Parrots in Japan; Pelicans in the U.S.

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Dec 042014

Mark’s news: Work continues on the final draft of “Street Song,” and a Japanese translation of “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” will be released in Japan in early January.

If you live in CA, NY, MA, TX, HI, NH, PA, CT, ME, MO, OH, FL, WA, OR, NC, or SC, “Pelican Dreams” is already playing or will open as of this Friday, December 5th. Most runs last a week, but if audiences are good the first weekend, the theater might hold it over. Come see it! Tell friends!

Updated booking info:

We’ve gotten great reviews in the NY Times, LA Times, WA Post, and elsewhere, and we have a 100% “Fresh” rating on, but we still need to make sure we fill those seats, and word-of-mouth is key. Thanks for your ongoing support!
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The Wild Pacific Trail

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May 092014

Wild Pacific Trail 2b Wild Pacific Trail 4b“The earth is not inherited from our grandparents, it is borrowed from our children [and grandchildren]” – a quote (author unknown) defining why The Wild Pacific Trail is so impressive.

The Wild Pacific Trail is on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The three completed sections of the five section plan start with the Lighthouse Loop that surrounds the lighthouse in Ucluelet and travel north along the coast. See

Photos were taken on my iPhone, with gratitude to Mark Turner, Bellingham photographer and Whatcom Community College instructor of a course on getting the most out of one’s iPhone, and with apologies to him for not applying everything I learned–    rah



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Wild Pacific Trail 1

Aug 192013
S&S Excitement on Beach

Skim boarding on Birch Bay beach during the festival.

Mike Button - redo

Don and Mike (shown) Buttons provided kite-building instructions for the 40 kits supplied by NW Park and Recreation District 2.

The 1st International Sea and Sky Festival registered 108 participants on August 17 and 18, 2013. Forty-one of the those registered were from Canada–mostly B.C., with the remainder from the U.S.–mostly Whatcom County.



A small, unscientific survey found that this inaugural event was very popular and should be repeated next year. The two favorite activities were kite building/flying and skim boarding. The only negative comments were the cost of participating, through rental fees, in the paddleboarding and kayaking events and the lack of planned activities while waiting for the tide to come in.




S&S Cherish Ayersof Vernon, BC Won a Skim Board

Grand prize winner Cherish Ayers from Vernon, B.C. with skim board maker and instructor Jeff Blotski of Blain 

Items donated by local businesses valued at nearly $800 were awarded to registered ticket-holders.


 Thanks to the donors of the prizes and for the committee members who donated time and energy to this event.


Git Yer Goat

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May 182013

We saw an item in Entrepreneur magazine on Rent-A-Goat and thought what a great idea that would be to clear our lot. Since ending our Growing Trees for Salmon efforts, nothing but a raised bed (whole other story), has happened there — except for an explosion of weeds.

Git Yer Goats at work

Git Yer Goats at work

A little local research revealed that Tom Mallahan and Sally Yorkston have a tribe of goats in Everson and they (the goats) are willing and able to clear almost any vegetation from nearly any terrain. Tom says goats will eat anything, but not everything is good for them.

He scopes out the property prior to estimating the length and cost of the job, then trailers the goats (up to 15 of them) to the location, sets up a perimeter electric fence and remains with them — all day and all night if necessary — until the job is done. If they miss or reject any growth, he chops it down to ground level and the place  looks respectable.

This doesn’t come cheap and you don’t get a discount for feeding the goats their lunch, dinner and maybe even breakfast. The mobilization fee is $150 and the 24-hour day charge is $250. But if you have a large area and want to be ecologically attuned, it sure is an option.

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Tom Millahan and Sally Yorkston
with Git Yer Goat grazers

And, as the Rent-A-Goat Web site goat says, and the Git Yer Goat members would no doubt agree, “We are cute, too!”

Ten Year Victory

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Apr 212013

A long-awaited event took place morning of April 20, 2013 at the Birch Bay State Park. It was ground-breaking, in more than one sense of the word.Heron Center sign

Stacy Enlargxed.

Stacey McDaniels, BP Refinery Manager, was one of many dignitaries present to laud the staff and volunteers for their decade of dedication in conceiving, supporting and promoting the concept of an educational center within the park.


