Wednesday, September 6, 2017

9/6 Raptor, Vic sewer, Trump's parks, isle butterfly, Site C Dam, spiders, WDFW workplace

[PHOTO: Laurie MacBride]
Raptor’s Repast
Laurie MacBride in Eye on Environment writes: "We weren’t the only ones using Denman Island’s new community wharf when we pulled in to the dock one morning earlier this summer. Purple martins and their fledglings were active at the nest boxes, and shorebirds paddled serenely nearby. A peaceful scene indeed – until a mature bald eagle landed on the railing of the pier just above. While I rushed to grab my camera, the raptor swooped briefly over the water, quickly returning to its perch with a tiny catch gripped in its powerful talons…."

Capital Regional District directors consider trip to Europe to study waste, sewage options
Capital Regional District directors are considering travelling to Europe to examine how jurisdictions there manage their waste — including the sewage sludge that is left over after the process of sewage treatment. But one director is calling the proposed trip a "junket" and argues that directors don't need to go to Europe to find suitable technology. CRD staff suggested in a report that directors take the tour, which would include visiting sites in Germany, Spain, Belgium and France, followed by a tour of some facilities in North America. Gavin Fisher reports. (CBC)

Trump Policy Reversal Raises Concerns For Northwest's National Parks
Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change. Studies show climate change could have serious impacts on national parks in the Northwest. Over time, it could melt glaciers and snowpack in Olympic National Park and the North Cascades, reduce alpine habitat and increase landslides at Mount Rainier and degrade water quality in Crater Lake. Cassandra Profita reports. (OPB/EarthFix)

On San Juan Island, saving the life of a rare butterfly
Deer graze on tall prairie grass. Bushy-tailed foxes chase rabbits across a windswept landscape. Bald eagles perch along cliffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and snow-capped Olympic Mountains. The southern tip of Puget Sound’s San Juan Island is a wildlife-viewing wonderland. But come spring, Amy Lambert spends most of her waking hours here in search of a blurry, winged creature the size of a silver dollar, dashing in and out of the grasses for seconds at a time, going whichever direction the wind blows. Ken Christensen reports. (KCTS 9/EarthFix)

Site C hearings to be held around B.C., including Victoria
The B.C. Utilities Commission will hold meetings this month for residents to give their input on the commission's review of the Site C dam. The commission will hold 11 community input sessions across the province starting Sept. 23 in Vancouver. The purpose of the meetings, the commission says, is to gather feedback on its preliminary report set for release Sept. 20. Matt Preprost reports. (Alaska Highway News)

The eight-legged creatures are back, and they’re hiding in your house
,,,, Prepare yourselves, Washingtonians. It’s spider season again. Amelia Dickson reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)

WDFW Director Orders Changes After Reports Of Sexualized Workplace
The director of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a series of steps to address the workplace culture in the agency and encourage employees to come forward if they witness harassment or other misconduct. The move follows reports of a sexualized workplace culture at a fish hatchery and among members of the agency’s executive management team. Austin Jenkins reports. (NW News Network)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  240 AM PDT Wed Sep 6 2017  
 NW wind to 10 kt rising to 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft in the afternoon. W  swell 5 ft at 13 seconds.
 NW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming N to 10 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft subsiding to 1 ft or less after  midnight. W swell 5 ft at 11 seconds. A slight chance of  thunderstorms in the evening.

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