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Bird Watching.

While it may sound a bit boring for those don't know much about it, birding and bird watching is actually a popular pastime for millions of people around the world. There are thousands of clubs and societies dedicated to bird watching and numerous blogs and social...

Sea Turtles of the Pacific Northwest

When I think of sea turtles, I think of more tropical waters, like off of the Hawaiian islands or in the Gulf of Mexico. This is for good reason, as sea turtles prefer the warm waters between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south. In the western hemisphere, that area...

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is personally one of my favorite days of the year, as this day is a reminder that the Earth is our home and a place we should care for. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day after witnessing the effects of a massive oil spill off the coast of...

Otters of the Pacific Northwest.

The Pacific Northwest is home to an array of amazing and wonderful animals. Southern Resident and transient orcas and California Gray Whales frequent many parts of the Salish Sea and the waters off the coast; the largest unmanaged Roosevelt Elk herd is found in the...

Adopting and Interacting with Wildlife.

The Pacific Northwest is home to a wide array of wild animals and there are plenty of organizations dedicated to helping them. Interacting with wildlife can be a tricky endeavor in the wild; selfies with wildlife have caused injuries and even death on a few occasions,...

Earth Day Summits

The 51st annual Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd, 2021. There are so many ways to celebrate, including virtual summits, a meteor shower, nature scavenger hunts, planting gardens and park work parties, and more.

How are you celebrating?

Pollinator Week 2021: How to Support and Learn More About Pollinators

This week (June 21-27, 2021) is Pollinator Week! This annual event is celebrated all around the world as a way to learn about and support pollinators and their health. There are so many ways to get involved this week, like watching a relevant documentary, working in a...

Four Things To Consider With Going Zero Waste

Over the last few years, the zero waste movement has been having a moment. From appearing as a plot in shows like The Politician to being the focus of some social media influencers and businesses, this movement is being heralded as solutions to the climate crisis. And...

Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Earlier this year, it was announced that a new Southern Resident killer whale had been born last December! Lucky, as it had been nicknamed, is a part of the L pod and a few months after it was born, another southern resident was born to the J pod. For a short time,...

Wildlife Conservation Day.

This post contains affiliate links that I could make a commission off of. All opinions are my own. Today is Wildlife Conservation Day! Wild animals all over the world are facing threats from climate change, urban development, plastic/trash, and more. Giraffes all over...
Behind the Breed: Cairn Terriers

Behind the Breed: Cairn Terriers

One of the many terrier breeds the AKC recognizes is the Cairn Terrier! These small dogs have big, cheerful personalities and make great family pets. They have origins in Scotland, particularly on the Island of Skye and were used to root out rodents from mounds of...

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Pigeons And Doves

Pigeons And Doves

Rats with wings, city chickens, and feathered rodents are just some of the things people call pigeons. But did you know that there is so much more to these birds than humanity’s deeply misguided hatred? Pigeons and doves, their more beloved cousins, are a part of the...

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Behind the Breed: Bearded Collies

Behind the Breed: Bearded Collies

The Bearded Collie is a happy, bouncy breed that looks very similar to the Old English Sheepdog. Both breeds are in the herding group and can be hard to tell apart from a distance. But Beardies, as they’re also known, have a long tail, several different coat colors, a...

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Cat Safe House Plants

Cat Safe House Plants

After years of not having cats, I forgot that they love to, at the very least, try eating plants. So when my two little rescue cats were old enough, they definitely started eating the house plants I had around the house! I do not have much of a green thumb so the fact...

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Behind the Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog

Behind the Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are unique-looking dogs with roots in the southern United States. The exact origins of the breed are debated but it’s considered to be the only one with roots in the state of Louisiana, which is why it’s also called the Louisiana Catahoula Dog....

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Helping Ukraine

Helping Ukraine

The news and first-hand accounts coming out of Ukraine are heartbreaking, frustrating, gut-wrenching, and so much more. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, roughly 2.7 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries and the European Union is...

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Behind the Breed: Pomeranians

Behind the Breed: Pomeranians

Pomeranians are small, affectionate dogs with foxy faces and gorgeous double coats. These dogs may be tiny in stature but are large in personality and have long been a favorite of royals and commoners alike. Poms are particularly great for novice owners and do great...

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American Bison

American Bison

As the continent’s largest mammal, bison are majestic, incredible animals that have long called North America home and were declared the national mammal for the United States in 2016. But after European colonization of the Americas, the population of these animals...

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Behind the Breed: Native American Indian Dog

Behind the Breed: Native American Indian Dog

Dating back thousands of years, the Native American Indian Dog has a wild appearance and patient temperament. The exact origins are unknown and highly debated, including whether or not the breed today is actually a recreation of an extinct breed. Native American...

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Getting Ready For Spring – Pets Edition!

Getting Ready For Spring – Pets Edition!

After months of short days and long nights, spring finally feels like it's right around the corner! The astrological start to the season doesn't happen until March 20th/21st but there are still plenty of ways you and your pets can get ready for the longer days and...

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Behind the Breed: Bull Terrier

Behind the Breed: Bull Terrier

With their iconic egg-shaped head, pointed ears, and triangular eyes, these dogs have an incredibly unique look to them. While Bull Terriers may seem intimidating to some, they can actually be goofy, loyal, polite dogs and are great for active homes. They are muscular...

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Behind the Breed: Savannah Cats

Behind the Breed: Savannah Cats

As an adventurous, outgoing breed, Savannah cats are not for those wanting a quiet, couch potato feline. These cats can be quite large and in charge compared to other cat breeds and would do well with people who understand their audacious spirits and agile skills....

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How To Become A Zookeeper

How To Become A Zookeeper

There are many different ways to have a career working with animals. One such way? Becoming a zookeeper! Keeping wild animals in zoos has a long and controversial history (and the dehumanizing and incredibly racist trend of keeping people in zoos around the turn of...

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Behind the Breed: Mudi

Behind the Breed: Mudi

As one of the newest breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the Mudi seems like a mix between a Miniature Poodle and German Shepherd, both in temperament and appearance. This breed has origins in Hungary, where most of these dogs currently live, and has worked...

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The Domestication of Cats

The Domestication of Cats

Throughout history, humans have domesticated many different plant and animal species for a variety of different reasons. Cotton has been used for fabric (like clothing and rugs) and rope; wheat, lentils, rice, and potatoes are some of the first domesticated plants...

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Behind the Breed: Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Behind the Breed: Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Also known as the Blue Gascony Basset, the Basset Blue de Gascogne is a small scent hound that is rarely seen outside its native France. While recognized by the United Kennel Club in the United States and by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in Belgium, this...

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Surviving The Winter With Your Animals

Surviving The Winter With Your Animals

While generally mild, the winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can include everything from overcast skies and 45°f, pouring rain and floods, a significant amount of snow and ice, and everything in between. Surviving the winter with animals can, unfortunately, mean...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The last two years have been difficult, to say the least. For me, this site has been a saving grace and on some days, a reason to get out of bed. That's been particularly true during the Covid pandemic. It's been an absolute joy learning and sharing about all the...

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Pygmy Rabbits of the Pacific Northwest

Pygmy Rabbits of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is lucky enough to have many different types of wild animals, including several different types of wild rabbits! One of the smallest and most endangered wild rabbit populations is actually the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits. These rabbits are tiny,...

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