Topic: Animals

New Biggs Calf Video

Written on April 24, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The babies are back! Bigg’s killer whales abound in the Salish Sea this spring. Ocean EcoVentures, member of Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) recently captured video footage (video credit Ocean EcoVentures and videographer – Tasli Shaw) of one of the newest members of the population, T065A6, a young calf probably less than one month old.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

My favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, once said, “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m Tucker, and I wouldn’t mind finding a companion to fart around with. Check your schedule – if you’re free, I’m waiting here at the animal  Continue Reading

Keeping Whales Safe: PWWA’s Updated Whale Watching Guidelines

Written on April 18, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group of 32 whale watch and ecotourism business operators in Washington and British Columbia, announced today an update to its vessel operation guidelines with a focus on safe operation for both commercial and private vessels around whales. These updated standards are the most comprehensive conservation framework in the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cowboy the Chow-Chow here, with an important public service announcement: Do not trust the staff at the animal shelter. Two weeks ago, upon arriving here, I was under the impression that I had been welcomed to a lovely vacation spa. The food is delicious, the beds very comfortable and I get frequent massages and nature  Continue Reading

Rock Island Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Cat

Written on April 10, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Agency cooperation and resources sharing helps our community stay strong. Rock Island responded to a call from Orcas Island Fire on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, to assist in rescuing a cat. “Bea,” an 8-month-old kitten, had been stuck in a tree for three days. By Saturday morning, he had climbed nearly 70 feet up  Continue Reading


Written on April 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm, by

While waiting for the ferry home this afternoon on Lopez, I saw some otters doing what otters do, and got some video with my iPhone. Comments welcome.

Pet of the Week

Written on April 9, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Take if from me, Baby Face Nelson, Life isn’t about the moments that take your breath away. That’s asthma. You’re thinking of asthma. Life, my friends, is all about finding joy in simple things. Things like chasing a fake bird on a string, or the sound of a can opener. I, for one, enjoy time  Continue Reading

Sperm Whale in Haro Strait

Written on April 2, 2018 at 11:33 am, by

Just got this notice about a recent sighting near Turn Point on Stuart Island… Over the weekend, members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association captured photos and hydrophone audio of the first-ever sperm whale spotted in inland waters in Washington state and the first ever seen by whale watching tours in Washington’s Salish Sea. The whale  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor! Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Hermione and Harry. We just got those names and we like them a great deal. We were just hours away from losing our lives at the big animal shelter in California where we were taken as strays. At that shelter they don’t bother naming stray  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 26, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Someone very wise once said, “Women and cats will do as they please. Men and Dogs should just get used to the idea.” My name is Smudge, and I wholeheartedly agree. If you are looking for a friend to join you in doing as you please, we should meet. I’ll be at the animal shelter  Continue Reading

Biggs vs. Stellers

Written on March 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) shares this video which was shot by member Western Prince Whale Watching. The video was captured this week off of Spieden Island and it shows the T2C family of Bigg’s Killer Whales hunting a Steller Sea Lion. At about 2:54 into the video, a group of 20+ Steller Sea Lions  Continue Reading

Local Students Celebrate Poetry Month

Written on March 21, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park, along with students from Stillpoint School and Spring Street International School, celebrate the “Year of the Bird” for National Poetry Month. Beginning April 1st, the Land Bank’s Westside Lake trail loop at Limekiln Preserve will feature bird-inspired poems written by students  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Written on March 16, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The staff and four-legged residents of the animal shelter are pleased to announce Conrad Bormann is March’s Volunteer of the Month for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.   Conrad is a frequent visitor to the animal shelter, where he spends his time walking dogs, cleaning kennels, and doing odd jobs to help out. He  Continue Reading

Got Video?

Written on March 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Erin Corra is on the hunt for some video. Do you have any to share? Here’s her request… Hello and happy almost spring, Curious if you have any decent mp4 footage of surface activity of these critters…. We are on the mad hunt to update the video station at Lime Kiln’s Interpretive Center. Credit will  Continue Reading

Music & Dance Benefit for Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

Written on March 14, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Please join us Saturday, March 24th 7:00 PM or Sunday, March 25th 2:00 PM for a dance and music performance to benefit Island Haven Animal Sanctuary, a volunteer run, non-profit retirement home for farm animals and horses on San Juan Island. ( Both shows will feature ballet and modern dance performed by teen and adult  Continue Reading

2018 Marks Wolf Hollow’s 35th Anniversary!

Written on March 12, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Thanks to your generous donation of time, talent, financial gifts and endless encouragement over the years, together, we’ve helped more than 17,700 injured and orphaned animals. We’re so grateful! Please join us at our annual Open House event Saturday, March 31st from 11 am to 3 pm at 284 Boyce Road on San Juan Island.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 12, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

“I didn’t choose the thug life. The thug life chose me.” That’s the name of my new memoir, due out later this spring. My name is Finnegan, and I grew up on the mean streets of Friday Harbor. More specifically, the parking lot behind The Village at the Harbor. I survived on mice and scraps  Continue Reading

Open by Appointment Only

Written on March 8, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Due to the removal of trees on Port property south of the airport runway, the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces they will be open by-appointment-only during the period between Monday, March 12 and Monday, March 25.   The shelter will not be able to accept surrendered pets during this time.  If you find  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 5, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Well. It isn’t going to throw itself. I know, because I’ve been watching it for a long time, and it hasn’t moved a bit. I’m pretty sure it’s afraid of me. If you wouldn’t mind stopping by and throwing it about one thousand times, I’d be most grateful. I promise to bring it back promptly,  Continue Reading

Winter Birds Boat Trip

Written on March 1, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Join Friends of the San Juans and birding experts on a special winter birds boat trip on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am – 2 pm. With just 8 people aboard, this tour will be intimate and informed and provide in-depth knowledge about seasonal wildlife in the San Juans. Peter Cavanagh, NASA researcher, University of Washington professor,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Statistics show that 7 out of 10 people are more willing to adopt a kitten than an adult or senior cat. What’s up with that nonsense? As a proud senior cat, I find this hard to believe. My name is Blossom and I’ve been waiting here at the animal shelter for a very long time,  Continue Reading

Spayghetti Dinner

Written on February 24, 2018 at 7:35 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will hold it’s annual “Spaygetti Dinner”, Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Mullis Center. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options will be available, as well as no-host beer and wine. This annual event coincides with  Continue Reading