Wednesday, October 9, 2019

10/9 Horned grebe, orca task force, Drayton green crab, climate emergency, grizzly restoration, killer moths

Horned grebe [Conner Mah]
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
A small diver found mostly on northern marshes in summer, coastal bays in winter. Also widespread in Eurasia, where it is called Slavonian Grebe. Similar to Eared Grebe, but much less gregarious, it seldom nests in colonies and seldom gathers in large flocks at other seasons. Like other grebes, it must patter across surface of water to become airborne; may become trapped when waters freeze quickly overnight. (Audubon Field Guide)

Orca task force adds 13 recommendations at final meeting as 'biological extinction' looms 
Their goal is clear: to prevent Puget Sound’s iconic Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. Solving that problem is anything but simple. The task force convened by Gov. Jay Inslee to save the orcas added 13 new recommendations this week, at its final meeting. The additions to the group’s so-called “Year 2 Report” cover more than 100 pages, adding climate change and population growth to the list of issues complicating orca recovery. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

17 European green crabs trapped in Drayton Harbor, raising fears about these invaders
Seventeen European green crabs were trapped in Drayton Harbor over two days in late September, worrying those working to keep the hungry invaders from taking root here and elsewhere in Washington state. “This is the highest number of green crabs trapped in such a short period of time from any one area along Washington’s inland shoreline,” the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)

‘We’re staring at the end of a livable future’: Native activists call for a climate emergency in Washington
On the steps of the Capitol building, Indigenous activists are urging the governor to treat climate change as a statewide emergency. But what would that mean in action? Manola Secaira reports. (Crosscut)

Proposal To Restore Grizzlies To Washington Draws Hundreds To Public Meeting
It’s been four years since the federal government initially started asking Washington residents whether they’d like to see more grizzly bears brought into the state. And still, the heated debate continues. Around 450 people filed into the AgriComplex building at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Monday night. They wanted to voice their opinions on a draft plan to relocate grizzlies to the North Cascades. Courtney Flatt reports. (NW News Network)

Outbreak of tree-killing, allergy-inducing moths prompts warnings from B.C. government
An infestation of insects that have the ability to quickly kill healthy Douglas fir trees is on the move in British Columbia and the Ministry of Forests says it has now been found further north than ever before. A statement from the ministry Tuesday said an infestation of tussock moth has been found in trees in the western Cariboo, just south of the community of Alkali Lake. The pest is usually found in more southern parts of the province, such as Kamloops and the Okanagan. They can kill a large Douglas fir in just one to two years during a severe infestation, according to the ministry. (Canadian Press)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  111 AM PDT Wed Oct 9 2019   
 E wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 6 ft  at 9 seconds. 
 Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft. W swell 4 ft at  8 seconds.

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