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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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Lately when I am out birding anywhere close to an aquatic habitat such as the bay or Tarlatt Slough, I have been hearing a very loud, raucous rattle. It always turns out to be a belted kingfis…

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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.

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COLUMBIA RIVER — With an estimated 40 percent decline in the forecast steelhead run upriver of Bonneville Dam, Oregon and Washington closed the mainstem Columbia River to steelhead retention a…

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Driving home from Olympia the other day, I noticed a lot of “tents” on deciduous trees along Highway 12. These are caused by fall webworms. The tents are formed in August, while another pest, …

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The excitement of spring migration and the nesting season has come and gone. Never fear though, fall migration has begun. Our summer residents are beginning to gather in preparation for the lo…

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WARRENTON — The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are conducting routine patrols on the Columbia River as the Buoy 10 salmon season ramps up this weekend with an annual salmon derby sc…

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Tarlatt Slough in the South Bay Unit of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places for nesting birds. Barn swallows nested and fledged young for the first time anyone knows…

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ILWACO — The opening of Columbia River salmon season Aug. 1 brought this verdict: The river was very slow and the ocean was the place to be.

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I have been birding on the Peninsula and the Willapa Wildlife Refuge for many, many years. During this time one bird sighting eluded me. Now my quest is partially over.

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The scientific literature suggests that cedar waxwings breed late in the year, coincident with the availability of summer ripening fruits. My experience is, that this is generally true here on…

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LONG BEACH — Beachgoers on Saturday noticed an unusual number of jellyfish washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula, glistening globs looking something like transparent water balloons slowly defl…

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Summer is a different time for us and for the birds. It requires a watchful eye to spy the young birds, who are still dependent on their parents for a meal or two. Many of the first batch of f…

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CHINOOK — “A good farm dog does not chase the chickens, ducks, livestock or the resident barn cat,” veteran dog trainer and Chinook resident Tina Woodworth said. Rewarding these traits and oth…