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Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds. If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of…

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BioBlitz courtesy of BILT

Bainbridge Bio Blitz Documents 454 Species on One Day

The first Bainbridge Bio Blitz brought to you by your friendly Land Trust put more than 100 volunteers to work on May 30th. For 12 hours, the volunteers combed through several Land Trust conservation lands to identify as many species as possible. Between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. the team discovered 454 unique species at…

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Olympics by Wild Olympics Campaign

Murray and Kilmer Vow to Protect 100,000 Acres of Olympic Wilderness

Earlier this month, on June 4, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. The act will also protect 19 rivers and their major tributaries, for a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic…

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Polar Pioneer protest by Kathleen Weyand

Polar Pioneer Surrounded by Kayaktivists off Fay Bainbridge

The Shell oil drilling vessel Polar Pioneer is stopped off the coast of Fay Bainbridge Park and has been for about two hours (as of 11:30 a.m. on June 15), according to witness Kathleen Weyand, who is providing assistance to protesting kayakers who are part of the group Arctic_Matters. The vessel is surrounded by kaykativists protesting…

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Fay Bainbridge sunset by Tommy Dillon

Photo of the Day: Fay Bainbridge Sunny Sunset

The Rev. Tommy Dillon III, the new rector at Grace Episcopal and a newcomer to BI, was out walking his dog yesterday evening, June 4, at Fay Bainbridge, when he got a glimpse of why so many of us moved here. Maybe it was the Island’s way of saying, “Welcome.” We say, “Welcome,” too and…

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Waterfront Park

Council to Consider Approval of Waterfront Park Design This Week

The City Council is set to decide at tomorrow’s meeting, June 2, whether to approve the final Waterfront Park design created and submitted by Portland firm Walker|Macy. This decision will represent the conclusion of the first phase of a long process that began in May of 2013. That’s when the City first sought grant funding from the…

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blakely park eco toilet

It’s Eco Potty Time! (Seriously, This Is Cool)

The new ecotoilet at Blakely Harbor Park isn’t just a whole lot more attractive, clean, and unsmelly than your typical outdoor “place of easement.” It’s a model of environmental and economic sustainability. With donated funds, in part to provide facilities for nearby IslandWood’s regular class trips to the Park, the Bainbridge Island Park District began…

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cherry tree

Developer Pledges to Save a Tree

Bainbridge plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro said he thought it was the first time it had happened in his experience on Bainbridge: At Tuesday night’s (May 19) City Council meeting, a developer pledged to save a tree. The developer was Jim Laughlin. The tree was a historic cherry tree in the path of a proposed gravel driveway that would lead to…

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john grinter

John Grinter Running for Park Board

John Grinter has announced his candidacy for Park District Board of Commissioners. He is running against incumbent Ken DeWitt for the 6-year term. An Island resident for 15 years, Grinter has worked with the City and Park District on a variety of projects and is most known for his advocacy for an interconnected network of…

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Dog at beach

City Takes Another Step Toward an Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard Park

At the May 12 City Council meeting, before the Council could proceed with a vote whether to test Pritchard Park as an off-leash park, they first had to correct a mistake made at the last council meeting. At that meeting they had failed to take into consideration that the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District…

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Bainbridge Land Trust Wins WA Recreation and Park Association Citation of Merit

The Washington Recreation and Park Association has recognized the Bainbridge Island Land Trust with a Citation of Merit Award. The recognition was awarded at the WRPA Annual Awards Banquet held April 30th at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The Citation of Merit Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the field of parks…

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Owen’s Playground Phase II Launches with Money Raised by Local Kids

Owen’s Playground, the inclusive, barrier-free playground under construction at the Rotary Ballfields on Weaver, has completed Phase I fundraising and just launched Phase II. Phase I consisted of raising money for everything to the west of the sidewalk that will run through the park. Phase II will consist of surfacing the entire playground and building the east side….

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SCA at BP by Dan Miller

Photo of the Day: Knighttime at Battle Point Park

Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, about a dozen Boy Scout Troops from all over the county gathered at Battle Point Park for their annual Camporee. This year’s theme was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The troops decorated their campsites with turrets and parapets and other medieval accoutrements, and the Kitsap and Mason…

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Tot Lot

Madison Tot Lot Update

Jim Laughlin, the applicant for the development project at Madison near the tot lot, nearly bent himself in half at the April 14 Council meeting to show how much he wants to honor the City’s and the public’s wishes regarding the Tot Lot. Laughlin’s original plan would have moved the tot lot to the corner of…

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Unhappy crow

Photo of the Day: Crow Bar

Reader Jeff Dalton had the quick instincts to snap this photo today, April 16, at Pritchard Park of a crow dive bombing an eagle perched atop a tree. This behavior, known as “mobbing,” is designed to protect nested young from predation, either by annoying the predator until it leaves or by distracting it so it can’t find nests…

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Horned lion

Photo of the Day: Startling Horned Lion at Grand Forest

If you happen to see it and are not expecting it, you’ll surely get a jolt of adrenaline. The furry creature, a sort of humanoid, life-sized horned lion in a cape and what seems to be a blue union suit, is standing in the woods right off the entrance to Grand Forest East, on Mandus…

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Hockey rink by Linda Cox Arnsdorf

Roller Hockey Rink Gets New Slicker, Safer, Cooler Surface

At one point on Saturday, March 28, almost 65 volunteers were helping in the effort to lay a new surface on the existing Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park—the only outdoor roller hockey rink in the State of Washington. The surface, made by a South Carolina company called Ice Court, is comprised…

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happy dogs on beach

Citizens Launch Petition to Protect Off-Leash Dog Rights at Pritchard Park

A petition campaign was launched yesterday afternoon, March 22, requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) stipulate off-leash dog hours in its land transfer to the Park District. COBI is transferring ownership of Pritchard Park, which includes rare public beach access on Bainbridge Island, to the Park District. Pritchard Park is comprised of three…

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bridge at blakely harbor

Photo Essay: Blakely Harbor Park Improvements

by Paul Brians The Bainbridge Island Park District has been making considerable progress in its development of Blakely Harbor Park for recreation, historical preservation, and conservation. Here are photos taken recently of the Park, located on southeast Bainbridge.                                  …

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Tot Lot

Citizens Object to Tot Lot Relocation, Developer Responds

At Monday (February 23) evening’s public meeting following a Design Review Board meeting, about 40 people gathered to hear about the proposed Wyatt Cottages development. The development, which is just in the pre-application stage, would add 32 attached and detached one- and two-story dwellings and parking to the lot at the northeast corner of Wyatt and Madison. Most…

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