Sharon Wootton

Should the yellow-billed cuckoo be listed as an endangered species?

The parents of a childhood friend had a cuckoo clock. I was at her house for a sleepover and didn’t pay it much attention. But… Continue reading

What do you need to find a hummingbird nest? Lots of patience

A hummingbird’s nest is almost as hard to find as hen’s teeth. Yes, there are rare occurrences of a mutant short-lived chick with teeth. Although… Continue reading

It’s time to talk about grizzly bears in North Cascades

It still seems odd to talk about grizzly bears in Washington state, but if you have an opinion on potentially recovering a viable population in… Continue reading

Birding by the numbers: Who’s up, who’s down

I enjoy numbers that don’t need to be balanced. When my unbalanced checking account is totally out-of-whack, I’m just as likely to close the account… Continue reading

How many known beetle species are there? Test your nature knowledge

The cold winter weather is the perfect opportunity to stay indoors and learn a little bit about the world outside. Test your nature savvy: 1.… Continue reading

Watch elk feed in winter at Oak Creek

By Sharon Wootton Herald Columnist The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s supplemental feeding program at the 49,000-acre Oak Creek Wildlife Area west of… Continue reading

Rally to protect Washington hiking trails

If one of your New Year’s resolution was to “do something” to make the outdoors world a better place, next month offers an opportunity, thanks… Continue reading

Help count birds during Audubon event Dec. 26

Anticipation is on the wing. The annual Everett-Marysville Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 26. The cold weather that we’ve been having may be… Continue reading

Chilling out fun in the winter

Winter’s no reason for putting your hiking boots away. It’s just another time for a walk in the woods, and an old-growth forest is the… Continue reading

Comments sought on protections for sea turtles

Not many people have seen a green, a loggerhead or a leatherback sea turtle on the Washington Coast. And if they have, it had likely… Continue reading

Make park permits part of your preparations for snow

November might be called Snow Preparation Month, time for sprucing up skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe gear (and seeing if the clothes still fit), checking snowfall… Continue reading

Ski flick ‘Here, There & Everywhere’ in Everett this weekend

Warren Miller started filming surfers with an 8 mm camera before he switched to skiers almost seven decades ago. He turned a passion for skiing… Continue reading

Jobs, bats, turbines, peanut butter and stupidity

It’s never too early to think about a seasonal job in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Positions are available in a number of fields including… Continue reading

Watch out for birds FWI — Flying While Intoxicated

I stepped out of the house on a sunny morning last week and was greeted by a chorus of chipping and chirping at a volume… Continue reading

Fall’s the season for monitoring our state’s moose

one that didn’t appreciate any competition, even if it was… Continue reading

Learn about the avian world at Burke Museum’s bird event

Seattle Seahawks fans, here’s your chance to meet Taima the Hawk, the official Seahawk of the team. Bird-related activities at the “Birds at the Burke”… Continue reading

Biologist setting traps for a species of San Juan Islands vole

By Sharon Wootton Special to the Herald Ruth Milner is on the hunt, armed with traps and peanut butter. The state Fish and Wildlife biologist… Continue reading

Books can kindle children’s interest in the natural world

In another lifetime, I taught science to seventh-grade students in Baltimore, too many of whom had reading levels far below that grade. It made for… Continue reading

Older cranes teach new routes to young birds, researchers find

Yes, older can be wiser, at least among whooping cranes. In response to climate and land-use change, a re-introduced group of cranes is changing its… Continue reading

Birders will be flocking to festival in Edmonds on Sept. 9-11

The hardest thing about attending the 12th Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds Sept. 9 through 11 will be choosing between the often-conflicting options. Friday… Continue reading