Pictures: The left picture shows what the Salmon Creek delta looked like in 1870. The aerial photo to the right shows what the Salmon Creek delta looked like in 2009. If you look closely, you can see that there is very little evidence left of the historical channel.
The leafcutter bee (Megachile wheeleri) is one of the of specialized, solitary, ground-nesting bees that are crucial to the survival of our native dune mat community. The leafcutter bee, shown here pollinating dune goldenrod, cuts semi-circular pieces from goldenrod leaves and uses them to construct its nest cell. Native bees are gaining increased attention as pollinators due to the decline of the imported honey bee (Apis mellifera) through colony collapse disorder. Photo courtesy of Andrea Pickart.