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great blue heron in nest

Early Birds Begin Nesting at the Lovell Avenue Heronry

With our mild weather this winter, breeding great blue herons have started nesting early this season at their Winslow site on Lovell Avenue. Bainbridge-based photographer Paul Brians captured a few breeding pairs already at work on their nests this week. Colony breeders, great blue herons have had several rookeries, known as heronries, on Bainbridge Island in…

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Name That Bird: Green-Eyed Angler

Commonly spotted around Bainbridge Island shores, this sociable coastal bird, slightly smaller than a goose, gathers in colonies. The males choose a nesting site and gather most of the nesting material, while the females are the nest architects. With less preen oil than most waterbirds, this species spends much of its time drying its outspread…

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The Facts About Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

These days most of us have relatives or friends struggling with Lyme Disease and its devastating impact. An infectious disease, Lyme is caused by at least three species of bacteria from the genus Borrelia, which dates back some 20 million years. Lyme disease in the United States was identified in 1975 when a constellation of cases…

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Posted in Animals, Don't Miss This 5, Health+Fitness2 Comments

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City Council Considers Law Requiring Leashing Dogs in Your Own Living Room

The ongoing debate over leashing dogs continues at City Hall tomorrow night, February 10. The Council is considering whether to adopt a revised ordinance that would require all dogs to be leashed on city property and private property not owned or leased by the dog owner, except for officially sanctioned off-leash dog areas—the two fenced…

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Posted in Animals, Don't Miss This 5, Government4 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: To Leash or Not to Leash

[Note to readers: The Bainbridge Island City Council is considering an Island-wide leash law at tomorrow night’s meeting.] To leash or not to leash should not be a question. At least not one asked by the Bainbridge Island City Council. If the City Council passes an Island-wide leash law, the City is, yet again, listening…

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Name (and Find) That Bird: Silent Stalker

This double challenge comes courtesy of Bainbridge Island photographer Marilynn Gottlieb. Can you find and identify this familiar species reflected in the Battle Point Park pond among the reeds and branches? It hangs around water and uses its blade-like bill to snap up smaller prey and stab large fish. Click photo to enlarge (twice).  …

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Juvenile Gray Whale Found Under Colman Dock Was Hit by Propeller

The gray whale that was found dead under Slip 1 at Colman ferry dock in Seattle on Wednesday was likely killed by a ship’s propeller. That was the preliminary finding of the necropsy conducted today, January 24, by Cascadia Research. The juvenile female whale was likely between two and three years old. The necropsy determined…

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NOAA Working to Set up Whale Necropsy for Tomorrow

Michael Milstein, a public affairs official for NOAA Fisheries, said today that the whale discovered yesterday, January 22, underneath Slip 1 at the Colman ferry dock was a 32-foot-long female gray whale. She likely had been dead a couple of days judging by the level of decomposition of the body. Milstein explained that the property owner is…

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Dead Gray Whale Found Under Colman Dock

This morning, January 22, before 9, Washington State Ferry workers spotted a dead Western gray whale under the slip usually used for loading Bainbridge-Seattle vehicle traffic. Ferry workers estimated the whale’s length at 25 feet. A ferry passenger said he had seen a gray whale swimming at the surface in the area and wondered if…

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Posted in Environment, Popular 3, Wildlife Watch1 Comment

chickadee at feeder

A Guide to Healthy Winter Bird Feeding

by Cate McCaslin, Development and Special Events Manager at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Winter weather is hard on birds, whether it be resident species or migratory ones traveling through. To stay warm, their calorie requirements increase; some birds must eat a third to three-quarters of their weight each day. In addition, food becomes hard to find, increasing…

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Ricardo the one-eyed PAWS cat

Animal Tales: Meet Ricardo the One-Eyed Kitten Whisperer

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our Animal Tales feature. Ricardo is a 3-year-old long-haired polydactyl (extra-toed) Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat who came to PAWS as a stray. We were all very surprised that no one appeared looking for this nice,…

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Posted in Animal Tales, Animals, Don't Miss This 34 Comments

barred owl from chimney

The Extraordinary Predicament of the Owl Trapped Down a 50-Foot Chimney

After a couple of days of hearing fluttering in his chimney, a Silverdale homeowner reached through the fireplace’s flue with his camera and took a shot. What he saw was a shock. Looking directly at the camera was a curious, round-eyed, stressed, and very sooty Barred Owl. The homeowner called West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS)…

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kitten and kid PAWS

PAWS Really—Really—Needs Our Help

With 2015 around the corner, PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year, but in an odd position. Our PAWS, not to be confused with other separate organizations around the country called PAWS, is seeing the best of times and the hardest of times. The good news is that…

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Posted in Animals, Community, Don't Miss This 30 Comments

foggy battle point park

Photo & Sound of the Day: F(r)oggy Battle Point Park

As the deep fog settled over Battle Point Park Sunday evening, December 7, a chirping Pacific tree frog sounded through the misted world, as it has for weeks. With amphibians taking the front-line hits of climate change and their worldwide populations plummeting, it is an increasingly lovely and rare privilege to hear them. Here is…

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eagle in tree JH

A New Brooklyn Road Eagle’s Rescue and Release Story + Video

A couple of weeks ago during a rainy spell Ken and Sue Hassenmiller awoke to discover a large bald eagle standing in their back yard off of New Brooklyn Road. Ken said they had heard a commotion of animal noises during the night. By the time they got up in the morning one injured eagle…

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How to Winterize Your Chicken Coop

by Allison Krug, science/medical writer and BI chicken farmer With the shorter days and colder weather, you may wonder if your chickens are comfortable. Should you be supplementing the light in their coop to keep them laying through the winter? Do they need extra light for warmth? Should you buy a warmer for their water?…

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rabbits dumped at BPP

Citizens Concerned About Pet Rabbits Dumped at Battle Point Park

Pet rabbit dumping at Battle Point Park is nothing new. Not too many years ago a population of domestic-turned-wild rabbits managed to scrape out a living at the park and burgeon into a sizable number, at its height well beyond one hundred, based on anecdotal sightings. In the last few years, whether from predation or…

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PAWS three amigos kittens

Animal Tales: Still Looking for Kittens? Meet the Three Amigos

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our Animal Tales feature. These three lovable amigos are the “leftovers” from kitten season, having needed a little extra time to get ready for adoption. Although they have similar coloring and are all about six months…

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salty dog wash sign

Muddy Mutt? DIY or Full-Service Grooming at Salty Dog Wash

Whether your dog needs a spiffy professional trim or a good long bath after break-dancing on a dead salmon, Salty Dog Wash is open for business and here to help. Co-owners and long-time friends and Islanders Patty Keplinger and Alison Rice, with support from a third partner Heidi Story, opened Salty Dog to meet a…

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macaw at battle point park

Unusual Bird Sighting at Battle Point Park

There is certainly colorful bird life at Battle Point Park, but none quite so exotic as the macaw sighted there yesterday. His person, who preferred not to be named, told curious kids that her bird Geranimo (spelled with an a, not an o) plays catch with her with a ball and likes to eat walnuts, seeds,…

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