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...

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...

Seabed Mining Part II: Who Owns the Oceans?

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As detailed in Part I of this two-part series, the seafloor is teeming with minerals so expensive to recover that mining them has only...

Seabed Mining: What Lies Beneath

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Ask any child, and in fact most adults, what is lurking below the waters of the Salish Sea and you might hear about whales,...

The Good News: Puget Sound Herring

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Spring on Puget Sound is about gardens bursting with tulips and daffodils, white sails set against glistening blue seas, and massive, shimmering schools 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...

Science Reporting: Hype or Hope?

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Recently, a sea-grizzled, Pulitzer-award winning journalist asked me if I thought the print media did a good job of science reporting.  I thought about...

From Lupine to Chinooks, the Elwha Pulses

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By Jessica Plumb Feature photo of Glines Canyon Dam reservoir by Jessica Plumb In September 2011, I stood on a river overlook with children from my...

Flattening the Climate Curve

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"We have met the enemy and they is us." Pogo by Walt Kelly "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely...

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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...

Pandemic Predictions

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More than a year and a half into the pandemic, the transition back to normalcy has been tragically upended by a combination of the...

The Trail: Do We Know the Way to Discovery Bay?

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Every ride or hike on the Larry Scott Trail is an exhilarating jaunt leading to disappointment.  We revel in the views across Townsend Bay,...

50 Years of Sawdust and Varnish

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Port Townsend's Marine Trades By Ernie Baird with an introduction by Ross Anderson. Photos by Joel Rogers. When Ernie Baird first found his way to Port...

Grrr: Attorney General Bob Ferguson Versus the Growlers

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Coupevillle – Attorney General Bob Ferguson chose a bucolic setting for his recent Whidbey Island fundraiser, the historic Crockett Barn with its backdrop of Admiralty...