May 2020 Photo Round Up!
While questions swirl around the phases of re-opening, fingers are crossed for summer adventures and the return of Fall programming. Navigating so many unknowns is a stressor we’ll be happy to put behind us—but fresh air, sunshine, and birdsong are welcome therapy. Come along on this month’s installment of photos by Institute staff, showing how we get by with a little (or a lot) of quality time outside.
Out and About
Sticking to their safe groups, plucky Institute staff prove they’re up for adventures on land and on water, in boots and in good company.
April Showers Bring May … Mushrooms?
Fall isn’t the only season for fungi. Spring’s rainy mornings and sunny afternoons create the ideal conditions for mushrooms and their loyal seekers.
A quick check-in on what’s happening in our backyards shows that while May reaps the rewards of April’s work, we also have a few cases of the lazies.
While the Environmental Learning Center patiently waits to re-open its doors, deer happily graze undisturbed along campus walkways and Elvis hops about looking for someone to shadow. Inside you might smell fresh paint, evidence that a host of back-burner projects are seeing their day thanks to our flexible and creative crew!
More Beautiful Blooms
We continue to delight in wildflowers this month as a wave of new blooms take their turn. Check out Instagram.com/ncascades for naturalist notes on these and other flora.
Bear Sighting and Safety
And finally a great video from Christian Martin of a black bear enjoying the lush grass on the shoulder of North Cascades Highway. Several bear were seen along the highway during its extended closure, a time that gave wildlife a break from the pressures of human visitors. If you travel over the recently re-opened highway, please go slow and watch out for animals as they adjust to the return of travelers.
Thanks for coming along on this photo round-up! As always, we invite you to share your own adventures with us—please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and your pics just might appear in our next round up!