Chris Woods

Veteran island environmentalist looks back at work

Longtime islander Emma Amiad founded the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust and Vashon Audubon.


Learn about another world as a beach naturalist

The course is designed to turn current students into future teachers of curious beachgoers.


Peter Murray Photo
                                A Western grebe swims in Quartermaster Harbor in February 2000, the year it was declared an Important Bird Area.

Once numerous in Vashon waters, Western grebes have headed south

Editor’s note: This article first appeared online Jan. 30, 2019 In 1999, the first year of the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), Vashon Audubon volunteers… Continue reading


This year will include plenty of trails to follow

There will be many new trails to follow on Vashon in 2019. Some will be literal such as the new loop trail at Maury Island… Continue reading

We need to go out on a limb for orcas

The southern resident orcas visited Vashon several times in the past month. I was able to watch them one unusually balmy, mid-November morning when the… Continue reading

Native plant expert will sit on panel; mushrooms are afoot

John Browne Many on Vashon know John Browne as a musician, mayoral candidate and community advocate, but it’s his life’s work with native plants that… Continue reading