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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park - Pictures

If you are tired from people, there is a chance to
spend some quiet, quality time with wildlife - Northwest Trek Wildlife Park  in Eatonville, Washington state.

American Bison

On the left, summer house of David and Connie Hellyeah, founders of the wildlife park.
They donated their property to Metro Parks Tacoma to be set aside as a wildlife preserve.

Do you know that the number of rings on the Mountain Sheep's horns indicate his age, the same as in trees?

Bison calfs born in May.
They are born with their deciduous teeth and can walk on their own 10 minutes after birth.

American Black Bear

Sometimes, they come to our neighborhood to pamper themselves with syrup from hummingbird feeders.

Grizzly Bear

Now, there are only about 10 grizzly bears in Washington state's  North Cascades.

There are both black-tailed and white-tailed deer in the park


Mountain Goat

Once, when we lived in Missouri, we saw a wild goat running through our back yard.
He was almost round from a mass of never-shaved hair.  And his smell... it was overwhelming.

Roosevelt Elk

There was a mama elk with her baby laying down far from the herd.
They stay away for safety since a big herd attracts predators' attention.

Woodland Caribou

Gray Wolf


My favorite - Porcupine. He was sitting almost motionless and looked like a philosopher.

The next scene was very touching - a baby beaver surfing on his Mom's tail:


This tail looks as if it's designed to carry a baby

Isn't he/she adorable?
I'd say yes, unless it chews and cuts down the trees behind your house.


It's always good to get a reminder:

Once again, if you are ever close to Eatonville, WA , visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Parkpark - it's worth it!

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS


  1. Thanks for sharing your photos. I've seen the signs advertising this park, and have been curious, but I've never gone. Now I have some idea what I've been missing, or what I'll see if I do visit. Nice shot of the swath of foxglove in the woods. I've tried a few times without success to recreate that common sight in my own garden. Maybe next year.

    1. Hi Alison! I went there several years ago as a chaperon with kids from our school. It was fun then and it was fun several days ago. While on the park's tram, I learned so many interesting things from a ranger! The park is close to you and I'm sure you'd enjoy it!

  2. Fantastic photo's Tatyana. I love to see this. Strange to me is when I see a photo of a bear I always think that is a animal to hug (fun). So gorgeous
    Have a wonderful weekend Tatyana.

    1. Thank you Marijke! You made me smile. Yes, the bears looked very hugable!

  3. Majestic scenery and impressive creatures. What a wonderful park to visit. P. x

    1. Thank you Pam! Pacific Northwest in its best.

  4. Great photos Tatyana, beautiful sceneries!

  5. Dear Tatyana, these days I prefer the company of animals of the humans :-(!
    Thanks for your wonderful photos from the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, they are quite amazing! Especially loved to see the beaver mom with the surfing baby on her tail.
    Also thanks for posting how long it takes for things to decompose. These numbers are quite alarming! Will try to keep them in mind and be more conscious of my use of plastic, aluminum and glass.
    Warm regards,

    1. Thank you, Christina! We recycle and compost a lot, but I'm sure we, also, can do more!

  6. Hi Tatyana, I hope you are enjoying your summer, Thank you for these amazing views of wildlife. that mountain sheep must be very old, indeed! I loved the views of the porcupine, and the surfing baby beaver is adorable! You made my day!

    1. Deb, thank you so much! That porcupine looked a bit sad. I talked to him ...

  7. You sure captured a variety of creatures! Lovely green scenery, for sure.

  8. Tatyana, It was fun to meet you Sunday in the Queen Anne garden. I looked you up on Peter's blog list, since I did not know who you were. I can only know who my blog followers are if you leave a comment now and then. I'll add your blog to my list.

    1. Hi Linda! Thank you! NPA does a great job connecting gardeners as well as bloggers!

  9. Your pictures make me want to visit! We used to live in Graham, not far from Eatonville but never visited Northwest Trek. One of these days, we'll have to go. Wow! 450 years for plastic bottles and disposable diapers. One can recycle the former but what to do with the latter?


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