August 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM
As scientists from around the region converge in Port Angeles for the 2012 Elwha River Science Symposium, there was good news to celebrate: the return of Chinook salmon within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.
The fish was one of several Chinook that found their way up the Elwha on their own to be witnessed by park fishery staff, who have been walking the river watching for returning salmon. It was seen about two miles Inside the park boundary.
Earlier this year fisheries staff from the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and NOAA’S Northwest Fisheries Science Center also witnesses adult wild steelhead returning to the Little River, a tributary to the Elwha.
August 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Have a look at the new Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. A trove of scientific papers, species information, news, maps and photos, it’s a new online product published by the Puget Sound Institute, a cooperative venture of the U.S. EPA, University of Washington and Puget Sound Partnership.
This northern red-legged frog is just one of the many species profiled in the species library tab in the new encyclopedia, which offers a trove of information, images, scientific papers, and food for thought.
Photo by Bill Bouton
The Institute is looking for your feedback on the publication. Have a look and give them your first impressions on this link.
August 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Seattle Times photographer Ellen Banner was out on the streets of Seattle last week when she encountered this family of seagulls, recent survivors of an attack by a man with a broom seeking to shoo them from the roof of a building near the King County Courthouse.
It’s rare to see baby seagulls — I never have, despite spending uncounted hours on beaches throughout Puget Sound and the Washington Coast — but here are Ellen’s amazing photos of these youngsters, nonchalantly going on about their business after being rudely rousted with the broom.
Meal time for these baby seagulls, whose mother carries on despite being recently rousted by a human interloper with a broom
Ellen Banner, photo
Here’s Ellen’s account of what she saw: “A pair of seagulls nest on top of a building near the King County Courthouse and had three babies. Yesterday some guy living in the building opened a hatch in the roof, threw the nest to the ground (from a three to four story building) and when the mother or father took off and flew around trying to protect the babies he kept trying to knock her or him out of the sky with a broom.
“Luckily, the parent hid the babies in a cinder block on the roof and he couldn’t find the babies. Some women from the King County Administration building next door saw the whole thing and went to the street and started yelling at the guy on the roof. The man finally went inside the building and hasn’t been seen since. So far the little ones are all safe. Here are some photos of the little ones afterwards.”
Just another day for the combat seagulls of Seattle. One of the little ones enjoys a king-sized yawn.
Ellen Banner, photo
It’s a rare treat to see the interactions of a seagull family. One of the baby seagulls touches bills with its fellow nestling.
Photo by Ellen Banner
Like crows, the familiarity of seagulls for some breeds contempt. But for others, including me and I suspect many others, they are a lovely reminder of the salt water in our urban midst.
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