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. 

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. Interested?

Port Patrol observed raucous behavior of an early '90s fraternity party-like atmosphere in Commencement Bay off the North Intermodal Yard. Upon investigation, this is what I heard.

A gull family makes its home on a cargo container, while we dodge precision-guided parental gull-bombs.

It's like Craigslist or Angie's List, but port-specific. Peruse the first installment of Jenn's List to discover unique and wonderful (?) treasures found around the Tideflats. 

An adorable harbor seal pup is caught napping at a Port habitat site while its mom hunts. 

A pair of investigators search for the truth along the Port’s waterways. Each outfall encountered is suspect.

The Marshall family finds themselves in a wondrous world where the soils are 65 percent gravelly sand and 35 percent biochar, and the water begins its journey looking vaguely like coffee and ends it…well, looking like water.

Rewriting a Cher classic to commemorate the gypsy moth eradication efforts last month at seven sites in western Washington, including Tacoma.