Trying to spot a Virginia rail in the open expanses of a Spencer Island marsh is not exactly a fool’s errand, but it’s not a good bet, either.
Date: 06/26/2016 | Life
I’ve talked to several serious mountaineers over the years and one thing that they had in common was that the level of enthusiasm for the next climb seemed to be as high as for the last climb.
Date: 06/05/2016 | Life
Everywhere you turn, it seems there are birders participating in citizen-science projects, following scientific protocols, logging what they see, turning in the data and watching the trends.
Date: 05/29/2016 | Life
I am an owl, not a lark, so it takes a huge temptation to get up before the crack of dawn. A few weeks ago that temptation came along during the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest — birdsong savvy Bob Boekelheide’s Dawn Chorus outing at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim.
Date: 05/01/2016 | Life
As thousands darken the sky, researchers descend on Bothell
Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News
Two crows sat in a tree watching the behavior of flocking humans, who were armed with binoculars and spotting scopes and watching seabirds during the 13th Olympic Peninsula BirdFest. The humans were a varied lot: male and female, older and younger, one in an electric...
Date: 04/24/2016 | Life
I enjoy birdwatching and the challenge of identifying a bird. But the act of identifying birds usually doesn’t take very long. Eventually, seeing a chickadee and hearing its name in your brain are almost simultaneous.
Date: 04/10/2016 | Life
A fire sale of nest boxes is being held in Mill Creek. The cost is not exorbitant — they're free.An Auburn man had been spending much of his retirement time making bird boxes. He's given away hundreds over the years, including a large share to the Mill Creek office of...
Date: 04/03/2016 | Life
BOISE, Idaho — You don’t need to recognize the birds by their song, like Terry Rich.You don’t need to wow your friends with a 1-second identification of a fast-moving duck, like Kathy McCoy.You don’t need $2,000 binoculars or a $1,000 camera.
Date: 03/26/2016 | Life
Birders know not to expect much from Hollywood. The costumes may be historically accurate. The actors’ accents might be impeccable. But the birds? The birds will be wrong.
Date: 03/20/2016 | Life
Last week’s column featured national websites with nature content. This week, let’s look at Washington state-oriented sites.
Date: 03/06/2016 | Life
As much as I complain about technology, the time spent on it, or dealing with its glitches, there's no denying that the Internet has opened a world of information.It's also unleashed a pack of trolls, negatively affected political discourse and filled many heads with...
Date: 02/28/2016 | Life
“Bats: A World of Science and Mystery” (Chicago Press).
Date: 02/21/2016 | Life
Bird boxes, gourds re-installed at Port Susan preserve
Date: 02/18/2016 | Local News
I almost ran over it. At first it was just a lump in the road, then the head slowly turned (with something in its bill) and I hit the brakes, stopping just in time. As I slowly started to back up, the barred owl took wing, landing 30 feet away.
Date: 02/07/2016 | Life
If you would like to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12 to 15 but might be feeling a little unsure of yourself, Pilchuck Audubon Society makes it easy to find your comfort zone.PAS offers free two-hour training sessions that cover why the count is...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Life
Food fights, moonlight, migration decisions, hormones, and house finches have been on researchers’ radar. Here’s a look at recent findings:
Date: 01/24/2016 | Life
It’s good to have a comfort zone — a website where you can go to learn about birds, trust to be accurate and also find learning opportunities, valuable information and enjoyment.
Date: 01/17/2016 | Life
Pilchuck Audubon Society's Chrismas Count could use a few more volunteers to spend some time watching and recording what they see at their feeders or backyards on Jan. 2. To volunteer or for more information on the CBC, email email@example.com.
Date: 12/29/2015 | Explore NW
Countless New Year's resolutions are made and broken each year. You've been there, done that; so have I.One idea I've found useful is to sign up for a class that relates to your goal. For beginning birdwatchers resolving to learn more about birds, Candy Brown offers an...
Date: 12/27/2015 | Life
I’ve found the antidote to stressing over finding a last-minute gift for your nature-loving friend or family member: “Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World” (Julia Rothman) and “The Curious Nature Guide: Exploring the Natural Wonders All Around You” (Clare Walker...
