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‘Honor & Sacrifice’ wins American history documentary award

April 18th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed file photo Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander's "Honor & Sacrifice" won the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding programming in documentary film concerned with American history.

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Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander’s “Honor & Sacrifice” won the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding programming in documentary film concerned with American history.

Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers’ “Honor & Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story” continues to impress critics and audiences.

Last weekend, the documentary captured the prestigious Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding programming in documentary film concerned with American history in Atlanta, Ga.

“Honor & Sacrifice” focuses on Roy Matsumoto and his Japanese immigrant family that endured tragedy and triumph during World War II. Matsumoto’s daughter, Karen, lives on Bainbridge Island and is the film’s associate producer.

“We’re particularly pleased because for the creators of historical documentaries, the Erik Barnouw Award represents one of the most important honors achievable,” said Ostrander, whose Stourwater Pictures is located on Bainbridge. “It not only speaks to the scholarly rigor of the work, but also to its historical importance.”

Ostrander said past winners of the award include Ken Burns and Henry Hampton, as well as revered films such as “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and “Death and the Civil War.”

“The Organization of American Historians is the major organization for historians who study and teach about the United States,” Ostrander said. “They annually present a small number of awards in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. Only one is for a film, so the award is extremely competitive.”

If “Honor & Sacrifice” sounds familiar it should. It was shown at 15th annual Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival last November.

If you haven’t seen the stirring ”Honor & Sacrifice” yet, you’re in luck. It will be broadcast on Seattle public television station KCTS at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 25.


UPDATED: Four Bainbridge schools earn Washington achievemen​t award

April 17th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

***Story updated to include quotes from Wilkes and Blakely elementary schools, 2 p.m. April 17.

Make it five straight years — that’s how many times Bainbridge High School has earned a Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence.

In addition to overall excellence, BHS also was noted for its reading growth.

“This is a team effort,” Bainbridge High Principal Jake Haley wrote in an email sent out on the district’s email Listserv account. “I’d like to recognize first and foremost our amazing students, the amazing staff at BHS, equally dedicated district staff, who provide the infrastructure that allows us to do our work in the buildings, and many, many supportive and involved parents and family/community members! It truly takes everyone!”

BHS wasn’t the only Bainbridge Island school recognized for the state honor.

Blakely and Wilkes elementary schools also received “Overall Excellence” awards. In addition, Blakely receive praise for its high progress, reading growth and math growth.

“Staff, students and parents all deserve recognition as we celebrate this achievement for the second consecutive year,” Blakely Principal Reese Ande wrote in a Listserv email. “The passion, dedication and desire to always be improving is a cornerstone of our community.”

Also through Listserv, Wilkes Principal Sheryl Belt added: “We had earned this award twice in recent years for high literacy achievement, so we’re really excited to be recognized for math achievement as well with this award.”

Eagle Harbor High also special recognition for its reading and math growth.

Using three years of data, the awards are given to the top 5 percent of all the state’s elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools and participating schools that meet the highest performing designation according to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver.

Statewide assessment data for the three previous years determines the Washington Achievement Award based on analyzed data from the Accountability Index and criteria from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.


UPDATED: Historic tug Chickamauga dismantled, two pieces salvaged

April 16th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun The Chickamauga pictured in February at its new dryland home in Port Townsend.

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The Chickamauga pictured in February at its dryland home in Port Townsend.

***This story has been updated to include cost of the disposal, towing and other expenses, condition of the boat and the court date for the ship’s owner, 8:30 a.m. April 17.

The historic tugboat Chickamauga is no more.

Likely doomed by its poor condition and the prohibitive costs needed to restore it, neither individuals nor organizations could be found to rescue the troubled tug from being scrapped after it was towed 38 miles from Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor to a Port Townsend marina Jan. 31.

America’s first full diesel-powered tugboat when it was built in 1915, the Chickamauga was disposed of the week of March 24 in Port Townsend, said Toni Weyman Droscher, the communications manager for the Aquatics Program of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The contract for disposal was for $20,000, plus tax, said Melissa Ferris, the director of the state’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program.

