Tara Castro interacts with her pet Sprite, a four-month- old Ancona domestic duck. In March, Sprite made an appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and can often be spotted around town running errands with her people.   - Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times

Birds of a feather: Sprightly duck is a part of the family

  • Apr 30, 2016 at 6:00AM

Sprite, which is short for Watersprite, is a house duck. A diaper-wearing, parade-walking, adolescent Ancona house duck, to be exact.


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Bike Touring for Whimps Like Me

May is Bike Month. I like walking and riding the bus on my commute to work. However, I’m not so sure I want to share the road with motor vehicles, or more accurately, if they want to share the road with me.  Just the thought of donning spandex terrifies me.  I prefer a designated bike...

Class teaching people how to use wild plants as first aid

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Apr 28, 2016 at 11:52AM

On Friday, Suzanne Jordan, a bio-regional herbalist, wildcrafter, founder and director of Cedar Mountain Herb School and adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, will lead a workshop detailing the ways in which to use regional herbs as medicinals in emergency situations.

State parks gain friends: New Friends of Central Whidbey State Parks is off and running

  • Apr 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

At a meeting attended by about 20 people Tuesday night at the Coupeville Library, it was announced that the new friends group was forging ahead and the process of taking the first baby steps began.

Ebey’s Reserve the backdrop for FilmSlam

  • Apr 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

Ebey’s Reserve is looking for independent filmmakers of all abilities to participate in the May 6-8 competition that will showcase the Reserve and shine a spotlight on the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial.


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