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Sleek dark shapes moved back and forth in the shallow water of Kennedy Creek. There were hundreds of them massing in this tiny tributary when I visited back in early November. It was incredible. Carcasses were stuck on sticks and logs that jutted into the stream. I couldn’t believe so many f…

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On Tuesdays at 12 p.m. WSU Master Gardeners present weekly on-line free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information: Sign up for a Zoom account at zoom.us, then join fro…

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A huge pile of driftlogs were bullied in from the west by storms and king tides. Pushed relentlessly by the Big River and the intimidating ocean combers that forever dash over the shallow sand…

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WASHINGTON COAST — Razor clam season on the beaches of Pacific and Grays Harbor counties is shaping up to be one for the record books.

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Sleek dark shapes moved back and forth in the shallow water of Kennedy Creek. There were hundreds of them massing in this tiny tributary when I visited back in early November. It was incredibl…

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December king tides arrived on schedule. Some yards on the bay were filled with water as well as the wetlands near the bay or the ocean. The second day was best. It was stormy and windy creati…

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Could American shad, a large member of the herring family, worsen the decline of salmon and eventually displace salmon as the region’s iconic fish? That’s the startling possibility posed in a …

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OLYMPIA — Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife await domoic acid results before finalizing additional dates for razor clam digs at beaches along the Washingto…

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Fresh from success at the Ilwaco High School choir concert Nov. 30, left to right Dezaray Downs, Alycia Figueroa, Chloe Martin and Emily Wood take front-row roles as they and their classmates …

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OLYMPIA — Razor clam digging continues in December, as shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have approved the next round of digs for Washington’s coastal beaches.

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The November king tides were awesome! As predicted, the fields and wetlands flooded bringing in ducks, geese, and raptors. In addition, a great blue heron or two, and a few double-crested corm…

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As artist Penny Treat put the finishing touches on a brightly colored folded heron, her hands trembled. The clear fishing line she used to secure beads above the printed art piece had become m…

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The heron family includes herons, bitterns and egrets. They are medium- to large-sized wading birds that are characterized by dagger-like bills that can quickly seize prey such as fish, frogs,…

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OLYMPIA — Washington State Parks has designated the free days in 2022 when visitors will not need a Discover Pass to park at state parks and on recreation lands managed by Washington Departmen…

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CORVALLIS — The rains may have started, but there’s still plenty that needs attention in the garden — if you’re up for it. Layer up and dodge the raindrops and you’ve got plenty of time to pla…

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OLYMPIA — This fall’s strong razor clam season continues as shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed the latest round of digs for Washington’s coastal beaches.

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