Topic: Animals

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…

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