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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, aquatic insects and crustaceans. Their legs are long, and their necks are long and flexible and cro…

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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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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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Owls are called raptors or birds of prey. They have keen eyesight, sharp talons and curved bills which helps them in their hunt for a tasty snack or a full meal deal.

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OLYMPIA — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind will host a series of six digital open houses this fall to discuss regional fish and wildlife topics.

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OLYMPIA — Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have approved the latest round of razor clam digs on the Washington coast, with the first digs kicking off Wedn…

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On Tuesdays at noon and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners present weekly online free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information (You musst have a Zoom account …

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CORVALLIS — With last year’s storms, particularly the substantial ice event, there’s plenty of firewood around. Many homeowners wonder what to do with all the ashes left behind after the flame…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…