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52 Seattle adventures you can do with your kids – King5 News / ParentMap

Want to watch? Wolf Haven International mention begin at 5:53 mark. Wolf Haven included in the “Winning Winter Tours” section of the book.

https://www.parentmap.com/52adventures

 

Haven for Howlers – South Sound Magazine

Lexi, photo by Anice Bommerscheim

Lexi, photo by Anice Bommerscheim

Lexi was born in 2003 and spent the beginning of her young life tethered to an 8-foot-long drag chain with about 30 other wolves and wolfdogs.  People paid $5 to see them at a now-defunct tourist attraction in Alaska before she was rescued.

Wolf Haven in Top 12 Things to Do list – South Sound Talk

Experience Olympia Names Thurston County’s Top 12 Things to Do. Wolf Haven International is a hands-off facility meaning there is no socialization between humans and the incredible wolves in their south Thurston County refuge. Founded on the idea that animals, like humans, deserve to be appreciated for who and what they are, the sanctuary assures they are treated …

Fabulous Fungi

It may be spring (or even summer) weather in other parts of the country, but in western Washington, the rains continue unabated. Rather than fight it, Wolf Haven is reprinting an article which originally ran in the winter issue of our members-benefit magazine, Wolf Tracks. Just for fun, we’ve added some more pictures of mushrooms that can be found on our prairie.

By Anne Schuster, Prairie Specialist, Wolf Haven

The rainy season of the Pacific Northwest is also the season of mushrooms. Mushrooms are the reproductive parts of underground fungi, sort of like the flower version of a fungus. Most parts of a fungus are microscopic, living in and among plants and soil. Fungi make up 90% of the living material in forest soil. There are estimated to be up to 5 million species of fungus, but less than 10% of those species are known to science. Fungi, which are more closely related to animals than plants, are amazingly important for humans. The antibiotic penicillin, yeast for baking bread and brewing alcoholic beverages, and delicious truffles are all types of fungi. Fungi were the first living organisms to colonize land; they might stimulate clouds to rain with their spores; and are a huge reason earth is not covered in dead plants and toxic materials. Fungi are one of the few things that can decompose the cellulose from dead trees, but there are also species of fungi that can metabolize dangerous metals, bacteria, and even nuclear waste into safer products.

Next time you are out at Wolf Haven, keep an eye out for some of these mushrooms on our prairie, and also give thanks for their role in our world.

Little mushrooms

Little mushrooms

Turkey Tail fungi on logs

Turkey Tail fungi on logs

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushrooms among moss

Mushrooms among moss

Witch's butter

Witch’s Butter

Huge mushrooms and author

Huge mushrooms and author

Pretty little mushrooms