Topic: Animals

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…

Pet of the Week

Written on October 31, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

What’s that you say? You have a car? What a coincidence! I simply ADORE riding in cars! I also love belly rubs, roast beef, cats, other dogs, cuddling, people of all shapes and sizes, going for walks, karaoke, peanut butter cookies, deep-tissue massage and classic rock. We like all the same things, don’t we? It’s  Continue Reading

News from Center for Whale Research

Written on October 29, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

By Kenneth C. Balcomb, Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research J28 was born in mid-winter 1992/93 in or near Puget Sound Washington, and was the first of four known calves born to J17 in the J9/J5 lineage of southern resident killer whales (SRKW – see family tree) inhabiting the inshore marine waters of the Pacific  Continue Reading

Snow Geese

Written on October 27, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

By Louise Dustrude John and I had some time to spare on the mainland Monday and so we decided to see whether, even though it seemed early, the snow geese were back for the winter on Fir Island. We lucked out. It was on the wildlife viewing area on the road west of Conway that  Continue Reading

October is Bat Appreciation Month!

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

This is from Wolf Hollow’s “Hollow Happenings” With Halloween just around the corner, our minds may be on ghosts and haunted houses full of bats hanging in dark attics. What better time of year to celebrate Bat Appreciation Month? These often misunderstood flying mammals are much more helpful than many people realize. Bats are responsible  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

I know. I’m stunning. I hear it all the time. It grows tiresome… My name is Lotus Blossom, but my friends here at the animal shelter call me, “Cactus” because, if you must know, I can be a little prickly at times. Think of me as the Mae West of the cat world. I’m just  Continue Reading

Jim’s Calendar is Out Soon

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

Captain Jim Maya has this news to share… Dear Friends… I hope this note finds you all well. Our new calendar is out soon! San Juan Islands Wild, 2017… The Photography of James Mead Maya. Here is the cover image. You can order by return email, at and through Facebook, at Maya’s Images. If  Continue Reading

Pets of the Week

Written on October 17, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Move over Thelma and Louise. Step aside Laverne and Shirley. We’re Sue and Possum and we’re here to tell you that adopting two shelter cats at the same time is a Purrrrfect idea! We’re sisters and we’ve been together all our lives. We sleep together, eat together, and judge other cats together. One of us  Continue Reading

Newts on the Move

Written on October 16, 2016 at 9:02 am, by

Have you seen any Rough-skinned Newts this fall? These little brown amphibians with orange bellies are moving from the ponds and wetlands where they spent the summer into the surrounding woodland where they’ll hide under rotten logs and leaves during the winter months. Sadly their route often takes them across roads where many are squished  Continue Reading

Can Dogs Detect Parkinson’s?

Written on October 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm, by

Local Dogs Make the Grade in Parkinson’s Detection Project Dog trainer Lisa Holt, with a team of volunteers, recently completed a pilot study designed to determine whether dogs can be trained to detect Parkinson’s Disease and in doing so contribute to early detection of a debilitating and costly disease. The answer seems to be a  Continue Reading

New Home – New Hope

Written on October 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm, by

Shelter Project Moving Forward Just over three years ago, The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor announced its’ kickoff of the New Home – New Hope Capital Campaign to build a much needed new animal shelter for San Juan Island. When APS began this campaign, we committed to the public that we would (1) not  Continue Reading

L95 Died From Fungal Infection

Written on October 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Click the link below to see the Center for Whale Research comment on death of L95, a 20 year old male Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) that died from fungal infection following a NOAA dart-tagging this year (2016). Center for Whale Research

Pet of the Week

Written on October 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

This, my friends, is the face of an honest dog. Yessiree. I may occasionally stretch the truth or exaggerate a little, but I will never lie to you. My name is Wally and I’m a heeler mix with lots of energy and loads of spunk. I’m patiently waiting here at the animal shelter for you  Continue Reading

Autumnal Animal Adventure

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Bring your family out to relish autumn with naturalist Shona Aitken. Shona will lead an exploration into the woods in search of wild creatures. Your child will use their senses to find clues about which animals live there and where they would go to stay dry and warm when the weather becomes cold and wet.  Continue Reading

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted For Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free trainings, one in Friday Harbor on Saturday, October 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sunday, October 16. Additionally, Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will give a presentation entitled Seabirds, Citizen Science  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 3, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Say there. You. Yes you… the one with the t.v. remote control in your hand and the empty bag of Cheetos. I see you there on the couch in your sweat pants. I’m wondering what you might think about going for a walk. With me. Sassy. I’m the one in the photo. I’m pretty sure  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteers of the Month

Written on September 30, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Jessica Palmer and Gail Mancarti are the Volunteers of The Month for September. Jessica and Gail are frequent visitors to the animal shelter, where they donate many hours of their time helping with laundry, cleaning, pet care and best of all – organization!  Continue Reading

Help Make APSFH’s Holiday Wishes Come True

Written on September 29, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Pet adopters are invited to share how their adopted pet changed their life, for a chance to win a $100,000 grant award for the animal welfare group they adopted from and a $1,000 Petco gift card for themselves! The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, will be granting Holiday Wishes in the form of more than $750,000 in  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Dear Crazy Cat Lady, I know you are out there but have just been busy. Too busy to stop by the animal shelter to meet me, obviously. Now that summer is over and you have some spare time, I think you’ll want to make arrangements to get over here pretty soon. Cats this good-looking get  Continue Reading

Greeting Ceremony Dinner & Auction

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

On September 23 at 5:30 p.m., The Whale Museum will host the 10th Annual “Greeting Ceremony” Dinner & Auction The event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, beginning on the patio at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour & silent auction; the no-host bar will include wine from Northwest Totem Cellars; San Juan Roasters is brewing  Continue Reading