The is just something magical about working alongside the Duwamish River (AKA Green River). The hardworking park Stewards & EarthCorps crew leaders walked us back to the site we planted natives last fall, including live willow stakes, so the kids could check-up on them. Luckily the beaver hasn't done much damage yet. We have a number of native willow species and at least two were evident (more pics below), with some still showing off pussies- which are the male catkin-flowers in bud, all furry to protect them from cold.
On the way to our work destination along the river, we hiked past some Conium maculatum / poison hemlock (see below for pics of the blotchy purple stem base for ID) which is a common and dangerous noxious weed. Our work was weeding out blackberry from established native plantings- a delight to see them large and thriving. Codiga Park is a former farm and a neat spot for the public to access the Duwamish River, go on out and enjoy it!