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Archives: April 2010

April
23rd

Meeting will review report on Lake Washington, Cedar River sockeye salmon

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon it will host a public workshop to discuss sockeye salmon in Lake Washington. The focus of the May 26 meeting in Issaquah is to discuss a recent report that provides an analysis of data that could be used in determining management goals for sockeye salmon returning to Lake Washington and the Cedar River.

The workshop is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the department’s Issaquah Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way. Agency staff will discuss the report, which is based on an independent review Lake Washington sockeye salmon populations, including the

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April
23rd

Overdue hiker incident last week at Mount Rainier

Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, released today this information on an incident involving overdue day hikers:

On the evening of April 17, rangers were notified of two overdue hikers, one with a possible injury, somewhere on the Muir Snowfield. The pair were part of a larger day hiking group that had split up as weather deteriorated during their return from Camp Muir. None were prepared to spend the night out. What started out as a relatively mild day had turned into whiteout conditions. Rangers determined, however, that the weather was forecast to improve during the late

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April
23rd

Evening grosbeaks seen in South Hill

TNT reader Patricia Lewis from the South Hill reported she has been seeing some evening grosbeaks at bird feeder in the evening. She said they have been feeding on sunflower seeds.

Helen Engle with the Tahoma Audubon Society said this is an “excellent sighting.”

“Every year when the bigleaf maple is in bloom the evening grosbeaks show up. They eat the flowers,” Engle told me.

She said the grosbeaks like to nest in big fir trees and described them as “beautiful and noisy and colorful.”

“Everybody should be watching for them now,” she said.

April
22nd

Bald eagles congregating around Chambers Creek

For fans of watching bald eagles, apparently there are as many as a dozen bald eagles congregating at the mouth of Chambers Creek near Steilacoom.

According to a friend who drives the spot, there has been a small crowd gathering each day to watch the eagles. The eagles have been swooping low over the water looking for food, and have even buzzed a couple of kayakers.

My friend said she has seen the most eagles at low tide.

There will be a low tide about 6:54 p.m. today, followed by low tides Friday at 8:41 a.m. and 8:01 p.m. Check

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April
22nd

Next razor clam dig opens Tuesday

A six-day razor-clam dig that will include all five beaches at some point, opens Tuesday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

With the openings all on morning low tides, no digging will be allowed any day after noon.

Beach openings, along with morning low tides, will be:

  • Tuesday: 6:21 a.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Wednesday: 7:06 a.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • April 29: 7:50 a.m., -1.6 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • April 30: 8:32 a.m., -1.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • May 1: 9:15 a.m., -1.0

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April
22nd

Interior Department announces more free park admission dates

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate the launch of the administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar earlier today announced a schedule of free admission days to many of the lands managed by the Interior department.

All national parks, national wildlife refuges, and many areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management will offer free admission on June 5-6, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 25 (Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

This will include free admission to places like Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

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April
21st

Birding event planned for Columbia estuary

South Sound birders might want to consider making a trip to the Astoria area May 1.

A celebration will be held at Fort Stevens State Park to recognize the recent designation of the Columbia River estuary as one of the Western Hemisphere’s significant sites for wide-ranging shorebirds.

May 1 also happens to be International Migratory Bird Day, which commemorates the annual journey of birds in the Western Hemisphere between their summer and winter homes.

The event, free to the public, starts with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the park near Astoria, followed by three different field trips to observe

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April
19th

Sherpa’s plan to remove bodies from Everest’s death zone

From BINAJ GURUBACHARYA of the Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ‹ A team of 20 Sherpa mountaineers plans to remove bodies of climbers who died in Mount Everest¹s ³death zone,² a treacherous stretch that has claimed some 300 lives since 1953, the team leader said Monday.
The team also aims to remove tons of garbage left behind on the slopes under a Nepalese government program to clean up the popular tourist destination.
The 20 Sherpas plan to begin the expedition May 1 and set up camp at the South Col, 26,240 feet (8,000 meters) above sea level,

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