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Volunteers needed Sunday at Kingfisher Natural Area

November 16th, 2012 · No Comments

What better way to enjoy this weekend’s rainy weather than by getting your hands a little dirty?

You’re invited to help out from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Kingfisher Natural Area (formerly known as Park No. 6) on Thornton Creek just southeast of Beaver Pond Natural Area.

Map of Kingfisher Natural Area on Thornton Creek

Frank Backus with the Thornton Creek Alliance tells us:

As you may know, early winter is the best time for planting. Kingfisher and Licorice Fern Natural Areas have 100’s of beautiful native plants that need to get into the ground ASAP. Your help is needed. This is a lot of plants, but we, and the local native creatures, will greatly enjoy the outcome of this work. Don’t forget your raingear. Please bundle up in layers and head out to help out!

To join in the Kingfisher event, meet at 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street. Backus advises that you approach 17th from Northeast 98th Street because of the dead end streets in the neighborhood.  A map can be seen on the preregistration website. Preregistration is not required, but it saves time at the event, Backus says.

Also, he adds that if you’re not interested in planting, there are also plenty of weeds to pull. In addition to rain gear, you’re encouraged to bring shovels, water, gloves, eye protection, “and a smile.”

For more information, email Lynnette Spear at

If you’re interested in helping out at nearby Licorice Fern Natural Area, which is also on Thornton Creek, volunteer events are planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. Meet at the park entrance at the end of Northeast 130th St. (approach the south, from 12th Avenue Northeast, to avoid hitting a dead end). Here is a map of the park for reference. For more information, contact Annie Fanning at or Dass Adams at

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