Kidcentric ‘Wild Things’ Walk Saturday

Nature Walk: Friends of the Seminary Hill Host Hands-On Wildlife Workshop By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Search the forest floor at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, June 4, with Blake Murden and the Friends of the Seminary Hill Natural Area in the “Where the Wild Things Are” walk and hands-on learning opportunity. Murden, a wildlife biologist for Port Blakely Tree Farms, holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. He will share his enthusiasm and knowledge for the creatures living in our own backyard.…

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Under the Open Sky — Focus: Too Much or Not Enough

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle I may write about it and talk about it, but I’m as guilty of it as the next guy when it comes to lack of focus … or maybe it’s having too much focus that’s the problem. I don’t know. I have been trying to get just the right photograph of a black-headed grosbeak and for the last couple of days. So whenever a little light breaks through the clouds I have been dashing outside to try and…

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Fishing Report: Look for Planted Rainbows in East Lewis County

Several Releases: Skate Creek, Tilton River, Mineral Lake, Cispus River, Upper Cowlitz River, Drano Lake Will Have More Fish By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Rivers and Streams Plants of 7,500 to 8,000 catchable-sized rainbows are planned for Skate Creek and the Tilton River, opening June 4. Anglers are catching a mixture of adult and jack spring Chinook, primarily in the upper Cowlitz. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 533 spring chinook adults, 349 jacks, 21 winter-run steelhead, and 78 summer-run steelhead during five days…

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Near Is the New Far, or, Staying Home for the Holidays

My early Monday morning’s meditation has included a chapter from the recently released book by author Richard Louv, “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder,” for the last nine weeks. This morning, the synchronicity of today’s chapter brought tears to my eyes — “Chapter 9: The Incredible Experience of Being Where You Are.” Incredible, indeed, because today’s Outdoors feature is about staying right where you are for Memorial Day weekend, finding fresh fish in your own neighborhood lake or pond and…

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Discover the Flavor of Planted Rainbow Trout This Weekend

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle If it’s Memorial Day weekend in the Pacific Northwest, it’s probably raining. For just that reason, the more recreationally-minded of us on the west side of the mountains think of this traditional kickoff to the camping season as a great time to head east. But with gas prices still rattling on the four dollar mark, Moses Lakes, Potholes, Banks Lake and other lakes east of the mountains may be off this year’s list of destinations to choose from.…

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