Date: 12/20/2015 | Life
Christmas Bird Counts (2014) in the U.S.: 1,888.In Canada: 460.In Latin America, Caribbean, Pacific Islands: 114.In Snohomish County: 2.Number of volunteers: as many as possible! Don't be shy about raising your binoculars and joining the...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Life
Where to see them and a new hotline to protect them (gallery)
Date: 12/13/2015 | Life
The Skagit River and the surrounding watershed — or more specifically the salmon that thrive there — attract one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Each winter, the eagles arrive to feast on salmon.
Date: 12/08/2015 | Explore NW
Phyllis Cooper has 10 Christmas balls hanging from one of her windows, hardly a surprise in December. The neighbors might notice that they'll still be there in April.The Everett resident put them up in self-defense, or at least in defense for a downy woodpecker who has,...
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
Can a bird go insane? That’s the question posed by reader Connie Reid, who was at the end of her rope dealing with a sparrow that spent nine days (and counting) attacking her sliding door.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Life
The Forest Service is looking for volunteers for the Eagle Watchers Program along the Skagit River.
Date: 11/08/2015 | Explore NW
A discussion six years ago at the Puget Sound Birding Festival brought Cindy Easterson into the bird-banding community.No training for would-be bird banders was available locally, so Easterson, who lives near Mill Creek, went to the Rocky...
Date: 11/01/2015 | Life
When a white or almost white bird lands in your backyard, it's tempting to automatically say that it's an albino — once you've ruled out the unlikely great egret or snowy owl.For avian color oddities, it's a little more complicated than that.Melanins and...
Date: 10/25/2015 | Life
My mother is in town visiting.So I took her to the wastewater treatment plant.I really know how to show my guests a good time.
Date: 10/20/2015 | Explore NW
Sharon Nelson once discovered the tiny embryo of a great blue heron left in her bird bath by a crow who had presumably opened the egg. Nelson also has seen just-out-of-the-nest robins flapping around in her yard and discovered that some chicks' poop comes out in little sacks that...
Date: 10/18/2015 | Life
Florida's three-acre Tiny Pelican Island holds a special place in the history of America's national wildlife refuges. When President Theodore Roosevelt designated as a refuge, it was the first time that the federal government had set aside land for the sake of wildlife.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Life
LYNNWOOD — A short-tailed albatross that died while undergoing rehabilitation here is being used to further research on the rare species. Three fishermen rescued the large seabird last month in Neah Bay on the northwest coast of Washington.
Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News
If you're a producer looking to film a horror movie with an oversized star, don't rely on remakes of mutant squids, softball-size ticks, huge tarantulas, Frankenfish or (please, not again) King Kong.Look no further than the beetle kingdom. There are candidates that, if they...
Date: 09/13/2015 | Life
MONROE — Thousands of Vaux’s swifts are expected to return to the Wagner Center chimney here Saturday as they migrate south for the winter. Monroe Swift Night Out will be held from 4 p.m. until dusk Saturday at the Wagner Center, 639 West Main Street. Admission and parking are free.
Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News
Imagine a thousand people jammed on a stage and ask them to quickly move around and then sleep while jammed up against each other, feet on the floor. Imagine the chaos, the jostling, the sleepless night. Imagine thousands of Vaux's swifts at dusk, circling a chimney opening...
Date: 09/06/2015 | Life
It's extremely rare to see a brown booby along the coast of Washington state. It's even rarer to see one hitchhiking on the top of a mast of a sailboat entering the Edmonds marina.Lynnwood birder Josh Adams joined birder Joe Sweeney at the marina on Aug. 21. Adams has seen...
Date: 09/02/2015 | Life
A bird in the hand is worth two in the mist net, especially if it's a chickadee whose sole purpose, other than escape, is to peck the hand that's trying to untangle it. Make that my hand, trying to free the bird from the net but not let it go. It needed to be banded, aged, weighed and...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Life
SEATTLE — King County is deferring to some protective seagull parents and asking drivers who use a parking garage on Sixth Avenue in downtown Seattle to consider the ninth floor off limits until the seagulls’ chicks are able to fly.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest
The Pilchuck Audubon Society's July meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st NW, Stanwood. (A new location for this month only.)
Date: 07/09/2015 | Explore NW