Friday, December 23, 2011

12/23 Snowy owl, DSP, salmon disease, bag ban, cleanup grants, Seal Sitters, Poulsbo shores, recycling, Ariel the octopus

Mystery and Magic: Snowy Owl and Friend
Best wishes to all for whatever way you choose to celebrate the season this weekend. Be warm. Be safe. Be merry.

But a pox on the House of Republicans and their Senate cohorts for logrolling into the payroll tax and unemployment bill the poison pill requiring the President to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada through our nation’s breadbasket. Say it, Mr. President: The pipeline is not in the nation’s interest.

New blog: “Thoughts on Sewage, Shellfish and the Partnership’s Action Agenda”

Get to know your friendly laser: Remote sensing technologies are applied in ways you might not have imagined to organic crops, wetlands monitoring, coal mining, oil spills, polluted runoff... Photonics for a Better World 

Listen up: It’s Hedwig in the magical world of Harry Potter. For us muggles, Martha Baskin reports on Visitors from the Arctic: The Nomadic Life of the Mysterious Snowy Owl    Also, Ralph Schwarz reports: Birders flock to Sandy Point to glimpse snowy owl

If you like to watch: Barbara King shares NPR picks: Best animal video clips of 2011

Uh, oh. It’s back-- diarrhetic shellfish poisoning —in Sequim Bay.  Baffling biotoxin again closes bay on Peninsula  

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans big tests aimed at detecting any signs on the West Coast of infectious salmon anemia, infectious pancreatic necrosis or infectious hematopoietic necrosis. Intensive probe to test nearly 8,000 B.C. salmon for disease
Who’s next? Step right up.  Bainbridge considering ban on plastic bags

Federal grants worth more than $6 million are going out to agencies trying to protect the Puget Sound from pollution. See who got the money here.  Puget Sound cleanup grants announced
Robin Lindsey of Seal Sitters reports 618 hotline calls and a busy past year for the volunteer group educating folks about leaving young seals alone on the beach. West Seattle wildlife: Seal Sitters’ record-breaking 50-pup year

Meanwhile, up north: Two men fined for throwing objects at sea lions, exceeding daily halibut limit

Poulsbo City Council members are reviewing their shoreline goals, policies and use regulations for all shoreline property within city limits, the estuary portion of Dogfish Creek north of Lindvig Way and associated tidal wetlands and upland areas. Poulsbo City Council reviewing shoreline plan

According to city officials, the City of Olympia’s new stormwater complex at the south end of Yauger Park has passed its first rainy season test.  Yauger Park stormwater complex passes test

Go online to access Pierce County Public Works and Utilities’ monitoring data for local streams at their new website.   Learn About Pierce County's Water Quality Via New Website

The national average rate for recycling in 34 percent. Here, our men, women and children are all above average. In Kitsap County and statewide, recycling rates nearing 50 percent

The giant Pacific octopus on display at the Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center got an early Christmas present — a bigger house— and a name. She’s beautiful. Her name is Ariel and she has a new home

Now, your weekend holiday weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 253 AM PST FRI DEC 23 2011
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PST SATURDAY
TODAY
SW WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SE 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 3 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS... BUILDING TO 12 FT AT 13 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
TONIGHT
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 14 FT AT 14 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY.
SAT
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 12 FT AT 13 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 10 FT AT 12 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN LIKELY.
SAT NIGHT
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 9 FT.
SUN
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 TO 8 FT... BUILDING TO 10 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.
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