December 24, 2023
Tis the season for red and green…salmon? Chum salmon return to the watershed to spawn just in time for the holidays. They arrive wearing the equivalent of a human’s Christmas sweater (red calico stripes on a green body) to signal their readiness to party! Er, propagate...
November 17, 2023
When I first started working at the Port, there was a series of *alleged* otter sightings in the Sitcum Waterway. Coworkers would come to my desk, excitedly pulling me to the window to see. Every time I went to go look– nothing. No otters. Not even a bubble. I started to suspect that these “otter sightings” were an elaborate conspiracy...
October 12, 2023
I was sitting in my office cubicle a few weeks ago when someone grabbed me to come look at a “weird” fish in the Sitcum Waterway. A small crowd had started to form by the time I made it outside and as I approached, I heard lots of bewildered chatter.
August 18, 2023
Beavers are dam smart! They provide many ecological benefits such as wetland habitat creation, drought prevention and carbon storage. However, sometimes they build dams in areas that make them unpopular neighbors.
June 15, 2023
What do you call dad jokes about Canada Geese? Dad yolks.
Which side of a goose has the most feathers? The outside.
What happened to the geese when they fell down the stairs? They all got goose bumps.
May 12, 2023
Raising a kid is hard, especially if you are a southern resident Orca boy-mom. A recent study showed raising a male-whale is so energy intensive that orca moms are less likely to have another baby after having a son. Having a daughter, however, did not reduce the chance of having another baby.
February 14, 2023
Cupid’s arrow may be inspired by the mating rituals of… land snails?

Seriously. Land snails.
January 11, 2023
Animals don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, they have evolved specific strategies to ensure their survival year-round. Because it’s the New Year, and because I love a good pun, let’s call these survival strategies re-ZOO-lutions.
December 22, 2022
2022 was the year of the northern migration of the species Portus biologicus (Port Biologist). Two variations of this species, Jenn and Kristin, have been found at the Port of Tacoma. Jenn can be identified by her red plumage while Kristin has brown plumage with a brightly colored cap that appears in the winter.