Nov 30, 2022

Bellingham WA: Nov 30, 2022 Update re Wetland views from 2021, 2020 and 2017

This is to update my running log concerning a small but significant wetland area near Bellingham Bay. There are issues pertaining to vegetation and #wildlife that require attention in this rare #greenbelt between the Port of Bellingham and North State Street that I refer to as #Downyland after the #downywoodpeckers who nested in a valuable snag here in 2019. I doubt they will ever return.

Nov 29, 2022

The photo above shows a Nov 16, 2022 view of a bald #eagle perched near the nest used in previous years. It was the first time I saw him/her back since March (photo below is from 3/4/22). I also noticed a #stellarjay on the 16th. I believe the eagle is getting ready for another breeding season. I saw him/her again on 11/26/22. I noticed #woodpeckers, #chickadees, #juncos and #towhees 11/29/22. Sadly - as of Nov 29, 2022 - longstanding debris under the old railroad trestle (pictured below) still has not been cleaned by the City of Bellingham despite numerous pleas for their dutiful protection of #nature. Toxins and solid waste, as well as motor vehicle and #rodenticide (and other "cides") distribution are very serious dangers for most critters in the circle of life. In addition, there is no removal of #noxiousweeds in the area under City of Bellingham jurisdiction. Invasive vines such as #ivy and #clematis as well as other non-natives are left to encroach on and strangle #firs, #cottonwoods, #maples, #alders and other #trees.  

September 11, 2022

Pictured above is private property of the Burlington Northern Railway Company LLC following a cleanup in January 2020. Fortunately, the railroad company cleaned their two private-property wetland parcels of trespassing humans' debris again July 1, 2022. Also fortunately, on August 30, 2022 the City of Bellingham's contractors cleaned the higher stretch nearer E Laurel Street and the small area below the north end of the old trestle (all No Trespassing zones); these are commonly soiled daily by illegal drug users and litterers. The trestle is part of the City's popular, state-supported South Bay Trail and in turn part of the Interurban Trail. It is disappointing that the entire City portion under their trestle never gets cleaned for well over a year. This is despite numerous requests to staff in person, SeeClickFix submittals, via email, and with calls. I have been told it is a low priority.  For wildlife though it is a high priority.  

The photo above shows part of the City's strip of land below their historic trestle near Wharf Street, Bellingham WA on May 28, 2022. 

March 9, 2022 

The eagles are using the nest they built in 2020. I saw one flying over Whatcom Waterway this morning. This photo is from March 4th. I haven't heard from the railway company whether they will pay some attention to this area. I even sent them a photo of a deceased deer who has been there several months. The leaves will burst out very soon and it will be harder to locate the litter etc. than it would be if it had already been done. But it doesn't seem that those in power will maintain or safeguard the property. If they do arrange cleanups after Spring gets further underway it will disturb more birds, rabbits and so on. Many are already tending nests now.

February 17, 2022

I am not sure what the eagles are doing this year. Last year they abandoned their nest but I believe they relocated up the hill a bit and raised young.

Sadly, the whole Critical Area I nicknamed "Downyland" (after the Downy woodpecker) is still largely unprotected and unmaintained. I emailed the railway company in January 2022 requesting cleanup of their portion, but there was no reply. The last time the City of Bellingham sent their contractors there to clean their portion of the buffer was early December 2020. Apparently there was no response to subsequent Encampment Activity Forms. Litter remains from previous years, and is added to daily. In the vegetated area there is even human poo, along with egregious litter. There have been fires in Downyland.

Be careful if you walk there since even on the gravel path it is now impossible to avoid getting dog poo on shoes - the rains/snows soaked it in and spread it around like grout. And it gets added to daily.

A wooden fence (such as the one along a portion of Whatcom Creek)  would be nice. In addition, signs instructing people not to trespass and to specifically comply with many pertinent ordinances, as well as clear delineation of private property seem necessary.

January 18, 2021

This is an update regarding the Critical Areas  between East Laurel Street and Wharf Street some of which is under the jurisdiction of the BNSF Railway (see BNSF) and some under the City of Bellingham. 

A Google album contains the above photo re eagles and three other photos of the wetland showing that debris from vagrants still remains. (There is orange construction fencing along the buffer since December 2020 in connection with the City's ongoing Trestle Repair Project):

Following is my January 9, 2020 post re the wetland buffer between East Laurel Street and Wharf Street. I saw for the first time last year a pair of American Bald Eagles use the area for nesting and at least two babies fledged. Someone told me there was a third as well. Eagle visits to the nest have been observed this year but I haven't observed whether they are actually nesting. I would think there would be reports on eBird or elsewhere - I just haven't researched. 

