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Beware of Clamzilla! Clamming Prohibited into Perpetuity at Fay Bainbridge Park

Clamzilla, also known as Camille Speck of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, is a biologist in charge of the Puget Sound Bivalve Management Project. Her job is to protect all creatures clammy, setting seasons and closures for recreational fisheries. Clamzilla came to Bainbridge Island yesterday, April 8, to assist the Bainbridge Island Park…

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ransoms with red floater

Updates on Bainbridge UFO (Unidentified Floating Object)

More information has surfaced about the large red capsule-shaped UFO we reported sighted on the beach at 4252 Crystal Springs Drive yesterday, February 27. At least two other Bainbridge Islanders found the mystery floater washed ashore near their homes in the last week. On February 20, the Ransoms discovered it on their Pleasant Beach Drive beach and responded with…

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Crystal Springs Mystery Floater: Do Not Attempt to Swallow, Hit with Hammer or Insert

It’s back. The large red cylindrical object that was sighted washed ashore on Crystal Springs earlier this week has turned up again on the beach, this time in front of 4252 Crystal Springs. Bainbridge Islander Jeff Fraga first reported it to Inside Bainbridge on the evening of February 25. He estimated it to be about six…

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styrofoam on Rialto Beach

Keep Deadly Styrofoam out of Our Waters: Recycle Dropoff at Bay Hay This Weekend

As a CoastSaver volunteer I have seen the Styrofoam horror that besieges our ocean and coastlines. Think “horror” sounds hyperbolic? When you witness how the stuff endlessly breaks into smaller components without biodregrading, and when you attempt to pick up its multitude of minute fragments from otherwise pristine environments like Rialto Beach, you conclude there…

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Marine Preserve Protection Sought for Fay Bainbridge After Clammers Damage Vital Eelgrass Beds

As low tide days often do, an extreme subzero tide last July 21 brought out clammers around our area. At Fay Bainbridge, dozens of people showed up to harvest horse clams. The day’s low tide also brought out beach naturalists Maradel Gale and Robert Dashiell to lead a Beach Naturalist event at Fay Bainbridge. What…

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A Day at the New Land Trust Shoreline Preserve Photo Essay

by Paul Brians One of the top priorities of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) is the preservation of as much as possible of the few remaining stretches of undeveloped Island shoreline. So it was celebrated as a major accomplishment when BILT Stewardship Director Brenda Padgham, with help from a team of experts, succeeded last…

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harbor seal baby on fay bainbridge beach

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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Health District Lifts Eagle Harbor Swim Ban

The Kitsap Public Health District just announced that the swim ban issued August 31 because of a large sewage leak into Eagle Harbor is officially lifted. Health District spokesperson Stuart Whitford told me that multiple samples of the water in the Harbor taken yesterday, September 9, have been found to be within standard. Workers are removing…

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paddle boarders

Did a Bainbridge Paddleboard Business Knowingly Rent During the Sewage Spill Swim Ban?

At the start of Labor Day weekend, on Friday August 30, upwards of 450,000 gallons of raw sewage burst through a broken sewer main in Winslow and began leaking into nearby Eagle Harbor. The following day, August 31, the City of Bainbridge Island discovered the broken line at Donald Place, located near the beach between…

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Bainbridge Land Trust Secures $1.2 Million in Grant Funding for Shoreline Preserve

With two major grant requests approved this month, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) has secured a 12.5-acre parcel of unspoiled shoreline and upland habitat sitting pretty for permanent conservation. The land’s 7.43 acres of mature, second-growth forest soar above high sandbanks, or “feeder bluffs,” gradually eroding into the sand-and-gravel beach that stretches 550 linear…

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broadnose sevengill shark

The Sharks Among Us in Puget Sound and Jawesome Factoids

Ever since I was scared out of my seat watching JAWS as a kid, I have loved sharks. Why? Because my fear of them based on seeing that movie (and first reading the book by Peter Benchley) motivated me to learn about them, and learning about them made me admire them and grow concerned for…

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West Seattle Boy Finds Message in Bottle From Bainbridge Island Boy

On sunny Sunday, August 4, a 4-and-a-half-year-old boy and his father made a fun discovery on the beach south of West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. They found a small glass bottle with a note in it. The note was written by a boy named Evan from Bainbridge Island. The message read as follows: Lend me some…

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chair at Pritchard Park

A Rotary Half Life: Another Wrinkle in the Story of the Pritchard Park Couch & Chair

Another wrinkle, or some might say stain, has surfaced on the couch and chair that sit on the beach at Pritchard Park. We first featured this dynamic duo in our Where on the Island? article on July 4. Later that day, we heard (all the way from Winnetka, Illinois) from the original owner of the furniture,…

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chair and couch

The Original Owner of the Pritchard Park Couch & Chair Steps Forward

Throughout our lives we sit with so many unanswered questions, so many mysteries never solved. Where, for example, did the old starving stray dog I adopted live before I found him, what was his name, and how did he come to be homeless? How, for that matter, did life on Earth come to be? But…

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Beach Naturalists Invite You to Explore at Low Tide Sunday, April 28

During one of the lowest tides of the year, at -2.7, naturally the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists will be out on Sunday exploring and sharing what they know with the public. Look for them in their neon green vests at the Bainbridge ferry terminal beach between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The event is free. Access to the beach…

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Hail Geoducks! Year’s First Week of Super Low Tides

For the love of geoducks (pronounced gooey-ducks), get to the beach, now! It’s sunny, warm, and the tides are ebbing lower and lower at prime time midday. The week of great low tides runs from April 25 through May 1. So grab your dog, sweetheart, kids, best friend, grandmother, sandals, and, yes, sunglasses, and find a beach….

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Port Gamble

New Agreement Conserves Port Gamble Bay and Uplands

As part of its Puget Sound Initiative, the Washington State Department of Ecology has targeted seven bays within one-half mile around Puget Sound for cleanup. Port Gamble Bay on the Pope & Talbot Land is one of those sites, and now after years of negotiations, WSDE and the property’s owner, Pope Resources, have reached a…

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boat beached by king tide

King Tides Hitting Our Shores

Last month, high winds and heavy rain combined with a series of king tides caused flooding, accidents, and road closures on Bainbridge. Another series of uber high tides are back, hitting Bainbridge Island Monday January 14 through Thursday January 17. Luckily this time around the weather looks calmer. According to the Washington State Department of…

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Video of Bainbridge Island New Year’s Day 2013 Polar Bear Plunge!

The annual Bainbridge Island Polar Bear plungers were graced again this year with clear skies and sun, starting 2013 off to a bright, optimistic, but nevertheless bracing splash. Well over 100 Islanders of all ages showed up for the icy morning dip into Puget Sound at Lytle Beach on the West end of the Rock…

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Land Trust Closes 3-Year Deal for Vital Shore Land Near Agate Pass Bridge

11:18 a.m. Our trusty Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) has done it again. Yes, as a year-end gift to us all, especially our salmon, just last week they exercised an option to purchase a new priority shoreline property. As a fitting end to an outstanding year for conservation on the Island, BILT invested $250,000 toward…

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