Daily Archives: April 8, 2008

Shotgun downs island eagle


A shotgun blast knocked a bald eagle out of the air near Blakely Harbor. Read the story below.

Eagle on the Mend After Shotgun Attack

By Rachel Pritchett

A bald eagle seriously injured by shotgun shot is recovering at the West Sound Wildlife Center, according to staff there.

A person spotted the bird on the ground March 25 in woods toward the head of Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island. The female bird could not move. The person called the island shelter, which is the region’s only sanctuary for rehabilitation of injured wild creatures.

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A leaf-blower in the forest?


Island resident and blogger Wendy Wallace sent us this letter about a recent surprise she encountered along a Bainbridge trail.

While walking with my daughter and dog the other day on the new trail from the Grand Forest to Battle Point Park, we were shocked to find a fellow coming our direction with a gas-powered leaf blower. He wore a Bainbridge Island parks and recreation district shirt, so I assume he was an employee.

We heard him way before we saw him. So much for a peaceful walk.

How is it that BIPRD can be focused on cutting costs, such as two course catalogs rather than three per year, and yet paying someone to blow leaves off a dirt trail?

Or is dirt undesirable on Bainbridge Island trails?

Wendy J. Wallace