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COLUMBIA RIVER — More than 1 million adult coho salmon are expected along the Oregon coast and Columbia River in 2019. Some 905,600 of those are forecast to enter the Columbia, where they are …

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The woods can be pretty messy, with all of those leaves, branches, twigs and logs falling over and cluttering up the forest floor, making it hard to walk around.

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With sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s, spring 2019 is gaining momentum this January on the south Washington coast. Evergreen blackberries, crocuses, early daffodils, some rhodies and pl…

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Lately, on my travels up and down the Peninsula, I see killdeer everywhere. They seem to have taken up residence in the short-grass fields, on mudflats when the tide is out, on roadsides, on t…

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During the annual Christmas Bird count in December 2018, my friend Susan and I were lucky enough to be able to drive the beach and count the different species as well as the number of individu…

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OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted last week in support of fishery managers’ plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year’s salmon-f…

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SEAVIEW — If you drift at the whims of the sea, sometimes things aren’t going to work out so well. Large numbers of jellyfish have been paying the price in recent weeks.

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January surf has driven large numbers of moon jellyfish onto local beaches.

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Since at least Nov. 15, 2018, a lone snow goose has been keeping company with a small flock of about 21 greater white-fronted geese. They seem to have chosen our area for their winter place of…

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If you have ever had the urge to contribute to science, a total lunar eclipse offers a great opportunity.

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This has been the first year I have been able to witness the phenomenon known as “king tides” and the possible effects on the birds. King tides are higher than our average high tides. Accordin…

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.

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Downy woodpeckers love suet because it is especially energizing during our colder winter months. Other birds, such as house sparrows also love it and they tend to hog suet feeders and aggressi…

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Yesterday while making a beach run for shorebirds, a surprise turned up. It was perched on one of the eagle perches in the dunes. It was very small, but looked interesting. Closer inspection w…

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As winter approaches and fall migration begins to wane there is still excitement in the birding world. Feeders and birdbaths continue to bring our feathered friends into our lives. It is a per…

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Nicole Apelian holds the tally stick she marked for each day in the Canadian wilderness during the TV survival show “Alone 2.” She says she has found ways to lead a “joyful life,” combining mi…

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ILWACO — Columbia River salmon and steelhead sport fisheries will reopen Jan. 1 from Buoy 10 to State Route 395 in Pasco, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said last week.

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Every ride or walk on our ocean beaches is different. One day it is shorebirds, and on another it is raptors such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, but today it was gulls! Glaucous-winged …

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Everywhere you go these days, there are waterfowl and/or shorebirds. Most are resting and feeding as they prepare to continue the sometimes long journey to their wintering areas.

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We’ve been taught that thick forests have always blanketed the Northwest — that our natural state is one of verdant green old growth. The idea goes that if we want to protect creatures like th…

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This summer, an orca known as J-35 made national headlines while carrying the body of her dead calf for 17 days in the waters of the Salish Sea.

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ILWACO — On Thursday, Oct. 11, Hilltop Middle School seventh-graders joined forces with the Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board and the Washington Department of Parks and Recreation to c…

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ILWACO — Commercial fishing fleets are skeletons of their former selves and their communities, once known for their abundant natural resources and food production, are suffering from increased…

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SEAVIEW — The Seaview Historical Preservation Society announces that handmade Seaview birdhouses will be available for a $35 contribution on Saturday, September 29 at the corner of 47th and K …

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The other day, as I sat on the deck, I spied with my little eye something that is small, brownish above and white underneath. It was creeping up a large alder, and it was blending in so well w…

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Have you walked or driven on the ocean beach recently? If not, it is not too late to catch migrating shorebirds. Lately, the most common sight is thousands of sanderlings racing along with the…

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ILWACO — Two days have been set for recreational white sturgeon fishing in mid-September when the Columbia River Compact management group met in Portland last week.