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A million photos — and maybe more — have been taken of the surf bursting against the cliffs and shore at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park. Even so, every once in a while one comes along that we can’t resist. Jane Webb, former Chinook Observer staffer and now one of the masters…

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Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a moose hunt in the mountains with my new mirrorless camera. It is rutting time, so moose are out and about a little more often than at other times of …

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A million photos — and maybe more — have been taken of the surf bursting against the cliffs and shore at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park. Even so, every once in a while one com…

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Last year, I wrote an article about a slow return to pre-pandemic norms. I must have been measuring progress in “urchin speed,” because we’re still masked and distancing — but there are reason…

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OLYMPIA — Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will make an announcement about the next set of razor clam digs a few days before they are set to start, depend…

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I am up at the crack of dawn these days to walk Samantha! She is a dog who is interested in birding. She watches very closely when one flies overhead or there is chirping in the trees. She see…

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On Tuesdays at noon and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners present weekly on-line free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information (you must have a free Zoom acc…

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CORVALLIS — Come spring, excited gardeners drive to nurseries, load up their cars and go home to plant. That’s tradition. But fall planting also ranks high as a time to put plants in the ground.

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A blazing orange sun sets beneath the famous arch on the final day of summer in Long Beach.

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LONG BEACH and OCEAN PARK — On Wednesday the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the Oct. 3-11 razor clam dig can go ahead.

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The legislatures of the 50 states in the USA have designated a state bird. It all began in the 1920s when the General Federation of Women’s Clubs mounted a campaign encouraging the states to n…

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OCEAN PARK — Despite thunder and lightning bursts so bright they lit up Bay Avenue like a billboard, the 39th Northwest Garlic Festival Poster Unveiling — from the festival that did not happen…

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The cranberry committee projects that U.S. and foreign production combined with carry-over inventory will exceed demand by 30%. The surplus peaked in 2016 at roughly 100%.

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As tides roll back in rocky shores, they reveal a treasure trove of Washington’s marine biodiversity. Explore rainbows of bright green, orange, purple, pink, blue and red. Celebrate your #Life…

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The Biden administration said Wednesday it will review the status of northern Rocky Mountain wolves, potentially restoring federal protection to wolves in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the easte…

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With my camera, binoculars, and the newest rendition of the Merlin app on my cell phone I sat on the deck to watch and listen for the birds that ventured into my yard for either a meal or a ba…

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OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved the first nine razor clam digs of the 2021-22 season, with early-morning digs kicking off beginning this Friday, Sept. 17.

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TOKELAND — The planned exhibit of artwork by Eugene Landry, due to open Sept. 17 at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Community Library and Heritage Museum, has been postponed because of some covid ex…

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Most of the summer birds have left. My yard and I await the arrival of the winter visitors. I will welcome them back with clean feeders and fresh water in the bird baths. I have my binoculars,…

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On Tuesdays at noon and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. WSU Master Gardeners present weekly on-line free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information (you must have a Zoom account; …

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TOKELAND — Over the past two weeks, recreational salmon fishing in Willapa Bay and its tributaries has been lackluster, with decreased angler effort. The catches provide the Washington State D…

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Kristine Torset, cultural specialist with the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, left, is pictured with Angela Gibbs and a 1963 painting that will feature in an exhibit called “Eugene Landry. An Artist, a …

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Migration has begun and will continue for the several months. The birds of summer have entertained us well. They have been building nests, singing their hearts out, laying eggs, raising at lea…

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Peninsula beachcombers encountered this smelly surprise — a long-deceased whale — near Oysterville beach approach this past weekend. Local whale populations are considered to be healthy in mos…

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One of the exciting things about birding is that on occasion a rare bird or one that is only seen occasionally is sighted in our area or at least in a county close by. Sometimes the bird may h…

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OLYMPIA — The Buoy 10 fishery on the Lower Columbia River will close to Chinook salmon retention beginning Friday, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced Aug. 25.