Summer is a great time to take advantage of extreme low tides in coastal Washington and Puget Sound. As tides roll back in rocky shores, they reveal a treasure trove of Washington’s marine biodiversity. Explore rainbows of bright green, orange, purple, pink, blue, and red. Celebrate your #LifeOutdoors and take advantage of a rare opportunity to observe and learn about life under the sea. It’s time to go tidepooling!
Anemones, sea stars, seaweeds, algae, limpets, chitons, barnacles, and sponges are all tidepool creatures. How many different species can you spot in this picture?
With constant changes in water level, living…
If you plan on hiking this summer, consider helping us collect data about pikas! Your observations could help biologists better monitor pika populations, which is critical for understanding how to protect these critters.
A little about pikas
American pikas are small, round, rodent-like herbivores that are about 6–8 inches long — about the size of a russet potato. They look similar to hamsters with their big, round ears and are often mistaken for marmots, but they have no visible tail. In Washington, they are found primarily in high elevations of the Cascade Range. …
If you’ve ever heard a wolf howl — whether in the wild, at a zoo, or at a sanctuary — you know that it can be an eerie yet beautiful sound. Here’s what you should know about wolf howls:
Horror movies and other pop culture would lead you to believe that wolves howl at the moon. Not true. Just like with domestic dogs, howling is actually a form of communication.
Why do wolves howl?
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists have confirmed that a highly contagious viral infection, known as adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), is affecting deer across the San Juan Islands. Since the initial confirmation in June 2021, the public has reported hundreds of cases, including on Blakely, Henry, Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, Shaw, and Stuart islands.
AHD also appears to be impacting deer on Whidbey Island. Though lab tests are still pending, we recently investigated several deer deaths near Oak Harbor that showed signs consistent with AHD.
Deer with AHD may exhibit the following signs and symptoms: rapid or open-mouth…
By Danny Garrett/WDFW
Growing up fishing for bass on a small pond in North Carolina, I learned early on that my success from the shore varied greatly from day to day. One day the bass were tight to the shoreline and eager to bite; the next day they were nowhere to be found.
I frequented a stretch of shoreline with a big, shallow flat — the easiest part of the shoreline to walk and cast from. Since there was very little cover and no deep water, the bass would use this flat to spawn and occasionally feed, but would not…
With fishing and shellfishing in full swing and recreational boaters out enjoying the summer weather, the waters of Puget Sound are brimming with activity this time of year.
Summer fisheries in Puget Sound include recreational salmon, crab, and shrimp, state commercial shrimp, and treaty crab and shrimp fisheries. Boaters and harvesters alike may experience congestion on fishing grounds and at access points during this popular outdoor season, and it’s important to keep things friendly on our shared waters and access sites.
“This is a busy time of year throughout Puget Sound, and anyone looking to get on the water should…
By Michael J. Foster/WDFW
July can be a great time to reap the benefits of nature’s bounty, and there are few tastier and more pleasant ways to do so than wild berry picking in our state.
Washington is home to several species of wild edible berries that ripen in July, as well as a few more that are in their prime later or earlier in the season.
Below you’ll find information on the most common berry species people pick in Washington to help you get started or maybe get introduced to a new species to forage.
Read on for more…
Cada año, vemos personas que quieren “ayudar” a los cervatillos abandonados en el bosque. Sin embargo, si una cría está sola, no significa que necesita ayuda. Evita recoger y rescatar cervatillos: puedes salvar su vida.
La mayoría de los cervatillos no están abandonados ni son huérfanos. Es muy probable que su madre esté cerca. Los cervatillos nacen sin olor. Por eso, si permanecen quietos, no atraen a los carnívoros. Con frecuencia, una cierva deja a su cervatillo durante periodos largos para comer y descansar. Es posible que regrese al amanecer o el anochecer para alimentar a su cría. …
Community science programs can be suitable for people of all ages, and are a great challenge for young learners. By teaching kids powerful skills like observation, identification, data entry, and more, community science programs can help connect classroom learning with real-world application of knowledge. And, they give kids (and adults) an opportunity to contribute meaningful information to scientists throughout the state.
Community science can be done in places as close as your backyard or balcony! Topics range from identifying and tracking bumblebees to staring at the night sky.
The following list includes community science projects organized by conservation organizations around…
Summer brings a lot of joy to outdoorspeople. We are well into fishing season, kayaks are splitting the early morning waters, children are learning to bike and fly kites, and the camping gear is getting good use as we enter one of the most beautiful times in Washington.
It is also a time of preparation and care. For our part, spring and summer are incredibly busy for our fish and wildlife biologists, enforcement officers, and land managers. …
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.