Six eagles found nearly dead over the weekend from poisoning after they fed on the carcasses of two euthanized horses have nearly recovered, the wildlife director at a Bainbridge animal shelter said today. The eagles are alert and getting feisty and are being moved to a outdoor cages today, said Mike Pratt, wildlife director at the…More
From delicate candy stripe shrimp to lumbering sea lions, Joe Gaydos of the nonprofit SeaDoc Society will present an up-close and personal look at the animals of Puget Sound in a talk and slide show presentation Tuesday night at Town Hall. “Bears to Barnacles: Way cool Creatures of the Salish Sea” is part of…More
No, not this kind: This kind: My beaten, battered OtterBox case for my beloved iPhone. How rugged is this great little thing? So rugged that when I found my phone this morning on the top of my car, where I had forgotten it for two days two nights several snow and rain showers and multiples trips riding…More
Time for a guest post, this from Andy Ritchie, restoration hydrologist on the Elwha project for the National Park Service. Our subject: kelp. He had some interesting feedback on my post about the sediment in the Elwha blowing out the kelp at the mouth of the Elwha as restoration kicks in all the way to…More
It’s often the new or unique that stand out to us. Paired with its red head and odd shape, that was certainly the case for this spider. I found it while digging in the familiar territory of my yard garden recently and, as soon as it turned up, I knew it was something I hadn’t…More
Welcome to spring. To many, the most welcome of seasons, our time of birth and renewal arrives in the Northern hemisphere March 20. Already the Puget lowlands have responded to the longer days. The swamp lanterns are glowing (thanks John Gussman, for this beautiful photo from the Elwha Valley, taken last week!) The crows are breaking…More
What’s bigger than a swallow — and brings just as good news? Gray whales, Washington’s biggest sign of spring. The resident gray whales are back in Whidbey and Camano Island waters once again. The Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network received its first report of a North Puget Sound Gray Whale on Feb. 4, and in the…More
There are winners and losers as the Elwha dam removal project underway transforms the Olympic Mountain watershed.
Running 45 miles from its origins in the snow fields of the Olympics, the Elwha reaches the saltwater of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where a new world is unfolding.
With the Elwha Dam gone as of just about a year ago, and Glines Canyon Dam nearly 2/3 down, silt and sediment, wood, leaves, sticks and other organic material long trapped behind the dams is cutting loose.
Some of it is banked in soft slumping heaps along the river banks, and even the deepest pools in the river have filled in. And some sediment is making it all the way to the near shore at the river mouth.
Where, researchers tracking sediment transport by the river before, during and after dam removal could tell you, a kelp Armageddon is underway. “It’s amazing,” said Helen Berry, Marine Ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources.More
Artist Alden Mason helped us see the landscapes of the Northwest in a new way. Even its most familiar features, from trees to salmon. Mason died last month, and when I wrote his obituary, arrangements for a service had not yet been settled. But the Foster/White Gallery which represented Mason, 93, has scheduled a…More