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I always look forward to the annual Christmas Bird Count. This year it happened on Dec. 21, 2019. Part of the area me and my friends Susan and Bette Lu were assigned to was a 14-acre piece of …

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Even from a distance, a bobcat resting near Chinook Valley Road became aware of having its photo taken on Jan. 4 near Chinook. Though not rare in Pacific, bobcats are rarely observed, being sh…

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PENINSULA — A type of fish rarely found north of San Francisco washed ashore on the Long Beach Peninsula during recent heavy surf.

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OLYMPIA — Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for five days of digging beginning Dec. 23 and continuing through Dec. 29 with a break in the middle for the Christmas holiday.

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I pulled up a chair to see what excitement the November “king tides” would bring. They did not disappoint! A ribbon of water snaked its way inland from the bay up the path that was visible and…

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OLYMPIA — After a brief scare in October when levels of a marine toxin ticked slightly upward — though still well within safety limits — razor clam season on the south Washington coast has bee…

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Not that long ago, in February 2019, I wrote about the Sandhill cranes that overwinter on the Columbia Land Trust property on the Lower River Road in Vancouver, Washington. They were exciting …

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RAYMOND — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed Willapa Bay and its surrounding tributaries to all salmon fishing for the second year in a row.

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When I walk in the yard or the field, around the wetland or among the trees, I learn more than just being stationary and looking out the window or from the deck at these habitats. So, I do a w…

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It’s a blustery day. Mother Nature is winding up to produce gale force winds at the beach. The clouds have rolled in and grey is the color of the day. Nevertheless, two hardy souls decided to …

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A few Saturdays ago, I was up at the crack of dawn so I could board the SeaBreeze Charters boat, the Four Seasons, for a trip out into ocean to find pelagic birds. Wings Over Willapa was in fu…

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ASTORIA — Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (SSWS) has been recognized as one of the most widespread disease outbreaks documented in the ocean to date, with over 20 species of sea stars affected along…

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I was walking in a mixed forest of conifers and budding deciduous trees. There was the occasional open area in the woodland and a grassy road ran through it. On either side of the grassy roadw…

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WILLAPA BAY — The Washington Department of Ecology last week announced a public comment period, an online workshop and a hearing in South Bend concerning ongoing efforts to limit the amount of…

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One of the major keys to bird identification is behavior. Behavior includes such things as feeding, singing, moving, sitting and/or whether a bird is in a flock. Lately as full migration ramps…

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Brian Winterlich and his son had a close encounter with a Columbia River humpback whale while fishing from a Hobie kayak at the Washington end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge on Sept. 7.

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WILLAPA BAY — There are two kinds of bird enthusiasts. People who occasionally venture outdoors and those who lug their binoculars with them everywhere they go.

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WILLAPA BAY — Clad in their distinctive white lab coats, a dozen young scientists observed and noted details then tested hypotheses during the Oysterville Science Academy which concluded last week.

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Some birds are named for the scientist or person who first discovered them. Others are named for a friend or colleague of the person who discovered the species, while others are named for thei…

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There is nothing lovelier than our ocean beaches on a warm, sunny summer's day, especially at low tide. At this time of year shorebirds abound as they stop here to rest and feed before flying …