Daily pumping, checking on the vessel, towing, escort through the haul-out process, decontamination of the boom, etc. was $25,435.35, Ferris said. Haul-out and storage at the Port of Port Townsend was $2,674.80, she added.

DNR took control of the derelict boat Jan. 16 under the state’s Derelict Vessels Act, which gives it the authority to take custody of a vessel when an owner allows it to become derelict or abandoned. Absent Chickamauga owner Anthony R. Smith did this when he failed to pay moorage and utility fees for nearly a year to Eagle Harbor Marina, totaling $8,560.30.

In addition to what he owes the marina and in legal fees, Smith also owes the Coast Guard for its expenses in responding to the Chickamauga’s October sinking, which total $140,000, and the Department of Ecology’s expenses for coordinating the spill cleanup with the Coast Guard, which total $2,000.

Smith was charged Jan. 15 with three criminal counts from the state attorney general’s office. His trial is set to begin in June 23 in Kitsap County Superior Court.

The Chickamauga sank Oct. 2, leaked about 400 gallons of petroleum and 10 gallons of lube oil in the waters of Eagle Harbor and was lifted by a crane Oct. 10.

“The 70-foot hull (of the Chickamauga) was deconstructed with an excavator,” Droscher said. “All recyclable items were separated. Debris was placed in a 30-yard container and handled by the local waste contractor, DM Disposal.”

The boat’s helm and throttle controls were saved and delivered by DNR to the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum in Tacoma this week to be restored and eventually put on display. The historical significance of the boat that Smith purchased for $1,000 in 2009 was important to retain for Joseph Govednik, the museum’s curator of collections and volunteer manager.

“It is important to preserve this, and all historic vessels, as they are subjected to less than ideal conditions being exposed to the elements of nature,” Govednik said. “Ultimately, all wood boats turn to dust, it’s a matter of time, so it is very important to preserve, protect and maintain these boats.

“I hope this can be a lesson and reminder, that these vessels require constant care and monitoring,” Govednik added. “Although the vessel is lost, we are very fortunate to take possession of the throttle controls and helm.”

Govednik said the museum doesn’t have immediate plans to display the Chickamauga artifacts, but hopes to use them in a future exhibition on tugboats to support stories of the region’s working waterfront past.

In addition to the throttle controls and helm, the silohette of the shell and ship’s log were likely some of the few original things remaining on the Chickamauga by the time the state took possession of the vessel. In fact, DNR had its marine archeologist and others inspect the ship and found the engines weren’t the original ones and that because there had been “so much retrofitting and renovation that it was really a shadow of its original self,” Droscher said.

“The engines were 671s, which were designed specifically for the landing craft for Normandy in World War II and they don’t have any historical value since they were stamped out (for mass production),” Eagle Harbor Marina Harbormaster Doug Crow said. “They weren’t maintaining it for historical value, their interest was in keeping the boat moving and working with it. There was very little to that boat that had significant value and they got the two items that were easily retrievable and it would’ve given them something to put in the museum and write about its history.”

The demise of the Chickamauga was taken hard by well-known Poulsbo watercolor artists Michael and Sarah Yaeger, who preserved the boat by painting it for their 2015 calendar. The couple were holding out hope the boat would be saved.

“We are both angry!” Michael said. “This boat was on the Historic Register and is the first diesel powered tug in the USA – surely this DNR group could’ve tried harder in the saving of her. This whole saga smacks of ‘raw raw expediency’ over our cultural responsibility for our heritage.

“The DNR bylaws should be looked at for any violation that may have occurred in this sordid mess,” Michael continued. “What’s next – the demolition of the Arthur Foss and the Virginia V? The Chickamauga played a more crucial – or at least equal – role in our maritime history.”

Contributed photo/DNR The helm and throttle controls are now all that remain of the Chickamauga after it was dismantled recently.

Contributed photo/DNR
The helm and throttle controls are now all that remain of the Chickamauga after it was dismantled recently.


Bainbridge police blotter, April 16

April 15th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

The following items were taken from Bainbridge police incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

April 8

Identity theft: A 41-year-old woman living on the 10000 block of Agate Point Road recently went to her bank to apply for a homeowner’s loan. After using a credit report, the woman discovered there were multiple fraudulent accounts that were opened in her name without her knowledge or authorization over the past several years.

