Sharon Wootton

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

Spring migration best time to birdwatch in Snohomish County

It’s hard to compare bird species numbers in one county to another. King County has the largest number of birdwatchers who are reporting their findings,… Continue reading

Those cool Vaux’s swifts are headed our way

Migrating Vaux’s swifts are headed to Snohomish County

Number cruncher to share best places to find county’s birds

The Christmas Bird Count and various research projects have created an almost-unimaginable amount of data on birds, their migrations, locations during various seasons, and trends.… Continue reading

Now is a good time to set out nesting materials for birds

Birds can be very specific about nest materials: the Australian malleefowl creates a nest out of bird compost; the Southeast Asian edible-nest swiftlets use layers… Continue reading

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