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Letter to the Editor: Doggedly Addressing the City Council

Dear City Council Members: I apologize for not being able to make the meeting on Tuesday evening. I understand from the posted agenda that Council is still intent on passing an ordinance that makes it a punishable offense to walk your dog off-leash and under voice control within the Lynwood Center and Winslow service areas,…

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Posted in Animals, Community, Letter to the Editor, Popular 30 Comments

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Citizens Launch Petition to Protect Off-Leash Dog Rights at Pritchard Park

A petition campaign was launched yesterday afternoon, March 22, requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) stipulate off-leash dog hours in its land transfer to the Park District. COBI is transferring ownership of Pritchard Park, which includes rare public beach access on Bainbridge Island, to the Park District. Pritchard Park is comprised of three…

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Posted in Animals, Beaches, Parks+Trails, Popular 22 Comments

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Photos of the Day: Mama Don’t Miss

This Great Blue Heron in Eagle Harbor took her time and was rewarded with a fresh fish. She’ll need to fatten up quickly to have the energy to care for her soon-to-hatch brood in Winslow’s Lovell Avenue heronry, a colony that established itself a few years ago. Females typically lay 2-6 eggs, and both mom and dad work…

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Council Set to Pass Tamer Leash Law, Considers Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard

At the March 24 City Council meeting, the Council will be voting on and likely passing a much softened version of their originally proposed dog leash law. At this week’s March 17 meeting, the Council had the chance to discuss the latest version on the table and they decided to advance it to next week’s consent…

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Posted in Animals, Government, News, Popular 40 Comments

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Photos of the Day: The Kiss

It’s that time of year: Love is in the air—and sea. Thank you nature photographer Jay Wiggs for sharing this shot of sea lions kissing, along with a lovely panoramic view, taken yesterday off the Olympic Peninsula coast. With scenery like this, no wonder they’re feeling romantic.                …

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You’re Invited to a Baby Shower at West Sound Wildlife Shelter

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is expecting. WSWS estimates that 800 or more injured, sick, and/or orphaned wildlife babies across a wide range of species will start arriving at the Shelter later this month, lasting through the summer. As the Shelter gears up for baby season, they need supplies. WSWS invites the public to its first…

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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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Posted in Animals, Don't Miss This 2, Wildlife Watch1 Comment

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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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Our PAWS Makes Finalist in Giveaway Contest: Vote for Them!

When Pete Lovejoy added his cat’s name, Daisy, in the Name That Cat Freekatlitter Contest, he never expected that his would be selected among three finalists from 11,676 name nominations. The good news for local felines is that Lovejoy named PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap as the recipient of the prize if “Daisy” wins….

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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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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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