Monday, July 16, 2018

7/16 'Winged Wonder,' BC pipe, Power Paddle, False Cr., Whatcom beach, Chinook season, corpse flower

Winged Wonder [Molly Murrah]
Molly Murrah wins 2018 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster art contest
Molly Murrah has been named the winner of the 2018 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest with her entry Winged Wonder. The piece was selected by a jury from among 14 entries, and will be featured on the promotional poster for the 2018 event, which will be held Sept. 14-16 in Edmonds. (MyEdmondsNews)

Trans Mountain protesters predict arrest numbers will rise, despite threat of jail
Protest organizers against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project say they believe the number of people arrested for civil disobedience will rise or even surpass the number arrested fighting to stop logging in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island more than two decades ago. Those logging demonstrations, known as the War in the Woods, marked the largest civil disobedience protest in Canadian history. The promise of more arrests from Trans Mountain protesters comes despite the threat of spending seven to 14 days in jail for blocking work at Kinder Morgan's Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal. (CBC) See also: Canoes, kayaks take to water around Trans Mountain's marine terminal  Canoers and kayakers gathered on Burrard Inlet Saturday morning to participate in an Indigenous-led ceremony aimed at protecting the water surrounding Trans Mountain's Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. (CBC) And also: Indigenous pipeline protester arrested near Kamloops, B.C., released by RCMP  (CBC)

Pullers begin Power Paddle to Puyallup
A pageant of canoes began making its way last week along the Pacific Northwest and Canadian coastlines. The Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018 Canoe Journey will include stops — with welcoming ceremonies of songs and dances and potlatches — on North Olympic Peninsula beaches. Landings include Friday at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles for a two-day visit greeted and hosted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, July 22 by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe at Jamestown Beach near Sequim, and July 23 by the area’s Klallam tribes at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Call for clean swimming water in Vancouver's False Creek falls flat
Pollution levels at the east end of False Creek are almost quadruple safe levels, a year after Vancouver city council passed a motion to make the waterway swimmable by this summer. The concentration of animal or human fecal contamination registered at 776 in False Creek East early this month, about four times the level of 200 E. coli per 100 ml of water considered safe for swimming, according to latest Vancouver Coastal Health test numbers.The pollution hit a high of 926 at the end of May and has hit weekly highs of over 500, from 541 to 855, during six other weeks this spring/summer season already. In 2017, the E. coli levels topped 500 only three weeks in total. Neither the city or health authority could explain why the pollution levels were higher this year over last year. Susan Lazaruk reports. (Vancouver Sun)

This Whatcom beach reveals a hidden world when the tide is out
When there’s a minus tide in summer, grab the kids and head to Wildcat Cove at Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham. It’s one of the best-known spots for low-tide exploration in Whatcom County. In addition to the marine creatures, there are other features that make this a good place for families. Kie Reylea reports. (Bellingham Herald) See also: This could be why the water off the coast has been reddish-brown in parts of Whatcom  Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Chinook Salmon season begins Monday in Puget Sound
Chinook salmon season is always fun and exciting for anglers, but there are rules to follow to help sustain the population. This year the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is giving recreational anglers fewer opportunities to fish for Chinook in both the Columbia River and ocean waters compared to recent years. Tribal fisheries also face more restrictions to protect the salmon. Nonetheless, anglers will be out in full force during the season and can catch and keep hatchery chinook. In certain areas, (Marine Areas 9 and 10), anglers can keep one hatchery Chinook. Michelle Li reports. (KING)

Nature stinks! Rare corpse flower about to unleash its stench at Bloedel Conservatory
The Vancouver Park Board says the clock is ticking on seeing and smelling a rare occurrence at the indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park. For days, officials and onlookers, have been waiting on an exotic corpse flower to open at the Bloedel Conservatory and release a smell that many have likened to a rotting corpse or warm garbage. On Sunday, the flower started opening, and it's expected to start smelling overnight on Sunday. Officials say the bloom will last for 48 hours. The Titan arum, or corpse flower, is a rare tropical plant that usually requires seven to 10 years of growth before blooming for the first time, but the conservatory says its six-year-old plant has begun blooming unexpectedly. Cory Correia reports. (CBC)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  234 AM PDT Mon Jul 16 2018   

TODAY  Light wind becoming N to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft at 7 seconds. Patchy fog in the  morning. 

TONIGHT  W wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft  at 7 seconds.

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