Tuesday, September 14, 2021

9/14 English sparrow, pregnant orcas, Tumwater hatchery, pinto abalone, Canada climate issues, shorebird migration, old growth protest, Mount Polley mine, dying deer

English sparrow [All About Birds]

English sparrow Passer domesticus
The House Sparrow is perhaps the most adaptable and prolific bird species on the planet. Often called English Sparrow, its scientific name Passer domesticus is Latin for small, active bird belonging to the house. It is native to Europe and has spread to all corners of the world. Its adaptation follows human civilization.  Where there are people, there are House Sparrows. (Whitescarver)

With 3 pregnant J pod orcas, boaters told to keep away
With three pregnant J pod orcas in local waters, boaters are being asked to keep their distance and commercial tour operators are being told to stay at least a nautical half-mile from the whales. The intention of the rule is to help the pregnant whales, J36, J37 and J19, carry their pregnancies to full terms. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Renovated Tumwater salmon hatchery ready to welcome over 3.8 million chinook annually
Located in Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls in Tumwater, WA. the renovated facility features an easily accessible elevated viewing walking path and a series of glass observation windows located in the lower level for up-close viewing. Steve Bloom reports. (Olympian)

Recovery effort aims to restore pinto abalone mollusks that once flourished in Salish Sea
Tiny as a fingernail, these babies don’t look like much. But there is a lot of hope riding on their progress. These pinto abalone are being raised by the tens of thousands in dozens of 30-gallon tanks at the Seattle Aquarium. It’s a conservation venture to restore a native species at grave risk of extinction in the Salish Sea. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Where Canada’s federal parties stand on three big climate and environment issues ahead of the election h
Canadians who watched the English-language leaders’ debate learned little about the differences between the climate policies of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives, Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and Annamie Paul’s Greens. Here’s what the federal election debate missed. Emma Gilchrist writes. (The Narwhal)

Flying by the Fat of the Sea
Scientists may have cracked an essential secret of shorebirds’ marathon migrations.  Amorina Kingdon reports. (Hakai Magazine)

Old-growth forestry protesters in Nanaimo say unchecked climate change is a death sentence
Protesters stood on blocks of ice under a mock gallows with nooses around their necks in front of the Nanaimo Courthouse today. Dan Woodward, Chrissie Rousseau and Howard Breen were among a group of about 50 people including members of Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo who assembled on Front Street on Monday, Sept. 13, to protest old-growth logging, Indigenous peoples’ rights and the RCMP’s enforcement of a court injunction against protesters blocking roads leading into the Fairy Creek watershed. Chris Bush reports. (Nanaimo News Bulletin) Fairy Creek protesters sue logging company after vehicles towed, $2,500 demanded for release  Akshay Kulkarni reports. (CBC)

Mount Polley loses appeal of $9,000 penalty for violating new wastewater permit
The Environmental Appeal Board found the mining company responsible for the worst mining disaster in Canadian history has failed to investigate and test long-term water treatment systems at the Mount Polley mine site, which currently relies on discharging waste into Quesnel Lake, one of the world’s deepest glacial lakes and a source of drinking water. Judith Lavoie reports. (The Narwhal)

Northwest deer dying of drought-related viral disease
More white-tailed deer are dying in the Northwest of viruses that often cause more die-offs after hot summers and droughts. While numbers could continue to climb, lab testing has found more white-tailed deer than normal have been infected with either bluetongue or epizootic hemorrhagic disease, known as EHD. Deer contract both viruses from biting gnats, commonly known as “no-see-ums.” Courtney Flatt reports. (NW News Network)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  216 AM PDT Tue Sep 14 2021   
 NE wind to 10 kt becoming E in the afternoon. Wind waves  1 ft or less. W swell 3 ft at 10 seconds. Showers likely in the  morning then rain in the afternoon. 
 SW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming W 10 to 20 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 4 ft at 14 seconds. A  chance of rain.

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