Thursday, November 7, 2013

11/7 Winds!, Ruth Louise, ocean research, Edison wetlands, Maria Mudd Ruth, Boeing special session, FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch
More Winds!
Climate scientist Cliff Mass writes: Another wind event will hit western Washington tomorrow, but it should not be as bad as last Saturday.   First, the horizontal pressure differences associated with this storm will not be as large....thus less winds.   Secondly,  a lot of the vulnerable branches have already been "pruned" by Saturday's blow and there are less leaves on the trees.

New blog: Now, What About Puget Sound?
It’s pretty obvious that the Puget Sound Partnership, the state agency charged with coordinating the recovery of Puget Sound, doesn’t want to be held accountable for what it’s supposed to be doing— namely, having a healthy Sound that’s fishable, swimmable and diggable by the year 2020...

State exploring ways to raise sunken boat at West Bay Marina
The Ruth Louise, a more-than-80-foot-long wooden-hulled vessel, was still sitting at the bottom of the Sound near a slip at West Bay Marina on Tuesday after it sank unexpectedly the morning of Oct. 21. Now, state agencies, including the state Department of Ecology and the state Department of Natural Resources, are working with the West Bay Marina’s owner and management to try to come up with a solution to raise it and tow it away. Jeremy Pawloski reports.

Canada’s ocean-research leadership at risk: study
The lack of a single organization to manage Canada’s ocean research is putting the country at risk of lagging behind other nations and preventing scientists from efficiently pooling resources, says a new report... The report, Ocean Science in Canada: Meeting the Challenge, Seizing the Opportunity, assesses the state of ocean science in Canada and addresses issues such as human capacity, infrastructure, funding and scientific collaboration. Sarah Petrescu reports.

Comment on state’s Edison wetland project
Skagit County is accepting public comment on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposal to convert the Welts property, a public access site at the mouth of the Samish River used for bird watching, hunting and fishing, into a wetland. The county will accept public comment on the project through 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. A public hearing will also be scheduled with the Skagit County Hearing Examiner’s Office. Kimberly Cauvel reports.

Event: Maria Mudd Ruth reads Rare Bird
Maria Mudd Ruth, author of Rare Bird, shares her stories about the Marbled Murrelet and its life in the ancient forests and the seas. Tuesday, November 12, 7 PM, The Cotton Building, 607 Water St., Port Townsend. Presented by the North Olympic Sierra Club Group, in conjunction with Olympic Forest Coalition and Admiralty Audubon. To RSVP: Connie Gallant

Peter Callaghan: Why does this Boeing special session seem so familiar?
Present and future passengers of Boeing’s commercial jetliners should take comfort knowing that if the company is half as good at building planes as it is at playing politicians they are very safe. Not that Boeing doesn’t have a reputation for quality and safety. But those technical skills are nothing compared with the way its leaders have scored benefits from states and nations both. Now, the Chicago-based company has extended that skill to wringing concessions out of its biggest and baddest union as well — District 751 of the International Association of Machinists. As troubling as it is to watch — and pay for — it is also impressive how the jet maker has not just won tax breaks and policy changes, but has done so time and time again.

Project FeederWatch wants your bird photos
If you’re a birdwatcher who loves to take pictures, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great project for you. The BirdSpotter photo contest is back for Project FeederWatch season. Send in your best bird photos and you can win prizes. You simply submit your photos based on each week's theme on the contest web page - and vote there for your favorites. This week's theme is "Your Feeder Setup." Head on over to enter and vote. Susan Wyatt reports.

Now, your tug weather--WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST THU NOV 7 2013
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY
 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT
TODAY
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT SWITCHING TO W 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. COMBINED SEAS 11 TO 14 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11
 SECONDS. SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 25 TO 30 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 12 FT AT 12 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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