Blackfish [Review]

Back in 2013, a documentary came out about the orcas that live in captivity and in addition to being immensely popular/controversial, it caused massive ripple effects in the animal captivity industry. Blackfish takes a look at the controversial practices of keeping...

American Bison

American Bison once had a population of thirty to sixty million across North America. What happened to these iconic animals and where can you see them today?

Bats of the Pacific Northwest

Washington and Oregon are home to 15 different bat species and while these mammals are the primary carriers of rabies in the area, bats are an important part of an ecosystem and are vital pollinators too! These animals are the only flying mammals and like some other...

The Different Types of Orcas

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are an iconic marine mammal, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to having complex social structures, deep emotional connections, and incredible intelligence, these mammals are predators that feed on a variety of fish...

Starry Nights: The Problem of Light Pollution

The next time it's nighttime where you are, go outside and take a look at the sky. What do you see? Can you see the moon? Are there stars out? What constellations can you see? With more artificial lights making their way into our lives, a significant amount of people...

Fossils of the Pacific Northwest.

By sheer happen chance a few months ago, I was reading one of the entries for the Seattle PI's Ask The Burke columns from a few years ago and stumbled across an article about how a giant sloth was discovered under the Sea-Tac Airport! The very true story is that when...

Visiting one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders: The Painted Hills and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Oregon’s Painted Hills are an amazing part of the state and can be found in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon. Services are currently limited but you can visit trails and picnic areas within the monument with your dog or loved ones today!

Four Things To Consider With Going Zero Waste

Over the last few years, the zero waste movement has been having a moment. From appearing as a plot in shows like The Politician to being the focus of some social media influencers and businesses, this movement is being heralded as solutions to the climate crisis. And...

Yellow Island [Nature Preserve]

Located in the beautiful San Juan Islands, Yellow Island is a one kind nature preserve. This small island is home to over 50 wildflowers, many plants and trees, and visiting wildlife. Owned by The Nature Conservancy since 1971, Yellow Island is a truly wonderful place...

Owls in the Pacific Northwest.

All the birds that call the Pacific Northwest home make this region even more amazing. I've seen bald eagles roost on trees near the Salish Sea while seagulls and crows fly by. Turkey vultures have flown overhead while stellar jays have sat in apple trees. And some of...
Beavers

Beavers

This unassuming, semiaquatic rodent is seen as a nuisance by some but in reality, beavers are significant players in the health of ecosystems and are even vital in stopping wildfires. In addition to providing habitat and a source of water, the ponds and wetlands that...

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Behind the Breed: Alaskan Malamute

Behind the Breed: Alaskan Malamute

Big, fluffy, and loyal, this breed is absolutely wonderful and can be quite the character. Like other spitz dogs, Alaskan Malamutes have a thick double coat that helps with temperature regulation and a strong, energetic personality. They were originally bred to be,...

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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Roll down your windows and listen close when you’re driving up Northwest Trek’s driveway, as you may be able to hear a couple of wolves howling or elk bugling. This 723-acre zoological park is home to a number of native wildlife and exists in a quiet wooded area an...

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

For the last few years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the United States has been known as Small Business Saturday, a day people have dedicated to supporting small and/or local businesses. There are so many wonderful small businesses in the Pacific Northwest that...

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Behind the Breed: Airedale Terriers

Behind the Breed: Airedale Terriers

Energetic, spirited, and loving, Airedale Terriers are great companions for those looking for a dog to join in on an active lifestyle. These terriers aren’t typically great with cats and other small animals or as first dogs for novice owners, as they love to chase and...

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The ABCs of Shelter Animal Photography

The ABCs of Shelter Animal Photography

Working in animal welfare and rescue involves every sort of emotion on a daily basis and there are so many ways to work or volunteer in the field. But one of the most wonderful aspects can be taking photos of the adoptable animals to help find them a forever home!...

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Behind the Breed: American Water Spaniel

Behind the Breed: American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniels are relatively rare dogs that make great family companions, hiking companions, and/or watch dogs. This breed has a big dog personality in a smaller package, usually weighing 25-45 pounds, and despite the spaniel name, the AWS is more like a...

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Behind the Breed: Irish Wolfhounds

Behind the Breed: Irish Wolfhounds

Irish wolfhounds, also known as Cú Faoil, are an iconic and rather giant dog breed. Standing 30-32 inches tall at the shoulder, these dogs have a rather lanky but ultimately muscular build and can seem imposing at first glance. However, their calm demeanor and...

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Behind the Breed: Cairn Terriers

Behind the Breed: Cairn Terriers

One of the many terrier breeds the AKC recognizes is the Cairn Terrier! These small dogs have big, cheerful personalities and make great family pets. They have origins in Scotland, particularly on the Island of Skye and were used to root out rodents from mounds of...

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Pigeons And Doves

Pigeons And Doves

Rats with wings, city chickens, and feathered rodents are just some of the things people call pigeons. But did you know that there is so much more to these birds than humanity’s deeply misguided hatred? Pigeons and doves, their more beloved cousins, are a part of the...

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Behind the Breed: Bearded Collies

Behind the Breed: Bearded Collies

The Bearded Collie is a happy, bouncy breed that looks very similar to the Old English Sheepdog. Both breeds are in the herding group and can be hard to tell apart from a distance. But Beardies, as they’re also known, have a long tail, several different coat colors, a...

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Cat Safe House Plants

Cat Safe House Plants

After years of not having cats, I forgot that they love to, at the very least, try eating plants. So when my two little rescue cats were old enough, they definitely started eating the house plants I had around the house! I do not have much of a green thumb so the fact...

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Behind the Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog

Behind the Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are unique-looking dogs with roots in the southern United States. The exact origins of the breed are debated but it’s considered to be the only one with roots in the state of Louisiana, which is why it’s also called the Louisiana Catahoula Dog....

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Helping Ukraine

Helping Ukraine

The news and first-hand accounts coming out of Ukraine are heartbreaking, frustrating, gut-wrenching, and so much more. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, roughly 2.7 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries and the European Union is...

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Behind the Breed: Pomeranians

Behind the Breed: Pomeranians

Pomeranians are small, affectionate dogs with foxy faces and gorgeous double coats. These dogs may be tiny in stature but are large in personality and have long been a favorite of royals and commoners alike. Poms are particularly great for novice owners and do great...

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American Bison

American Bison

As the continent’s largest mammal, bison are majestic, incredible animals that have long called North America home and were declared the national mammal for the United States in 2016. But after European colonization of the Americas, the population of these animals...

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Behind the Breed: Native American Indian Dog

Behind the Breed: Native American Indian Dog

Dating back thousands of years, the Native American Indian Dog has a wild appearance and patient temperament. The exact origins are unknown and highly debated, including whether or not the breed today is actually a recreation of an extinct breed. Native American...

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Getting Ready For Spring – Pets Edition!

Getting Ready For Spring – Pets Edition!

After months of short days and long nights, spring finally feels like it's right around the corner! The astrological start to the season doesn't happen until March 20th/21st but there are still plenty of ways you and your pets can get ready for the longer days and...

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Behind the Breed: Bull Terrier

Behind the Breed: Bull Terrier

With their iconic egg-shaped head, pointed ears, and triangular eyes, these dogs have an incredibly unique look to them. While Bull Terriers may seem intimidating to some, they can actually be goofy, loyal, polite dogs and are great for active homes. They are muscular...

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