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Take in birds, nature Saturday at Port Susan preserve

STANWOOD — Watch flocks of birds in flight. Learn about the Stillaguamish River estuary. Eat some ice cream.The Nature Conservancy is hosting a free family event from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at its Port Susan Bay Preserve at the end of Boe Road south of Stanwood.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Entertainment

Respecting nature and its risks

Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on

Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials

Options considered to restore grizzly bear population to county

People all over the world have weighed in on an effort to help ensure grizzly bears don’t become extinct in the North Cascades.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

More reasons to limit carbon

The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials

'Our common home'

Viewpoints: Pope Francis calls for action on climate change

Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary

State timber near Index fetches $1.4M in auction

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources auctioned timber on 119 acres of state land near here for $1.41 million on Wednesday.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News

Fossils show new human forerunner

NEW YORK — A fossil find adds another twig to the human evolutionary tree, giving further evidence that the well-known “Lucy” species had company in what is now Ethiopia, a new study says.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

Planting flowers to save bees and agriculture

Ladybird Johnson may have been onto something after all.During the Johnson administration, the late first lady famously fought to replace billboards with wildflowers along the nation's highways. While she was seeking to beautify America, her idea has returned, this time with...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Editorials

Where we are, who we are

Viewpoints: Why understanding geography is vital

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

Protect the law that protects wildlife

Since President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, more than forty years ago, the United States has been committed to protecting its wildlife and plants from extinction. Thanks to the ESA, American alligators have recovered, grizzly bears roam through Yellowstone...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

How to log and protect owl habitat

The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Editorials

How we treat animals reflects on our humanity

We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in —...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Oils and orcas don't mix

Viewpoints: How whale watching boats can help

Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary

Angell’s new book documents owl family

For 25 years, artist-naturalist Tony Angell followed the lives of generations of a Western screech owl family living in a nesting box just outside a window in his Lake Forest Park home.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Life

Invasive plant, garlic mustard, found in Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. — Weed control experts in Umatilla County are saying: “Hold the mustard!”

Date: 03/29/2015 | Northwest

Cardinal prepares climate change encyclical

A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said “what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer” and Christians have a duty rooted in “ancient biblical teaching”...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World

Forests not the place for training

A proposal by the U.S. Navy to use forest lands on the Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere in the state for electronic warfare training by jets based at Naval Station Whidbey Island has received a "not interested" from the state. The response from the U.S. Forest Service should...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Editorials

Bring back the bears

Herald editorial: Restore grizzlies to the North Cascades

Date: 03/03/2015 | Editorials

Tree harvest held up

Conservation dispute delays logging near Wallace Falls

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Return of the grizzly?

Bears could be brought back to North Cascades

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

Fed up with the squirrel show out my back window

There's a 24/7 squirrel orgy going on in my backyard. Every time I look out the window squirrels are copulating on my picnic table. And on the fence. And in the trees. And in the bamboo. It's like a really twisted show on cable.We're one of the few families on our cul-de-sac...

Date: 02/15/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Learn about Puget Sound while helping to protect its waters

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

Date: 01/28/2015 | Explore NW

As ice melts, polar bears migrate north

It was just a theory, but for years scientists believed what years of observation was telling them. As Arctic sea ice melted because of climate change, polar bears appeared to be inching their way toward a final refuge in the icy Canadian archipelago.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Nation & World

Ruling on motocross project outlines necessary protections

It might not be everyone's idea of a nice day in the forest, but that's where the "multiple" in "multiple use" comes in.A Snohomish County hearing examiner, following a second review of plans for a motocross facility along the Mountain Loop Highway,...

Date: 01/05/2015 | Editorials

Back to nature

Wildlife reclaims its place at Port Susan Bay Preserve

Date: 01/04/2015 | Life

Fish eye goes back 300 million years

Scientists have found a fossilized fish so well preserved that the rods and cones in its 300-million-year-old eyeballs are still visible under a scanning electron microscope.It is the first time that fossilized photoreceptors from a vertebrate eye have ever been found,...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Nation & World

Alpine Lakes addition marks Wilderness Act's 50th

What the National Defense Authorization Act has to do with any of several public lands bills that Congress passed along with it and President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday is anyone's guess. But, in recognition of the time of year, let's not look a gift reindeer in the...

Date: 12/24/2014 | Editorials

Navy to compensate Philippines for reef damage

MANILA, Philippines — The United States will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year, an official said Friday.

Date: 10/25/2014 | Nation & World

Baiting, hounding bears, wolves isn’t hunting or fair

If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping and other...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Environmental impact

The world is a classroom

Date: 10/19/2014 | Local News

Film, Oct. 15 at Historic Everett Theatre, depicts fight to save wild steelhead

The wild steelhead, Washington's iconic state fish, will have its Everett debut on the big screen Wednesday, when the newly released documentary, "Wild Reverence: The Wild Steelhead's Last Stand," is shown at the Historic Everett Theatre.In this film, Washington...

Date: 10/14/2014 | Commentary

Cities can take steps to protect bees’ vital place in agriculture

Last Monday, the city of Seattle unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid (or ‘neonic') pesticides on city-owned property. City departments worked to create the resolution and will seek to use only pollinator-friendly methods of weed and pest control.

Date: 10/05/2014 | Commentary

Groups want to restore old school camp on Mountain Loop Highway

SILVERTON — There’s a shady spot by the river where a cluster of dark brown cabins sit empty along the Mountain Loop Highway.

Date: 09/30/2014 | Local News

Eyes on the water

Viewpoints: Event calls attention to tankers in Salish Sea

Date: 09/14/2014 | Commentary

Proposed ‘fluttering plastic’ fishing rule protects albatross

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal fisheries managers have proposed a new rule requiring West Coast commercial fishermen who unroll long lines of baited hooks on the ocean bottom also put out long lines of fluttering plastic to scare off seabirds trying to steal the bait.

Date: 09/10/2014 | Northwest

Worry over hillside homes

Planned development causes concern over landslide risk

Date: 09/09/2014 | Local News

Leave it to the beavers

They’re being relocated as part of an effort to improve ecosystems

Date: 09/06/2014 | Local News

Heavy duty weeding

Restoring Everett’s Forest Park is a group effort

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News

Fish raised on land mimic ancient evolution

Four hundred million years ago, some fish hoisted themselves out of the water and started a long evolutionary trek to personhood. But how did they learn to walk? A study published in last week’s Nature uses modern-day walking fish to mimic that transition.

Date: 08/31/2014 | Nation & World

Mystery PaleoEskimo hunters vanished

New genetic research on ancient bones reveals that a prehistoric population of hunters migrated into the high Arctic of North America and Greenland and survived for 4,000 years in almost complete isolation from the rest of humanity. Then, about 700 years ago, they vanished —...

Date: 08/31/2014 | Nation & World

Tall timbers to fall

Everett park cleanup involves removal of 90 trees

Date: 08/04/2014 | Local News

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