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March 4  |  By Jessi Loerch
Whale watching trips begin Saturday in Everett Island Adventures Whale Watching will begin offering whale watching tours out of Everett on Saturday. A tour is also scheduled for Sunday. Tours will be available through May 8.



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March 4  |  By Jessi Loerch
Captain hopes to bring historic boat back to Whidbey Mark Saia has a passion for sailing and maritime history.

Right now, that passion is directed toward bringing a historic boat to Coupeville. The Suva, a 57-foot schooner, was built for Frank Pratt of Whidbey Island in 1925.



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March 1  |  By Jessi Loerch
The Everett Mountaineers are hosting a gear grab and potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Craig Romano, an expert on hiking in Washington state, will speak about hiking in the San Juans and Gulf Island. Romano recently wrote a book on hikes in the area.



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February 28  |  
Bike show: The final day of the Seattle Bike Show is today. This year it's paired up with the Travel, Trips & Adventures Expo. Both events are at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. $10, 17 and under free; www.seattlebikeshow.com, www.trailtoadventure.com.

Guided walk: Take a guided walk from Cama Beach State...

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February 27  |  By Jessi Loerch and Herald wire services
President Barack Obama recently launched an "Every Kid in a Park" initiative, an effort that will give fourth-grade students and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year.

The program begins in September for the 2015-16 school year, marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service next year.



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February 27  |  By Jessi Loerch
Tips for razor clam digging with kids What a difference daylight makes. The last time I tried razor clam digging, it was an adventure. (Read: Dark, windy, rainy and we managed to lose our car.)

This time, we had daylight and unseasonably warm weather. 

We all ended up with our limit of clams, even my 4-year-old daughter.



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February 23  |  By Jessi Loerch
If octopus evolve to live on land, we may all be in trouble. See video above for proof.

(Advance warning: There is one word of profanity at the end. But, really, she can be excused. If it had been me, I would have dropped the camera and said something a lot worse.)



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February 23  |  By Jessi Loerch
Learn about the health of local salmon and trout streams at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Tom Murdoch, co-author of "Streamkeepers Field Guide: Watershed Inventory and Monitoring Methods," will present the event.



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February 20  |  By Jessi Loerch
Adventure sea kayaker Justine Curgenven will speak at 7 p.m. March 3 at the Mountaineers' Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.

Curgenven will show parts of her new film "Kayaking the Aleutians" about a 101-day-long paddling trip along the Aleutian islands and the Alaskan peninsula.



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February 15  |  
Free: This weekend, national parks will be free from Saturday to Monday in honor of Presidents Day. Around here that means Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. North Cascades National Park is always free. On Monday, Forest Service lands won't require a Northwest Forest Service Pass to use Forest Service recreation sites.

Birds: Joe Meche, a writer and photographer, will offer a virtual tour of Camano Island and talk...

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February 15  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
16 ideas for trails that you can hike right now If you’re a skier or snowboarder, the snow situation this year is pretty dire. If you’re a hiker, however, there’s a silver lining. Many trails that would normally be snow-covered right now are open.

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February 11  |  By Jessi Loerch
This weekend, national parks will be free from Saturday to Monday in honor of Presidents Day. Around here that means Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. North Cascades National Park is always free.



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February 10  |  By Jessi Loerch
A video posted on YouTube has caught the attention of Bigfoot hunters. According to them, the video show four of the creatures sneaking behind some slow-moving bison. Skip ahead to about 2:55 for the actual action.



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February 6  |  By Jessi Loerch
Eagle once caught on Whidbey Navy base spotted in Vancouver, B.C. A bald eagle that was captured at Naval Air Station Whidbey in 2012 was spotted recently in Vancouver, B.C.

The eagle was captured as part of a bird strike hazard program. It was released 150 miles south of the base.

The eagle is still wearing a band on its leg, which made it possible to identify the bird. It was spotted during an eagle count.



