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Video captures young Bald Eagle’s struggle to survive

An eaglet that recently left its nest appeared in back yards on Camano Island. It did not appear that the bird could fly. (Image courtesy Jeff Butts)

(Camano Island, WA)  When Jeff Butts learned a young Bald Eagle might be in trouble an hour away from his Edmonds home, he knew he had to take action.

“It was a no-brainer,” Butts said.

That same day, Butts made the drive to Camano Island and located the eagle.

The young bird had recently left its nest, but it wasn’t flying.

When confronted with a scene like this one, what would be the right course of action?

Call for help?

Leave the bird alone and hope that it eventually flies off?

Are there laws that prohibit people from directly intervening?

The story told in the video below helps answer those questions and several more, as well.

See how Butts navigated a challenging decision-making process as he witnessed a young eagle that appeared to be in distress.

Butts also happens to be an avid eagle photographer.  The eaglet’s dramatic story unfolds through his lens.

Butts shared his video with me for the purpose of making this video.

Photographer Christian Sasse of British Columbia graciously provided additional video and photographs for this project.

It’s my hope that this video will prove both compelling and educational, resulting in an effective teaching tool.

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A Camano Island Moment

Mount Baker appears beyond Skagit Bay in this view from the English Boom Historical Park on Camano Island.
Mount Baker appears beyond Skagit Bay in this view from Camano Island.

One of my favorite places to visit on Camano Island is the English Boom Historical Park.

Located near a tiny airfield where the runway literally ends at the edge of a bluff overlooking Skagit Bay, you’re still more likely to see bald eagles than planes coming from that airport  (although, you could also see small planes coming from a second nearby—but grass—runway located within the bay, but I digress).

This post is simply an opportunity to share some ordinary moments captured on camera Monday evening.

An importan word of caution, though.  If you visit the English Boom Historical Park and decide to venture out along the trails, be certain you’re aware of the tides.  The last thing you want is to become stuck in the bay during high tide.  The area’s filled with deep, narrow channels that fill with water as the tide comes in.  You can become surrounded by water in what seems like an instant.

Don’t get stuck calling for rescuers.  Know the tides.  And don’t push it, waiting until the last minutes before heading back to the main parking lot.

Okay, with those words of caution now out of the way, here’s a look at A Camano Island Moment; ordinary for the English Boom, yet symbolic of so many treasured moments experienced within this jewel of a location.


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Brush fire sparked by vehicle striking pole closes highway near Monroe

Driver at large


(Monroe, WA) State Route 203 closed temporarily at N. High Rock Road just south of Monroe early Saturday evening after a vehicle struck a utility pole and left the scene.

A small brush fire burned along the highway after several wires fell from the damaged pole.

It appeared firefighters waited for workers with the Snohomish County Pubilic Utility District (PUD) to arrive and shut-off power in the area before moving in to fight the fire.

No word yet on whether a  suspect’s been identified or located.

A few local residents said the suspect is believed to be a person who lives in the immediate area and was driving a white pick-up truck. However, that information has not been confirmed.

The fire along the highway serves as a reminder that brush conditions in western Washington are quite dry after weeks of warm weather and little rain.


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September’s Symmetry: “Humpy Run” (Pink Salmon) on the Snohomish River

Post updated on July 14, 2013.

It’s an odd-numbered year, so watch-out!  Large numbers of pink salmon (nicknamed “humpies”) are about to return to Puget Sound.

Want to whet your appetite for the upcoming humpy run?  Check-out the video below.  It features a full-helping of beautiful scenery on the Snohomish River captured during the 2011 pink salmon season.

The shots were taken over the course of a few weeks during early mornings, middle of days, and evenings, too.

So, go ahead and click the video’s play button.  Cast off.  And slowly  reel-in this beautiful fish story.


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VIDEO: Silver salmon jumping on Snohomish River

I couldn’t yet see the Snohomish River, but after getting out of my SUV and taking a brief walk, I could hear the familiar sound of salmon “having a splash.”

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A special place


For starters, please allow me to say, “Hello.”  After taking a new job that involves a lot of time on the road, I’ve become a bit of a stranger to those of you who had regularly read this blog.  Sorry for the absence, but there hasn’t been much free time.  And I’ve resisted the temptation to “blog just for the sake of blogging.” I’ve always aimed to put meat on the table, not just garnish.

So, I’m back today with another original offering.  No crime news today.  We’ll ease back into a reasonable blogging groove with a simple video featuring one of my favorite places; a stretch of shore without a sandy beach.  Hardly ideal for the simplest of walks as you may sooner find yourself sinking in mud than moving forward.  Such is the effect of the rivers that end here, the clay of the land and the daily tugging and pushing of a tide that repeatedly fills and empties the bay.

This video was shot along a ting stretch of shore on Camano Island in Washington state.  It stars a family of bald eagles.  The supporting cast includes two ultralights and shorebirds.  The unrehearsed performance all unfolds upon a majestic stage.

Do you have a special outdoor place?  Whether it’s in the mountains, on the water or, perhaps, your back yard, feel free to tell us about it here!