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A Pacific-slope flycatcher surveys its surroundings.

The Whistler in the Woods

Birders measure the arrival of spring not by a date on the calendar, but by the sounds of birds returning from winter warmth in the South. From March to May, over two dozen species of migrant songbirds arrive for breeding in West Sound. … read more

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Pet-Proofing Your Home Before Your Cat or Dog Arrives

Bringing a new pet home is an exciting time. During those first few months, while the new member of your family gets used to their new home, there are a lot of things that need to be done. The training, the gaining of … read more

Female hairy woodpeckers in a territorial dispute

Size Doesn’t Matter in the World of Woodpeckers

All birds have their place in the ecosystems in which they live. Some are “keystone” species that other creatures rely on, making them a critical component of their respective biomes. Among the keystone species of birds are woodpeckers. As the name suggests, woodpeckers … read more

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Which ‘Backyarder’ Personality Are You?

Backyarding — the trend to use the backyard for everything from teleworking and working out to relaxing and recreating — has a different purpose for each of us. Identifying your backyard’s role in your family’s health and happiness is the key to cultivating … read more

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New Book Shares Recipes and Journal Pages of Renowned Bremertonian Tom Stockley

Bremerton native Tom Stockley, a longtime wine columnist at The Seattle Times, had a passion for food and wine. He captured that passion, along with the culinary lifestyle and travels he shared with his wife, Peggy, in a cookbook journal. The late couple’s … read more

A fox sparrow blends in with the surrounding leaf litter as it nibbles on a sunflower seed.

A Sparrow That Stands Out While Blending In

Abbreviations abound in the world of birds. Species names are simplified with four-letter alpha codes for taking faster field notes and long names have shorter nicknames. The lingo causes confusion among even experienced birders, let alone beginners. Then there are the hard-to-discern birds … read more

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Heronswood Gardens

Heronswood Garden Turns the Reins to New Garden Director

Patrick McMillan took over garden management at Heronswood Garden, owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, from founder and renowned plantsman Dan Hinkley. McMillan takes on the role of garden director after two decades as a professor at Clemson University, 10 years as … read more

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How to Build (or Rebuild) Your Emergency Savings

The new year provides an opportunity to reevaluate different aspects of your life, and that includes your budget and savings habits. Planning for emergencies by building  or rebuilding a savings account to withstand the unforeseen can increase confidence in your overall financial health … read more

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How House Plants Improve Mental and Physical Wellness

Flowers and plants are staples in many American homes, adding to the style and aesthetic of virtually any space. While the visual benefits of plants are widely embraced, many people are unaware of the ways plants can support mental and physical wellbeing, too. … read more

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