April 4

Traffic collision: A man driving in the parking lot of Ace Hardware Store on the 600 block of High School Road pulled up to the front of the store. The driver then accelerated the vehicle into a support post for the roof overhang of the business. The collision damaged the support post to the point that it will need to be replaced. The vehicle sustained disabling front end damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver said he was pulling up to the front of the store and instead of pressing the brake pedal, he accidentally pressed the gas pedal. The driver sustained no injuries from the collision.

***Editor’s note: Due to a processing change in the way incident reports are released to media outlets, these were the only reports available for this week’s blotter.

 


Birding on Bloedel: Listen up for this songbird’s season

April 14th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014 to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary. Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published  here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow, from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been members of Bloedel Reserve for seven years. They live in Kingston. 

The purple finch is a year-old Northwest resident.

The purple finch is a year-old Northwest resident.

In the Pacific Northwest we are fortunate that the Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) is a year-round resident, while in much of the rest of the lower 48 it only occurs as a winter resident, migrating to the coniferous forests of Canada for the summer breeding season.

Like many other bird species, the sparrow-sized Purple Finch shows a striking color dimorphism, the males being predominantly raspberry red, while the females have a subdued brownish back and light underparts. Like the male, the female has a short, deeply forked tail, which helps to distinguish it from similarly plumaged sparrows.

Male Purple Finches begin singing in Bloedel in mid-March. Birdsong is generally understood to be a form of advertisement indicating that the male is establishing and defending a breeding territory. The signal is directed to both females and males of the same species. It acts as an attractant to females searching for mates and a nesting site, and as a deterrent to other males by notifying them that the singing male is prepared to defend his territory against interlopers.

The song of the Purple Finch is a melodious, warbling series of notes all on about the same pitch. In flight the birds emit a very characteristic “tick” call. When my wife and I visited Bloedel last week we heard singing Purple Finches in the forest adjacent to the parking area near the entrance and in the forest to the left of the path as we walked past the barns on our way to the bird marsh. Purple Finches typically build their nests near the ends of branches of an evergreen in mature conifer forests. The male’s singing perch is usually fairly high in a conifer, and he can be very difficult to spot.

During the winter Purple Finches frequently visit backyard bird feeders, particularly finch feeders containing niger or thistle seed. Here they are easily confused with their close cousin, the House Finch. The head and chest of male House Finches tend to be orange-red to true red rather than raspberry red, and the belly is heavily streaked while that of male Purple Finches is whitish with a few faint or no streaks. Females are very similar except that the female Purple Finch as a prominent white stripe over the eye that the female House Finch lacks. As their name implies, House Finches live in close association with humans, typically nesting in residential areas, city parks and on golf courses.


Bainbride police blotter, April 9

April 13th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

April 8

Suspicious persons/situations: A woman living on the 10000 block of Puget Bluff reported a pizza delivery man from a restaurant on Winslow Way was peering into her windows instead of ringing her doorbell. The man said he thought the home was a library and was closed. When the woman told her neighbor about the incident, the woman neighbor said she saw a gray vehicle driving slowly down the lane within the past few days.

Telephone harassment: A 46-year-old woman living on the 10000 block of Kirk Avenue reported that a man had called her six times trying to get personal information as he pretended to be an enforcement agency for the Internal Revenue Service. The man was claiming she owed back taxes. The man had a East-Indian accent. After hanging up, the woman Googled the number and found multiple people had blogged warnings about the scam.

Theft: A woman living on the 11000 block of Country Club Road reported that her orange kayak, valued at $500, was taken from her beach property. She last used the kayak two weeks earlier. She said her property frequently attracts people to park there for views of Seattle.

Identity theft: A woman reported receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service asking her to verify her identity. After she did, an IRS official told her that someone else had tried to use her social security number to file a tax return.

April 7

Identity theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Arrow Point Drive reported that unauthorized charges appeared on his bank card’s account.

