Love Lessons from Mother Nature

“Come into my love nest,” says the male osprey to his potential mate. Having a nest in a good location helps a male osprey attract a female. And who could resist that come-hither look?!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re taking a look at the strategies some of Washington’s favorite critters use to entice potential mates. These birds and beasts have evolved elaborate courtship rituals to ensure their survival, but now their future is in our hands. They need our help to conserve the lands and waters they need to survive.

You can make a difference for Washington’s wildlife by supporting The Nature Conservancy as we work with local communities to solve our greatest conservation challenges, so nature continues to thrive and enrich our lives.

Check out our slideshow. You’ll see trumpeter swans, bald eagles and snow geese, all of which can be found in the Skagit Delta, where the Conservancy has worked for more than 35 years.

You’ll also find the Roosevelt elk, the iconic large mammal of Washington’s Coast. The Conservancy recently purchased 3,000 acres along the Clearwater River where these creatures can roam.

And dig into the love lives of Pacific surf smelt, found on the coast and throughout Puget Sound, and the greater sage-grouse, whose sagelands habitat is disappearing throughout the west.




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