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The Kingfisher Wasn’t Born to Think About It

By | 2017-09-24T02:28:35+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Other Birds, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

The kingfisher rises out of the black wave like a blue flower, in his beak he carries a silver leaf. I think this is the prettiest world -- so long as you don't mind a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life that doesn't have its splash of happiness?

Low Tide Discoveries at Discovery Park

By | 2017-09-24T03:38:38+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Crows, Jays & Corvids, Geese and Swans, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

The bluffs above South Beach at Seattle's Discovery Park are layered records of glacial history. There's Vashon Till (mixed rocks, sand and silt), Esperance Sand, Lawton Clay (a blue-grey clay and silt) and Kitsap Formation sediments.

Surfin’ Seals

By | 2017-09-24T03:37:39+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Blog, Marine Mammals, Pacific Northwest, Wildlife Solutions|

Ethan Janson, a local windsurfer from Three Tree Point (south of Seattle) noticed that harbor seals were hauling out on a surfboard he'd tied to a buoy out in Puget Sound. He hooked up a GoPro camera, remotely, and captured this footage of a seal pup trying desperately to haul out on the slippery board.

She, the Fusiform One

By | 2017-09-24T03:42:25+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Blog, Marine Mammals, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

In a pinniped world where there's no strong, visible distinction* between she and her male, I err on the side of feminist acknowledgement and call her "she." She, Phoca vitulina, with vibrissae (whiskers) so sensitive they send signals of fish to her seal brain. And she, who can plunge 300 feet and stay for a quarter hour, contracting her blood vessels and quelling her pinniped heart.