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Westie Walkers

Photo of the Day: Westie Walk

A pack of button-cute Westies (West Highland White Terriers) gathered with their people yesterday, July 27, at Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park (BPP) for their weekly Westie Walk. The Westie lovers explained that the breed especially enjoys the company of its kind. A loose group of Westies and friends meets each Sunday at about 11 a.m….

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plover by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: And the Oscar Goes to . . .

Unlike most shorebirds, this graceful slender-winged plover is often seen on dry land, where it may make its nest and hunt for worms and insects. Whether on the beach or in a field or lawn, this bird is quite the thespian, darting about, calling shrilly (the source of its name), and even sometimes feigning a…

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bantam rooster at Church garden

The Flap About Rooster Dumping and Ethical Urban Farming

In the last week members of the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church community garden in Winslow have reported incidents of roosters being left in their garden. The large fenced garden is a beautiful sprawling area with dozens of well-tended beds and a chicken coop. Several days ago members discovered a small Bantam rooster in the garden…

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name that bird gone in a flash

Name That Bird: Gone in a Flash

Unlike most species of woodpecker, this relatively large bird spends much of its time on the ground digging up ants and beetles with its slightly curved bill. A Washington native, it is relatively common on Bainbridge Island. The best way to identify this handsome bird is by the unmistakable flash of white on its rump…

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puppy by Klearchos Kapoutsis

Connect Through the New BI Lost Pets Facebook Group

With fireworks season just ending, many of us have been hearing about and/or experiencing lost animal family members. It just got easier to connect lost/found/seen pets with their families on Bainbridge Island. Joan Rossi has just launched a Facebook Group devoted exclusively to reuniting lost pets. She invites people to post photos and information. Visit…

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Found Dog: Watson

At 1:15 this afternoon, July 16, a woman near Frey and Arrowpoint found an older male golden retriever named Watson. Watson had obviously been to the beach. She tried calling the number on his collar, but the message went to generic voice mail. If you know this dog, call 206-659-8863.

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Strawberry Hill strawberry rock

New Bainbridge Island Dog Park Set to Open

Bainbridge Island canines will have a new place to run off leash with official sanction as of July 31. According to Park Services Superintendent Dan Hamlin, the Strawberry Hill enclosed dog park will feature approximately 2.4 acres of fenced area, with a separate section designated for small, shy, and/or recuperating dogs. The park will be…

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coppertop osprey chicks

Welcome to the World, Coppertop Osprey Chicks!

The osprey pair who returned this spring to their nest site off of Sportsman Club Road next to Bainbridge Island’s Coppertop commercial center faced a serious challenge that threatened their safety and reproductive success. An excluder device had been installed on the T-Mobile cell tower where they had traditionally built their nest, and the company had…

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great blue heron on eagle harbor piling

Photos of the Day: Dawn Lookout

The most patient of creatures, this great blue heron stood watch on Bainbridge’s Eagle Harbor at dawn. Watch out fishes. Photos courtesy of Jay Wiggs.                                    

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lost dog

Found: Do You Know This Dog?

A couple who live off of Frey Avenue near the northern border of Battle Point Park report that they were first visited by this female husky on July 5 and again on July 6. They have never seen her before in their neighborhood. They said, “There is a deer family of two does, a yearling…

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name that bird into the mouths of babes

Name That Bird: Into the Mouths of Babes

These hungry little passerines will soon be awesome aerialists like their parents, darting and swooping over fields, open water, and barnyards to catch flies and a variety of other insects. Their glistening cobalt blue top feathers and tawny chest coloration make these pretty birds easy to identify. They breed in Washington and migrate to warmer southern…

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drowned fawn off Pritchard Park

Fawn Disoriented by Fireworks Drowns After Being Chased into the Water by Dogs at Pritchard Beach

This morning, July 5, a fawn wandering alone on Pritchard Park Beach took to the water to avoid off-leash dogs barking at and chasing it. A person who had been collecting fireworks debris on the beach reported the distressed fawn to West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) on Bainbridge Island. He explained that by the time…

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lost dog

IB Will Post Lost & Found Pets: Here’s What We Need from You

It’s that time of year. Dogs and cats freaked out from fireworks run off in fear, become disoriented or even injured, and don’t know how to get home. We know that many of you are missing pets and some have found or seen lost ones. We would like to help by creating a master list…

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Good Dog! And the Rockets’ Red Scare: Helping Your Freaked Dog

by Judith Bell, Certified Dog Trainer and BAT Trainer “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Ah, the fourth of July, an inspiring summer holiday that reminds us that our freedom is precious and that summer doesn’t start in Washington until…

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fawn by Dottie Tison

Care About Wildlife? Educate Yourself About Fireworks Dangers

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter Summer is here, and with it the celebration of Independence Day by shooting off fireworks. At the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we’re often asked if fireworks have a detrimental effect on wildlife. Fireworks Cause Wild & Domestic Animals to Panic Research studies and our own…

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Skate- boarding Bulldog Visits Bainbridge (w/ Video)

Yesterday, June 30, a few Islanders were treated to the sight of a skateboarding American bulldog at the High School parking lot near the tennis courts. His name is George and he is visiting from Las Vegas. George has his own website, which says that his hobbies are skateboarding, snowboarding, and riding in cars, and…

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songbird by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: Masked Marvel

You’re most likely to see these year-round flocking birds in fruit trees feeding on berries or sometimes coursing over water snapping up insects. Wherever you see them it is hard to take your binoculars off these strikingly marked songbirds. Can you identify this lovely local looker?                  …

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Yet Another Coop Fire Is a Cautionary Tale for Chicken Keepers

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter is concerned about a pattern of chicken coop fires over the last year or so on the Island. Three of 12 structure fires here have been caused by heat lamps in coops. “That’s a significant percentage,” said Carpenter, “and we think some safety education can help.” The most recent…

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sleeping baby otter

UPDATE: Heading to the Rotary Auction? Here’s How to Help West Sound Wildlife Shelter

[Updated below, at 12:35 p.m., June 26.] Bainbridge Island’s own nationally respected West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) is currently caring for a full house of injured and orphaned wild animals during its high baby season. Right now the Shelter has 118 patients. It treats rabbits and raptors, songbirds and squirrels, foxes and fawns, coyotes and…

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coyote puppy by Dottie Tison

Four Coyote Puppies at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Need Your Help

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall It’s not uncommon for the Shelter to receive several coyotes a year, but usually their stays with us are spread out. This summer, however, we are currently raising/rehabilitating four coyote puppies at the same time. It all started with one little male…

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