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Entries from September 2012

Zoo breaks ground on new tiger and sloth bear exhibit

September 20th, 2012 by master

From our sister site, PhinneyWood.

Woodland Park Zoo yesterday broke ground on its new, $19.6 million dollar tiger and sloth bear exhibit.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

The 2-acre multispecies complex will open in two phases: phase one will feature Asian small-clawed otters and a kids’ nature play area opening in May 2013, and phase two will showcase endangered Malayan tigers and sloth bears.

The complex will use sustainable design to provide tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters and other species representing the biodiversity of tropical Asia with a naturalistic, enriching environment that evokes lush forests and encourages natural behaviors. Tigers will stalk “prey” as they chase a lure line, jostle trees to retrieve snacks, nap under the roots of a tropical tree, splash in a shallow pool and care for cubs in a spacious exhibit built to accommodate multiple generations.

To bring the behind-the-scenes care of these animals into the forefront for zoo visitors, the exhibit design includes specialized training stations where keepers will interact one-on-one with tigers and sloth bears. These training presentations will get visitors closer to live predators than at any other exhibit at the zoo, and provide insight into how the zoo safely cares for such large and dangerous animals.

An immersive play area for children will allow young explorers to learn about the forest through joyful, full-bodied nature play—balancing on logs, crossing a wobble bridge, flying along a mini-zipline—all safely designed to stimulate mental and motor skill development while setting the scene of a tropical field conservation site where boundaries between humans and wildlife collide.

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Seattle Tilth's 25th annual Harvest Fair is this Saturday

September 6th, 2012 by master

This Saturday, September 8, Seattle Tilth will hold its 25th annual Harvest Fair at Meridian Park (4649 Sunnyside Ave N). The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature everything from cider pressing to cheese making.

From Seattle Tilth:

The Harvest Fair is a lively event with workshops, demonstrations, family activities and tasty food. See urban goats and chickens, talk to beekeepers and cheese makers, swap seeds and barter home made goods! Local organic farm stands will be abundant and overflowing with fresh produce at the height of harvest season. Stock-up on native and edible plants, local books, garden supplies, farm crafts and sustainable goods.

Workshops and demos include yoga for gardeners, fermenting foods, natural dyes, seed saving, making mozzarella cheese, edible mushrooms and cooking demonstrations. Food donations are being collected for the food bank at the BEET Hunger booth.

Activities include:

  • Raffle to win a chicken coop, beekeeping starter kit or year’s supply of Organic Valley milk
  • Seed swap
  • Cider pressing
  • Urban livestock area
  • DIY herb crowns
  • Barter hosted by Backyard Barter (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Kids crafts in the children’s garden
  • Organic farmer’s market
  • Sustainable vendors
  • Kids’ parade
  • Live music from Slap and TickleMostly Water, Creepin’ Critters, Holy Crows, Bucharest Drinking Team and Nyamuziwa Marimba

To learn more about the event, click here.

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