Mar 20, 2018

#BellinghamWA: R.G. Haley site cleanup

Update. I am surprised there is little response from taxpayers as far as participating in the public discussion re this contaminated site (one of various toxic cleanup sites in the waterfront area). When one goes to the comment page, there are none showing. The deadline to submit a comment is tomorrow March 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Site status for March 2018 is HERE, and includes links to documents. Citizens could have viewed hard copies at various physical locations listed as well. 
2/28/18 POST
March 2017 photo
#BellinghamWA: Event Public Meeting today 2/28/18 6-8 pm at Ecology office re R.G. Haley site cleanup. See Washington State Department of Ecology page re the cleanup site at following link:

Comments will be accepted on these documents from February 20 - March 21, 2018. Contact Mark Adams with any questions.

Mar 1, 2018

#LaJolla #CA: 2018 Pupping Season at Casa Beach | #SealConservancy

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From: "Seal Conservancy" <>
Date: Dec 18, 2017 9:33 AM
Subject: 2018 Pupping Season is here!

The chain is up and the 2018 harbor seal pupping season has begun at Casa Beach in La Jolla!
December 18, 2017
2018 Pupping Season is Here!
The 2018 Pupping Season has begun at Casa Beach_
The chain is up and the 2018 harbor seal pupping season has begun at Casa Beach in La Jolla.  The sandy beach is closed to the public until May 15, 2018. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to come see the seals, undisturbed by people for the next 5 months as they give birth, nurse, and rear their pups.  A truly beautiful sight!

Most of the 40-50 new pups will be born between Feb. 8 and Mar. 8_ 2018

It should not be forgotten that the future of the seasonal closure of Casa Beach during the harbor seal pupping season is currently in limbo. As you know, an Orange County Judge struck down the seasonal closure in May of 2016.  The ruling by Judge Frederick Horn of the Orange County Superior Court prohibited the City from closing Casa Beach for the purpose of protecting the seal moms and their pups.  The Seal Conservancy successfully encouraged the City to appeal this awful judgment. On December 15, 2016, a three-judge appellate panel voted 2-1 to grant the City's request to temporarily lift the lower court's order prohibiting the City from closing the beach, while the appeal is under consideration.  A final verdict is expected from the Court of Appeals by the summer of 2018.

Be sure to come to La Jolla and enjoy the holidays at Casa Beach. Soon you will begin to see a lot of pregnant moms, and we expect 40 to 50 new pups to be born in 2018. The majority of the newborn pups will arrive between February 8 and March 8. If you're lucky, you might witness a birth!

Casa Beach in La Jolla is the only NOAA-recognized mainland harbor seal rookery between the U.S./Mexico Border and Ventura County, 160 miles to the north. It is very rare for harbor seals to choose an urbanized setting for their home. Nevertheless, the La Jolla Seals have been documented to exhibit extreme site fidelity to Casa Beach because of the ideal conditions that this specific beach provides them for birthing and bonding with their pups (McInnis, 2010; Linder, 2011McInnis, 2012).  Casa Beach also offers visitors a unique opportunity to view these beautiful marine mammals, undisturbed in their natural habitat during pupping season.

Seal Conservancy
There is no beach access allowed during harbor seal pupping season (December 15 to May 15) in order to protect the moms and pups when they are most vulnerable. You can watch the pregnant seals and their newborn pups from the mid-landing behind the chain, from the sidewalk above Casa Beach, or from the sea wall, if open.

The Seal Conservancy plays a pivotal role supporting the City of San Diego in implementing the current seal protections, which were approved by the San Diego City Council, the Mayor, the City's Planning Commission, and the California Coastal Commission. During the 2015, 2016, and 2017 pupping seasons, the seasonal closure has brought peace and stability to the beach for the Seals while also reducing calls to the San Diego Police Department by 82.6%. The primary mission of the Seal Conservancy is to maintain these protections: the pupping season closure from December 15 - May 15 annually, and the viewing guideline rope during the summer and fall months when the pupping season is over and the weather is warmer.
We are hopeful that justice will be served and that the horrible ruling which struck down the annual winter beach closure will be overturned by the State Court of Appeals. This outcome would allow the protections to continue for the Seals during their pupping season, when they need them the most.  A decision is expected some time in 2018.  We thank all of you for your steadfast support of the harbor seals of Casa Beach, and hope to see you enjoying this unique natural treasure during the 2018 pupping season.

Jane Reldan_ MD_ Seal Conservancy President
Jane Reldan, MD
If you are able to help by making a donation, please click the button below.  You can make a one-time donation, or become a monthly contributor. Thank you.   

You may also mail a check payable to SEAL CONSERVANCY to this address:
Seal Conservancy
P.O. Box 2016
La Jolla, CA 92038
Seal Conservancy Mission Statement
The mission of the Seal Conservancy is to preserve and protect the La Jolla harbor seal rookery for the enjoyment and educational benefit of children, and for the ecological, scientific, historic, and scenic benefits to all.
Seal Conservancy, 7946 Ivanhoe #312, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Feb 24, 2018

Easy Tweet to Amazon re Disapproval of them hosting NRA TV

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Jan 29, 2018

#BellinghamWA: Department of Ecology Public Meeting for Cornwall Ave Landfill Engineering Design Report

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From: "Fawley, Ian (ECY)" <>
Date: Jan 29, 2018 11:49 AM
Subject: Department of Ecology Public Meeting for Cornwall Ave Landfill Engineering Design Report
To: "Fawley, Ian (ECY)" <>


You are receiving this email notice because you have expressed interest in the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Bay cleanup activities. 

In December 2017, the Department of Ecology invited the public to comment on an engineering design report for the cleanup of a portion of the Cornwall Avenue Landfill cleanup site on the Bellingham waterfront.  The report provides the preliminary design for isolating contamination and controlling landfill gas. The report was prepared by the Port of Bellingham, the City of Bellingham, and the State Department of Natural Resources, with Ecology oversight.

The report has been available for public review since December 18.  Ecology has received requests for more information and has scheduled a public meeting for February 15.  We have also extended the comment period through Thursday, February 22. 

Public Meeting
February 15, 6-8 pm
Ecology Office
(New location next to Squalicum Creek Park)
913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
Bellingham, WA 98225

You can view a Fact Sheet [attached] that outlines the design details of the report and continue to provide comments by visiting the Cornwall Avenue Landfill webpage below:

·         Cornwall Avenue Landfill webpage

·         Attached:  Cornwall Avenue Landfill EDR Fact Sheet & Map to New Ecology Office Location

·         Online Comment Form (extended through Feb. 22):

Best Regards, 

Ian Fawley
Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office  |  Toxics Cleanup Program
**NOTE** NEW ADDRESS:  913 Squalicum Way Unit 101 Bellingham, WA 98225

#BirdYourWorld: It's the Year of the #Bird - Celebrate With Us! | The Cornell Lab of #Ornithology

This Red-breasted Nuthatch, by Donna Keller, won the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest, composition category. Get ready! This year's count happens Feb 16–19, 2018.
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eNews: It's the Year of the Bird. Celebrate With Us!