Parents, you know this moment. You turn your back for one minute and the next thing you know, your calf wanders off in search of a tasty marine mammal morsel...

A few weeks ago, a great horned owl tried hoppin’ freight for its fall migration. He and I had to have a frank conversation about that’s not how bird migration works. Plus, he was wide-eyed to learn this particular train went east-west, not north-south. The owl would have been pretty disappointed to spend his winter in Chicago. Nonetheless, he was not amused that I derailed his plans.

Earth Day is looking a bit different for its 50th anniversary. Instead of canceling Earth Day festivities, the Port has taken the celebration virtual. Come take a (cyber) tour of the Port’s habitat program. See the sites, discover its critters, and learn about how the Port balances the intersection of nature and industry. See the full story map experience.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) received a report of an injured bald eagle on Jan. 9 at the Port’s Gog-le-hi-te wetland complex at 1402 Lincoln Ave. in Tacoma but was unsuccessful in locating the bird.

Well, 2019 came and went.
Looking back, I wonder how my time was spent,
Obviously not writing the diary of a port biologist —
Might have to change my title to professional apologist.
But it sure has been busy around here,
Turns out a lot happened this year.

Dear Wapato Creek,

We need to talk. I’ve been keeping something inside and I need to get it off my chest. You’re a ditch. You’ve been on the straight and narrow for far too long. Your 90-degree angles are upsetting. Whatever happened to your sinuosity? I understand how you’ve become this way. You’ve been confined to your constructed channel; you’ve been dumped on; you’ve been dumped in; you’ve been choked with noxious weeds… But this has to stop.

(To the beat of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby)

Alright stop
Collaborate and listen
This bio’s back with a brand-new edition
Salmon, are top of mind rightly
Keeping me up, daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
Yo, I don’t know
We know we wanna help the orcas though
To the extreme, we do as much as we’re able
Working hard to keep those populations stable.


Just in time for Halloween, a shadowy visitor has been making an appearance in and around the Tacoma Tideflats. This ghostly specter has captured the attention of several coworkers and whispers of a flying apparition keep landing on my desk.

Craigslist, Angie's List, Jenn's List!

Not to be outdone by the popular Craigslist and Angie's List, our Port Biologist created her own list—Jenn's List—of items found in the Tideflats. Just in time for vacation season, we have your getaway ready and waiting! Sort of.