Outdoors
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My yard was covered with snow last week. As I sat at my desk looking out my window, I felt a chill come over me. Not because I was cold. I was in a warm house complete with roof, walls and … more
Last weekend we were walking the boardwalk at the Billy Frank Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and flying out from trees along a pond were several Yellow-rumped Warblers, each in their winter … more
Mariners spring training is underway in Peoria, where the temperature is forecast to be a sunny 73 degrees on Saturday. Local gardeners’ spring training is off to a slower start; … more
For birds, like for humans, vision is the most important of the senses. They rely on it for all their vital life tasks, from finding food to avoiding being food for others. Most bird photographs are … more
The Olympia Arts Commission, on Thursday, February 9, approved the recommendation of 16 sculpture entries for the 2023 Percival Plinth Project. Arts Program Specialist Angel Nava showed a sneak … more
Squaxin Island Tribal Council Chairman Kris Peters said they are open to reconsidering the removal of the railroad berm in the water next to West Bay Park. Olympia city council members and several … more
One of the great aspirations of dedicated birdwatchers is to have a “Big Year” – a year in which they go all-out to see as many bird species as possible within a given geographic … more
Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) Closure for Shellfish HarvestingAll Species Closure in Budd Inlet A marine biotoxin that causes diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe … more
In January participants on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) anticipate receiving the results of local counts. It gives us a snapshot of what birds are available for watching in the area … more
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird we are all familiar with, symbolizing nature and wild wetland areas for us. These birds and their other heron-like cousins, Bitterns and Egrets, have … more
Tumwater City Council passed an ordinance supporting the addition of the Tumwater segment of the Cowlitz Trail to the Oregon National Historic Trail during a meeting held on Tuesday, January … more
In an annual tribute for Martin Luther King Day, students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades volunteered throughout Olympia on Friday,  January 13 to plant … more
So how are those new year’s resolutions going? (My primary resolution was to NOT make any resolutions, so I guess the year has been successful thus far!) Very often, people make resolutions … more
Olympia's Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is contemplating partnering with the city's economic development department to reopen and use the Artesian Commons Park, which was shut down … more
On Sunday, we will have daylight from 7:51 a.m. until 4:52 p.m. Those of us obsessed with light-seeking will notice that daylight is now increasing at the rate of one and a half minutes a day since … more
To address the loss of farmland in the city and the gap in the food system, Olympia is seeking experienced design consultants to prepare an agri-park feasibility study to determine the viability of … more
Writing about owls in a recent column reminded me of the day I met our photographer, Liam Hutcheson. It was the Olympia Christmas Bird Count five years ago. Promptly at 7:30 a.m., ten-year-old Liam … more
Arguably one of the highlights of this year was how Olympia renamed a park on East Bay Drive to acknowledge its history and try to mend ties with its people. Originally called Priest Point Park, … more
Residents and motorists of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater are advised to be aware of their cities’ snow plow routes, winter plans and measures. On their respective websites, the three cities … more
A friend telephoned me earlier this week. “They’re hooting!” he reported. He lives near one of the city’s wooded parks, and each year about this time he hears Great Horned … more
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