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PHOTOS: Swarm of bees buzz into Seahurst yard

PHOTOS: Swarm of bees buzz into Seahurst yard

Seahurst resident Sherry Neunherz reports that as her 8-year old son was sitting down to do his homework one day last week, he looked out a window and discovered a “huge clump of bees hanging from... [Read more]

Burien’s Environmental Science Center Holding Free ‘Insectival’ this Saturday

Burien’s Environmental Science Center Holding Free ‘Insectival’ this Saturday

Burien’s Environmental Science Center (ESC) will be holding an ‘Insectival’ from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 28 at their Seahurst Park location. But don’t let the title... [Read more]

Get Free Help At These Upcoming Burien Master Gardener Clinics

Get Free Help At These Upcoming Burien Master Gardener Clinics

With the recent wet spring weather, and the subsequent blooming (and bugs!) that’s suddenly happening, it’s likely that you’ve got some questions about your garden, lawn or yard, or that... [Read more]

Highline Hysterical Society File: Burien’s Forgotten Festival

Highline Hysterical Society File: Burien’s Forgotten Festival


Photo courtesy Highline Hysterical Society.

by Stefan Hovland

Burien is more than just a town with a funny German name and a Strawberry Festival.

It holds a deep history of togetherness and community festivals. This is best seen in the long-forgotten springtime Caterpillar Festival. All residents of Burien know those annoying tent caterpillars which come out every spring and devour all the plants in sight. These bugs, which are seen as a nuisance, were once given a full day of celebration.

In the early 1910s, the young town of Burien started celebrating the emergence of the several species of caterpillars after the start of spring. Along with the common tent caterpillars, several farms of silkworm caterpillars were located in Burien. In the early 1900s Burien and several other towns along Puget Sound had become well known for their silk; an industry brought to the area by the Asian immigrants. The yearly festival showed Burien’s love of these insects whose industry played a large role in establishing their city…

Amazing Local Insect Photos By Cheryl Moorhead

Amazing Local Insect Photos By Cheryl Moorhead

The B-Town Blog is proud to present more amazing work by local Photographer Cheryl Moorhead, an incredibly talented B-Towner who has taken many superb nature photos. This week, we’ve got an entire... [Read more]