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
Students from Oregon State University, Granite Falls High School in Washington and the University of British Columbia are among 99 teams pushing the boundaries of automotive fuel efficiency. The Northwest students are driving in an international competition in California through this weekend. Continue Reading Check Out This 520 MPG Car. It’s Built By High School Students
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
East of the Cascades, wheat farmers say there has been plenty of moisture over the winter and all things point to a good harvest. But the price and demand for that crop is very much in question. Continue Reading Northwest Wheat Growers Wary Despite Signs Of A Good Crop
Growing up, Gary Kempler remembers watching flocks of bighorn sheep near his hometown of Clarkston, Washington.
Now, as someone who is incarcerated at Washington State Penitentiary, Kempler is in the Sustainability in Prisons Project. He’s working to help bighorns — through domestic sheep production. Continue Reading Prison Could Be The Best Thing To Happen To Bighorn Sheep
The owner of a seafood processing company in Pierce County, Wash., has pleaded guilty in a case involving the illegal sale of sea cucumbers, leathery creatures that are considered a delicacy to eat in some cultures. Continue Reading The Sea Cucumber Scandal: Pierce County Seafood Processor Pleads Guilty
More than 30 popular hiking trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed because of hazards left in the wake of last year’s Eagle Creek wildfire. That has park rangers wrangling crowds on the unburned Washington side of the Gorge. Continue Reading Closed Oregon Trails In Columbia River Gorge Jam Trailheads On Washington Side
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
The National Park Service will increase entrance fees at 117 national parks by at least $5. The increases are far smaller than had previously been proposed by the Trump administration. Continue Reading National Park Service To ‘Modestly’ Raise Entrance Fees In Plan To Cut Repair Backlog
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
Workers plan to tackle some of the nastiest waste on the massive Hanford cleanup site next month. The so-called K-Basin holds sandy, explosive, potentially flammable and highly-radioactive sludge stored in six large containers. Continue Reading Workers Set To Empty Hanford’s Infamous K-Basin Of Radioactive Sludge
A Yakama Nation leader, Russell Jim, has died. The 82-year-old was well-known by tribes and environmentalists across the nation for his fight to clean up Hanford. Continue Reading Yakama Nation Environmental Leader Russell Jim Dies At Age 82