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A horseback ride on the beach at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday north of Loomis Lake produced this magically sublime photo for Charles Conrow, who captured his horse’s alert stance, the fluffy clouds and brilliant blue sky in the mirror-like film of seawater on the peninsula’s famous miles of open s…

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When spring arrives, birds become the star of the wildlife show, at least for me! The past few articles have featured the wood ducks and the hooded mergansers. Now it is time to turn our atten…

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CORVALLIS — Spring is here and you’re raring to get your vegetable garden going. Well, hold on just a minute. Sowing seed or planting seedlings at the wrong time will bring nothing but heartache.

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The Super Pink Moon — about 7% brighter and 14% bigger than a typical full moon— is one of two ‘super moons’ this year, the other occurring May 26, according to the National Aeronautics and Sp…

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A horseback ride on the beach at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday north of Loomis Lake produced this magically sublime photo for Charles Conrow, who captured his horse’s alert stance, the fluffy clouds …

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PACIFIC COUNTY — Although April showers are never far off here on the North Pacific seashore, the month will mostly be remembered for many cloudless days and countless harbingers of spring.

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LONG BEACH — Hopes aren’t dead yet for spring clam digging on the Washington coast, but it will all depend on whether gradually falling levels of domoic marine toxin go below 20 parts per mill…

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OLYMPIA — Effective immediately, recreational Dungeness crab fisheries on the Washington coast from areas south of Point Chehalis will reopen to crab fishing — including the popular waters of …

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The hooded merganser is an elegant little duck. It is the smallest of the mergansers in North America and is only found in North America. Only the Eurasian smew is smaller and then, only slightly.

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These days, the rotting pilings that sit in the middle of the Columbia River don’t seem like much at first glance but they are the remnants of a booming cannery industry.

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Dr. Theodore H. Parks was born in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1842 and came to Ilwaco by way of Salem and Portland, Oregon in 1889.

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In a nationwide compilation in the 1880 U.S. Census, 555 names identify their occupations as clairvoyant, spirit medium, psychometrist, trance lecturer, magnetic healer among other “pseudo-sci…

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Ornithologists often talk about birds in terms of their main parts such as the beak or bill, head, back, breast, belly, throat, wings, tail, and legs. We looked at butts a few weeks ago!

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Tommy and Irene Garretson Nelson lived just south of the Oysterville Church when I was a youngster. They were about the age of my grandparents and I remember being quite fond of Tommy but just…

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PENINSULA — The volunteers with Friends of Willapa Refuge are actively engaged in a variety of activities that aim to improve parts of Pacific County’s internationally important protected habitat.

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“What’s better: a backyard full of birds or a pay raise? When it comes to happiness, a new study suggests the richness of bird species holds more value” (National Post, March 26, 2021). Resear…

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The Long Beach Peninsula is world renowned for its diverse bird life, particularly the snowy plover nesting area near its northern end, as well as many different bird-watching areas located wi…

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The best thing about spring is the feeling of renewal, joy and hope. The rhododendrons begin to bloom, daffodils show off their bright yellow blooms, and the birds begin to sing together, like…

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Michael O. Perry was asked to write about the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the Corp of Discovery’s bicentennial celebration. At the time, his writing consisted of an occasional letter to …

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LONG BEACH — There are some signs that a marine toxin that brought a premature end to recreational razor clam digging in October 2020 may gradually be improving in clam meat on the Washington coast.

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From 1892 to 1979, five different lightships guided vessels to the mouth of the Columbia River. These “floating lighthouses” served as a navigational aid for ships where it wasn’t practical to…

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The house of my grandparents in Oysterville was filled with books — and not only in the room they called “The Library,” either. It’s hard to tell which were the most important. Perhaps the poe…

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My Great Aunt Dora and her brother Harry (my grandfather, Papa) were the family storytellers of their generation. Papa told the good-news stories; Aunt Dora was the keeper of tales about sinne…