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The importance of this property not only to nature and the animals, but to the community and youth, their education, and their future as well.  HOW appreciates all the support from our neighbors and newly found friends and businesses.



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There are many animals in the HOW property, and  the development of the property  would impact not only their welfare but even the survival of the wide variety of species that call “The Boy Scout Property” home.


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The North Creek Forest is 63.8 acres on the side of Maywood Hill in Bothell, Washington. This second growth, mature forest has nine wetlands and seven streams connecting to North Creek, the Sammamish Slough and the Puget Sound.


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The animals that make the HOW “Boy Scout Property” home is a irreplaceable resource.  Not only their livelihood but their survival is dependant on such wetlands and forests.  If the property is developed, one must think of the result.  Where would they live?  Where would they go?   Can they continue to survive?  The wide variety of wildlife - from the Black Tailed Deer to the Great Horned Owl, from the Pileated Woodpecker to the American Coyotes, and even the Pacific Northwest Salmon runs that North Creek provides adjacent to the property.  There are hundreds if not thousands of animal species that make the property their home, and with the development of the Bothell area and surrounding communities they would have no where to go.  And if they have no where to go, then how can we imagine that they would even continue to survive.


The educational and experience of seeing these animals in their habitat would also be lost.  Nearby schools, groups, organizations would loose an invaluable resource that cannot be taught through textbooks alone.  The Boy Scouts, the nearby University of Washington, Northshore Public Schools, and a wide variety would be affected.  The survival of the property and it’s wildlife is key to respecting the unique ecosystem we all enjoy in Washington.



Nine Mammalian Orders are represented in the Pacific Northwest according to the Audubon Society. The orders are:


Primate (man)

Didelphimorphia (opossum)

Insectivora (mole and shrew)

Chitoptera (bat)

Hagomorpha ((rabbit)

Rodentia (beaver, squirrel, rat, and vole)

Carnivora (coyote, fox, raccoon)

Artiodacryla (deer)

Cetacea (whale, dolphin and seal)


Out of the nine mammalian orders represented in the Pacific Northwest, eight are living in or using the North Creek Forest AKA Boy Scout Assemblage.


List of Animalsof the Assemblage:

Bald Eagle

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk


California Quail

Rock Pigeon

Band Tailed Pigeon

Western Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl

Northern Saw Whet Owl

Barred Owl

Vaux’s Swift

Rufus Hummingbird

Red Breasted Sapsucker

Downey Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Olive Sided Flycatcher

Western Wood Pewee

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Dusky/Hammond’s Flycatcher

Violet Green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Steller’s Jay

American Crow


Black Capped Chickadee

Chestnut Backed Chickadee

Red Breasted Nuthatch


Brown Creeper

Bewicks Wren

Winter Wren

Varied Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxing

European Starling

Hutton’s Vireo

Western Warbling Vireo

Orange Crowned Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Black Throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Brown Headed Cowbird

Western Tanager

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Purple Finch

House Finch

Evening Grosbeak

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Golden Crowned Sparrow

Spotted Owl

Black Headed Grosbeak