Blake Island closure scheduled

Blake Island is closing off the island to visitors this Wednesday through Friday to deal with thinning the enormous rabbit population.

Like many of the larger islands in the San Juans, Blake has seen it’s rabbit population grow out of control. Much of the island’s daucus carota has been decimated which could spell disaster for the beloved deer population. Hundreds of traps will be set mostly on the southeastern and northwestern ends of the island where burrowing is most pronounced.

Park officials have organized volunteer veterinarians from both King and Kitsap counties to spay all females caught during the 2 day closure. “Our goal is to thin the rabbit population by at least two thirds.” said long time ranger Peter Hare. An adoption rescue line has been set up for local residents to provide homes for many of the exiled bunnies. Peter’s team has currently secured homes for 375 rabbits (at the time of writing this article) however, anticipates the need for a few hundred more. They’ve also made this link available for any interested hosts that have questions regarding care for this particular species of San Jaun rabbit. Please contact the bunny rescue effort at islandbunnies.gov or call 360-Bun-Home if you’re interested in the rescue efforts. Hop to it!

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

Escape the Stench

This is just in from a Beach Drive neighbor, Mary:

West Seattle has a real treasure a short distance away from Beach Drive’s odoriferous low tides: The Arboretum at South Seattle College’s north end.  Leaves there are beginning to turn reds and yellows.  Amble the winding paths through pleasant-smelling shrubbery (e.g., Golden Elaeagnus).  The award-winning dwarf conifer collection also begins changing colors this fall. Free guided tours Oct. 10.

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Scupper on the trail of the Polar Pioneer oil rig

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, Captain of S/V Pointless, is currently on trail of the Polar Pioneer.

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Shell’s controversial oil rig is en route to Terminal 5 in West Seattle.

Stay tuned for more pictures from Captain Scupper as I will continue to update this post with photos as I receive them.

UPDATE 2:28 PM:  You can barely see West Seattle in the background as the Polar Pioneer makes her way closer to Terminal 5.

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Captain Scupper says, “There goes the neighborhood.”

UPDATE 2:39 PM:

Captain Scupper of S/V Pointless has just sent in this picture of the Polar Pioneer with Seattle in the distance.

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Along with this close up photo taken of the oil rig from the deck of Pointless.

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Captain Scupper does not see any kayakers from Portland…yet…

UPDATE 2:47 PM:

Captain Scupper has just sent a bunch more photos… they are all starting to look the same to me. Here’s a nice one of the Polar Pioneer posing in front of the Seattle skyline.

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UPDATE 3:05 PM:

Captain Scupper thinks he heard over the VHF that the Polar Pioneer is going to start drilling at this spot in Elliott Bay!

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Got stale corn chips? Fee-e-e-e-e-ed the Goats!

Well it looks like the off-again/on-again feeder for the goats off Jacobsen Street is officially gone. We have not had chance to chat with owners to learn why the feeder is down. They do have a sign that welcomes all to feed the lovely goats their favorite snack, corn chips, and to keep visiting Bama, JJ and Deli. The bell is gone too…my hunch is that one of the neighbors wasn’t too happy with it. However, if you call the goats names and give a few hearty “ba-a-a-a-ah”s, they will make their way up the hill to visit you and enjoy any snacks you have to offer.

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Instead of throwing our old chips, crackers or tortillas into the yard waste, we’re keeping them for our neighborhood goats.

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Aren’t they cute!

Fire on Bainbridge Island as seen from Beach Drive

 

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