Celebrating Spring and the International Day of Forests.

This post contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is marked by many things. The days get longer, the sun starts to make an appearance, trees start to blossom, and you...

National Wildlife Refuge Week

This week [October 14-20, 2018] is National Wildlife Refuge Week! Celebrated the second week of October each year, this week is a celebration of the wildlife refuges around the country, as these spaces around the country provide a safe habitat for thousands of animal...

Are Zoos Good or Bad? The Ethical Considerations of Keeping Wild Animals in Captivity.

In the Pacific Northwest, there are ten aquariums and zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (eleven if you include the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada). In addition to being open to the public (now with restrictions because of Covid-19), these parks...

Animals of the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is just one of the many natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and is located in southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington state. This sea is made up of a few more commonly known aquatic areas like the Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and...

Fishers of the Pacific Northwest

These elusive, forest-dwelling animals are agile and swift climbers. Fishers look similar to their relatives, the weasels and Pacific martens, but are much larger in size and have a darker coat. These carnivores are roughly the size of a house cat and weigh 4.4-13...

Earth Day Activities

Happy Earth Day! Here are some great activities to do today and this weekend.

The Importance of Parks and Trees in Urban Areas

With the ever-present threat of the climate crisis, the restoration of ecosystems and protection of public lands and bodies of water is incredibly important. There are numerous health benefits and economic boosts to public parks, as folks living near parks report...

Ways to Learn About Animals

One of the great things about the internet is that there are so many different ways to learn about and see animals of all kinds! There are podcasts about pet care and wildlife, shows produced by zoos that share information and sweet stories about the animals they care...

Guerrilla Gardening: Seed Bombs.

For pollinators and other animals, flowers and plants are a vital part of life all around the world. There are many types of bees and bats that call the Northwest home and bee-friendly gardens can help bee populations survive! But with increasing development and urban...

5 Facts About The Oregon Spotted Frog

In addition to all the other animals that call the Pacific Northwest home, there are several species of frogs that also live in the region! One such species is the Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa), which is found in different pockets of the northwest. Here are some...
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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Wildlife in the Winter

Wildlife in the Winter

Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be a bit difficult to deal with at times, as this season brings longer nights, overcast days, and cold, wet weather. Flora and fauna species alike have developed adaptations and survival mechanisms to get through this time of year....

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Behind the Breed: Anatolian Shepherd

Behind the Breed: Anatolian Shepherd

These big, tough dogs are one of the oldest breeds in the world, hailing from what is now modern-day Turkey. Anatolian Shepherds are livestock guardians, having spent thousands of years working alongside human shepherds by protecting flocks of sheep. They are...

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Behind the Breed: English Foxhound

Behind the Breed: English Foxhound

English Foxhounds are a fairly rare breed nowadays, ranking near the bottom of the American Kennel Club's popular breed list (188 out of 197!). But despite that, these hounds have a long history as hunting dogs and they're medium in size, standing 23-27 inches at the...

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Giving Tuesday 2021

Giving Tuesday 2021

The past almost two years have been tumultuous, overwhelming, and so many other things. Globally, Covid-19 cases have risen to more than 250,000,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000,000 deaths. The pandemic and subsequent shutdowns have resulted in a weird uncertainty,...

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Behind the Breed: Domestic Turkey Breeds

Behind the Breed: Domestic Turkey Breeds

Turkeys and Thanksgiving have been synonymous for quite a while now, with the story of the holiday claiming that the bird was eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal (although, the history of the holiday is definitely not the one you learned in school!). Nowadays,...

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Winter Holiday Pet Safety

Winter Holiday Pet Safety

Many major winter holidays are officially here for North America and while these celebrations can be a great way to get through the darkest part of the year, it is important to keep your pets safe during all the festivities. There are, sadly, plenty of foods in...

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Behind the Breed: Welsh Terriers

Behind the Breed: Welsh Terriers

These black and tan dogs are true to their terrier name and are spunky dogs full of character. Welsh terriers were originally bred to chase and trap small animals for hunters and still remain the active, fun-loving dog that made them so great as hunting companions....

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Pinnipeds of the Pacific Northwest

Pinnipeds of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is lucky enough to be home to a truly wide array of animals and one such group is the pinniped. These aquatic animals are primarily marine mammals like seals, sea lions, fur seals, and walruses. In the Salish Sea, we're lucky enough to have...

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Behind the Breed: Alaskan Klee Kai

Behind the Breed: Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kais are adorably wonderful dogs that look just like miniature Huskies! The Klee Kai is a relatively new breed, having only been first developed in the early 1970s, and ancestors include Siberian Huskies and American Eskimo dogs. They do come in three...

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Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Affectionately known as Leos (or even gentle lions!), these massive dogs were originally developed not as guardian or working dogs but as companion dogs! Leonbergers are social, friendly dogs that love being around their people and definitely need some room to walk...

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Horse Hoof Care

Horse Hoof Care

Like any animal, caring for a horse is a big responsibility and in addition to making sure they have shelter, appropriate and nutritious food, and medical care, horses also need their hooves taken care of. Like other ungulate mammals, horses have hooves that require a...

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Happy Howloween!

Happy Howloween!

NOTE: This post does not constitute any sort of veterinary or medical advice. If your pets eat chocolate or other possibly toxic substances, please immediately contact your vet or local emergency animal hospital! This post is solely educational and a resource for pet...

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How to Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator

How to Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator

Wildlife rehabilitation is an incredibly important field, especially with the rise in urban development and the alarming effects of climate change. Between the increasing network of busy roads, growing light pollution, reflective windows of homes and other buildings,...

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Behind the Breed: Norwegian Elkhound

Behind the Breed: Norwegian Elkhound

This confident, friendly breed was bred to withstand cold weather and to hunt or work for days at a time. Norwegian Elkhounds are spitz-type dogs that look and act very similar to Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Like these other breeds, Elkhounds have an...

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Declawing Cats: Worse Than A Manicure

Declawing Cats: Worse Than A Manicure

Anyone with a cat can tell you about how annoying and painful their claws can be at times. For some folks, the problem of their cats inappropriately scratching furniture, people, and other things gets to be such an issue that they decide to surgically declaw their...

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