Nature

How to Be an Islander – Sierra Magazine

It was the summer of the birds. In late June, my two kids and I took the ferry from Seattle to a small, remote patch of land in the San Juan Islands, where our family’s A-frame cabin sits on an empty stretch of beach. Late winter and spring had been warmer than usual, and many eggs had hatched early. The day we arrived, we found a swallow’s nest in the center of an inner tube on the deck. Raven fledglings ...

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The Mysterious Case of the Pacific Northwest’s Vengeful Owls – Outside Online

A number of recent bloody encounters with aggressive birds of prey in the Pacific Northwest has frightened residents enough that they’ve started arming themselves with sticks and flashlights and strapping on hard hats before going out at night.

Just after midnight on a cool, clear night in late April, Lance Douglas left my house on the remote Blakely Island, in Washington’s San Juan archipelago, and started walking home through a half-mile section of Douglas fir and cedar trees. We’d just finished ...

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