Topic: Animals

Beaches and Birding

Written on January 14, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Does your family want some time outside this winter, time that includes scavenger-hunt-like fun and multi-sensory exploration? Try birding – it’s as easy stepping out your door! Winter is the ideal season to take up bird watching as feathered friends flock to the Northwest. Join Wolf Hollow’s Shona Aitken at Third Lagoon Preserve to learn  Continue Reading

Welcome New Baby L124

Written on January 11, 2019 at 7:32 pm, by

This just in from the Center for Whale Research… On January 10, 2019, TV stations in Seattle aired live aerial footage of several groups of killer whales in Puget Sound near Seattle, and discerning viewers were able to see a very small whale among them. CWR researcher, Melisa Pinnow, was able to see that L  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 7, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Hello. I am Roosevelt, but my friends call me, “Rosie”.  Does anyone out there know if you can put catnip in a humidifier? I’m asking for a friend. Happy New Year, everyone! I’m here at the animal shelter waiting to meet you! Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor 994 Cattle Point Road (360) 378-2158

Celebrating the 40 Year History of The Whale Museum

Written on January 2, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society and Museum… The big picture for a place’s history is more than its people, events, and institutions. The big picture includes the history of such things as its geology, weather, and wildlife — its natural history. The Whale Museum has been in the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 31, 2018 at 10:06 am, by

Look at me. I’m a flower child! I reject conventional society and choose peace, love, beauty and lots of belly rubs. Do you dig, man? My name is Storm and I’m a lover not a fighter. If you love flowers in your hair, the music of Joni Mitchell, love beads, beat poetry and have a  Continue Reading

New Animal Shelter Hours

Written on December 28, 2018 at 9:22 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will extend its hours effective Wednesday, January 2. The new visiting hours will be 11:00 to 4:00 Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays. Pet surrenders are by appointment only. Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor 994 Cattle Point Road (360) 378-2158

Pet of the Week

Written on December 17, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Looking for Love? Me: Youngish Tabby Girl. Love Fancy Feast, bird-watching, designer handbags, banana cream pie and books on tape. Adore Hallmark Christmas Movies and a good cuddle on the sofa with someone who shares my opinion that dogs are inferior to cats. You: Discerning individual with exquisite taste in friends, a generous heart and  Continue Reading

Statement from PWWA

Written on December 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association issued the following statement… Whale watching and responsible no/low-impact ecotourism is critical to education and conservation efforts that we all are engaged in to protect all whales in the Salish Sea. As the Legislature, the Governor’s Task Force, and the public continue working towards ensuring the safety of the Southern  Continue Reading

Enrichment Room

Written on December 14, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Calling all couch potatoes! Did you know that Friday Harbor’s new animal shelter has an “Enrichment Room”? This is a magical room where volunteers, staff and prospective adopters can spend time in a cozy, home-like setting with an adoptable dog or cat.  Shelter volunteer, Elizabeth Farr, is seen here with dogs, Tucker and Anna, enjoying  Continue Reading

Animal Shelter “Opens” for Clearance

Written on December 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will open the doors of their old building at 111 Shelter Road, Sunday, December 16 from 10:00 am until Noon for anyone wishing to take away miscellaneous items such as pet carriers, feeding bowls, office furniture, shelving units, small refrigerators and many other items.   Everything must go! Everything  Continue Reading

Inside the Killer Whale Matriarchy

Written on December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm, by

The Center for Whale Research is excited to announce the release of a wonderful 5-minute animation that tells the incredible story of the importance of grandmothers in the Southern Resident orca community. Click the image above to view it. Thank you TED-ED, Darren Croft and Michael Weiss.

In the Mailbag

Written on December 12, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have a letter from Allison Lance… The more diverse an eco-system is, the greater its odds are for survival. Genetic diversity insures robust populations. This applies to Earth’s life forms, which includes humans. In order to ensure our survival we need robust biodiversity. Therein lies the problem, nature is  Continue Reading

$18 Million for Salmon Recovery

Written on December 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

State Awards Nearly $18 Million for Salmon Recovery Projects Statewide OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat in an effort to bring the iconic fish back from the brink of extinction. An estimated 75 percent of the funded  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on December 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Susan Wingate writes to share this article on deer population control… Dear SJ Update, I’m hoping to submit some information about the deer population that has become an issue with a certain sector of our residents and with the fish and wildlife community. [Please see] this information from the website: http://www.pzpinfo.org/pzp_faqs.html

From the Mailbag…

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Running Down the Dream without Becoming Comfortably Numb Along with about a hundred others I attended the library presentation on black-tailed deer by Ruth Milne, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. It promised to be interesting given the obvious problems and  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 3, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

I see you when you’re eating…. I know when you’ve got treats… I know how to jump in your lap…. so, you’d better share snacks for goodness sake! I’m Buddy and I wrote that little ditty. And that’s just one of the many talents I have to offer. I’m also an excellent bed warmer and  Continue Reading

Home For The Holidays And Clearance Sale

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor plans to have all current dog and cat residents moved into the new animal shelter at 938 Cattle Point Road by the end of this week. In order to allow the animals to acclimate to their new living quarters, the shelter will be open by appointment only beginning  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 26, 2018 at 11:30 am, by

What’s that you say? The holiday season is upon us? Fantastic. I’m bursting with joy. Bring on the carolers and eggnog. Drag a tree inside. Let’s be Merry. Here’s the thing; I’d give up sarcasm, but that would leave interpretive dance as my only means of communication. Trust me – nobody wants that. My name  Continue Reading

Holiday Treats & Crafts at The Whale Museum

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor is a great place to visit in December! Join us on Saturday, December 1st for the Island Lights Festival in Friday Harbor. To get everyone warmed up, come to The Whale Museum for our annual Holiday Open House Saturday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Fun for all ages!  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 19, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

My name is Frodo. It looks like I’ll be without my own dysfunctional family to dine with on Thanksgiving again this year. For the record, I’m still single, I don’t have a job, I’ve been known to drink out of the toilet, and I fart at inappropriate times. If you don’t mind my saying so,  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on November 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a letter from Kyle Wall and the Pacific Whale Watch Association… Statement from the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA): The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) is a committed partner focused on efforts to protect the health of the Southern Resident killer whale population. We appreciate the work of our fellow members on the Governor’s  Continue Reading

Extinction is Forever…

Written on November 18, 2018 at 10:51 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Debbi Fincher… Hi Friends, Family and all around Supporters of J, K & L Pods,    I have to try… I can’t sit idly by when our local orca pods need our help more than ever. I want to be sure  Continue Reading