Topic: Animals

Wolf Hollow Releases Two Juvenile Bald Eagles

Written on January 6, 2017 at 10:35 am, by

After several months of receiving care at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, two juvenile bald eagles have a second chance at life in the wild. With a small group of onlookers attending, Wolf Hollow staff and volunteers released the pair on December 29th at Rasar State Park near Concrete, WA. The eagles –  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on January 3, 2017 at 8:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Kim Grotle is the Volunteer of the Month for December, 2016. Kim started volunteering at the animal shelter shortly after moving here about a year ago and has been a loyal and regular volunteer ever since. Not only can she can be counted on to help  Continue Reading

Counting Birds

Written on January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

We had a good time out on Saturday counting birds for the Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. More information on counts around the county will be coming soon.

Pet of the Week

Written on January 2, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

I say, chaps – you wouldn’t by chance fancy a game of rope pull or ball throwing, would you? Perhaps we could meet up for elevenses or a brisk stroll? My name is Sponge Bob Square Pants, but my mates just call me “Bob”. As you can see, I’m a snappy dresser and we would  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 26, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

What do you mean Christmas is over? It can’t be! My brothers and I didn’t even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap! Maybe that’s why we’re still here at the animal shelter… Santa had no idea that what we want most of all is forever homes! I’m Georgia. My brothers, Clooney, Bogart and  Continue Reading

J34 Has Died

Written on December 22, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Another southern resident killer whale has died! By Kenneth C. Balcomb, Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research We regret having to make a distressing announcement during this holiday season, but we confirm from news photographs and eyepatch photos sent to the Center for Whale Research that the killer whale carcass that was towed to a beach  Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from J-2 (Granny) and the Whale Museum

Written on December 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Did you know that Granny’s estimated birth year is 1911? She is believed to be the oldest female in J, K, and L pods at over 105 years! She is still very active and often breaches. Here are some interesting facts about Granny: She is the matriarch of the Southern Resident Community, known as J  Continue Reading

117th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 31st and will be a wonderful way to celebrate the coming of a new year… From Christmas Bird Hunts to Christmas Bird Counts In 1900 ornithologist Frank Chapman along with other conservationists were troubled at the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

My name is Tillie, and I am the winner of the Animal Protection Society Fishing Derby! Get a load out of the fish I caught! It’s not very tasty, but it does squeek when I bite it, which I find very amusing. I just arrived from Mexico and have some concerns about your weather. Other  Continue Reading

Book of Birds

Written on December 8, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this great suggestion from Leslie and Val Veirs for a great locally produced Stocking Stuffer… Dear Islanders: As the holiday season continues and the Mount Grant Campaign nears its goal (only $25,000 to go!), community members have a unique gift-buying opportunity.  The charming Book of Birds, written and illustrated by  Continue Reading

Committed to Conservation

Written on November 30, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Local Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour Companies Donate $24,000 to Orca and Salmon Conservation  Friday Harbor, WA – San Juan Safaris and San Juan Island Outfitters, two local whale watch and sea kayak tour companies, are giving back to killer whale and salmon conservation and research. As highlighted by the recent decline in the Southern  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 28, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Hello sailor. New in town? Looking for some company on these long, winter nights? I know I am… My name is Roxy and I’m currently rooming at the “APS-FH Boarding House for Discriminating Young Women”, otherwise known as the animal shelter. I’m quiet, discreet, loyal and a real looker, if I do say so myself.  Continue Reading

First License of 2017

Written on November 24, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Canaan, a five-year old border collie, received the first 2017 dog license of the season at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office. Canaan is a champion agility dog, and has won many awards along with his owner Bob Anderson. Dog tags will be sold beginning Monday, November 28. All dogs, three months of age or  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 21, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

“Heyyyy….” I’m Arthur Fonzarelli, but my friends here at the animal shelter call me, “The Fonz”, because I’m such a smooth operator. I’m still just a kitten, but that doesn’t mean I’m not the coolest cat around. Wait til you meet me… it’s gonna be love at first sight. Capiche? Animal Protection Society of Friday  Continue Reading

November Haul-Out Survey

Written on November 19, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This story comes from the Whale Museum’s E-News monthly newsletter… Starting earlier this year, The Whale Museum’s San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network began conducting regular surveys of sea lion haul-outs in San Juan County. Both Whale Rocks in Cattle Pass and Green Point on Spieden Island are popular gathering spots for Steller sea  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Critter’s Christmas

Written on November 17, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

You’re invited to come by the Mullis Community Senior Center, Friday Harbor between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on December 9th for hot drinks and delicious holiday goodies and to share wildlife stories with Wolf Hollow Staff and Board members. Bring an item from our wish list as a holiday gift for our local wild creatures and  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 14, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Hello There. I’m a good dog. At least that’s what I’m told. Actually, I’m told I’m a perfect dog, but I don’t like to brag. My name is Rio. I’m an international man of mystery, so I can’t tell you my last name. That would be indiscreet. Johnson. My last name is Johnson. (I have  Continue Reading

Thanks “Living” Celebration

Written on November 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

First Annual Thanks “Living” Celebration at Island Haven Animal Sanctuary Island Haven Animal Sanctuary invites you to join them on Sunday, November 20th from 2pm-4pm to honor their rescued turkeys and other retired farm animals. Enjoy plant-based appetizers and learn more about Island Haven and amazing facts about turkeys. Take a guided tour of the sanctuary  Continue Reading

APS Volunteer of the Month

Written on November 8, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Jake Range, pictured above with shelter dog, Gator, is Volunteer of the month for October. “Jake has been helping out at the animal shelter for several months – walking and socializing dogs, helping with building maintenance and just about every odd job that comes up”, says Shelter  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Hello there. I’m Autumn and I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring, as they say. That’s right – I’m running for President of the United States.   I’m asking for your vote. Write me in! My platform? Well, my platform is simple: “No Ticks, No Fleas, No Government Sleeze”. Furthermore, if I’m elected, every  Continue Reading

UW Labs Tide Bites

Written on November 2, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Big fish, small pond: An atypical development strategy in a local fish species — no bones, all bulk! by Daniel Geldof Daniel recently finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. He attended Autumn quarter 2014 at FHL, and continued his research there through 2015. He visits the  Continue Reading

Man and Goose Friendship

Written on November 1, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Saw this when browsing the web and just had to share it with you…