Christmas Is Bird-Counting Season For 60,000 Americans
From the Seattle Times:
as in PROTECT.
The ponderosa pine located in the middle of the side yard of 3038 39th Ave SW isn’t just any old tree.
It’s more than 90 years old, stretches higher than 100 feet up in the sky and has become a favorite landmark in the neighborhood.
The tree is also in imminent danger of being cut down – and has become the center of a heated debate.
Lisa Parriott has lived across the street from what she calls “the Silent Giant” for the past 24 years.
She explained that the former owner of 3038 39th Ave SW sold his house last winter.
“He had this gorgeous tree on his property,” she said. “It’s perfectly straight, perfectly healthy and it frames all of our yards. We love this tree. It’s precious to us.”
Parriott said that the pine has been designated an “exceptional tree” by the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC 25.11) and therefore protected.
From The Seattle Times:
F Ranchers – we already pay them for their stupid cattle when killed – enough is enough!!!!
From The Oregonian:
Two new sets of gray wolf pups confirmed in Oregon
After being removed from the endangered species list, gray wolves in Oregon continue to rebound as the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that two new litters of wolf pups have been confirmed after they were caught on trail cameras.
The two litters — one believed to be sired by celebrity wolf OR-7 in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest and the other by his brother, OR-3, in Lake County — mark the continued proliferation of a species that once roamed the entire state in large numbers, but was effectively eradicated in the mid 1900s in a government-sponsored attempt to appease livestock farmers.
“It’s incredibly exciting that Oregon’s wolves are starting to find their way back to places this remarkable species once called home,” Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “The fact that individual wolves are coming into this same general area tells us how important it is to keep wildlands available for continued safe passage, and to keep legal protections in place for wolves at both the state and federal levels.”
OR-7, who got his name because he was the seventh wolf to be captured and fitted with a radio collar in Oregon, was the first to establish a pack, known as the Rogue Pack, in the western part of the state after more than 60 years.
If you protect it, they will come (back)….!