Washington Tourism Audubon map – new Puget Loop unveiled as enviro groups strategize By Bellamy Pailthorp • Jan 25, 2012 Stormy weather is not the best recipe for bird watching. But that’s not stopping environmentalists from getting together in Olympia to set their legislative priorities. And among the festivities celebrating the Washington Conservation Voters’ day of lobbying is the unveiling of a colorful new, hand-drawn bird-watching map. Washington closes tourism office in face of budget cuts By Vanessa Romo • Jun 30, 2011 Flickr Listen Listening... / Today Washington state closes its official tourism agency making it the only state in the nation to abandon all funding for self-promotion. The closure comes at a time when tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world.