Under the Open Sky Commentary: Butterflies, Bird Babies and Moths

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle If you are a regular wild bird feeder then I’m willing to bet that your bird seed budget is about as blown as my own. I have only one main seed feeder up and running at the moment and I have to keep an eye on it or else a wandering band of red-winged blackbirds will fly up from the Middle Marshes with their brand-new from the nest babies and clean it out, leaving nothing but the hulls…

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Stacie Kelsey’s Office Is the Waters of Southwest Washington

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Stacie Kelsey has been working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1992 in a job that is as varied as the terrain she covers. As a scientific technician for the Region 5 Inland Fish Program, Kelsey’s territory is comprised of all six counties in Southwest Washington, from Rock Creek in Klickitat County to Mineral Lake in Lewis County. “My job covers all of the lakes and ponds and inland fish streams,” Kelsey said, “any of…

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Fishing Report: Rufus Woods Producing Limits of 4 to 6 Pounders

Summer Run Steelhead: Popular River Fishing Starting to Hit at Barrier Dam By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle The Cascade Musky Association’s tiger musky tournament this weekend on Lake Mayfield turned up four fish — the biggest one was 44.5 inches. Stacie Kelsey of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 5 Inland Fish Program, who worked as the tournament judge, said although all four fish were caught on Saturday, as she and Mossyrock Fish Hatchery employee and jet boat driver Mario Troche…

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Under the Open Sky: It’s a Tough Job

All Tired Out: Chasing After the Elusive Tiger Musky Is Hard Work By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle I’m guessing I was one of the few who welcomed Saturday’s misty, rain-filled morning. I had had a rough work week and was grateful for the rest that the rain was going to give me. As I stood on my front porch, cradled an over-sized cup of hot coffee in my hands and I listened to the soft patter of the rain on the porch roof,…

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Fishing Report: Plenty of Fishing Options Are There for You

Bring Them Home: Salmon, Trout, Shad, Perch, Bass, Bluegill, Sturgeon, Channel Cats, Crab and Shrimp All Waiting for You By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Summer fishing is heating up as the temperatures rise. Find a clear or at least dry day and head for any one of a number of rivers, streams or lakes and you’re sure to come home with something in your creel. Stacie Kelsey, an official with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Inland Fisheries, said a spot check…

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