Science Section

CODE RED: Bloodworks Northwest issues urgent need for blood donations

CODE RED: Bloodworks Northwest issues urgent need for blood donations

Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors on Thursday (Aug. 17) after supplies fell to emergency levels – a one-day supply or less. Normal inventory is a four-day supply. For the safety... [Read more]

Quiet Skies Coalition says noisy flights over Burien still a ‘Work In Progress’

Quiet Skies Coalition says noisy flights over Burien still a ‘Work In Progress’

By Jack Mayne Any “comprehensive resolution” to the continuation of noisy propjet flights over Burien remains a work-in-progress, and any decisions by the Federal Aviation Administration remain up... [Read more]

Burien’s Environmental Science Center receives STEM Education grant

Burien’s Environmental Science Center receives STEM Education grant

Burien’s Environmental Science Center recently received a $21,972 NOAA 21st-Century Community Learning Center Watershed STEM Education grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Salmon... [Read more]

Learn how to install a rain garden in free City of Burien workshop on Sat., Sept. 9

Learn how to install a rain garden in free City of Burien workshop on Sat., Sept. 9

Community members are invited to learn how to install a rain garden in a free workshop hosted by the City of Burien on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This will be the second of three “learning... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help count bicyclists & pedestrians in Burien Sept. 26-28

Volunteers needed to help count bicyclists & pedestrians in Burien Sept. 26-28

Volunteers are needed to help count bicyclists and pedestrians in Burien from Sept. 26-28: The number of people who choose to walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington... [Read more]

CONSTRUCTION: Parts of SR 509 will be closed this weekend for paving work

CONSTRUCTION: Parts of SR 509 will be closed this weekend for paving work

The left lanes of both northbound and southbound SR 509 in Burien will be closed this weekend – from Aug. 11-14 – for paving and guardrail replacement. Lanes will close at 7 p.m. Friday, and reopen... [Read more]

Highline High School holding Climate & Culture Planning Session Thursday night

Highline High School holding Climate & Culture Planning Session Thursday night

Highline High School students, families and community supporters are coming together this Thursday, Aug. 10, to create a plan for a positive school climate and culture. The first of two sessions will be... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Backyard nature and beauty abounds in Burien

PHOTOS: Backyard nature and beauty abounds in Burien

Story & Photos by Elston Hill We in Burien are so fortunate to have the Northwest vegetation and temperate climate, which attracts all kinds of wildlife into our backyards. Sitting in our backyard... [Read more]

PHOTOS: More great photos of our strange smoky skies & a weather update

PHOTOS: More great photos of our strange smoky skies & a weather update

From Elston Hill comes more great photos showing our strange smoky skies, courtesy wildfires in British Columbia being pushed our way by a southerly wind. On Thursday morning, Vashon and Blake Island... [Read more]

WEATHER: Cough cough! Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect until further notice

WEATHER: Cough cough! Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect until further notice

Significant wildfire smoke from British Columbia remains in our region – and is expected through Friday – so the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is continuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: It’s been a couple of smoky days in Burien lately…

PHOTOS: It’s been a couple of smoky days in Burien lately…

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos showing the recent smoky skies in Burien: “I was startled when we got home at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The sky looked yucky. Very hazy and/or dirty. Turns out... [Read more]

WEATHER: ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ issued for this week, starting Tuesday

WEATHER: ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ issued for this week, starting Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued an ‘Excessive Heat Warning,’ starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 4. Expect temps to hit the high 90s, with Thursday most... [Read more]

Learn more about Sea-Tac Airport’s Ecology Fund at a session near you

Learn more about Sea-Tac Airport’s Ecology Fund at a session near you

By Brian DeRoy 
Port of Seattle The Port of Seattle will be holding several informational sessions designed to let community groups near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport know how they can benefit... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Contrary to perceptions, we live in a drought area…

PHOTOS: Contrary to perceptions, we live in a drought area…

Story & Photos by Elston Hill Contrary to perceptions, we live in a drought area during most of our growing season. Burien resident Shon Robinson (pictured below) specializes in assisting people plant... [Read more]

Lowest tides of summer = Beach Walks at Environmental Science Center!

Lowest tides of summer = Beach Walks at Environmental Science Center!

This weekend (July 22-23) will host the lowest tides of the summer, so come see the cool critters on the beach of Seahurst Park through free guided walks with Environmental Science Center naturalists: SATURDAY,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Green algae is blooming in Puget Sound off the shores of Burien

PHOTOS: Green algae is blooming in Puget Sound off the shores of Burien

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these photos – taken on Monday, July 17 – that show green algae blooms on the surface of Puget Sound off the shores of Burien. “Tides and wind bring it in and out past... [Read more]

New ramp on SR 518 will improve access for Burien redevelopment of NERA

New ramp on SR 518 will improve access for Burien redevelopment of NERA

Summer construction in Burien is heating up as crews get ready to construct a new two-lane off-ramp from eastbound State Route 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive (map below). Contractor crews from Graham... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Numerous responders perform in emergency exercise at Sea-Tac

PHOTOS: Numerous responders perform in emergency exercise at Sea-Tac

Story & Photos by Elston Hill On Wednesday, July 12, a mock fuselage was placed on the north end of the runway at Sea-Tac Airport as part of an emergency exercise. The fuselage was part of a Boeing... [Read more]

Free July 22 Workshop for Marine Shoreline and Bluff Property Owners 

Free July 22 Workshop for Marine Shoreline and Bluff Property Owners 

The King Conservation District will host a free workshop for owners of marine shoreline and marine bluff properties on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. The... [Read more]

Are you ready for the solar eclipse? It’s coming Aug. 21!

Are you ready for the solar eclipse? It’s coming Aug. 21!

By Elston Hill On Aug. 21, a full eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. I experienced a full eclipse in 1970 and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Starting... [Read more]

Open House at Environmental Science Center is this Saturday, July 8

Open House at Environmental Science Center is this Saturday, July 8

Burien’s Environmental Science Center is opening its doors to you and your family while you visit Seahurst Park this summer, with an Open House being held this Saturday, July 8. Learn about the... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Work Party to clean up Miller Creek this Saturday, July 8

Volunteers needed for Work Party to clean up Miller Creek this Saturday, July 8

Volunteers are needed for a Work Party this Saturday, July 8, to help clean up Miller Creek: Help remove invasive plant species and plant native species along Miller Creek. You will learn the importance... [Read more]

Port of Seattle vows to meet Paris Agreement climate goals

Port of Seattle vows to meet Paris Agreement climate goals

The Port of Seattle on Tuesday (June 27) announced that it has joined the national coalition ‘We Are Still In,’ an alliance of governments, colleges, and businesses committed to meeting the... [Read more]

Master Gardeners expanding their FREE help sessions for 2017

Master Gardeners expanding their FREE help sessions for 2017

The Master Gardeners have increased the frequency of their free plant question/answer clinics for the 2017 season, and wil now be at the Burien Library two days a week, as well as three Saturdays at... [Read more]