Topic: Enviro Corner

Team Vinny's, 2015 - Contributed photo

Litter-Free by the Sea

Written on April 9, 2016 at 6:00 am, by

Mark your calendars! It’s time for the 2016 Great Islands Clean-Up… our annual spring-cleaning! And again this year, both Orcas and Lopez will be joining San Juan in the event! The specific information about San Juan Island’s effort is as follows: When: Saturday, April 23, 9 am – noon Where: All island roadsides and beaches  Continue Reading


The Great Islands Clean Up

Written on March 12, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

Just a quick note here to let you know to Save the Date! The Great Islands Clean Up, (yes, that’s right – “Islands” with an ‘s’) is coming up on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 am until noon. More information will follow as the time draws closer, but for now – you know that’s the  Continue Reading

Petra turning rocks to collect Northern Clingfish at Cattle Point Beach - C. Linkem photo

Tide Bites

Written on March 10, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s an excerpt from this month’s University of Washington Labs Tide Bites newsletter, written by Petra Ditsche… Years ago when I stepped into a river and experienced the strong forces of the current, I wondered how animals are able to live in such a challenging environment. This experience stayed with me, and the interplay of  Continue Reading

Nearly 100,000 Comments

Written on January 25, 2013 at 5:35 am, by

Katie Fleming of FRIENDS of the San Juans just sent over this press release: Almost 100,000 Comments Submitted Asking for Broad Look at Proposed Coal Export Terminal Voices from across the county, state, and country have weighed in on the “cradle to grave” impacts of coal export.  The public comment period for the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) Environmental  Continue Reading

L - R: Jill Johnson, Ann Jarrell and Louisa Nishitani - John Dustrude Photo

Disseminating the Information

Written on January 16, 2013 at 5:07 am, by

Roving Update reporter Louise Dustrude got a chance to catch up with Jill, Ann and Louisa to find out what they were up to, and she turns in this report: Wearing orange safety vests, Louisa Nishitani, Ann Jarrell, and Jill Johnson were working the ferry lanes on Monday, handing out information about the proposed Cherry  Continue Reading

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Speaking of Sandy…

Written on November 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm, by

This just in from Rob Simpson: Many scientists are saying that lethal storms such as Hurricane Sandy are going to become more common in our immediate future. Most attribute this to excess carbon in the atmosphere heating things up and destabilizing our weather systems. But, there is another factor at work here.  GeoEngineering has been  Continue Reading


Someone else to look out for, with all the cold…

Written on January 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm, by

One of the most knowledgeable bird experts on San Juan Island is Susan Vernon, and she just checked in with a thought about one of our smaller friends: Hi Ian, I thought I would jot you a note regarding the overwintering Anna’s Hummingbirds on the island now.  I suspect some folks don’t know we have  Continue Reading

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Watch how the snow blows in….

Written on January 16, 2012 at 10:26 am, by

Brendan at the County’s Department of Emergency Management has issued a heads up on the week ahead (you can “like” his Facebook page here; you can sign up for e-mails from him here): Monday morning: Too soon to know for sure, but the Weather Service is forecasting a major snowstorm for Wednesday. Computer models are  Continue Reading


The 2011 Inter-tribal Canoe Journey…on its way to San Juan Island

Written on July 19, 2011 at 5:15 am, by

This annual event is a super reminder of both our roots in the area, and the chances for a positive future, as First Nations folks come to visit…here’s more from Stephanie Buffum from the Friends of the San Juans: This Thursday-Sunday over 200 coast Salish tribes will be paddling through the San Juans from Vancouver  Continue Reading

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It’s the season for Harbor Seal pupping…

Written on June 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm, by

Just got this note from Amy Traxler with the Marine Stranding Network: Once again, harbor seal pupping season in San Juan County is fast approaching. Pups in the San Juans are born on off-shore rocks and reefs and depend on their mother’s milk for the first 3-4 weeks of their life.  At that point, the  Continue Reading

