September 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.
The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.
Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.
September 16, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2015
The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is asking members and the public for support to maintain its education and community programs throughout Issaquah and surrounding areas.
A FISH membership helps support the mission statement: “To advocate retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and to promote watershed stewardship through education.”
As a FISH member, you receive a great benefits package, according to a news release from the group. Those benefits include:
September 3, 2015
Hi readers! Here is a heads-up to look forward to the work of some great photographers — your very own friends and neighbors — next week in your hometown weekly newspaper. You are going to be blown away!
I’ve already had an advance peek on account of it was my job to sort and collate the entries, but let me just say how envious I am of the skill and the special moments captured by all of you who have once again entered our annual Issaquah and Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest.
July 16, 2015
Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn attended the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park last month on National Trails Day.
“In 2012, this land was under threat of being clear-cut,” said Reagan Dunn, whose council district includes the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park. “Thankfully, through the work of many, we are able to celebrate the opening of a new park that provides varied recreational opportunities and protects critical habitat.”
March 31, 2015
Everyone probably can agree the Seattle area had a pretty warm winter and spring kind of came early.
And with that warmer than average weather, what also came kind of early was the end of hibernation for this area’s healthy population of black bears.
Speaking last month, state Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said bears that don’t usually appear until April were already out and about in early March.
March 31, 2015
Mishka, the first Karelian bear dog used to help with bears and other potentially dangerous wildlife in Washington state, is retiring after 12 years of service.
Mishka was enlisted for duty by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in 2003 to help resolve tense situations with bears, cougars and other wildlife.
December 31, 2014
It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.
We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.
December 2, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2014
Time is running out to make a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway before the end of the year deadline to qualify for a tax break.
The group’s website has several options to contribute to help with the conservation of its 1.5 million acres under its care.
The group needs people to build and maintain trails, and ensure access, safety and sanitation. It also needs volunteers to clear invasive weeds, help salmon recover and improve habitat for native wildlife.
Donate here to help protect the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
July 29, 2014
Please don’t feed the bears, ever
“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.
We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.
July 22, 2014
A 304-pound black bear near Issaquah-Hobart Road peers out of the large trap where he sits in a pile of straw behind bars. He pops his jaw, sways back and forth, and then explosively charges with wild fervor. He’s following his instincts for finding food.
The large bruin and at least five other bears have been repeatedly coming to a residence near Issaquah, where, for the past 13 years, the occupant has been feeding them 5-gallon buckets full of bird seed in her backyard, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said.