The Book John Steinbeck Almost Wrote About the Pacific Northwest

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Reprinted from Post Alley, used by permission. The marine biologist, philosopher, and pioneer ecologist Ed Ricketts is well-known to fans of John Steinbeck as the...

Cocco….what? The Secret Lives of Puget Sound Plankton

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Last weekend, folks in the Port Townsend area found themselves gawking at Discovery Bay, wondering what to make of the strange turquoise color that...

Becoming a Citizen Scientist

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Citizen scientists brave a hailstorm. Photo by Wendy Feltham. After a career as an elementary school principal, I moved to Port Townsend and surprised myself...

Beautiful Banded Brant

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Photographer and naturalist Wendy Feltham from Port Townsend helps us better understand the geese that we so often take for granted.

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...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

Spider Sticks

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                                                 A spider stick is any handy light branch or stem which you have stripped of its leaves and twigs, cut to three feet or...

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...

Love in the Time of Covid

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March 15, 2020, message from the Port Townsend School District: We are looking forward to seeing students at school on Monday so teachers and students can...

On the hard: Chichagof

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories The Power Scow Chichagof. Chichagof is a power scow, a salmon scow, a fish tender. The U.S....