Seward Park Natural History: From Bedrock to Eagles Professional Review and Guide
"If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. Pick up a trail map at the nature center and venture beyond the perimeter loop trail into the lesser-known heart of the park. Here in springtime trilliums stretch for light among towering old-growth firs, screech owls vie with hairy woodpeckers for nest sites, and mountain beavers dig their secret tunnels.
The park’s 270 acres boast the largest stand of old-growth Douglas firs, cedars, and bigleaf maples in the city, as well as healthy stands of hemlock and madrone. Make a point to visit the oldest Douglas fir in Seattle located on Trail 1. Seward is also home to hundreds of wild native plants, including one of the city’s only patches of poison oak, which has been erroneously attributed with “itching away” the axes of early loggers."