Topic: Animals

First Calf Born To Southern Resident L Pod In Two Years

Written on March 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Center for Whale Research The Center for Whale Research is thrilled to confirm that a new calf, L125, has been born into the Southern Resident killer whale community. Following word that J, K, and L pod were in Haro Strait, CWR dispatched two boats with field researchers to photo-identify the new calf and  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Creates Spay/Neuter Clinic for Low Income

Written on February 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor On Feb. 23, coinciding with World Spay Day, The Animal Protection Society Friday Harbor announced the launch of the APS-FH Spay/Neuter Clinic. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “cost is the reason most often cited by owners for not having their  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

Written on February 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: Approximately 6 years Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Longhair Application: Shadow is an awesome cat that is full of personality and has a real zest for life! He had a difficult start living on the streets of Yakima, but has made his way over to San  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Pet Of The Week

Written on February 18, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Name: Meeka Age: About 8/9 years old Sex: Female Breed: Siberian Husky Application: Meet Meeka, a sweet husky with an easy going personality! Meeka is tried and true to her breed, she loves adventures including long walks, hikes, and having fun! She is a known “explorer”  Continue Reading

Center For Whale Research Presents Whale Love Stories

Written on February 14, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

From the Center for Whale Research We asked Center for Whale Research members and supporters to share a short story about a special whale, encounter or friendship that developed from a shared passion for whales. We are very grateful to those who shared their stories. This is what they wrote (listing in the order that  Continue Reading

Share Whale Love Stories With The Center For Whale Research

Written on February 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Center For Whale Research The team at the Center For Whale Research wants to hear your whale love stories. Is there a whale that holds a special place in your heart? Or a whale encounter that still makes your heart go pitter-patter? Or perhaps you developed a special friendship with someone because of  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Pets Of The Week

Written on February 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

  From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Bandit and Sassy are a powerful little feline duo! These two love to be affectionate and are extremely outgoing. Bandit and Sassy took a long journey to come all the way out to beautiful San Juan Island, and are looking for their forever home. If you’re looking  Continue Reading

Join Western Bluebird Training With Preservation Trust

Written on February 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Thank you for helping us carry the San Juan Island Western Bluebird Project into the future with an online Western Bluebird training refresher on Thursday, Feb. 25. As this project evolves from a Preservation Trust-led to a volunteer-run program, it’s critical that we have a number of solidly committed community  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Volunteer Of The Month

Written on February 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor’s volunteer for the month of February is Pam Monin. Pam has been volunteering at the APS-FH Treasure Hounds store since July 2017. She has worked as a retail sales clerk for the store as well as being our visual merchandising and display  Continue Reading

San Juan Land Bank’s Tale Of Two Eagles

Written on February 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Lank Bank On Jan. 22, Tom Marschner and his faithful walking companion, Ellie the Golden Retriever, encountered a rare and sad occurrence near the summit of Mount Grant. Splayed out on a mossy outcrop, with broken-tipped beaks, were two dead Bald Eagles. Tom and Ellie promptly reported the incident to Land  Continue Reading

Rescheduled Event: Learn About Whale-Poop Sniffing Dog At Library

Written on February 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, meet a conservation canine during the San Juan Island Library’s virtual Know Your Islanders event. Originally, the event was scheduled for January. Eba, the whale dog, is a poop-sniffing rescue dog in the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology Whale Scat program. Eba  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

Written on January 21, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Age: Approx 5-6 years Sex: Female Breed: Chihuahua mix Application: Ginny has traveled a long way to find her forever home, and she is now ready for her special family. Ginny is initially very reserved and will need a patient person willing to work with her to gain confidence. But don’t let that deter  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Written on January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sea Otter Disturbance By Dr. Tiff Stephens In the summer of 2017, I traveled to Friday Harbor Labs for one of my usual short visits of reconnecting with resident scientists and diving into the waters to see how the seaweed communities have changed at favored sites (Reuben Tarte, Cattle Point, Deadman Bay). I also traveled  Continue Reading

Missing Rescue Dog Found On San Juan

Written on January 15, 2021 at 7:01 am, by

From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor It is with great relief, excitement and joy to announce that Queenie, the infamous runaway dog, is back home safe and sound. It couldn’t have been done without community efforts; including reported sightings, awareness, volunteer work, and finally the assistance of professional trappers and one extra-large cage! Thank  Continue Reading

Register For Marine Naturalist Program

Written on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From The Whale Museum Back by popular demand, registration is now open for a spring virtual session of The Whale Museum’s Marine Naturalist Program. This dynamic and high-quality program will still be seven-sessions and run April 11-17. The objective of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified  Continue Reading

APS Mobilizes To Find Frightened Rescue Dog

Written on January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Queenie Has Been Loose On San Juan Since Dec. 20. From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is currently heading a rescue mission to capture a dog that has been running loose on San Juan Island for the last three weeks. Queenie is a rescue dog that was  Continue Reading

Center For Whale Research’s First Orca Sighting Of 2021

Written on January 6, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Center for Whale Research On Jan. 3, Dave got a good enough shot of the mom to convince him that he had the T167s. T167A had sprouted since the last pictures Dave had looked at of him. The T167s have shown up a few times in the last several years (Mark just saw them  Continue Reading

New Year, New Rules For Commercial Whale Watching

Written on January 3, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Washinton Department of Fish and Wildlife On Dec. 21, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales to reduce the impacts of vessel noise and disturbance on the whales’ ability to forage, rest, and socialize while enabling sustainable whale watching. Prompted by the Legislature  Continue Reading

Record Participants Join Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Barbara Jensen, President, San Juan Islands Audubon Last Saturday, Dec. 26, we did our annual Christmas bird count circle. First, I want to thank the 93 people who participated in the count. This is the highest number of people we have had on a count. So many of you stepped forward to count at  Continue Reading

Happy Holidays From Wolf Hollow

Written on December 25, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Wolf Hollow staff (and critters) wish everyone a happy holiday. They also thank the community for its continued support. Wolf Hollow’s mission is “to promote the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and non-invasive research.” For more information, visit

APS Pet Of The Week: Penny

Written on December 24, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Animal Protection Society Of Friday Harbor Age: Approximatly 3 years Sex: Female Breed: Chihuahua/Dachshund mix Application: Penny is ready and waiting for her forever human!  It’s been a tough year for her…sadly, her previous owner passed away and she is in desperate need of a warm lap and loving home. Penny really enjoys  Continue Reading

Letter: Orca Nonprofit Supports New State Whale Watching Rules

Written on December 22, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Donna Sandstrom, Whale Trail director and former member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force Last Friday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners approved rules for commercial whale-watching that will make it easier for the endangered southern residents to forage and rear their young in these next few critical years. Commercial whale-watching on  Continue Reading