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A pod of bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales was spotted off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. CREDIT: LUKE HALPIN/HAPLIN WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

While searching for seabirds in July of 2017, biologist Luke Halpin instead saw a sea bubbling with about 200 bottlenose dolphins and 70 false killer whales. It would be an unusual sight anywhere — bottlenose generally travel in much smaller groups — but Halpin’s sighting was made more remarkable by where it happened. These usually tropical animals were off the west coast of Canada. Continue Reading Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

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The original location of Wilcox Family Farms, an egg farm, is in the shadow of Mount Rainier. CREDIT: EILIS O'NEILL

This Is What That ‘Salmon-Safe’ Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

One of the eco-labels Wilcox Farms acquired in recent years is “salmon-safe,” a label more often seen on craft beer and Northwest wine bottles than egg cartons. The salmon and steelhead in the Nisqually River have been declining for decades, and that’s a huge concern for the Nisqually Tribe. Continue Reading This Is What That ‘Salmon-Safe’ Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

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A hooded falcon of Brad Felger used in his business

Like Your Fresh Washington Apples And Blueberries? Thank A Falcon For Keeping Away The Pests

In the Northwest, we’re gearing up for a season of fresh berries, cherries, apples, and much more. Farmers of course want to avoid anything that could hurt crops: cold temperatures, tough tariffs, or even … pesky birds. Forget the clowns. Send in the falcons. Continue Reading Like Your Fresh Washington Apples And Blueberries? Thank A Falcon For Keeping Away The Pests

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The island marble butterfly is one of the rarest butterflies in North America. The federal government wants to add it to the Endangered Species List. CREDIT: KAREN REAGAN

Butterfly Found Only In Washington’s San Juan Islands Headed To Endangered Species List

There’s only one place you can find one of North America’s rarest butterflies: on a small patch of an island in Washington’s Puget Sound. And it’s in trouble.

That’s why the federal government wants to add the island marble butterfly to the endangered species list. Continue Reading Butterfly Found Only In Washington’s San Juan Islands Headed To Endangered Species List

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