After BNSF felled many trunks of trees in the area the day the lockdown started, I wrote to the City and received a reply from a planner saying, "I sent your information on to our complaint folks, and they’re following up." Despite my several inquiries re status, I was never informed of any remedial steps taken regarding the tree removals.

January 9, 2020 

A cleanup of trash in this area was begun yesterday. Part of the property is City-owned (South Bay Trail) and the wetland buffer is property of the international Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF). Cleanup will improve conditions for plants and animals in the drainage which is essentially just yards/meters away from Bellingham Bay on the Washington coast. Cleanup should ameliorate air, land and water pollution.

January 8, 2020 1-1/2 minute view:

Compared to 2017:

From April 2017, 40-second clip of BNSF wetland:

 From April 2017, 3-minute view of a particular deer in sunshine: 

Nov 22, 2022

Planet Earth: 11/29 is Giving Tuesday. Environmental Health Trust is delighted to announce that this giving season starting 11/21 donations up to $18K will be matched!

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Nov 19, 2022

Washington state USA: The excellent Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project

This is an amazing organization. They took care of my Shasta when she was a young rescued kitty. I've been following them since then. Here is their newsletter.

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Nov 3, 2022

Tibet & Earth: Please help Lobsang Yangtso PhD & her team get to #COP27

I live thanks to water from Mt Baker (per Wikipedia "Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan, is a 10,781 ft active glacier-covered andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington in the United States.Wikipedia).  Many people worldwide and wildlife are similarly graced with such natural wonders. Our leaders should immediately put a stop to the accelerating world temperatures or else we are finished. Please help Lobsang and her team get to COP27 in Egypt if you can. For a bit of information about the glaciers of Mt. Baker, please see the May 2020 article Mt. Baker Glaciers are Disappearing by Clara Deck in Whatcom Watch. 

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Lobsang Yangtso marching in the streets of Glasgow to demand for climate action at last year's climate summit, COP26

Lobsang Yangtso escaped from Tibet by climbing over the Himalayas when she was just 9 years old.

Today, she's an environment and climate crisis expert with a Ph.D. And she's terrified about what is happening in her Tibetan homeland, where ice is melting 3x faster than anywhere else on the planet. As home to a glacier that provides water for 1 in every 5 people on Earth...we should all be terrified.

Lobsang wants to sound the alarm at the critical COP27 climate conference in Egypt, just a week away. But the high cost of attending means she and other front-line activists and experts are scrambling to ensure they can take part -- leaving the fossil fuel lobby to control the narrative and stop real action.

We can change that -- if thousands of us chip in, our community can send Lobsang to meet our leaders...and fund campaigning for real climate impact at the conference and beyond. Can you chip in to help?

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The world's biggest oil and gas companies will descend on COP27 in an all-out offensive to protect their profits. Their plan is to exploit the EU energy crisis to lock in gas as a path forward instead of actual clean energy. And if they succeed, it will mean we continue down our currently catastrophic pathway to 2.5+ degrees of heating.

Imagine what it would mean for the next generation.

The good news is we know what we have to do to win: centre the stories of those on the front lines of climate disaster to show world leaders that the cost of inaction is just too high.

But a combination of travel costs and visa complexities makes it very tough for the people we most need at the table to get there.

Lobsang knows exactly what is happening to the environment in Tibet and has witnessed firsthand the impact of the climate crisis in this fragile and vital land.

If we're going to have a shot at taking on the massive oil and gas lobby, we need voices like Lobsang's at COP27. Can you give just a small amount to send Lobsang and her team to Egypt?

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The threats we face are a matter of life or death. If we don't slam the brakes on runaway climate change, our future is extreme weather, food shortages, and millions displaced. The next few months will decide if we succeed or fail, but to win we need to centre the voices of the communities with everything at stake.

The SumOfUs community has come together time and time again to stand in solidarity with communities risking everything to change the world -- from the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon to Bangladeshi labour organisers to communities across the globe taking on corporate power. We even helped Lobsang attend last year's climate conference. Let's do it again to save the planet we all call home.

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More information:

Cop27 climate summit: window for avoiding catastrophe is closing fast, The Guardian. 30 October 2022.

Why are the glaciers in southeast Tibet melting so fast?, 08 September 2022.


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