“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘that’s funny…’” —Issac Asimov

Vashon Nature Center is committed to sharing our results. We believe that science is a powerful tool for learning how best to live in respectful relation to plants, animals, and ecosystems. We view scientific information and naturalist knowledge as part of the fabric of our community—a rich heritage akin to myths, stories, and songs. Our publications and data are organized by program. Click on a link to open a pdf document. For creative musings on our natural history information, read our blog.

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Sphagnum moss, Labrador tea leaves at Whispering Firs Bog. Photo credit: Bianca Perla


Snapshots are short reports summarizing the results of our different citizen science research projects for the lay person.

Citizen Science Snapshot-Coyotes


Data presented here is from our on-going Bioblitz program and other partnerships with local biologists on species research.


This educational spin on the popular TED talks brings together professional scientists, resource managers, and students to present posters and talks on a variety of wildlife and environmental topics. It is open to the public. During the first ED Talks on May 17th, 2015 about 200 people attended for a true community wide event! Thank you to all who contributed and to our event sponsors: Partners in Education, King County, Vashon School District, PTSA, Rose Foundation.

Posters: Stormdrain pathway analysis , Juvenile Salmon SurveyFrog call surveySeastar wasting surveyPhenologyShinglemill Old-growth StumpsyardmapIvy surveyBackyard Bird CountLost Lake Biological SurveyLost Lake PhysicalDeer grazingBeach PollutionBackyard birds 2Rise Against Plastics

Presentations: Pacific herringBulkheadsShinglemill Old Growth StumpsShinglemill Stream BugsVICIVashon Marine Birds Buck Trends4th of July Butterfly CountVashon unique voleCoyote and Owl Diet Analysis


Our Salmonwatching programs generate information on types of salmon that return to our creeks each year and provides information on distribution of salmon in our creeks.


Each year we monitor select island creeks using aquatic macroinvertebrates. Publications pertinent to this program are below:

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Stonefly larva.
Photo credit: Jeff Adams and Xerces Society


Our mammal programs cover general ecology and behavior research on a variety of island mammals.

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Vashon Nature Center – Moonsnail Moonsnail at Neil Point Natural Area.
Photo credit: Maria Metler

Interpretive Map of Maury Island Aquatic Reserve and Surrounding Areas:
Based on Vashon Nature Center research on ecology and history of this area. This is designed to be printed on 11×17 paper or you can keep the digital download on a mobile device.



(Featured photo by Bianca Perla)