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.

Gull release Feb. 14, 2017

I convinced myself that we were never going to know what happened, and I had to be OK with that. Sometimes knowing what it isn’t is as significant as knowing what it is. It’s not nearly as satisfying, but it can be just as important. 

As the Port Biologist, I get to see and hear the stories of when nature and industry intersect. Most of these stories are lighthearted, funny and/or wacky, and they are a lot of fun to share. Unfortunately, not every story is a happy one. Last week was one of my toughest weeks as the Port Biologist.