Posted by: wolfcampcollege | March 1, 2010

Spring & Fire in Snohomish

Another gorgeous day. Kim and I started by visiting friends near Marysville who showed us the traditional pit home they are building, and where we will sponsor a fundraising workshop on April 10th in order to help them progress with the project. The pit home project is amazing, so be sure to check that blog entry when it’s posted. Our friends, also students of the Snohomish Wolf Journey classes, then wanted to show us the last undeveloped lake in the Seattle metropolitan area, for which they have a key to access and would like to protect it for cultural uses. Heres a couple things we found:

Take a close look at this! Must I give it away?

Kim, Skye and friends walking around the lake. Guess which flowers theses are? They will produce the first berries of the season!

We then continued our journey to Snohomish, and I went through the pictures I posted in my blog from earlier today, having everyone guess the identity and gifts of the plants which are suddenly emerging all around us so early this spring. Then we went around the circle, with everyone sharing what they witnessed out in nature over the past week:

Showing off cordage made from raffia, some bow drill firemaking materials, and "pojar" which is our awesome regional field guide to plants.

Kate ran through a plethora of plants coming up in her gardens; Darkfeather talked about the nettles emerging in her yard in so much more abundance than in past years; Kim mentioned that the Robins singing around the edges of their territories at first light about 6 days ago, gearing all the birds up for the dawn chorus which will last until July; Lei expressed gratitude about her daily walks which have been highlighted with blossoming flowers and singing birds; Bibiana pointed out that the deafening sounds of Pacific Chorus Tree Frogs started in earnest a week ago and have seemeed so much more healthy and full this year; Lisa reflected on the changes going on in the Skagit Valley, including imminent departure of the swans which are so full there in winter, and the construction of new wine growing poles in what has traditionally been flower and food growing ag lands; Skip updated us on news from his study site, including frogs, indian plum flowers, hazel leaves, increasing activities of his bee hives, and the changing patterns of the crows which are pairing off into their breeding territories rather than following their winter roosting schedule; and Helen expressed wonder about the early daffodil and tulip blossoms, taught us that we need to plant peas and cabbage family plants now in order to have adequate harvest before the summer bolting season. Neither Eckos nor Skye had comments:) Finally, we went outside for a bow drill firemaking demonstration:

Enjoying the flaming tinder after a bow-drill firemaking demonstration.

Check out our SNOHOMISH WOLF JOURNEY CLASS page for a list of upcoming class dates there and in other locations throughout Western Washington.



  1. This looks like so much fun. Perhaps I should come see what you all are doing. I want to learn how to start a fire with a bow-drill too.

  2. Nice Blog from He Who Starts More Than Fires!

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