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Ten Reasons You Should Go to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter Auction Dinner Gala

Here are ten reasons you need to get tickets right now (the deadline is Monday, April 21) to attend the West Sound Wildlife Shelter’s biggest bash of the year—the awesome Call to the Wild Dinner and Auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 26: You get to play a key role in helping the Shelter, which relies heavily on…

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mating Coppertop osprey pair

Why This Mating Osprey Pair Is in a World of Trouble

It’s that time again. Washington osprey, also known as fish hawks, fly back from their warm winter homes in Mexico or Central America and get busy breeding. If all goes well they return to the nest they left behind the previous September, mate, lay their eggs, and get ready to tend demanding babies and fussy…

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Petunia the PAWS cat

Animal Tales: Meet Sweet Petunia

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Petunia is an 18-month-old, medium-haired, white-and-black female who came to us on one of our Ocean Shores transfers with her three kittens. They, of course, found homes right away. Petunia was…

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National Guard Youth Outraged at Bainbridge Shooting of Pregnant Doe

On the morning of Saturday, March 22, West Sound Wildlife Shelter received a call from a citizen about a dead deer in his yard off Sunrise Drive just south of Day Road on Bainbridge Island. The Shelter agreed to pick up the deer and haul her away to use as food for its animal charges….

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Photos of the Day: Guard Dogs Use Subtle Mind Control to Defend Bainbridge Home

This pair of Aussies on Spargur Loop was so confident in their mental prowess that they never roused from their chairs (shielded from the rain under the garage eve) and only croaked out a few token barks at me today as I rode my bicycle up their street. Luckily a fence kept me safe, and ”the…

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Emma Lou PAWS dog

Animal Tales: Yip Yip Yuroo! Pleased to Meet You, I’m Emma Lou!

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and the Kitsap Humane Society Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Emma Lou is a 9-month-old female Basset/Lab mix puppy whose person is looking to find her a new home because her demanding work schedule leaves Emma…

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KHS dog close up

Letter to the Editor: A Letter to the Park Board About Off-Leash Dogs on Island Trails

Dear Members of the BIMPD Board: As dog owners, people who walk with their dog, trail stewards, and 15+ year residents of Bainbridge Island, my husband and I again respectfully request an opportunity to use our island trail systems for off-leash dog walking on a rotating schedule. As Julie Hall pointed out in her 3/14/14…

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Posted in Animals, Community, Dont Miss This 4, Letter to the Editor, Outside, Parks+Trails11 Comments

herons in love

Bainbridge Herons Get It on, Plus Great Blue Factoids

If you get outside much in these parts, chances are you see great blue herons (Ardea herodias). They are difficult to miss, having an impressive average wing span of about 6 feet and a height of about 4 feet. Their prehistoric flying silhouette and patient hunting technique, often in shallow water, make them even more…

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An Inside Look at Volunteering for West Sound Wildlife Shelter

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator West Sound Wildlife Shelter I’ve loved wildlife—well all animals—my entire life. In my younger years I would bring home stray domestic animals, but also injured birds and other wild critters and try to nurse them back to health. After raising my own kids and several domestic pets, it was…

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Park Board Seeks Input About Off-Leash Dog Sites at Upcoming Hearing

The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District Board is holding a public hearing on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Strawberry Hill Center to discuss off-leash dog parks. According to the Park Board, plans for the Vincent Road off-leash site are currently off the table because of budgetary constraints. In leui of the…

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Rooster Head Falls from Sky

Possibly Chicken Little had good reason to conclude that “The sky is falling, the sky is falling” after seeing a decapitated rooster head careening Earthward. A Bainbridge Islander and her boys recently discovered this head on the sidewalk near Wilkes Elementary School and shared their photo of it with Inside Bainbridge. She said she heard…

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fawn by Dottie Tison

It’s Baby Season: Here’s the Most Important Thing You Can Do to Protect Your Young New Neighbors

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall Here at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we are well into what we refer to as “baby season.” It usually begins in mid-April and continues into September, but probably because we had a fairly mild winter this year’s season started…

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Zelda the PAWS cat

Animal Tales: Zelda the Tortoiseshell with Tortitude

by Melissa Byrd, of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, with Julie Hall Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. When her elderly best friend passed away, 9-year-old Zelda landed at a local rescue. She was unpleasantly surprised to find herself kenneled, and she made her unhappiness known with…

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newt

Photos of the Day: A Beaut of a Newt and Its Only Predator

Kathy Haskin was out hiking with her daughter over the weekend when they spotted this diminutive Bainbridge Island resident. Curious to learn more, they contacted IslandWood’s “amphibian/reptile expert extraordinaire” Christina Doherty. Doherty readily identified the amphibian as a rough-skinned newt, also known as Taricha granulosa. Rough-skinned newts carry a deadly neurotoxin in their bodies that…

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Lola the PAWS dog

Animal Tales: Lola the Pekingese Has Come a Long Way Baby

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and the Kitsap Humane Society Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. As fate would have it Lola, a 9-year-old Pekingese, needs a new home. Her family has had to move from their large house into a 25-foot…

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obey sign dogs on leash sign

Letter from the Editor: Shared Use Is Fair Park Policy for People & Their Dogs

I applaud City Council Members Sarah Blossom and Dave Ward for standing up for the concerns of a large but nevertheless marginalized and often maligned constituency of Bainbridge citizens who wish to exercise their dogs off leash in our community’s parks. In Monday night’s (March 10) meeting Ward and Blossom questioned handing over certain open…

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Loose Dogs Killing Chickens Raises a Facebook Frenzy and Big Questions for Bainbridge

Yesterday, March 6, on Bainbridge Island two dogs killed four chickens in the Madison and Lovgreen neighborhood just south of Wilkes School. Two Huskies who live together in the neighborhood reportedly crossed their electric fence after its batteries died and headed to a familiar place—the homes down the street where chickens live. According to homeowner…

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Animal Tales: Marshall Shall Inherit the Earth

by Melissa Byrd, of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and the Kitsap Humane Society, with Julie Hall Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Marshall is an 8-month-old shorthaired possibly Burmese chocolate tabby who came to PAWS as an 8-week-old kitten along with the rest of his litter….

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Cyrano PAWS cat

Animal Tales: This Big-Nosed, Weird-Eyed Kitten Is Awesome

by Melissa Byrd, of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap and the Kitsap Humane Society, with Julie Hall Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Cyrano is a beautiful fluffy Balinese 10 month old who had a rough start in life. Raised by a breeder, kitten Cyrano caught a cold…

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Update from Bangor About 2,000-Gallon Oil Spill in Hood Canal

The Navy continues to work with a mutli-agency team to assess and clean up some 2,000 gallons of oily bilge water released at Bangor during an equipment failure on Monday afternoon, February 10. Washington Department of Ecology Spills Communications Officer Lisa Copeland reported today from the site that a 3,000-foot boom is containing the most…

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