River Otters

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Was that a sea otter or a river otter you just saw swimming offshore? People often think they see sea otters foraging on our...

Insects on the Peninsula: Part 3

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Damselflies, Dragonflies, Beetles and Grasshoppers In this final photo essay about local insects, we’ll look at Damselflies, Dragonflies, Beetles, and Grasshoppers. Years ago, as a beginning...

Insects on the Peninsula: Part 2

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In the second of a three-part series on Olympic Peninsula insects, we’ll look at some flies, a sawfly, a wasp, a few bees, and...

Birdman of Protection Island

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At dusk on an early summer evening, Protection Island is silhouetted in a deep, red sunset.  A gentle breeze carries the murmurs of nesting...

Insects on the Peninsula

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Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars We are fortunate to live on the Olympic Peninsula for so many reasons. One that doesn’t get enough attention is that...

Climate Change and Snake River Salmon: Undoing the System

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Why do changing water temperatures in the middle of the tropical Pacific Ocean make it so important to take seriously the long-debated idea of...

Citizen Science: So What?

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In the early summer, seabirds such as common murres and pigeon guillemots number about 50 birds per square kilometer in the southeast corner of...

The Philosophical Gardener: Peas

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“The enemies of peas are few in number, but great in power. Chopped gorse sown with                the seed will prevent the ravages of mice,...

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Garth Hudson’s PT Performance Remembered

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Ten years ago this month Port Townsend music fans were all atwitter about an appearance by Garth Hudson, a key member of the revered...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

How I found Port Townsend

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By Allison Arthur Telling stories, changing stories All I remember is that it was hot and I wanted to get home and off U.S. Highway...

On the hard: Thea Foss

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Movie Stars, Depth Charges and Tugboat Annie: The Story of the Thea Foss I still can't think of...

Boys – and Girls – In the Boat

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Port Townsend’s Legacy of Wooden Rowing Shells In 1998 the phone rang at the Cupola House, then home of the Wooden Boat Foundation, and was...