April 6

Suspicious persons/situations: A man and his wife, who live on the 5000 block of Wekfare Avenue, reported seeing a man in the bushes of their property. When they called out to the man, he ran to a waiting brownish gold Infinity SUV. The homeowners believed the man was casing the property since the property also stores equipment for his father’s construction company. Soon after, the suspect returned in the vehicle with two woman and the homeowner recognized the occupants as people he went to school with. The three people told the homeowners that they wanted to set up a secret cafe on the first floor of the abandoned building on the property next to the property owner’s home. They planned to sell marijuana brownies from the cafe. The three people also told the homeowners that they were aware of the movement of the neighbors in the area.

April 4

Found property: An abandoned bike was retrieved from a residence at the 4300 block of Eagle Harbor Drive. There were no matches for the bicycle’s description on the list of stolen bikes.


Bainbridge police blotter, April 2

April 2nd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

April 1

Malicious mischief: A 26-year-old Seattle man returned to find all four tires on his vehicle were slashed while it was parked at Blakely Harbor Park. The man parked his car at 1 p.m. and returned at 6 p.m. Each tire had a 2-inch cut in the sidewall. The estimated damage was $500.

March 31

Identity theft: A 55-year-old man reported that he received a call from the Internal Revenue Service that the U.S. government agency had received his $4,000 tax return. However, the man hadn’t filed his tax return yet. The man volunteers at the Archdiocese in Seattle, which has been tied to a nationwide tax return fraud.

Found property: A 70-yer-old man found a cellphone on the street outside the Bainbridge Business Park on Day Road. The cell was inoperable, the keys were heavily worn and the frame was nicked.

Identity theft: A 49-year-old woman reported when she tried to file her joint tax return for her and her husband that the Internal Revenue Service rejected it. She was informed that some information had been compromised by work with the Seattle Archdiocese.

Theft: A couple living on the 15000 block of Skogen Lane reported that the plot of land they recently purchased had some trees cut down without their authorization. They couple listed on the police report three companies that were approved to do work on their property.

March 30

Theft – shoplifting: A 45-year-old woman living on the 5200 block of Rose Avenue was caught shoplifting at a grocery store on High School Road. The woman was caught taking two bags without making an effort to pay for them. The woman, who said she’s “a little bipolar,” said she got distracted after going to the in-store Starbucks.

March 28

Protection order: With the help of a 66-year-old man’s wife, five firearms were taken for safekeeping from a house located at the 4400 block of Point White Drive. Four of the guns were rifles and the other was a pistol.

March 27

Bicycle theft: A 48-year-old man reported that his son’s 21-speed mountain bike was missing from some bushes that his son had left hidden at the intersection of Cambridge Crest Way and Phelps Road. The son, who forgot his bike lock that day, stashed the bike in the bushes at 8 a.m. and when he returned at noon the bike was gone. The report didn’t list the son’s age.


Birding on Bloedel: An unruffled red-tailed raptor

April 2nd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014 to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary. Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published  here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow, from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been members of Bloedel Reserve for seven years. They live in Kingston. 

Contributed photo Red-tailed hawks are a common year-round resident throughout much of America's lower 48 and Mexico.

Contributed photo
Red-tailed hawks are a common year-round resident throughout much of America’s lower 48 and Mexico.

Crows regularly mob potential predators such as hawks, owls or eagles that they discover in their habitat. The mobbing behavior involves numerous crows diving close to their enemy, sometimes even striking it with their bills and cawing loudly. This behavior may be responsible for a group of crows being referred to as “a murder of crows.”

Last Saturday as my wife and I walked down the path leading from the visitor’s center toward the birch grove, we heard a murder of Northwestern Crows expressing their intense displeasure at the presence of a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). The hawk was perched in a fir tree near the shoreline and seemed relatively unruffled by the persistent scolding and dive-bombing of the crows, although it did cock his head occasionally to maintain a wary eye on its tormentors.

The Red-tailed Hawk is a common year-round resident throughout much of the lower 48 and Mexico, and a summer resident throughout most of Canada and Alaska. Adults are predominantly brown on the back with cream-colored underparts, streaked on the belly with brown spots. As its name implies, the upper side of the tale is a deep rufous-red.

Small mammals comprise the bulk of the Red-tail’s diet, particularly mice, voles and rabbits. It hunts by soaring over open fields or grasslands, or by sitting on an exposed perch, to spot the movement of a potential prey. When a prey is located, the hawk dives through the air and attempts to capture it with its talons.

