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March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

They’re back: Nesting herons claim a popular corner of Vancouver’s Stanley Park

A great blue heron stands tall in a nest at Stanley Park. (Photo by Michael Schmidt, Stanley Park Ecology Society). [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2099+Beach+Avenue,+Vancouver,+BC,+Canada&aq=0&oq=2099+Beach+Avenue,+VAncouver,&sll=48.065971,-122.182047&sspn=0.007313,0.018775&g=2099+Beach+Avenue&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2099+Beach+Ave,+Vancouver,+British+Columbia+V6G+3E2,+Canada&t=m&ll=49.291518,-123.144207&spn=0.009796,0.018239&z=15&iwloc=A&output=embed” width=”315″ height=”250″ scrolling=””/] In a busy corner of  Stanley Park, right by a half-dozen tennis courts and the Vancouver Park Board office, dozens of  great blue herons have set up shop once again, building…

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February 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Catch the wave with some Alaska cruise discounts

This is the time of year when cruise lines unleash some early-booking discounts, and Princess Cruises put some Alaska “cruisetours” on sale Tuesday for May and June sailings.

You can’t just saunter down to the dock in Seattle and board the ship; these deals are for “Denali on sale” cruise/land vacations between  Vancouver,  B.C., and Anchorage. The Princess deals include a seven-day cruise  and land vacation on Alaska, and includes two of the most popular sights – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.

The Star Princess cruise ship approaches Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge at dawn. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Some sample fares (per person, based on double occupancy):

10-night Fairbanks/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: starting at $989 interior (was $1,370).

11-night Anchorage/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: $1,149 interior (was $1,587),

You could, of course, take one of the many cruises out of Seattle to Alaska; the Port of Seattle cruise website has a schedule of all the sailings. Most Seattle-Alaska cruises are

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