Photo of the Week - March 18, 2015

Black-capped Chickadee excavating a nest cavity
Poecile atricapillus

Black Lake Meadows
Olympia, WA 
March 18, 2015

From the Edward L. Rose Conservancy's  December 2014 newsletter, written by Kristi Sullivan (Co-Director of the Conservation Education and Research Program at Cornell's Department of Natural Resources)

Chickadees live in wooded habitats of all kinds, including deciduous and mixed deciduous/coniferous woodlands, open woods, old fields, parks, and neighborhoods. They are most abundant along forest edges. Chickadees will excavate nest cavities in dead trees or dead tree limbs by pecking away rotting wood. They will also use old woodpecker holes if available, and sometimes will use nesting boxes when natural cavities are not available. The male and female both work to excavate the nest cavity, though the female alone lines the nest cavity with moss, feathers, plant down, hair, and insect cocoons. Once the cavity is lined, the female lays 6-8 eggs, which she alone incubates. The male feeds the female while she is on the nest, and both parents feed the young after they hatch.

 Forests with between 50 - 75% canopy closure, and a well-developed middle and lower canopy layer, are optimum habitat for chickadees. The abundance of leaves under these conditions attracts insects that provide food for these birds. Because black-capped chickadees nest in tree cavities and can only excavate a cavity in soft or rotten wood, landowners can create ideal breeding habitat by managing to provide two snags (trees that are dead or partially dead) per acre between 4 and 10 inches in diameter. Snags provide holes, or cavities, in which chickadees and many other species can roost or nest and will help keep your woods alive year-round with the sights and sounds of bird life.

Spring 2015 photography classes at Bellevue College

Practice and sharpen your photography skills. Problem solve and practice topics such as white balance, capturing motion, night photography, and depth of field. Classroom sessions will be spent learning techniques and shooting strategies as well as critiquing student photos. Weekly homework assignments require at least 2 hours practice between sessions. Digital camera with aperture and shutter speed required; advanced compact cameras acceptable.

7 Thursdays
April 9, 2015 - May 21, 2015

Learn the foundations and history of the art of photography. Explores technical evolution and milestones, while you develop a connection between artistic explorations, and important photographers and movements. Explore styles, methods and themes which connect to your own work.

4 Thursdays
May 28, 2015 - June 18, 2015

Photo of the Week - March 10, 2015

Fishing Boat reflected in the waters of Salmon Bay
Fisherman's Terminal

Seattle, WA 
March 10, 2015

Photo of the Week - March 6, 2015

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta canadensis

March 6, 2015
Black Lake Meadows
Olympia, WA

Sequence of three images of one Red-breasted Nuthatch

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