|Pacific chorus frog [PHOTO: Mark Leppin]|
Washington designated the Pacific chorus frog as the official state amphibian in 2007 (proposed by a third grade class at Boston Harbor Grade School in North Olympia, Washington). The Pacific chorus frog is a native amphibian found in every county of Washington state. The Pacific chorus frog (also called Pacific tree frog) can be brown, tan, grey or green, and produce their charming sound by puffing up their throat sacs to three times the size of their heads. They are beneficial by eating insects, including mosquitoes. (State Symbols USA)
Trans-Mountain pipeline foes to walk to Burnaby from Victoria
Opponents of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion project will march from Victoria to Burnaby, beginning [Thursday]. Walk 4 the Salish Sea is a four-day, 75-kilometre walk from Mile Zero in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby. Organizer Bobby Arbess said participants want to show their support for the ecological values of the Salish Sea and solidarity with First Nations who have launched a legal challenge against the project. Amy Smart reports. (Times Colonist)
Swinomish approve changes to constitution
Members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community have approved amendments to their constitution, including a section on jurisdiction that has proven controversial with some residents, businesses and governments. The tribe said 60 percent of its members took part in the vote, and each of the 29 amendments was approved with at least 80 percent of the vote. Brian Cladoosby, tribal chairman, said the vote will bring the constitution into the 21st century by removing paternalistic language that was mandated by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) after the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The bureau has recently advised tribes to remove that language. Brandon Stone reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)
Whale to rot on Grays Harbor beach, Washington State Parks decides
Sorry, guys, put away the dynamite. That’s not how we handle these sorts of things in Washington. Washington State Parks rangers will be leaving a dead gray whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park after it washed ashore Tuesday. Instead of blowing it up, like the Oregonians fatefully tried back in the 1970s. Kenny Ocker reports. (News Tribune of Tacoma)
Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 246 AM PDT FRI MAY 26 2017
TODAY W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
TONIGHT AND SAT NW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 OR 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT AND SUN W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 10 OR 11 SECONDS. SUN NIGHT W WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. NW SWELL 2 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
MON W WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 3 FT.
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