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Willapa Bay Pesticide Plan Shelved
With the agreement of the oyster grower’s association, the Washington Department of Ecology has withdrawn the controversial plan to treat Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor with a broad-spectrum pesticide. Reports credit widespread public dismay at the prospective spraying with dissuading the growers and the agency from it. The Oregonian has the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/05/pesticide_spray_plan_for_willa.html#incart_river

Striking Bird Photographs
BBC Earth has another story featuring a gallery of impressive wildlife photos, this time of “The ten sexiest male birds”. Personally, I think the name is more about getting “sex” in the title as click bait than anything else. Admittedly, there is some focus on courtship behaviors, but really? At any rate, the images are striking and the narrative informative: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150504-the-ten-sexiest-male-birds

Arctic Ocean Faces “New Era”
According to Norwegian scientists, climate change is driving ecological impacts that mean dramatic changes for arctic species, and researchers as well. The BBC reports on the disruptions to the arctic web of life: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32553668

ODFW Boat Inspection Finds Zebra Mussels
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ontario boat inspection station recently found a zebra mussel infestation on a boat from Ohio. This is a testament to the importance of the inspections, however as the infestation was once again on a power boat, it doesn’t allay questions regarding the fairness of charging paddlecraft owners at a higher rate than motor boaters. The Oregonian provides details: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/04/oregon_officials_discover_zebr.html#incart_river