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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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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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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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The Unsexy Business of Rescuing, Healing and Releasing a Coyote Puppy (w/ Video)

While an estimated 700,000 people cheered for Seattle’s Super Bowl champs today, February 5, members of the small staff of West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island quietly went to work releasing a coyote pup they had been caring for over the last month. No one cheered, but there were happy smiles and good luck…

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Wildlife Watch: Mud-Wrestling Eagles

by Lisa Horn, Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter Imagine you are standing on the shores of a wintery Liberty Bay, Washington, wet, covered in mud, and chilled to the bone. This is exactly how two female bald eagles felt on a cold night in December shortly before Christmas. The staff of West Sound…

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Help the Wildlife Shelter Bring Its New Educational Ambassador to Bainbridge

by Lisa Horn, Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter We are pleased to announce the addition of the newest member of our Educational Ambassador program team. This handsome boy is a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk who was born in the spring of 2013. He was originally treated by Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation in Norfolk, Virginia. He…

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Shelter’s Rare Harlan’s Hawk Educational Ambassador Dies Suddenly

Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. It was with tears that West Sound Wildlife Shelter Rehabilitation Manager Lynne Weber told me about the unexpected death of Yukon, the stunning Harlan’s Hawk who served as an educational ambassador since coming to the Shelter five years ago. Executive Director Lisa Horn also was emotional about the…

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Wildlife Watch: Raven Returns from Death’s Door

by Lisa Horn, Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. In early October a very sick raven was transferred from a Pierce County wildlife shelter to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. The raven had been rescued by a citizen in Centralia after she noticed…

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Bella the coyote

Wildlife Watch: Bella the “Pet” Coyote Finds a Home

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. This is the story of Bella, a people-friendly coyote who came to West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island in early September. This also is a lesson for humans, who unwittingly…

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Wildlife Watch: Eagle with Amputated Wing Flies Delta Toward His New Home (w/ Photo Gallery)

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. “The eagle has landed.” These were good words to hear about a bald eagle that began its journey to the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri as a patient at the West…

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Wildlife Watch: Plastic Mesh Toy Embedded into Tissue on Raccoon’s Hand

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. West Sound Wildlife Shelter got a call last week about a young raccoon with an old plastic mesh cat toy lodged into her front foot, which functions like…

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Deadly Trap Found on Animal Near Battle Point Park

West Sound Wildlife Shelter has asked Inside Bainbridge to warn Island residents that a dangerous metal trap was found on a raccoon yesterday evening, October 12, near popular and heavily used Battle Point Park. Hospital Manager and Wildlife Specialist Lynne Weber warned that the leg trap is illegal and represents a serious threat to children and…

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Baby Ospreys Separated from Distressed Parents After Power Co. Removes Nest from Live Wire

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. The call came on June 13 asking if West Sound Wildlife Shelter could take three tiny osprey hatchlings. The babies had been in grave danger because their nest was built on a…

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Wildlife Watch: US Marine Carries Baby Bald Eagle 3 Miles to Safety

by Lisa Horn, Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall In late August a U.S. Marine fishing on the Quilcene River came upon a bald eaglet struggling in the water. Concerned, he immediately called Cindy Daily at the Discovery Bay Raptor Center in Port Townsend for advice. She instructed him to cover the eagle’s…

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Photos of the Day: Baby Harbor Seal Listens to Mama at Fay Bainbridge Beach

A young harbor seal stayed put on the beach today at Fay Bainbridge Park while its mother swam nearby. Kindergarten teacher Kathy Schott, who was supervising her Island School class during an all-school beach outing, observed the young seal wiggle away from the chilly water and cozy up to driftwood as the tide rose. Island school students…

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Wildlife Watch: 32 Raccoons

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events and Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, with Julie Hall Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Last Sunday, September 8, 32 young raccoons entered their brave new world, released into the wild after being cared for by the staff here at West Sound Wildlife…

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osprey with fish at water tower

Osprey Nest Mystery and a Reluctant Flier

Nest Mystery About two weeks ago, in midAugust, the highly visible Osprey nest at Battle Point Park came down. The nest sits atop a platform that sits atop a cell tower that sits atop a water tower in the middle of a grassy field. A large chunk of the nest was wedged below the platform…

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Wildlife Watch: Baby Pelagic Cormorant with Hypothermia

by Lisa Horn, Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter Thank you to our Wildlife Watch sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. It was a cooler summer night at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, and the staff was preparing to close when we received a late call to alert us that a baby…

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Where on the Island? Gull Guardian + Why Seagulls Rule

It’s been over a month now since our resident gull made its public debut. Missing its bill, this seagull nevertheless stands with dignity at a crucial juncture in our little universe. But where? Do you know? They may not rule the world, but seagulls pretty much rule the shore and sea: 9 Reasons Seagulls Rule…

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