Staying connected to our community is important, which is why the San Juan Preservation Trust staff created a video series called “Just a Minute from the Islands” in 2020. These videos highlight aspects of nature including local plants, birds, reptiles, marine life, and more.

In the fall of 2020, we started a second season of  short videos, which we’ve named “Just a Moment from the Islands.”

In this season we are featuring various islanders with expertise in natural history. Watch the videos at

Videos include Thor Hanson, a local environmental author, on galls, and Frances Robertson, of the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, on Steller sea lions.

We remained committed to preserving the quick and to-the-point character of these videos while making allowances to extend beyond one minute. We hope you agree that every moment counts in these naturalists’ narratives from the San Juan Islands.

A special thanks to Michael Noonan, our volunteer videographer and filmmaker, and to our knowledgeable supporters who were excited to share their fascination of these islands with you all—it was truly a community effort to create these “bites of nature.”