19th Annual BirdFest and Bluegrass Celebration

[ October 5, 2018; October 6, 2018; October 7, 2018; ] October 5-7 Ridgefield, Washington
2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will join forces with more than 100 other organizations and millions of people around … Read More.

Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference 

[ September 21, 2018; September 22, 2018; September 23, 2018; ] Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference 
Camp Sealth, Vashon Island, WA 

September 21 – 23 2018 

Join a village of wild women meeting once again in the forest at the edge of the Salish Sea.
Learning, celebrating, connecting, transforming…
Herbal Wisdom 
Wise Woman Ways 
Nourishing mind, body, heart & soul while uplifting a woman’s spirit…

Bring A Friend!
Mother, Daughter, Grandma, Auntie, Niece, Sister, Cousin…herbalist, ethnobotanist, midwife, nurse, … Read More.

Pacific Crest Trail Days

[ August 17, 2018; August 18, 2018; August 19, 2018; ] All things outdoor recreation located in the only town on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Study Finds ‘Rollie Pollies’ Remove Heavy Metals From Soil, Protects Groundwater

Turns out a little bug we don’t think of much is one of the best protectors of soil ever imaginable. Read on to find out more!
Turn over a brick or a board lying in the yard and underneath you may find a collection of pill bugs scurrying about. Also known as “rollie pollies” or wood- lice, … Read More.

Birdfest and Bluegrass at Ridgefield Natural Wildlife Refuge

[ October 6, 2017; October 7, 2017; October 8, 2017; ] BirdFest and Bluegrass Ridgfield National Wildlfe Refuge Ridgfield, WA
October 6, 7, & 8, 2017
The much loved BirdFest and Bluegrass of the past has returned!
Enjoy bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield, with picker’s jamming in businesses, venues, and parks around town. There will be family activities in downtown Ridgefield, as well as an Audubon Live Bird Show, … Read More.

4 Innovative Ways to Save the Wilderness and Ourselves

At this point, we know humans have had a huge impact on the environment; attempts to mitigate these effects have seen rapid advancement thanks to increasing urgency and ever growing technology. Today, conservationists find a wealth of tools at their disposal, allowing for amazing and ever-evolving relationships with the flora and fauna they seek to … Read More.

Planting the Seeds:

Bringing Plants and Children Together
The growing seasons of spring and summer are joyous events for nature lovers. Those who live with the darkness and snow of winter are thrilled with each new plant popping up, bird songs galore and the long, light-filled days. The regenerative energy of spring is obvious among children; just ask any … Read More.

Black Soldier Flies or Me and My ‘Maggots’

I love compost. Specifically, my compost, the product of backyard alchemy. I fuss, fidget, adjust and probably take as much pride in rolling the finished product through my fingers as I do picking the vegetables that grow so healthily in my garden.
So it was with some alarm that I discovered a living intruder, actually a … Read More.

Landscaping for Wildlife

This article was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the Green Living Journal.
With suburban sprawl fragmenting and reducing wildlife habitat, what we do in our yards is very important for the survival of wildlife. Suburban yards are usually stripped of most of their topsoil and little concern is given to wildlife when planning a … Read More.