With the guidance of Seaside-based conservation group Sea Turtles Forever, about 50 volunteers gathered to clean the sand near Haystack Rock using unique screen filtration systems. Continue Reading How To Clean Sand: Volunteers Take On Microplastics At Oregon’s Iconic Haystack Rock
Wildfire activity in the American West is likely to get worse in coming years. A new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to the lack of precipitation in the summer as the major driving factor when it comes to increasing fire severity. Continue Reading As Wildfire Seasons Worsen, Scientists Point To Summer Precipitation As Major Driving Factor
While honeybees and their buzzing hives and hyper-fertile queens get all the press for pollinating our food supply, the hard-working blue orchard bee is one of 4,000 bee species native to North America that does its solitary work in relative obscurity. That is, until now. Continue Reading Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest
The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Scientists say the culprit is a warm-water mass known as “the blob.” Continue Reading Gulf Of Alaska Cod Are Disappearing. Blame ‘The Blob’
There’s a set of massive whale bones resting on the bottom of the bay in Newport, Oregon. Scientists from Oregon State University put them there with a plan for a future display on shore. But they’re having trouble finding the money to retrieve the rare blue whale skeleton from beneath the waves. Continue Reading Scientists Sunk A Rare Blue Whale Skeleton. Now They Need Money To Bring It Back Up
In a new study, researchers found that doctors are better at explaining the benefits of a common cancer screening that its potential downsides. But overtesting comes with risks and costs of its own. Continue Reading Should You Get That Scan? Your Doctor Might Not Be Great At Helping You Decide
Last March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the resignation of one of his longest-serving cabinet members, Employment Security Department head Dale Peinecke. But as it turned out, Peinecke continued to run his agency while working remotely for two more months. He then took paid leave until the end of June when he turned 65—and could retire. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Let Cabinet Official Stay On The Job Two Months After Resignation
You’ve probably seen and felt it this week: a blanket of grey haze over large parts of the region. Smoke from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and California has led to poor air quality, causing health experts to caution: minimize your exposure. So how do people who work outdoors fare?
Continue Reading Smoke Makes Washington Farmworkers Cover Up, But No Regulations Require Provided Masks
The U.S. has more than 46 million homes in this wildfire danger zone and more people moving in right when climate change is making for longer, hotter and drier wildfire seasons.
Here are a few steps you can take to protect your home from wildfire. Continue Reading How To Prepare Your Home For Wildfire
For people living in the “wildland-urban interface,” wildfire risk is the new normal, and the risk is increasing as more people move into places where cul-de-sac meets forest or sagebrush. Continue Reading Four Years After Carlton Complex Devastated Okanogan County, What Have We Learned?
In 2005, when Gordon Hempton founded One Square Inch of Silence, he designated a spot, a few miles up the Hoh River Trail into the rain forest, the quietest place in the U.S. and marked it with a small, red stone. “In a place like this your auditory horizon isn’t just 1 or 2 miles,” he says. “You can hear everything that’s happening in this valley. Continue Reading Listening For The Sound Of Silence In Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest
A Portland-based organization has developed a digital tool called Wildbook that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to expedite wildlife identification. Continue Reading How Conservationists Are Using AI And Big Data To Aid Wildlife
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