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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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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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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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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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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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duck & ducklings by Jay Wiggs

Name That Bird: Eight Is Enough?

These large elegant ducks, found on Bainbridge Island, nest in hollow trees and troll shorelines and shallow rivers. In winter they form flocks. Can you identify this mama and her fuzzy babes?                                              …

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cougar by Neil McIntosh

Big Cats on Your Mind? Cougars on Bainbridge

Following two reported cougar sightings this week on Bainbridge, one near Island Center and another near Safeway, there is much talk and speculation about a big cat in our midst. Sightings are difficult to verify, so we asked some experts what they thought. Yep, Cougars on Bainbridge Cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas,…

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crow baby with mouth open, by Dottie Tison

Video of the Week: Hungry Baby Crow

This baby crow is believed to have blown out of its nest in a yard off of Battle Point Drive on Bainbridge Island. A local resident found a neighborhood cat harassing the baby bird, with its parents flying around it in great distress. Because it was too young to fly and it had potentially been…

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Ugly Buzzards or Radiant Redheads? 13 Reasons to Admire Turkey Vultures

With featherless red heads reminiscent of baboon behinds and a dining preference for carcasses, Turkey Vultures aren’t the fuzzy cutest species in the animal kingdom. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to understand these large raptors is to admire them, if not find them beautiful. While some revile vultures, many cultures…

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Barred owlet

Week-Old Owlet Reunited with Frantic Mom After Their Nest Falls from Tree

On a stormy day on May 4 a large old Hemlock in the woods near Bainbridge Island’s Ellingsen Road snapped a branch that happened to hold a Barred Owl nest. Nearby residents on a walk that afternoon were startled to discover a wee owlet sitting in the dirt next to its toppled nest. Two eggs…

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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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fox kit

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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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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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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coyote west sound wildlife shelter

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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muddy eagle

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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new hawk educational ambassador at West Sound Wildlife Shelter

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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