Groundbeakers, from left, Kathy Berg, Secretary of the Friends of Birch Bay State Park; Ted Morris, Manager of Brich Bay State Park, area manager for Washington State Parks, including Birch Bay; Stacey McDaniels, BP Refinery Manager, Scott Walker, President of Friends of Birch Bay State Park; and Darrel Hillaire, Lummi Nation Elder;

Groundbeakers, from left, Kathy Berg, Secretary of the Friends of Birch Bay State Park; Ted Morris, area manager for Washington State Parks, including Birch Bay State Park; Stacey McDaniels, BP Refinery Manager; Scott Walker, President of Friends of Birch Bay State Park; and Darrel Hillaire, Lummi Nation Elder;

Actual construction will begin in mid-September, with a weather-proof space ready for completion by the time the snow falls. By next summer, educational exhibits and programs should be available for visitors who come from across the country and around the world.

Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm

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Apr 012013


Most Whatcom County residents know a CSA as a Community Supported Agriculture produce supplier. The Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm is a Community Supported Aquaculture oyster provider.

Started in 2001, the first manager we met in 2004 or so was Geoff Menzies. Steve Seymour, a recently retired Fish and Wildlife Department employee, has now taken on that responsibility.

Because of impaired water quality, Drayton Harbor is closed to shellfish harvest from November through February. Even during the spring harvest period, harvest will be temporarily suspended for six days following 24-hour rain events of 3/4 inch of rain or more.

The 2013 season is up and running now, and CSA members can receive 13 dozen oysters for $100 over the season; that can be one, two or more dozen at a time, ordered in response to the manager’s email announcement that oysters are available. Non-members can purchase oysters for $8.00 a dozen while supplies last.

Steve disperses the oysters from Gate 3 dock in the Blaine Marina, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

He has recently teamed up with the aquaculture program at the Bellingham Technical College, from which students will volunteer with the oyster farm and manage projects as part of their course work.

For more information, contact Steve at



Chasing Ice

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Nov 272012

We saw this film at the Pickford last night and we’re passing this along as a MUST SEE!

Apart from the breathtaking photography, there is a heartbreaking tragedy portrayed.

Please also note that the Pickford is in the midst of a fund-raising campaign to underwrite their transition to the digital age. If they don’t make their goal, the lights will go out. We believe the Pickford is one of the things that make Bellingham desirable and unique.  Do you?

Salmon Spotted in Terrell Creek

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Nov 192012

Coho carcasses found in Terrell Creek November 16, 2012
Photo by Ryan Vasak

Rachel Vasak,executive director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, reported on November 16, 2012 that about 12 coho have been spotted in Terrell Creek recently. She has also received reports from a landowner on the creek that he has seen “a lot of chum in the creek by his house” over the past three years. Continue reading »

NSEA’s Terrell Creek Work Party

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Nov 182012
Nearly 100 volunteers of all ages turned out on Saturday, November 17, 2012, for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s fall Terrell Creek tree planting. The largest contingent hailed from Western Washington University.
Olivia Sittauer (left), a  junior Communictions major at Western from Seattle, and
Brandon Osterlund, a senior Environmental Science major at Western from Kalama,
put the finishing touches on the tree they planted.
Naio McCush, a Western junior from Silver City,
New Mexico in the
Vehicle Research Institute,
attaches stakes to a protective blue tube.
Justine Mims, who came from Portland,
Oregon and is a freshman in
Behavorial Sciences,
prepares a new home for her tree.

Alana DiMarco, from Mukilteo, a Western Environmental Education volunteer with NSEA, welcomed and registered volunteers as they reported in.

Alana DiMarco, who is a senior at Western, volunteers
nearly every day with NSEA.

Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class from Blaine Middle School made a significant contribution to reforestation of the Terrell Creek watershed. Although he offers extra credit for participation, he says most of the kids who turn out are already A students.

Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class get extra credit for their tree planting work.

Stu Currier, who says he is old enough to collect Medicare, has participated in tree plantings for 14 years, including several trips to Terrell Creek, Whatcom Creek and other sites.

Stu Currier, a Bellingham resident, has been
planting NSEA trees for 14 years.

The fall and spring work party schedules are posted on NSEA’s Web site

Saturday, November 17 Work Party

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Nov 152012

Volunteers eager to contribute to the work on Terrell Creek are invited to the work party this Saturday, November 17. Park at the former Birch Bay Community Church property and walk to the location, marked by the NSEA canopy. Come and help make the creek even more hospitable to hatching and spawning Chums.

Work party group photo from NSEA’s Web site

Work parties are from 9am – 12pm. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Refreshments will be provided by the Bagelry, the Community Food Co-op, Starbucks, and Tony’s Coffee. These work parties are free and open to everyone. Bring your enthusiasm, your friends and family, and anyone else that can hold a shovel See you at the creek!