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Kitchen Killer Whales

I was just standing on researcher Ken Balcomb’s kitchen porch looking out at Haro Strait, from Washington toward Vancouver Island, Canada, watching killer whales going by. Cool enough, but these were not the usual “residents” who hunt salmon. They were “transients;” mammal eaters. One way we knew: We’d been listening to the nearby hydrophones set…

August 25, 2013: Running Ultramarathons at 18,000 Feet, Meeting Captive Killer Whales, and More

This week, join us as we run a 137-mile race 18,000 feet above sea level, then we meet beach-dwelling wolves that fish for salmon like bears (and occasionally harass humans), and finally, we learn about the SeaWorld orca who has been connected with three human deaths to appreciate how hard the large, social mammals are to maintain in captivity.

Vancouver Islanders Tweet to Save Parkland, One Meter at a Time

Bob McMinn, a former Mayor of the District of Highlands on Vancouver Island, Canada, writes how at age 86 he has learned that Twitter can help his life-long campaign to create a 107-acre conservancy, linking some of the island’s fragmented parkland and helping save numerous species living in threatened dry coastal Douglas fir habitat. By…