Remember Alabama…

Written on April 29, 2011 at 5:45 am, by

With royal weddings & basketball playoffs & hockey playoffs & all kinds of other things going on, let’s don’t forget that there are people hurting in the South, where those tornados tore stores & houses & dreams from their foundations and scattered them across the countryside. Most of my family graduated from the University in  Continue Reading



Written on April 27, 2011 at 12:38 am, by

Well, the sun’s out & the sky is blue, so it’s time for paddling, too! Here’s more from Martha, as they get underway this week: You don’t have to go to Hawaii to paddle a Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe!  The San Juan Canoe and Kayak Club has a Youth Paddling Team. From April 28th to June  Continue Reading


The Cleanup wrapup – looking good!

Written on April 26, 2011 at 8:17 am, by

I love it that there are people like Stephanie (she works at Harrison House/Tucker House) who think up ideas like The Great Island Cleanup & then make them happen – it’s people like her who make this a great place to live! Thank you, Stephanie! She filed this report about how it all turned out:  Continue Reading


most this amazing day….

Written on April 25, 2011 at 6:43 am, by

years ago, when I went to university there was this poem, scribbled & sketched & written on a scrap of paper on the wall in the first room i ever stayed in away from home i remembered it so i could read it my eyes closed, and my heart open here it is, as words  Continue Reading


Happy Earth Day!

Written on April 22, 2011 at 7:43 am, by

Time to plan the birthday cake. Then plan how many mouths can we feed. Really. As the sun rises on our beautiful island, I hope you have good & meaningful things planned for this day celebrating the planet that holds us, that sustains us, that offers us the wonder of the colors of changing seasons,  Continue Reading


Bringing the ends of the wealth spectrum together….

Written on March 27, 2011 at 7:54 am, by

On Thursday night, islander Peter Corning made a presentation at Griffin Bay Bookstore in support of his new, internationally distributed & acclaimed book, The Fair Society, in which he talks about his sense that people, at bottom, DO try to share & work together to make things more equitable in the world. A major point,  Continue Reading


Spring is just around the corner…

Written on March 19, 2011 at 1:57 am, by

These are some daffodils I saw yesterday just round the corner at Harbor Rentals, where I took my lawn mower to get it ready for the season….beginning to look like spring around here, with equinox in a couple of days.


Sign up for naturalist training this spring!

Written on March 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm, by

Here’s the scoop from The Whale Museum: Marine Naturalist Training Program Spring 2011 The Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum, is now accepting registrations for the spring class.  The program dates are Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, and Sunday May 29. The object of this program is to  Continue Reading

Quake advice & thoughts, by Brenden…

Written on March 15, 2011 at 12:40 am, by

In the light of last week’s tsunami & the disaster in Japan, the County’s Department of Emergency Management director Brenden Cowan offers these thoughts: Quakes, Tsunamis, and the Islands A practical take on disaster preparedness Last week’s earthquake in Japan has grabbed headlines across the world for obvious reasons. The scale of the destruction is  Continue Reading


J pod visits the island – no sign of Ruffles…

Written on March 7, 2011 at 1:06 am, by

Jim Maya caught some incredible pictures of foraging yesterday as J pod trundled through the strait, but says he did not sight J1 (Ruffles) in the pod…killer whale fans & researchers have not seen the father & grandfather of many in the three resident pods since November.


Ken Franklin & the beauty of the peregrine falcon

Written on March 4, 2011 at 5:57 am, by

This is beautiful photography & a beautiful animal, with pilot & falconer Ken Franklin checking out how fast the bird can go (Suzanne is in the film, too…). His falcon Frightful clocks in at over 180 miles an hour in one test, and over 240 a week later. This vid has over 1,600,000 visits, which  Continue Reading


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

Written on February 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm, by

The light dusting of snow began last night but really opened up this morning, making the island a winter wonderland for most of the day. The forecast has a storm, more snow, and freezing weather ahead for this late afternoon, tonight & tomorrow.

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