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Getting Into Falconry

My interest in birds, particularly raptors, started at a young age. A friend of the family was a volunteer for a local raptor research organization and took me out on various trips to band red-tailed hawks and young American kestrels. When I was 12 years old I was looking for…

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Clamming in Washington’s Inland Waters

Harvesting “Steamer” Shellfish – Manila and Littleneck Clams Here in Washington state, we are lucky to live where we can forage delicious, healthy seafood from publicly owned tidelands. With over 350 open areas and about 275 low tides per year, there are endless opportunities to harvest on public lands. You…

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Let’s Fish for Trout!

Spinning Rod? Check. Tackle box? Check. Fishing license? Check. Lucky fishing cap? Check. There’s just one small problem, I haven’t fished in a long time or ever!! What do I do?!! Never fear! Your ‘very basic get you on the lake’ guide is here!! The first thing you need to…

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Gardening for Wildlife

May is the perfect time to make your yard or garden wildlife-friendly. The National Wildlife Federation celebrates Garden for Wildlife Month every May to help you do just that!. Whether you’re a gardening novice with a small balcony or a gardening veteran with a few acres, you can provide for…

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Early Season Prep List

This past week has been sunny and quite warm and reminds us that we are getting to another glorious PNW spring and summer. Now, before the weather really changes seasons, is a good time to go over your gear to avoid last minute surprises.  Here are a few things to…

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Raising Backyard chickens

Backyard chickens make me smile! Maybe it’s the farm girl in me, (as a crow flies, I live less than 3 miles from downtown Seattle), but seeing these bustling beauties peck around my yard just knocks the stress level down a few notches. It connects me to my roots and…

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Inspired as a Beginning Beekeeper

WOW first offered a 4-hour introductory class at its fall weekend workshop in 2016 and I signed up to take this hands-on engaging course.  Earlier that spring, my husband (who is the policy advisor for the state beekeepers association) had decided to get his first package of bees and I…

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2020 Snowshoe Workshops

We had a couple of incredible days in the snow this January! Cheers to our intrepid winter adventurers that made it through wintery road conditions to trailheads at Blewett Pass (Jan. 11) and Snoqualmie Pass (Jan. 18)! We broke new trail, lost count of the the number of snowshoe hare…

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2019 Fall Weekend Workshop

WOW! What a weekend! Thank you to each participant that ventured out with us to Manastash Cayon for our 22nd annual Fall Weekend Workshop. We had an incredible time outdoors exploring Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, learning new skills, and building up a community of empowered women for nature. We…

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2019 Shotgun

For the first time in a long time, WOW offered an Introduction to Shotgun workshop in June 2019. Students left inspired to continue on their shotgun journey, armed with new knowledge that will keep them and others safe, their firearms clean, and their follow-through improving! For some, this was the…

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2019 Pre-WOW

WOW is proud to be part of a movement to cultivate the next generation of strong outdoor women. At Pre-WOW girls (8-13) learn alongside a loved girl-at-heart. This year we practiced setting up tents and camp stoves, shooting arrows (archery), building debris huts, and starting fires. We also refreshed our…

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2019 Shellfish Harvest

We had an amazing time in the Quilcene Tidelands with our bivalve expert friends from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife this past weekend! We learned a ton about Washington’s coastal water resources, shellfish health and safety, how to harvest clams and shuck oysters (don’t forget to leave your oyster shells…

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2019 Intro to Waterfowling

Immense thanks to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the WOW Team, and our expert volunteer instructors for delivering perhaps our most successful Intro to Waterfowling Workshop yet! Participants practiced shooting clays, calling ducks, running a retriever, cleaning birds (practiced on lead-poisoned swans), and even had the opportunity to…

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2019 Intro to Flint Knapping

We had a fun and enlightening day learning the ancient art of flint knapping. Think rocks are boring? Not anymore! Check out the pictures of students breaking rock with a purpose! Using obsidian and/or colored glass, each student practiced percussion and pressure flaking techniques to create a sharp, multi-purpose, bi-face…

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