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February 6  |  By Jessi Loerch
The Fly Fishing Show will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW on Feb. 14-15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be casting and fly-tying demonstrations, films and tackle and gear, all aimed at Pacific Northwest fly-fishers.



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February 5  |  By Jessi Loerch
I think it's a well understood fact that you do not want to mess with a wolverine. I mean, come on, they named Hugh Jackman's muscle-bound, cranky character after them.



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February 3  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
Protection for remote Illabot Creek will pay dividends downstream Illabot Creek is a small waterway in the Skagit River watershed, but its value to the ecosystem is out of proportion to its size.

"I think what's most special about Illabot Creek is just the inordinate number of salmon and trout that spawn in that creek," said Bob Carey, director of strategic partnerships for the Nature Conservancy in Washington.

Illabot Creek, which flows into the Skagit River west of...

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January 30  |  By Jessi Loerch
Two ice climbers made the first ascent of Niagara Falls this week. Yeah, that's right, they climbed it.

Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken made the climb on Tuesday.



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January 30  |  
Local wildlife: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project will teach people about common animals found in Snohomish and Island counties on Saturday. The presentation starts at 1 p.m. in the Whale Room and store at Cama Beach State Park. The park's collection of preserved animals, pelts and bones will be on display, and a scope will let people observe shorebirds in the bay, weather permitting. A Discovery Pass or day-use pass is required to park at Cama Beach State Park.

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January 28  |  
Beach Watchers is looking for people who enjoy hanging out on the beach and have some spare time to devote to volunteering.

Training for the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers program begins in April.



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January 20  |  By Jessi Loerch
Staircase Rapids: Easy hike along a charming river In the winter, I love to hike along rivers.

In the summer, they often get neglected in favor of lofty peaks with grand lookouts. But in winter, rivers are even more wonderful. Everything is wet and green. The mist makes the trees look noble and mysterious.



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January 18  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
Make reservations now for best summer camping spots If you want to go camping this summer, you should be thinking ahead already. Many popular campgrounds fill up months in advance. Here is a roundup of what you need to know.

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January 16  |  By Jessi Loerch
Got high hopes? Try Everett Mountaineer's scrambling course If you like the mountains and adventure, you should check out the Everett Mountaineers alpine scrambling course, which begins on Feb. 19.

Scrambling is somewhere between hiking and rock climbing. It's like hiking without a trail, with a bit of rock climbing mixed in.



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January 14  |  By Jessi Loerch
Climbers finish free climb of inspiring route on El Capitan For more than two weeks, two climbers have been working their way up the Dawn Wall on El Capitan. The climb has captured massive media attention, even landing a spot on the New York Times front page.

This afternoon, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin...

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January 14  |  By Jessi Loerch
State parks, national parks and Forest Service lands are offering upcoming free days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here's a list of the fee-free days planned for 2015. 

Forest Service fee free days



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January 9  |  Jessi Loerch
The Everett Sail and Power Squadron has several upcoming events for boaters.

GPS Seminar



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January 8  |  Herald staff
Monday, Jan. 12, is the last day to apply for temporary seasonal work for aquatics, recreation, wilderness and trail positions in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The start date varies from the end of April to early June.



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January 5  |  By Jessi Loerch
Stevens Pass ski area has closed operations temporarily. The area has received 3 inches of rain since Sunday evening, and it's still raining.

According to their Facebook page, the ski area will be closed today (Monday) and Tuesday. They'll reassess conditions after that and determine when to reopen.



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January 2  |  Herald staff
The United States Forest Service is offering guided snowshoe walks throughout the next three months. Learn about winter ecology while getting outside and enjoying the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through March.No experience is necessary and the USFS provides snowshoes and poles. Participants are encouraged to wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves.

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December 29  |  By Jessi Loerch
Kick off 2015 with a guided hike at a state park Begin as you mean to go on.

I've always loved that phrase. And I try to remember it every year on New Year's Day.

This year, as always, I mean to go on a lot of hikes.



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