26 posts in Union Bay Natural Area

UW Community Gathers to Celebrate the Completion of the Yesler Swamp Boardwalk

Despite the damp conditions, the UW community gathered on Sunday, October 16, with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the opening of the Yesler Swamp boardwalk. Construction of the ADA-accessible boardwalk began in 2010 and was completed this summer, allowing visitors to enjoy a peaceful and dry walk through the swamp. The 6.4-acre Yesler Swamp provides some of the last remaining swamp habitat on Lake Washington. 

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Biology in the Wild

 
“I was amazed to learn that the Ginkgo biloba tree, which is thousands of years old but extinct in the wild, was saved by Buddhist monks who planted this tree in their monasteries so the species would live on!”
“We thought we would only hear the Latin names of a multitude of obscure plants,” she said, “but instead we heard amazing stories of survival and cooperation in nature.”
 
 
 
These were just two of the observations made by freshman and sophomore students who took one of the free guided tours at the Washington Park Arboretum.  

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Student Spotlight: Daniel Sorensen

Daniel Sorensen is a graduate student at the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, working in the lab of UW Botanic Gardens Director, Sarah Reichard, and researching the risk of invasion across Washington and Oregon of 2 two closely related grasses in the genus Cortaderia – pampas grass and jubata grass. Daniel works as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainability Coordinator for UW Grounds Management, and in that role he helps manage invasive species in the Union Bay Natural Area along with UW Botanic Gardens staff.  

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Trail Completion to Begin at Yesler Swamp

Shovels, picks and hammers will be brought out this month to forge the final section of the Yesler Swamp trail, a much-anticipated finale to years of planning and fundraising.
Yesler Swamp, the 6-acre wooded wetland along the eastern border of the Center for Urban Horticulture has captivated local citizens, restoration ecologists and leaders at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens for close to a decade. 

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Jan 23, 2016 / Students, Union Bay Natural Area, News / UWBG Communication Staff

The Weekend Warriors of Centennial Woods

Since the initial planting of Centennial woods in Union Bay Natural Area in 2007, in celebration of the first 100 years of the College of Forest Resource (now known as the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences), Jon Diemer and his wife Martha have become the weekend warriors. They devote every free Saturday to restoration work at the site. As the current UBNA Ranger, I was able to lend a hand and plant a few hemlocks and shore pines this past Saturday, January 16th, 2016. 

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Safer Digs For Osprey Now In Union Bay Natural Area

Hoping to lure opreys from nesting on the ball field lights, new platforms were installed.

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May 1, 2015 / Research, Students, Union Bay Natural Area, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Runoff Now Feeds Prairie Rain Garden at Center for Urban Horticulture

What to do about muddy puddles caused by rain runoff in the middle of a trail used by hundreds of people every day? Could a garden solve the problem?

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Jan 20, 2015 / Union Bay Natural Area, News / UWBG Communication Staff

MLK Day of Service: UBNA Work Party in Review

On Jan, 19, also known as the MLK Day of Service, a group of 7 volunteers helped remove ivy from cottonwood trees near the Union Bay Natural Area waterfront.
Just along the UBNA loop trail at the waterfront viewing area, many of the cottonwood trees have been suffocated by invasive English ivy. These trees may become a safety hazard for trail-users as ivy foliage weighs down branches. 

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June 2014 Plant Profile: Philadelphus lewisii

June is a great time to celebrate our native Lewis’s Mock Orange which is currently in blooming at UWBG!

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Kids’ Photo Contest Winners!

Kids + Cameras = Some great pictures of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens! Come see the winners of the 2013 Kids Digital Photography Contest!

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