Look for this magnificent raptor soaring over one of the grassland areas at Bloedel, particularly on warm, sunny days when there are thermal updrafts. Alternatively, listen for a murder of crows to tip you off to the presence of this or another bird of prey.


Municipal Court judge sees all types of people

April 1st, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed photo Sara L. McCulloch worked for 13 years at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Seattle before being appointed Bainbridge Island's Municipal Court judge in November.

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Sara L. McCulloch worked for 13 years at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Seattle before being appointed Bainbridge Island’s Municipal Court judge in November.

This is the fourth entry in a weekly column about reporter Ethan Fowler’s participation in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy.

Despite being on the job only three months, Sara L. McCulloch came across knowledgeable, confident and friendly when Bainbridge Island’s Municipal Court judge spent more than an hour talking about her job to Citizens’ Police Academy participants March 18.

McCulloch worked for 13 years at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Seattle before she was appointed to the part-time position for a four-year term in November. She sees about 20-35 cases on the Mondays and Tuesdays the court is in session.

McCulloch described the court as a “People’s Court” because of the variety of misdemeanor criminal cases brought before her. Driving under the influence, assault, domestic violence offenses, hit and run, malicious mischief, theft, trespass, reckless driving and use of drug paraphernalia are some of the criminal charges under the Municipal Court’s jurisdiction. The court also provides anti-harassment and sexual assault protection orders, as well as search and arrest warrants.

Despite the wide range of cases handled, court administrator Telma Hauth – who recently celebrated her 20th year in that position – said the Municipal Court constitutes only 1 percent of the city’s budget.

“Factually speaking, most of the people that come in here … aren’t a person of means,” McCulloch said. “A fair share of the people are in the 20s or 30s, but we see people of all ages here still trying to find their way.”

She said the Municipal Court largely has a “focus on rehabilitation,” where with a felony at the Superior Court level the “focus is incarceration.” McCulloch said her court provides a lot of treatment opportunities and options for people who frequently appear before her.

When I asked about why some court cases can drag on for years and cost millions, she said working as a prosecutor helped her to “really see the value of the process.”

“It’s about fairness and doing the right thing and making sure people are being treated right,” said McCulloch, who also performs weddings for a fee. “You can’t just say you want quicker justice. These people have constitutional rights and it does take time for justice.”

McCulloch also distributed handouts about Washington’s court system and a sample of the mountain of paperwork involved in a DUI conviction to Citizens’ Police Academy participants. She later donned her black court robe to present a mock DUI hearing with academy participants portraying attorneys and the driver, while court security officer Guy Roche and Hauth played themselves.

Roche then talked about his job and role with the court. He said that “things usually calm down” when people see him. He said that the lower level offenders who wear ankle bracelets for home monitoring are “really quite compliant.”

Barbara Chandler-Young, a client advocate for the YWCA of Kitsap County in its domestic violence program, spoke after Roche. She said that protection orders “really work” for some people and for others they don’t.

“I don’t take issuing orders lightly,” McCulloch said. “People who have more to lose … tend to be more responsive.”

After the meeting ended, McCulloch asked me to please remind drivers to always have four things up-to-date in their car or on them when they drive: a valid driver’s license, signed registration, proof of insurance and license tabs.

“All of this is a citation that could cost you a lot of money,” McCulloch said if an officer pulls you over and you’re missing one of those items.


Joint police effort snares speeders

March 28th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Bainbridge cop

It would’ve been hard not to notice the incredible police presence on the island from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 18.

Bainbridge was the site for Kitsap County’s third “Target Zero” Task Force that utilized four Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office officers, three Bainbridge Island Police Department officers and three Washington State Patrol officers.

The result: 83 tickets and 18 warnings issued. Some drivers could’ve been cited for multiple infractions, said Marsha Masters of Kitsap County’s “Target Zero” Task Force.

Of the 90 contacts with drivers, officers issued 83 tickets.

Police officers issued 62 speeding tickets, seven tickets for no insurance, six tickets for seat belt infractions and three equipment violations. They also wrote two tickets each for cellphone usage and “other moving violations,” as well as a ticket for a non-moving violation.

