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November 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

SPD officer credited with assisting ‘erotically entangled’ eagles

A Seattle police officer is credited with putting herself in harm’s way to protect a crowd from two erotically entwined eagles in Leschi Park on Wednesday. You read that right: erotically entwined eagles. Officer Vanessa Flick noticed a large crowd gathering around a bald eagle lying on a paved pathway as she drove past Leschi Park on…

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October 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Snowy plover making a comeback on Long Beach Peninsula

The Associated Press LEADBETTER POINT, Wash.  — A tiny shorebird that nearly went extinct is making a comeback thanks to a $150 million habitat- restoration effort. The Longview Daily News reports officials in Washington counted a record high 67 western snowy plovers in their last count in January. Oregon and Washington together, which are counted as…

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September 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Senior facility cited for blowing nesting birds out of vent

The Associated Press A senior housing facility in Seattle has been issued a $375 federal ticket for blowing nesting birds out of an air vent. The Senior Housing Assistance Group facility at Cedar Park in North Seattle faces a misdemeanor charge of taking, killing or possessing migratory birds, after a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent said…

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March 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Army Corps to begin killing birds at Columbia, Snake river dams

The Associated Press

CLARKSTON, Asotin County — The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.

The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed. The birds gather at the dams and feast on the migrating salmon and steelhead which bunch up there.

The Lewiston Tribune said the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.

The corps said birds are typically the single-largest cause of juvenile salmon and steelhead mortality. A 2009 study estimated that between 4 percent and 21 percent of smolts passing through the dams were eaten by birds.

The corps has long used non-lethal methods to scare away birds.

The plan has critics.

Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said there are better ways to protect the fish, such as removing the dams.

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