Survival in the Matrix
Two priority species of of birds live in North Creek Forest, Pileated woodpeckers and Band-tail pigeons.
"A Pileated Woodpecker requires at least 250 acres of forest." - Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Biology Handbook
How do these birds survive in the 64 acres of North Creek Forest?
A simple answer: there are other forest remnants close by. Together they form a "matrix" greater than 250 acres and they are close enough for "commuting" between their nesting site and food sources.
Winter 2013: The matrix around North Creek Forest is diminished.
Development and Ecosystems
A matrix is fragile and, like a castle of cards, can fail with only slight disturbance.
An element of the greater NCF Matrix fell this winter. It is to be expected. Residential growth in close proximity to jobs, education, shopping and entertainment is smart. Walk more, drive less. Walkable communities are essential to cutting back on fossil fuel use. But what about the matrix?
Development with North Creek Forest background and UW Wetlands foreground.
There are 2 developments underway across the street from the UW Bothell/Cascadia CC campus. The matrix is under stress.
Coyotes have disappeared. A rabbit population has exploded. Deer and rabbits are eating peoples gardens. These may be temporary disturbances or they could be permanent.
Neighbors to the forest: please report any activity you observe involving deer, rabbits and coyotes. Absent? Present? Changes? Use the comment link above this article or reply to your "Forest Update" email.
An aquatic creature most of it's life... a North Creek Forest dragonfly.
The Other Problem...
Warm, unfiltered, polluted surface water is harming streams and Puget Sound. Watershed elements like North Creek Forest help to keep salmon habitat healthy.
Our local solution is to raise enough money to purchase the remaining parcels of North Creek Forest. Values are escalating.
We are writing grant applications... lots of them, and a fundraiser will help cover our costs on August 25th. Please mark your calendar "FNCF Art Sale" More info to follow. Thanks, FNCF