Science Section

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Wait, didn’t spring start on Tuesday…?

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Wait, didn’t spring start on Tuesday…?

Wait…didn’t spring officially start at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20? Well, we have proof that the Weather Gods think otherwise… First, some video evidence of a squall of hail hitting... [Read more]

Four Highline School District Robotics Teams will compete this weekend

Four Highline School District Robotics Teams will compete this weekend

This weekend, 35 high school robotics teams from the Northwest will converge on Auburn High School to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Four teams hail from the Highline School District: Raisbeck... [Read more]

Help the ‘Great International Backyard Bird Count,’ going on until Monday

Help the ‘Great International Backyard Bird Count,’ going on until Monday

The Great American Bird Count is underway, and will go through Monday, Feb. 19 – and here’s how YOU can help: This is an opportunity to serve as a citizen scientist and to contribute to one of... [Read more]

Environmental Science Center’s Seaside Soirée will be Saturday, March 3

Environmental Science Center’s Seaside Soirée will be Saturday, March 3

All are invited to join the Environmental Science Center (ESC) board of directors, naturalists, staff and community to celebrate another successful year providing experiential environmental education... [Read more]

UPDATE: Trail section in Seahurst Park will remain closed due to recent slide

UPDATE: Trail section in Seahurst Park will remain closed due to recent slide

A short section of the trail along the shoreline in southern Seahurst Park will remain closed for several months due to the recent slide, the City announced on Monday, Feb. 5. The slide has compromised... [Read more]

Environmental Science Center holding Sea Glass Crafts Glass this Saturday

Environmental Science Center holding Sea Glass Crafts Glass this Saturday

The Environmental Science Center’s first Sea Glass Crafting events starts this Saturday, Jan 20, from 1 – 3 p.m The cost is $10. Another class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3. “If you’re... [Read more]

Environmental Science Center’s next Moonlight Beach Walk is Sat., Jan. 27

Environmental Science Center’s next Moonlight Beach Walk is Sat., Jan. 27

The Environmental Science Center’s next FREE Moonlight Beach Walk will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 – 8 p.m. “Come see marine organisms in a whole new light – your flashlight!... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Dozens explore Seahurst Park Beach during Moonlight Beach Walk

PHOTOS: Dozens explore Seahurst Park Beach during Moonlight Beach Walk

Dozens of people showed up Saturday night (Dec. 30) despite the drizzle at Seahurst Park Beach for the Environmental Science Center’s final Moonlight Beach Walk of 2017. Science Center Naturalists... [Read more]

UPDATE: Stage 1 Burn Ban lifted for King County

UPDATE: Stage 1 Burn Ban lifted for King County

UPDATE: The burn ban for King and Snohomish County is lifted, effective at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 11. The Stage 1 Burn Ban for Greater Pierce County continues. PREVIOUSLY: Due to sustained stagnant... [Read more]

Three Moonlight Beach Walks coming to Burien’s Environmental Science Center

Three Moonlight Beach Walks coming to Burien’s Environmental Science Center

See marine organisms in a whole new light – your flashlight – at Moonlight Beach Walks at Burien’s Environmental Science Center on these upcoming Saturdays: Dec. 2: 8 – 10 p.m. Dec. 30:... [Read more]

UPDATE: High Wind Warning issued for Monday, with possible gusts to 65 mph

UPDATE: High Wind Warning issued for Monday, with possible gusts to 65 mph

UPDATE: The National Weather Service issued a upgraded ‘High Wind Warning’ for Monday, Nov. 13, warning that gusts could now reach 65 mph. To put that in perspective, 65 mph is just 10 mph... [Read more]

REMINDER: Community Salmon Investigation Training starts Thursday

REMINDER: Community Salmon Investigation Training starts Thursday

REMINDER: Community Salmon Investigation Training starts this Thursday, Oct. 5! Come learn how to participate in the annual Community Salmon Investigation to track spawning salmon in Miller and Walker... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Community Salmon Investigation, which starts Oct. 5

Volunteers needed for Community Salmon Investigation, which starts Oct. 5

Don’t forget to sign-up for the annual CSI salmon surveys, as the Oct. 5 training is fast approaching, and volunteers are needed to help survey our local creeks in just over two weeks. “The long-standing... [Read more]

Seahurst Park sets record for worldwide International Coastal Cleanup

Seahurst Park sets record for worldwide International Coastal Cleanup

On the last Saturday of summer (Sept. 16), Seahurst Park was overflowing with beach combers and record breakers. Luckily, friends and neighbors abided by the rule that the only thing you take... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Elston Hill road trips to Solar Eclipse totality, takes amazing photos

PHOTOS: Elston Hill road trips to Solar Eclipse totality, takes amazing photos

Elston Hill and his wife Jackline road tripped south into the ‘path of totality’ to Ontario, Oregon, to witness and photograph Monday’s historic Solar Eclipse. “I made our reservations... [Read more]

‘Laudato Si: A Faithful Response to Climate Change’ with Jeff Renner Sept. 13

‘Laudato Si: A Faithful Response to Climate Change’ with Jeff Renner Sept. 13

Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes of West Seattle are co-sponsoring an evening with Jeff Renner called “Laudato Si: A Faithful Response to Climate Change” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.... [Read more]

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Scenes of the 2017 Solar Eclipse from around the area

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Scenes of the 2017 Solar Eclipse from around the area

Did you watch the great 2017 Solar Eclipse? Were you able to get some eclipse glasses and see it firsthand yourself through the morning fog? Photographer Michael Brunk took this great series of photos... [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]

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]

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]

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]