Our Team

 Don Norman, Owner

Most people know Don Norman as a bird guy, but he actually has a background in botany. Starting in 1994 when Don was hired to do bird surveys at Fort Lewis, he has been connecting the birds in plots he surveyed to the plants he measured in those plots. Lots of plots. When Don is not here, he is working in Louisiana on the Deep Horizon (BP) oil spill restoration), volunteering with Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia or out rambling in the NW [Photos show collecting milkweed in eastern Oregon, looking for Black Grouse in the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia, and teaching a Common Nighthawk chick to catch bugs!].

Don is a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, and has used permaculture methods to create a productive and wildlife friendly backyard. Don’s re-design of his yard has started, so stop by for the process.

Heather Ferguson
Heather has been at the nursery over a year now and is helping manage things when Don is away.
Katherine Shyi
Katherine (also goes by Kat) is a graduate ot the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT) Corps Training Program and has had experience with cisterns, rain gardens, and restoration projects. She works part time at Go Natives! Nursery and focuses the rest of her time on her landscaping business “Kat with a K Landscaping” which specializes on rain garden and cistern installations. When she is not working with plants she enjoys hiking, dancing  and being a homebody and hanging out with her cat Bandit.
Image by Chelsie
Suzie Fritsch
Suzie is a part-time helper at the nursery who lives nearby.  She volunteers at a local rehab clinic.
Sandy Buckman
Sandy is our inventory guru, having set up and run inventory systems in her retail past. She is also the Website and Social Media manger, and helps with special projects.  If she’s not around, she is riding her horse!