Another driver was found to being compliant with an ignition interlock court order.

“We did a lot school zones, which was one of the biggest focus (areas),” Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said.

Masters said none of the extra patrols resulted in overtime. She also noted that the non-Bainbridge officers were simply shifted from other areas in the county to focus on the island.

Although Masters said the county plans to regularly do “Emphasis Patrol” activities, the first two efforts were conducted last year – Bremerton (March) and Poulsbo (June). She said that Port Orchard would be the site of another “Target Zero” effort in the next couple of months.

“Just play by the rules and you don’t you get penalized,” Masters said.

– This story was updated at 5:25 p.m. March 28 to raise the total of speeding tickets issued to 62 and include other types of tickets issued.


Birding on Bloedel: Common Ravens often heard near reserve

March 27th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the  Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014  to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary.   Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published  here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught  at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s  summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology  of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow,  from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of  Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been  members of Bloedel Reserve for 7 years. They live in Kingston. 

Contributed photo The Common Raven weighs nearly three times as much as its close relative, the Northwestern Crow.

Contributed photo
The Common Raven weighs nearly three times as much as its close relative, the Northwestern Crow.

The Common Raven is the largest passerine bird, the order that includes all of the songbirds. In bird parlance the use of the term “Common” in the name usually refers to the fact that the species is found in both the New World and the Old World, a fact that is true for the Common Raven.

The Common Raven is a denizen of mature forests and tundra, and has a broad North American distribution that includes much of Canada, Alaska and the western states. It is a year-round resident throughout its range.

The raven is the subject of numerous legends and beliefs in the cultures of many Eurasian and North American peoples. In Greek mythology, the raven is associated with the god Apollo and with prophesy, no doubt due to the widespread appreciation of the raven’s intelligence.

In many cultures the raven is associated with death, a belief reflected in Poe’s “quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’” Closer to home, the native peoples of the coastal Pacific Northwest have a rich tradition of raven mythology.

Raven is often considered the creator of the world, but is also identified as the “trickster,” a role played by the coyote in the native cultures of the Southwest (reflected in “Wily Coyote” of cartoon fame). The Quileute of the Olympic Peninsula have a traditional story, “Raven and Eagle,” in which Eagle turns the tables on the trickster, deceiving him with tragic consequences.

Although the Common Raven weighs nearly three times as much as its close relative, the Northwestern Crow, it is most easily distinguished from the latter by its vocalizations. The raven sounds like a hoarse crow. I have most frequently heard ravens calling in the vicinity of the entrance to Bloedel.

Last week, my wife and I observed a Common Raven soaring and calling over the large meadow south of the Gatehouse. Ravens, which are primarily scavengers, often soar in search of food, while crows, as we all know, fly “as the crow flies.”


Public memorial for Kitamoto set for April 6

March 26th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

The community is encouraged to wear either purple and gold or Hawaiian attire when they attend a public memorial service for Frank Kitamoto at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Woodward Middle School, Kitamoto’s sister Lilly Kodama said.

“We are telling people to wear purple and gold as Frank was an ardent U of W Husky fan or Hawaiian attire as this was his favorite vacation spot,” Kodama said.

After being hospitalized for six weeks, Kitamoto died at age 74 on March 15 at a Seattle hospital.

During World War II, Kitamoto was interred for three years with his family when he was just 2 years old. Kitamoto, who worked as dentist, was well known for traveling around the country informing people about the Japanese-American internment camps and his experiences.

“Besides his speaking presentations,” son Derek Kitamoto said, “…my fondest memories are of going to Sonics, Seahawks and Husky football games with my father. He was a big sports fan and longtime Husky football season ticket holder. I also cherished the few times I was able to go with him on his annual trips to Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands were his home away from home.”

Contributed Photo/Courtesy of Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial “(Frank Kitamoto was) a humble, gracious soul with (a) hearty, infectious laugh and a 1,000 watt smile that would light up the darkest room," says Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy of Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
“(Frank Kitamoto was) a humble, gracious soul with (a) hearty, infectious laugh and a 1,000 watt smile that would light up the darkest room,” says Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.


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