As we say goodbye to our meager snow accumulation and brace ourselves for another warm week this winter, I can't help but think about what these changing winter weather patterns are doing to bird distributions.
This is about the jig and jigging - not the lively dance with the leaping moves, but the artificial bait that's jerked up and falls down to attract and hook fish.
I first saw jigs as a young boy, watching my dad make and fish with them.
On this Christmas Eve, most of us have an ornamented tree of one sort or another in our house, a tradition that goes back at least to the 1500s in Europe and one that was firmly established in most U.S. households by 1920.
Author's note: This column previously appeared in the Clarion on Aug. 1, 2003. I've edited it slightly for brevity. Merry Christmas! - LP
On July 19, in a cove 19 miles out of Whittier in Prince William Sound, the weather was nasty.