Topic: Animals

L54s and Members of J Pod in Haro Strait

Written on October 20, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

From the Whale Museum… For the first time this year, on October 15, the L54 blended family, consisting of Ino (L-54), Coho (L-108), Keta (L-117), and two adult males, Nyssa (L-84) and Wave Walker (L-88), came into the inland waters with J Pod. They spent several hours in Haro Strait, foraging on Chum salmon. The  Continue Reading

‘The Howl’

Written on October 19, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Announcing October Fundraiser for the Animals The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is thrilled to invite you to join us for the first ‘Howl’, a fundraiser for the shelter animals happening on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes will be the site of our fundraiser expected to attract Halloween  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

YOU try being five months old and keeping the schedule I keep. You’d be exhausted too! Being a kitten is hard work and here at the animal shelter there is so much to do. My schedule is jam-packed with playing, sleeping, eating, playing, cuddling, knocking things off the desk onto the floor, looking for fish  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Today I will live in the moment. I will embrace truth and beauty. I will contemplate the meaning of life. I will make sure my chakras are aligned and be one with the universe. For about five minutes. Then I’m gonna run around Kamp Kitty, chase my tail, climb the chain link fence, pounce on  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteer of the Month

Written on October 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Jan Sowder is the Volunteer of the Month for September. Jan started volunteering at the animal shelter during the summer and has been a familiar face ever since. She spends time cuddling, walking, petting and brushing the animals and is indispensable when it comes to cleaning  Continue Reading

Another ‘Baby Boom’ Southern Resident Killer Whale has Died

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… As of 19 September, another Southern Resident Killer Whale, J52 – a two and a half year old male born during the so-called Baby Boom of 2015/2016 is deceased, presumably from malnutrition. His obligatory nursing ended more than a year ago, and his life was dependent upon  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Holy Cow. I’m Batman. I also go by the name of “Max”. You know, in ancient times, big ears were thought of as a sign of royalty and higher intelligence. OK. I made that up. To be honest, I’m really not sure if my ears are big or my head is small… I can’t decide.    Continue Reading

Forty-Three Pounder

Written on September 21, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Court Bell checks in to let us know the fish are still out there. Here’s Cal Ryan showing off the 43 pound King Salmon he and Court caught on Monday. They were fishing out of Snug Harbor in Open Bay. The season is open through September 30th. Thanks for sharing the photo, you two!

Pet of the Week

Written on September 18, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Hello fellow felines of San Juan Island. I am Rupert and I’m looking for a new home. But first, some advice: Believe me when I say, I have seen some of the finest cat minds of my generation destroyed by that fickle mistress known as the “Red Dot”. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 4, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Look, why is it so hard for you to understand – sometimes I want to go out. Sometimes I want to be let back in. Then out again. Then back in. Sometimes I may just want to be half-in and half-out while someone holds the door open for me while I try to decide. It’s  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The thug life. All day – every day, that’s our jam. We used to be adorable, fluffy puppies, but life on the inside has a way of hardening a dog, and now we’re a bonafide pack of savage chihuahua mixes.   I’m Coco Puff, the leader of this pack. That’s Dakota and Petie, my home boys,  Continue Reading

Gaia the Octopus

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Researcher Dominic Sivitilli from the University of Washington, has been studying a rare Giant Pacific Octopus that he found in the waters just off San Juan County Park on July 2nd. Her name is Gaia, and Dominic transported her to Friday Harbor Labs to study for the last month and a half. With degrees in  Continue Reading

The Closer-Raven Skyriver

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Contemporary glass artist, Raven Skyriver will wrap up the end of the First Nation exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Monday, Sept. 4. Raven’s glass creations are included in EMERGENCE Legendary & Emerging First Nation Artists at SJIMA. His gallery talk at 4 p.m. on Labor Day will be the grand  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 21, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Ladies and Gentlemen, look no further. What you see here is pure kitten purr-fection, if I do say so myself. I am Peppermint Pat, and for a little guy, I’m kind of a BIG deal. I’m one and half pounds of cuddly, bouncy, purring, bird-on-a-string-chasing LOVE! And get this – I am available for adoption!  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Year

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

During their recent, “Wags to Riches” event, The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announced Jan Gray is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Year”. Jan has been a volunteer for the animal shelter for over two years. She has donated countless hours of her time walking dogs, doing administrative tasks, working in the Treasure  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 14, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Zippy here, reporting from the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor. I’m wondering if anyone out there can help me answer a question – one that I am continually aksed. “Who’s a good dog”? I must admit, I am asked this question all the time and although I’m inclined to think that I AM A  Continue Reading

Bees Love Blue and Violet! Visit Master Gardeners at the Fair.

Written on August 9, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Learn about bees at the Master Gardeners booth at the San Juan County Fair August 16 – 19… Did you know that native bees and honey bees love blue and violet flowers? Why? Plants may have evolved blue and violet flowers to be attractive to their most efficient pollinators. A bee’s eye perceives blue, violet, and  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 7, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

What do you mean, your husband won’t let you have a cat? Did I miss something here? Is it 1954 all over again? Are women supposed to be happy with a new ironing board once in a while and an occasional trip to Connie’s Cut-n-Curl? I think not! Ladies, this is YOUR time! You are  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on August 3, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

What Happens to San Juan Sea Urchins in the Absence of Predatory Sea Stars? – Investigating the Relationships Between Baby Green Urchins, Coralline Algae, and Crabs by Dara Yiu Dara is an undergraduate in UW’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. She first joined Friday Harbor Laboratories as a ZooBot student in Spring 2016, and  Continue Reading

Workshop and FUNraiser for the Center for Whale Research

Written on July 31, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Center for Whale Research Workshop and Raise A Glass For Research FUNraiser ~ A Whale of a Success The Center For Whale Research held it’s first workshop and auction on July 21st with a focus on Research-Action-Recovery of the local Southern Resident killer whales. The Celebrating Science Workshop filled every seat at Brickworks with 150  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on July 31, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Personal Ad: I saw you recently at Wags to Riches. I was all in white with a few tasteful tan spots and you were dressed in pic-nic attire. You looked into my eyes, scratched my ears and told me you thought I was exceptionally handsome. I thought for sure we’d be leaving together. Where did  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on July 24, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Trevor here. You know, the great Nora Desmond once said, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” I can identify! I’ve been here at the animal shelter for quite a while now, and so far, nobody has noticed me. I am ready for my close-up! Take a good look, because you don’t see  Continue Reading