Topic: Animals

Virtual Naturalist Training

Written on July 10, 2020 at 8:41 am, by

2020 Summer Marine Naturalist Training Program will be Virtual The Whale Museum’s Summer Marine Naturalist Program is going virtual. This dynamic and high-quality program will still be 6-sessions and run on the following dates: July 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, and 22 with a one daybreak on July 19. The object of this program is  Continue Reading

Can you Guess What Breed I am?

Written on July 9, 2020 at 11:23 am, by

  Hi, I am Moose. Aren’t I adorable? My new parents think so. I found my forever home and my owners have ordered a DNA test so they can find out exactly who I am. Of course, I know who I am – a great kid of 15 months who has a vocabulary like no  Continue Reading

Public Asked to Protect Honey Bees by Reporting Sightings of the Invasive Asian Giant Hornet

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:35 am, by

OLYMPIA—As summer gets into full swing and people spend more time outside, state and federal officials and local beekeepers hope the public will keep their eyes open and report any sightings of Asian giant hornet. “When it comes to preventing and stopping a new invasive species, we all have a role to play and this  Continue Reading

Paying It Forward

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:28 am, by

This FHL Tide Bite was written by Jen Burnaford… My first trip to UW Friday Harbor Labs was in 1995. After completing my undergraduate thesis on freshwater zooplankton and spending a post-bac year chasing primates through the jungles of Borneo, I had been accepted into the PhD program at Oregon State University in the Menge/Lubchenco  Continue Reading

Canine Champion Donates Winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program

Written on June 24, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

“Canaan,” a Friday Harbor local, is Bob Anderson’s champion agility dog. Canaan has been in approximately 120 agility trials and 1500 individual agility runs. He has come in 1st place over 400 times and placed 2nd or 3rd in as many events. Canaan is seen in the photo at right with only a fraction of  Continue Reading

A Photographic Journey: Iconic Birds of the World – Zoom Presentation with Peter Cavanagh

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:56 am, by

We are living in a time of unprecedented trial. In an effort to bring you a much-needed reconnection to the natural world, Friends of the San Juans would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Zoom presentation with Peter Cavanagh. Are you experiencing travel withdrawal after months of lockdown and cancelled travel plans? Peter  Continue Reading


Written on June 8, 2020 at 6:49 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Janet Thomas… Dear Islanders, The Southern Resident orcas are facing imminent extinction. Unlike other orca species they do not eat other marine mammals. Their primary diet is Chinook salmon–specifically the salmon that comes from the Fraser River in B.C. and migrates along the west side  Continue Reading

The Virus That Changed the Tree of Life

Written on June 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm, by

This edition of Tide Bites was written by Victoria Foe… I came to FHL in 2000 to study cell division, to take advantage of the sea urchins, sea stars and sand dollars whose huge, glassy-clear, permeable and easy-to-manipulate eggs make them ideal subjects for that work. Local species have eggs that ripen at different times,  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow: Early First Seal Pup of 2020

Written on June 3, 2020 at 11:43 am, by

On May 31st we received our first Harbor Seal pup of the season. This is 3-4 weeks earlier than we usually start caring for seals, but this pup came from Ocean Shores on the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula, where pupping season is earlier than it is around the San Juans. She was seen  Continue Reading


Written on May 14, 2020 at 2:43 pm, by

It’s springtime and Kevin Holmes has been out getting some nice shots of wildlife on the island. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Letter from the Labs

Written on May 13, 2020 at 8:29 am, by

To the Editor: In this time of Stay-at-Home regulations, coinciding with some lovely spring weather, we at the Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) have noticed increased use of University of Washington properties. We absolutely understand the desire to get out of the house and find new places to explore, and we want to be good neighbors,  Continue Reading

San Juan Equine and Farm Animal Emergency Fund

Written on May 11, 2020 at 1:44 pm, by

With a generous grant from the San Juan Island Community Foundation, Island Haven Animal Sanctuary has created the San Juan Equine and Farm Animal Emergency Fund. We are also accepting designated donations to increase and expand this fund to help more people and animals in need. Purpose: Provide feed, hay, farrier, veterinary care for equines  Continue Reading

Thank You, San Juan Island Community Foundation!

Written on May 5, 2020 at 6:54 am, by

SAN JUAN ISLAND, FRIDAY HARBOR – April 30, 2020 – The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APS-FH) is pleased to announce a grant awarded by the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) Board of Directors to be used for the purchase and installation of PetPoint Data Management System – a new, updated software package  Continue Reading

Bald Eagle

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:21 am, by

Local photographer Kevin Holmes shares this photo of a Bald Eagle he photographed a few days ago. Great shot Kevin – Thanks for sharing!

Good News! New Forage Fish Spawning Beaches Found!

Written on April 30, 2020 at 9:25 am, by

This winter, Friends of the San Juans staff and a team of trained citizen scientists, documented six new Pacific sand lance spawning beaches. They also discovered two previously unknown surf smelt spawning sites. Coupled with results from last winter, the number of documented sand lance spawning beaches in San Juan County more than doubled from 8 to  Continue Reading

Your Dose of “Awww” for Today

Written on April 29, 2020 at 9:05 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares these photos of his new neighbors. In his words: “I have a momma fox with four babies living around the corner from my house. Though you might need your daily dose of “Awww”… Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Nature Notes – Never Underestimate A Salmon

Written on April 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm, by

Contributed by Jenny De Groot, MSc., Speckled Trout Consulting, LLC One lesson learned is that you should never underestimate salmon. They find ways to get up waterfalls, slip through nets too small to do so, and apparently, spawn when you never imagined they would. Nearly five months since the first sighting of spawners, coho fry  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis Increases Gratitude for Greenspace and Highlights Need to Leash Dogs

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Land Bank Preserves remain open despite other public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. Early evidence suggests that dogs don’t spread COVID-19. However, current social distancing rules apply to both people and their pets. To that end, we want to  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Has a Financial Need

Written on April 6, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

We are all experiencing the COVID-19 crisis. Doctors and nurses are working around the clock to save lives. Grocery store workers are on the front line keeping everyone fed. People are staying at home to help prevent the spread of the virus. At the same time many businesses are closed and over 6 million people  Continue Reading

Pet Food Pantry Program Robbed! Community Steps Up

Written on March 17, 2020 at 11:38 am, by

We hear from the Animal Protection Society, a harrowing story with a happy ending… If you do not know, sometime between Friday 2/28 and Wednesday 3/4 the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program, that serves San Juan Island families who struggle to feed their furry family members, was robbed.  Volunteers arrived Wednesday morning and were shocked  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Single, mostly-white female seeks companionship, snacks and fashion advice from a like-minded individual.  If you like spunky girls who are fond of treats and like to dress up for fancy occasions, we should meet.  I’m Jackie-O…a fancy, yet simple girl.  I like snuggling on the sofa, reading Bride magazines and watching British murder mysteries on  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month: Melina and Ottilie

Written on March 5, 2020 at 5:27 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Melina Lagios and her canine companion, Ottilie are the March Volunteers of the Month. Melina and Ottilie have been volunteering at the shelter for several months for doggie play dates and socialization.  Thanks so much, Melina and Ottilie, for making a difference in  Continue Reading