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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Record-Breaking Year for West Sound Wildlife Shelter

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter It’s been a record-smashing year already at West Sound Wildlife Shelter. For fun (and to get a good idea about 2015) we decided to add up our numbers, and what we found was simply astounding! The following numbers are for 2014 up…

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Name That Bird: Ubiquitous Beauty

This stunning, familiar bird is the most common raptor in North America. With 14 subspecies, it has variable plumage but is nonetheless relatively easy to identify, with its large body, rounded wings, and wide short tail. This keen-eyed, efficient hunter is highly adaptable and thrives in a wide range of habitats. Monogamous, this raptor typically…

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Owner of Seriously Wounded Dog Warns About Risk of New Dog Park

Barbra Boiser lives near Bainbridge Island’s new dog park at Strawberry Hill, and after several friends told her to check it out she took her dog there to give it a try on Tuesday, September 30. Having never been to an enclosed dog park, Bosier inspected the scene before letting her dog, Angel, into the…

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New Map Shows Best Places to See Orcas in Puget Sound

Resident orcas are expected in Puget Sound this week on the hunt for their primary food, salmon, which are returning to area rivers to spawn. Now the nonprofit organization Orca Network has published a map of good on-shore locations for spotting whales in Puget Sound and surrounding areas, from north of Whidbey Island to south…

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Cause of Death Determined for German Shepherds Found at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

The Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) has released results from necropsy evaluations of the two German Shepherds whose bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the Stottlemeyer Trailhead. According to Dr. Jen Stonequist, cause of death for both dogs appears consistent with severe injuries resulting from being hit by one or more vehicles. There is no evidence…

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