Topic: Animals

Pet of the Week

Written on August 27, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Hello again. It’s just me, Vegas, reporting from the animal shelter, where I continue to wait to be discovered.   I’ve been asked to leave Kamp Kitty for certain “transgressions” against the other feline residents. Apparently not all cats enjoy my Jean-Claude Van Damme imitation. Go figure. They gave me a promotion and now I’m in  Continue Reading

Big Turnout for CWR Grand Opening

Written on August 22, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

Yesterday’s Grand Opening of the new Center for Whale Research’s Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center was attended by a good sized crowd of about 25 – 30 people. Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan, members of the SJI Chamber of Commerce and many CWR staff & volunteers attended as well. The Center is located next  Continue Reading

Explore The Salish Sea: A Nature Guide For Kids

Written on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to host an evening for both kids and adults. Come out for Joe Gaydos’ lively and inter-active book talk– Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids— at the Library on Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm. This is a book that children and  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 13, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Pardon me. Do you have a minute? My name is Mae West. I’m a resident of the animal shelter here. It’s lovely here in Kamp Kitty and I don’t mind waiting to meet my forever person, but what I do mind is not being connected to the internet. Things get kind of quiet here in  Continue Reading

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

“Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” with David George Gordon Author and Washington Humanities Speaker David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon. David discusses the rules of critical thinking and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status  Continue Reading

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Summer Lecture Series

Written on August 2, 2018 at 9:36 am, by

UPDATED – The SJ Update has just learned there will be another event here on San Juan Island as well. So – 2 events, One at the UW Labs on August 8, and one on Orcas in Eastsound on August 9th… This past March, Washington state successfully passed a law phasing out open-water Atlantic salmon  Continue Reading

Action needed to ensure the survival of Southern Resident Orca

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, we have this letter to you written by Christopher Wilson of San Juan Island… I quote Ken Balcomb’s blog found at I am writing out of a deep concern for the continued survival of the Southern resident orca pods that have lived much the year for millennia around the San  Continue Reading

First We Mourn; Then We Take Action

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Safe Shippers and Friends of the San Juans share this with you… Our beloved and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) suffered another loss this week. The world heard the news of J35’s deceased calf and sent back words of alarm and sympathy to us here in the Salish Sea. We mourn together – Let’s  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on July 30, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Hello there! I’m Romina, and I’m new at the animal shelter. Although I’m only about a year old, I’ve learned a lot in my life. Allow me to share some words of wisdom: Never interrupt when someone is saying nice things about you. If it itches, scratch it! Always resist the urge to get the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Hello, World! My name is Banana and I’m new here at the animal shelter. I’m the CEO in Charge of Cuteness here. If you think I’m cute, you should meet my sister, Apricot, the Vice President of Cuddles and my brother, Broccoli, the Superintendent of Toys on the End of a String. We take our  Continue Reading

Eagle and Crows

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of an eagle apparently not bothered by all the crows trying to antagonize him. Great photo – Thanks Kevin!

Pet of the Week

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Roosevelt here. But you can call me “Rosie”. All my friends here at the animal shelter do. I’m a true cat of distinction. Intelligent, elegant and refined. Life on the inside isn’t that bad, but I’d be inclined to blow this popsicle stand if the right home comes along. I think you’ll find me excellent  Continue Reading

Pupping Season for Harbor Seals

Written on July 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

This story is shared with you from the Whale Museum… It’s July, which means harbor seal pupping season is underway in the San Juan Islands and much of the Salish Sea! Keep an eye out for pups on beaches and around harbors. Recently, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network interns responded to the pup  Continue Reading

Cute Wild Kids

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Wolf Hollow shares this with you… There is no doubt about it, baby wild mammals are cute, and bring out the nurturing instinct in people, who then feel the need to get closer to them and feed and “care” for them. Why is that a problem? It’s all to do with what they learn when  Continue Reading

New Orca ID App

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Want to Identify an individual whale? You’re in luck, there’s now an app for that! Hundreds of thousands of people come to the Pacific Northwest every year to take in our natural beauty, and with hopes of seeing our most popular marine life resident: Orcas (killer whales). The Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been  Continue Reading

Community Pet Food Bank Opening

Written on July 7, 2018 at 5:20 am, by

APS Treasure Hounds and the Animal Protection Society are proud to announce the opening of the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry….a community pet food bank to help keep pets in their homes by providing pet food for families in need. The Pet Food Pantry will be located at the Treasure Hounds store at 365-C Spring Street  Continue Reading

Take a Seat for Animals – Chair Auction

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor would like to invite you to “Take a Seat for Animals” at their upcoming fundraiser on July 20, “Take a Seat for Animals – A Wine Tasting and Painted Chair Auction”. This “Chair-ity” event will feature over 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted chairs, created by island artists. Maryhill Winery will  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

It’s true. Cats know what you’re thinking and feeling. We know your fondest desires and deepest emotions. We know your likes and dislikes; your hopes and your dreams. We don’t care, but we know. My name is Beatrice and if you’re in need of a friend, I’m a very good listener. You can tell me  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:21 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce Myla Sowder Settles is the Volunteer of the Month for June. Myla has been volunteering at the animal shelter for several months and is a favorite of all the pets there, as well as staff. Myla can be counted on to help walk dogs,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on June 25, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor. Allow me to introduce myself. I am “Buns”.   I’ve just arrived in the world but I’ve already made up my bucket list. Here it is: Catch the red dot Climb to the top of the screen door Visit the cat toy factory Try catnip. At least once Run for president of the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on June 18, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Dirt? What dirt? I may have recently taken part in some soil testing, but I don’t know anything about dirt. My name is “Cookie” and I’ve just arrived here, hoping to find my forever sofa…. er, that is, “HOME”. I’m just two years old and folks tell me I have lovely manners. Why don’t you  Continue Reading

Orca Sing 2018

Written on June 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas.  This year’s event is the 19th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 23, beginning at 7 p.m. This year, Fred West and Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will  Continue Reading