Topic: Animals

Bufflehead on the Wing

Written on December 24, 2021 at 5:31 am, by

John Miller is back again with anoth­er beau­ti­ful pho­to to share, and again cap­tured at Dream Lake (Lakedale). This time it’s a Buf­fle­head on the wing. Thanks for shar­ing John!

2022 Dog Licenses Now On Sale

Written on December 23, 2021 at 5:15 am, by

The dog licens­ing sea­son is upon us! The San Juan Coun­ty Auditor’s office gets the excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to name the celebri­ty dog each year and award them the first dog tag. For 2022, the hon­or goes to Churchill, a 14-month-old Bernese Moun­tain Dog who is the unof­fi­cial greeter for the Elec­tions Office. Encour­ag­ing two-legged mem­bers  Con­tin­ue Reading

Swan on Dream Lake

Written on December 20, 2021 at 10:03 am, by

Local pho­tog­ra­ph­er John Miller shares this image he cap­tured Sat­ur­day of a swan on Dream Lake (Lakedale). Thanks for shar­ing John!

A Tiny Owl…Big Character

Written on December 18, 2021 at 6:07 am, by

The fol­low­ing is from Wolf Hol­low’s Decem­ber edi­tion of Hol­low Hap­pen­ings… Many of the injured owls we treat are rel­a­tive­ly large. How­ev­er, last month we cared for a tiny owl; a North­ern Saw-whet Owl that was only ~6” tall and weighed just 90 grams. This lit­tle owl had been hit by a car near La  Con­tin­ue Reading

Charlie is this Week’s Pet of the Week

Written on December 18, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Piz­za night, pop­corn night, taco night, ice cream night, fam­i­ly fun night, movie night, game night or any­thing night…Charlie is your guy!  An enthu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pant of almost every­thing, this big, hap­py boy is also full of love and ado­ra­tion for peo­ple.  He is look­ing to secure a warm home and place to call his own  Con­tin­ue Reading

2021 “Volunteer(s) of the Year”

Written on December 17, 2021 at 4:28 am, by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety — Fri­day Har­bor (APS-FH) is pleased to announce our Volunteer(s) of the year — Renee Koehne and her daugh­ter, Brit­tany Koehne. Renee and Brit­tany vol­un­teer as expert cat trap­pers for APS-FH’s TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) pro­gram as well as expe­ri­enced kit­ten fos­ter par­ents through our Fos­ter Pro­gram. These angels recent­ly moved  Con­tin­ue Reading

Wildlife Tip from Wolf Hollow

Written on December 8, 2021 at 9:03 am, by

If you would pre­fer not to have an otter fam­i­ly under your house or a rac­coon fam­i­ly in your attic this spring, now is a good time to do some pre­ven­tive main­te­nance. Look around the out­side of your house. Are there holes beneath the skirt­ing or loose cov­ers on vents that would allow crit­ters easy  Con­tin­ue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on November 8, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety — Fri­day Har­bor is hap­py to announce Melisa Pin­now as the APS-FH Vol­un­teer of the Month for Novem­ber 2021.  Melisa is known on San Juan Island as a local cat expert and con­sul­tant, she also vol­un­teers her time as an APS-FH kit­ten fos­ter par­ent.  Fos­ter­ing under­age kit­tens is a vital aspect  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJI Residents with Parkinson’s Disease Needed for Research Study

Written on November 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm, by

PADs is look­ing for vol­un­teers who live on San Juan Island and have been diag­nosed with Parkinson’s Dis­ease to par­tic­i­pate in a nov­el research study to deter­mine whether a rela­tion­ship exists between a proven mark­er of neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease (ND) and the alert respons­es of the Parkinson’s Alert Dogs. If you are famil­iar with PADs, then you  Con­tin­ue Reading

Unexpected Success

Written on November 2, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Wolf Hol­low shares this sto­ry of a Great Blue Heron they took care of in Sep­tem­ber… Our most notable patient in Sep­tem­ber was a Great Blue Heron. This adult heron arrived near the begin­ning of the month, thin and unable to fly. When we did an intake exam and took radi­ographs, we dis­cov­ered that the  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Bird’s‑Eye View of Orcas! How, when, and why?

Written on October 29, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The fol­low­ing sto­ry is from the Cen­ter for Whale Research (CWR)… In the fol­low­ing Q & A with CWR’s Dr. Michael Weiss, we learn what it’s like to fly a drone over top of whales and the new knowl­edge gained from the cap­tured video footage. 1. Do you launch and fly the Cen­ter for Whale  Con­tin­ue Reading

Owl Talk

Written on October 22, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

At 7:00 pm, Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 23, 2021, join Shona Aitken, Edu­ca­tion Coor­di­na­tor at Wolf Hol­low Wildlife Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, to explore the fas­ci­nat­ing world of island owls, and learn about the many dif­fer­ent owls that live here on the San Juan Islands. We hope you can all attend this enlight­en­ing talk. To reg­is­ter email: You will receive  Con­tin­ue Reading

Pet of the Week: Tribble

Written on October 22, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Pic­ture this: you’re safe at home, wear­ing your favorite sweater, sit­ting cozy on your ridicu­lous­ly com­fy couch, ful­ly immersed in a real­ly great book, with the sounds of a crack­ling fire in the back­ground, and your new best friend, Trib­ble is sleep­ing sound­ly; her per­fect black and white head head is lying on your lap  Con­tin­ue Reading

Seasonal Changes Bring Extra Challenges to Resident Killer Whales

Written on October 17, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA. — As sum­mer Chi­nook salmon runs wane in the Sal­ish Sea, South­ern Res­i­dent Killer Whales typ­i­cal­ly begin to trav­el fur­ther south in Puget Sound in search of prey. A study com­pil­ing 10 years’ worth of data found evi­dence that the whales’ diets shift from pri­mar­i­ly Chi­nook salmon in the sum­mer months to a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Center for Whale Research News

Written on October 15, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Joint media response con­cern­ing “the dis­cov­ery of a new kind of killer whale” off west­ern North Amer­i­ca On Octo­ber 4th, Hakai Mag­a­zine pub­lished an arti­cle with a head­line report­ing the dis­cov­ery of “a new kind of killer whale”. Oth­er media out­lets sub­se­quent­ly report­ed sim­i­lar head­lines in Cana­da, theUSA and inter­na­tion­al­ly, and although some con­tent has  Con­tin­ue Reading

Pet of the Week: Tiramisu

Written on October 10, 2021 at 5:35 am, by

Eye of newt, wing of bat, this is one cool, crazy, Cal­i­co cat. From dusk till dawn she’ll spell­bound you and tell you tele­path­i­cal­ly what it is you should do. No handsy hands, no fast feet, but if you con­jure them up, she will take some tasty treats. Cat nor kid does she want to greet. Make your motions flu­id  Con­tin­ue Reading