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A rufous homecoming: Episode 1

Rufous hummingbirds are making their return to Washington. This video will help you to identify the busy migrant, and let you know how you can help them on their journey. I spoke with Karen Holtrop, wildlife biologist with the National Forest Service, who helped collaborate for this video.

Interested in restoration projects that will help out the rufous hummingbird and other crucial species in our ecosystem? Check out some of these awesome organizations on the Olympic Peninsula that are always looking for volunteers:

Eyes in the Woods

The National Forest Service

Olympic National Park

 

Invasive crabs: Episode 2

European Green Crabs have only recently been discovered on the Olympic Peninsula. Learn how to identify them, and the risks they pose to our delicate ecosystem.

For more information about green crab populations in the Salish Sea check out The Washington Seagrant Crab Team

Ready for action? The Makah Fisheries Management Department is looking for volunteers to assist with their efforts to trap invasive European green crab on the Makah Reservation. Click here for more information or email: marine.ecologist@makah.com

 

episode 3

TBD.

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we have been taught.
— -- Baba Dioum