Tuesday, October 6, 2015

10/6 BC pipe, Lummi quarry, Elwha flick, Duwamish restoration, Orca Talk, Carl Safina

Pacific wren (Julio Mulero/BirdNote)
If you like to listen: Three Wrens, Where Once There Was One...
Until about 2010, the Pacific, Winter, and Eurasian Wrens were all considered to be part of the same species — called the “Winter Wren” in North America and simply the “Wren” in Europe. What changed? Well, closer examination revealed that for these three geographically separated populations of wrens, both the birds’ genes and songs had changed since they last shared a common ancestor! (BirdNote)

If you like to watch: An Introduction to Living Shorelines
Restore America's Estuaries sweet new video.

If you like to watch:  Second whale sighting in Vancouver
For the second time in two days, a whale has been spotted in Vancouver. On Sunday, a whale was seen near the Maritime Museum; on Monday, a whale was seen between Sunset Beach and English Bay Beach. (Vancouver Sun)

Northern Gateway pipeline review was flawed, court told
Lawyers representing several environmental groups and a labour union are in court this morning attempting to overturn the federal government's approval of the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project. The groups plan to argue the Joint Review Panel and the Governor in Council, which approved the project in 2013, failed to consider several factors, including: compliance with the Species at Risk Act with respect to humpback whales; a proper assessment of how bitumen reacts in the marine environment; (and) balancing Northern Gateway's economic benefits with its environment impacts. (CBC)

Land trust buys Lummi Island quarry site for $1.08 million
The Lummi Island Heritage Trust has bought 105 acres of quarry land on the island for $1.08 million for conservation, low-impact recreation and saltwater access. The deal closed Wednesday, Sept. 30. The seller was Resource Transition Consultants, the receiver for Lummi Rock LLC’s quarry and its operator, Aggregates West of Everson. The land opens onto Smugglers Cove and Hale Passage, on the southeast slope of Lummi Mountain, the trust said Monday, Oct. 5, in announcing the purchase. Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Elwha River documentary wins 'Oscars of nature film' at Jackson Hole festival
No way could this pair of filmmakers, from two communities on the North Olympic Peninsula, turn away from the story. “I wanted to tell the world about what was happening here . . . to document the whole thing come hell or high water,” John Gussman of Sequim remembers thinking circa 2010.  This month Gussman and colleague Jessica Plumb of Port Townsend have won two “Oscars of nature film,” as he calls them, for their Elwha River restoration documentary “Return of the River.” Diane Urbani de la Paz reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Can we really ‘restore’ Duwamish, Seattle’s industrial river?
…. This is Seattle’s industrial river, the Duwamish, It is soon to be the target of a $342-million Superfund cleanup, which will build on what have already been years of significant efforts to restore the river. Even with a Superfund cleanup, however, there are limits to what can be done, and to understand that, it helps to consider the natural history of the river, and its human history, continuing to the present day. The polluted modern waterway is a far cry from the meandering river that Seattle pioneers found here in 1851, the one from which natives had harvested fish and clams for millennia. If you found a clam near the river mouth now, you’d be well advised to throw it back. The modern Duwamish has been shaped by the pursuit of profit. Daniel Jack Chasan reports. (Crosscut)

What do orcas and ants have in common? Find out when The Whale Trail’s new Orca Talk series begins
…. If you’re among our area’s many orca fans, you will want to hurry up and get your ticket for the October 13th event that will lead off The Whale Trail‘s new Orca Talk season, with world-renowned author and orca expert Erich Hoyt speaking October 13th at The Hall at Fauntleroy. His talk titled “Ants, Orcas and Creatures of the Deep” is one of three stops in the region on Hoyt’s “Orca Tour 2015.” Wondering what in the world ants and orcas could have in common? Don’t miss the chance to find out – you can get your ticket right now through Brown Paper Tickets. (When Hoyt spoke here two years ago, he filled the house!) (West Seattle Blog)

Carl Safina explores animal culture plus orca-salmon links
Carl Safina — scientist, teacher, author and documentary filmmaker — will speak Wednesday on a topic of interest to many killer whale observers, “Intertwined Fates: The Orca-Salmon Connection in the Pacific Northwest.” The talk, sponsored by the group Orca Salmon Alliance, will be held at the Seattle Aquarium, but it appears the event has been sold out. (Brown Paper Tickets) Chris Dunagan reports. (Watching Our Water Ways)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE OCT 6 2015
TODAY
SE WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING W IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
W WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING S AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN RAIN LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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