events.

Sight of snow geese turns drivers into bird-brains

Meanwhile, a whopping 187 bird species were tallied in Edmonds in 2017.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Calling all birders: Sign up now for the Christmas Bird Count

Two Christmastime bird counts located mostly in Snohomish County are scheduled for Dec. 16 and 30.

How birds stay alive in winter and what you can do to help

When the weather turns chilly, columnist Sharon Wootton’s thoughts turn to birds coping with cold.

House call from an eagle delights 94-year-old Mukilteo woman

I love a good story, especially about birds. Humans are built to deliver, receive and even interpret the allegorical nature of some stories. Lois Utt… Continue reading

Washington Birder website offers birding checklist by county

The Washington Ornithological Society doesn’t list where to find specific birds, so birders made one.

Edmonds Marsh future muddled by buffers, birds and tide gates

One of the few remaining urban saltwater marshes in the state is getting a lot of attention lately.

Stock your winter bookshelf with these animal and nature reads

Four new books cover outdoors topics from butterflies to wolves.

Bird Fest’s keynote speaker has studied woodpeckers for 20 years

Steve Shunk’s involvement with serious birding started simply enough. “One of my colleagues who was a birder handed me a pair of binoculars and said,… Continue reading

Seven mountain peaks you must admire in Washington state

From a distance, the mountains of the Cascade and the Olympic ranges look formidable and inaccessible. The jagged peaks have been compared to bared teeth,… Continue reading

Stay connected with birds through summer with the internet

It’s summer, so most bird activity has slowed down, feeder birds may be opting for protein by insect, territorial ambitions are generally a distant memory,… Continue reading

Nature books inspire young and old to explore the outdoors

Remember the pure childhood joy of a book? The page-turning excitement, the bold splash of colors, finding out that B was for bear and Z… Continue reading

Climb trees with a certified guide at Deception Pass State Park

I spent a serious amount of time as a child in a subjectively old apple tree. The lowest limb was just the right height to… Continue reading

Study: Migratory birds affected by changing onset of spring

We are constantly making choices. Should I check my tires’ air pressure, clean the bird feeder, go to a Mariners game, start a diet, do… Continue reading

Lime Kiln Point makes travel blog’s top 10 state parks list

There’s no need to go out of state to visit a destination on one of Fodor’s Travel’s best-of lists. The travel blog has chosen Lime… Continue reading