The Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek as it runs through Victory Heights) is a place teaming with wildlife. Owls are frequently spotted (no pun intended) and last year we had a family of coyotes. Here are some videos recently uploaded by the Thornton Creek Alliance of various indigenous creatures:
After months of work, construction of the Kingfisher Natural Area on Thornton Creek (NE 100th Street and 20th Avenue NE) has been completed and the fences removed. Thornton Creek is now wider and more shallow in order to slow it down during periods of heavy rain such as we have experienced this week (see below):
Water level on a typical dry day (Oct. 24, 2014)
Water level during heavy rain (October 21, 2014)
Three different stages of progress at Kingfisher: May 29, 2014, June 26, 2014, and October 24, 2014.
The walkway is now open at all times to allow access between Victory Heights at Maple Leaf at 98th Avenue NE.
The Thornton Creek Alliance is sponsoring a work party to help clean up the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek) on Sunday, November 17th starting at 11 AM.
Help restore Thornton Creek at Kingfisher Natural Area by planting trees and tree friends! They have cleared a lot of ground along the main trail on both sides of the creek, so it’s ready for ferns and understory. Please meet at the Job Box on the lower 17th Avenue Trail, accessible from the intersection of NE 104th Street and 17th Avenue NE, on the Victory Heights side of the park.
Come prepared for the weather. Please wear waterproof shoes, long pants and sleeves. A personal water bottle is suggested. Snacks provided.
Lynnette Spear helps pull invasive ivy around Thornton Creek
Green City Partnerships announces an “early dismissal” volunteer work party at the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek at 17th Avenue NE) on Wednesday, September 25th from 1 PM to 3 PM.
We’re kicking off our Fall Service calendar with this fast, high-energy work party.
For two hours, we are going to bust some dragon piles (break them down to more discrete mulch piles and trail logs), battle bindweed, and pull ivy along the lower 17th Avenue trail from access road to rock-hop.
You’ll get a quick lesson in invasive removal and urban forestry safety, so be ready to work at 1pm. This will be your chance to wear your branch-breaking boots and collect some service hours.
Sign up to volunteer on their website. It’s a great chance to meet and interact with the folks who help keep Thorton Creek a special place in Victory Heights.
The next in a series of community meetings (read about the first here) about the Knickerbocker (Thornton Creek) Floodplain Project will be held Thursday, November 15th at Sacajawea Elementary School beginning at 6:30 PM. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks & Recreation are restoring several hundred feet of the south branch of Thornton Creek at the downstream end of the Kingfisher Natural Area, now dubbed the Knickerbocker site (where the 20th Ave NE footpath crosses Thornton Creek just south of NE 100th Street). This project also will create a 1.5 acre vegetated flood plain and replace the pedestrian bridge across the creek.
SPU and Parks will review the project designs and timeline at this meeting, and invite you to express your concerns, ask questions and make suggestions. Visit their official website for more details.
Sacajawea Elementary School is located at 9501 20th Avenue NE, the meeting will be held in the school’s lunchroom between 6:30 PM and 8 PM.
We are meeting this Sunday at 10AM. Join us as we do some climbing up and clearing around invasive trees. This is the last work party before the Washington Conservation Corps comes in for herbicide treatment in mid June. You can help do some of the prep work so we can get rid of inappropriate trees, and make room for long lived native conifer.