|Lapland longspur (BirdNote)|
On the summer solstice, birds nesting near Juneau, Alaska take advantage of almost 18 1/2 hours between sunrise and sunset. This day in south Texas is considerably shorter, so the Altamira Oriole has only 14 hours to sing. Seattle's Song Sparrows see 16 hours of daylight; Sacramento's only 15. Birds nesting north of the Arctic Circle have six weeks with almost 24 hours of daylight every day. So this Lapland Longspur has a work-day that's about as long as it gets. (BirdNote)
25th anniversary of spotted owl listing: fewer owls, less timber industry
The heated debate over whether to curtail the logging of old-growth forests to protect the northern spotted owl was at full throttle when the federal government declared the bird a threatened species June 22, 1990. At the time, environmentalists worried that the federal plan would fall short of saving the spotted owl. Timber interests worried that a wave of environmental rules would gut the Olympic Peninsula’s wood-products industry and devastate communities. Twenty-five years later, the effects of the landmark decision can be seen in the reams of economic, industry and environmental data routinely gathered by state and federal governments. The outcomes are by turns expected, disheartening and surprising. George Erb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)
Record year possible for Dungeness crab enthusiasts
Signs indicate numbers up to 3 million pounds of crab could exceed last year’s record harvest. Mark Yuasa reports. (Seattle Times)
Swinomish leader Brian Cladoosby fights for salmon and sovereignty
From his days as a scrappy ballplayer for La Conner High, the Swinomish chairman has achieved national prominence as casinos fuel tribal wealth and influence Brian J. Cantwell reports. (Seattle Times)
Sally Lider, face of city’s environmental education programs, retiring July 2
After 24 years, the face of environmental education in the City of Edmonds – and the founder of annual city-sponsored Bird Fest — is retiring. Sally Lider was first hired by the city in 1991 as a part-time beach ranger, a job that fit her background and interests. (My Edmonds News)
District votes against pipeline plan
Add the District of North Vancouver to the list of communities that have formally opposed Kinder Morgan's application to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline to Burrard Inlet. District council passed a motion similar to ones passed by the councils in Burnaby and Vancouver, following a lengthy presentation from staff Monday night on the environmental, health and economic concerns raised by increased tanker traffic or a potential spill at Westridge Terminal. Brent Richter reports. (North Shore News)
Toxic algae bloom west of Island threatens salmon
A toxic algae bloom west of Vancouver Island has prompted shellfish harvest bans and may affect salmon stocks, federal scientists say.The bloom stretches along the Pacific coast from California to B.C., making it possibly the largest one on record in the area, scientists have said. Amy Smart reports. (Times Colonist)
Vancouver offers free sewage pump-out at civic marinas
In an effort to reduce high E. coli bacteria levels in English Bay the Vancouver park board is opening up the sewage pump-out stations at its two False Creek civic marinas to all boaters The pump-out stations at Burrard Civic and Heather Street marinas were free for marina members, but other boaters were charged a $10 fee to pump out their on-board sewage holding tanks. But on Friday at the launch of the board’s Clean Water Campaign, park board vice-chair Sarah Kirby-Yung announced that free pump out will be available to all pleasure boat users. Gerry Bellett reports. (Vancouver Sun)
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 830 PM PDT SUN JUN 21 2015
SW WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 2 FT AT 18 SECONDS.
MON NIGHT AND TUE
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT AT 15 SECONDS.
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