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cedar waxwings sharing a berry

Photo Series of the Day: Love Birds? Or Gimme That Sucka!

Ah, love. Caring, sharing, giving, taking, and sometimes taking for granted. Fruit eaters, these striking cedar waxwings are “sharing” a berry. Named because of their preference for cedar trees, these elusive birds are shy of humans but gregarious with their own kind, living and breeding in flocks. Thanks Jay Wiggs for sharing these great photos!    …

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Peanut looking

Animal Tales: Got Puppy Power?

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and N. Kitsap and Kitsap Humane Society Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Got puppy power? Peanut does. This little guy is a one-year-old 12-pound mix—maybe terrier, dachshund, and/or schnauzer. Whatever his breed, he is super cute and intelligent….

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protection island sign with eagle

Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds. If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of…

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hot dog in car

Think You Don’t Need to Hear This? Your Pet Can Die in Your Car Within Minutes

It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation, even in the shade with the windows cracked. On a 78-degree day, for example, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees and hit 160 degrees in the sun. Even…

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baby barn swallows

Photos of the Day: Into the Mouths of Babes

With their awesome aerial agility, barn swallows are a delight to watch. And if you’ve ever been buzzed by them, it’s quite an experience to feel the air move a feather’s length away from your skin as they fly by with utter precision. With demanding babes like these, mother and father work long hours to catch insects on…

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jasper sitting at attention

Animal Tales: Volunteers Rally for ‘Medical Rescue’ Jasper

by Melissa Byrd and Julie Hall Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Jasper is a 5-year-old Lab who came to Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) from an overcrowded Eastern Washington shelter two months ago without a story. A typical energetic playful Lab, Jasper is also a special case. He has…

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Chloe face

Animal Tales: Kitty on the Keyboard

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and N. Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Chloe is a 3-year-old short-haired “tuxedo” cat with a cute little round face, long white whiskers, and bright green eyes. She lost her home when her person went into assisted living….

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orca jay wiggs

Photo Series: Orca Pod off Kingston

According to Orca Network, several people spotted a large pod of unknown ecotype last night, June 4, between Kingston and Edmonds. The organization is currently working to identify the sighted individuals. Luckily, Inside Bainbridge photographer Jay Wiggs captured the playful group in a series of photos taken near Kingston. Jay gets around!      …

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woodpecker

Name That Bird: Flashy Ant Eater

About the size of an American crow, this striking bird with a bright red crest and bold black and white markings is the largest woodpecker in North America. Besides being nice to look at, this bird is a good friend to have around, as about 60 percent of its diet is carpenter ants, which it pursues…

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Kelly standing

Animal Tales: Kelly the Incredible Parkour Yogi

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and Kitsap Humane Society Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Kelly, a 7-years-young white and tiger brindle Pit mix, is one of those dogs that has us all scratching our heads as to why she is not…

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Amelia PAWS cat

Animal Tales: Abandoned Amelia Needs a Cat Whisperer

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Amelia, who came from our Ocean Shores adoption partner, was left in an apartment building lobby with a note that said, “We can’t take care of her any longer.” She was in rough shape,…

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Dog at beach

City Takes Another Step Toward an Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard Park

At the May 12 City Council meeting, before the Council could proceed with a vote whether to test Pritchard Park as an off-leash park, they first had to correct a mistake made at the last council meeting. At that meeting they had failed to take into consideration that the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District…

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Bernie KHS smiling

Animal Tales: Once in a Lifetime

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and Kitsap Humane Society Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Bernie boy is a 3-year-old, 15-pound Westie/Poodle mix who came over from Yakima in November. Before his “puppy cut,” he was a shaggy mess, whose good looks…

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sea star on piling

Beach Naturalists to Lead Search for Sea Stars Under the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal

Bainbridge Beach Naturalists are heading out for a new adventure on Monday, May 18, and you’re invited. The free event will be at the Bainbridge ferry terminal beach from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about the impressive variety of sea creatures that live on and around the pilings at the ferry dock. Naturalists will guide the…

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Winifred's face

Animal Tales: Cat Shot in Head and Left for Dead

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Winifred was found by hikers in the woods near Raymond, Washington. It looked like someone had taken her out there and shot her. She had one wound under her chin and another…

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Trinity PAWS dog

Animal Tales: This Snuggly Greyhound/ Pit Mix Wants to Be Your Number 1

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Five-year-old Trinity is a greyhound/pit bull mix. Trinity is a sweet, sensitive girl who is the lowest ranking dog in a home with several other canines. Her owner loves her but…

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fierce eagle jay wiggs

Photos of the Day: Not Yer Everyday Eagle Pics

In these parts we do love our bald eagles, and we do often photograph them. And try as we might not to overdo the eagle eyes here at IB, we just can’t help but share these photos of this particular by turns fierce and thoughtfully alert raptor. Thank you wildlife photographer Jay Wiggs for sharing…

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pheasant and quail

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing . . .

These unlikely sweethearts, a female California quail and a male pheasant 10 times her size, embody the truism that love conquers all. According to Winslow resident Neil Johannsen, these two love birds have been spending all their time together for the past three weeks in his half-acre yard. But for this unlikely pair it wasn’t love…

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peregrine falcon female shot, dottie tison

Agate Pass Bridge Nesting Peregrine Falcon Shot

[Updated 1:19 p.m. and 2:49 p.m. April 20, 2015.] In early April, West Sound Wildlife Shelter got a call about a stressed raptor walking in the parking lot on the northwest side of Agate Pass Bridge. Unable to fly, the bird was spotted near the beach trail head on the Casino side of Highway 305….

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Photo of the Day: Unbearable Cuteness

Some things are just too cute to look at. The newborn lamb is part of the Herdwick sheep herd at the K-8 Carden Country School on Island Center Road. Office Manager Mrs. Cook said there are 12 lambs this year. Although there are only 9 adult sheep, there were many multiple births. Cook, who is also an…

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