Topic: Enviro Corner

Marine Mammal Stranding Network training is next month – sign up!

Written on May 19, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Amy Traxler from the Network has more: The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SJCMMSN) is currently recruiting volunteers on all islands in preparation for the upcoming stranding season.   Members of the Network respond to calls of both live and dead marine mammals that come ashore or wash up on local beaches.    Amy Traxler,  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Marine Labs Open House…this Saturday!

Written on May 15, 2009 at 11:37 am, by

You know, this is really fun if you’ve never been. My family has been going to the Labs for nearly 16 summers now, and we’ll go tomorrow, too. It’s from 11am-4pm. There’s food (and popcorn, prepped by Dennis Willows) & experiments & sea animals (left) and…well, it’s fun. See ya there! -oo-

Meanwhile, out at the Lighthouse….

Written on May 15, 2009 at 7:41 am, by

Erin Corra tells me something like 100-125 folks showed up last weekend for the History of the Lighthouse deal at Lime Kiln State Park. She’s the interpretive specialist there, and she offers lighthouse tours each weekend and more at the park. She’s funny, engaging, and nice to learn stuff from – check it out! The  Continue Reading

For a good time…go to the Whale Museum’s “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony” this weekend…

Written on May 13, 2009 at 5:57 am, by

Think of the places that define what our island is about: Lime Kiln, Roche Harbor, Memorial Park, the ferry, and…the Whale Museum. Well, this weekend is your chance to support this island treasure & have fun while you’re at it. The Museum’s Amy Traxler has more: The Whale Museum’s upcoming 3rd Annual ‘Celebration of the  Continue Reading

For a good time…go to the Whale Museum's "Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony" this weekend…

Written on May 13, 2009 at 5:57 am, by

Think of the places that define what our island is about: Lime Kiln, Roche Harbor, Memorial Park, the ferry, and…the Whale Museum. Well, this weekend is your chance to support this island treasure & have fun while you’re at it. The Museum’s Amy Traxler has more: The Whale Museum’s upcoming 3rd Annual ‘Celebration of the  Continue Reading

Studying the water….

Written on May 6, 2009 at 6:16 am, by

Jana from the Friends of the San Juans wanted to let you know: The Toxins in Our Water Lecture Series continues and looks at our ability to control pollution. Please attend lecture 4 of the series, Successes and Challenges in Pollution Control, given by San Juan County Pollution Control Specialist, Brian Rader. Brian provides on-site  Continue Reading

Workshop: Hands-on trail planning, construction and maintenance skills

Written on May 4, 2009 at 11:05 pm, by

David tells me trail volunteers are needed, and here’s a training that will get you ready…read on: Aspiring island volunteers have a chance to learn basic hands-on trail planning, construction and maintenance skills at a free workshop offered by the San Juan Island Trials Committee on May 29 and 30. The workshop will consist of  Continue Reading

The solar age is dawning….

Written on May 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm, by

You may wonder what this story has to do with the island…well, think about it. What DO you think the future holds, energy-wise? The guy who built the solar panels  over at the Technology Center told me in 1995 that a 3/4 acre lot covered with solar panels could provide the island’s power needs. Check  Continue Reading

Litter situation is better, but work remains…

Written on April 30, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

My friend Lori Stokes just dropped off this note for you, including a list of places that need help getting picked up: Litter Picker-Uppers Rock!!!!! By Captain Pick-It Up, mascot of the San Juan Island Anti-Litter Initiative Two years have passed since the Imagine No Litter! campaign was launched by the San Juan Island Anti-Litter  Continue Reading

Baby foxes on the loose…

Written on April 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm, by

I love the pictures that Monika Wieland takes…she caught these two baby foxes nuzzling each other, and a bunch more – check her blog at http://orcawatcher.blogspot.com/.

Orcas attack a seal…

Written on April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

They’re not called killer whales for nothing…here’s a note from Doug Bison with an amazing video: Hi, Ian, I thought your viewers might enjoy this fascinating video. Have a great weekend! Doug http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3xmqbNsRSk

Transients in the neighborhood…

Written on April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm, by

Jim Maya headed out towards Victoria to capture this photo of transient killer whales.

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Written on April 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm, by

“It takes 15 million barrels of oil per year to make all of the plastic water bottles in America, according to the Container Recycling Institute. Sending those bottles by air and truck uses even more fossil fuel. Meanwhile, it takes 1,000 years for plastic bottles to break down.” From “Bottle Backlash” by Asbury Park Press 

Island runners descend on Vancouver Marathon….

Written on April 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm, by

I hear that someting like 31 women from our island are going to run the Vancouver Marathon (or Half Marathon) this coming weekend…I have a couple of folks shooting pictures & takin’ names, so I’ll get back to you on that. Way cool! -oo-

Celebrate Earth Day!

Written on April 22, 2009 at 7:25 am, by

When Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t exist, kids thought “recycling” was a new kind of bike, and the US energy policy was centered on finding more oil. Things have changed within what we are aware of, and much still remains to change. It’s about action…and I hope that  Continue Reading

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Written on April 22, 2009 at 2:19 am, by

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. Thomas Merton

New stewardship fund set up, this past weekend….

Written on April 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm, by

The good folks at the Community Foundation have good news for the continued greening of the island – here’s more: The San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) has established a new fund to promote local non-profit and public organizations and their projects that foster the education and practice of community stewardship of our environmental resources.  Continue Reading

Sustainable San Juans – it’s this weekend!

Written on April 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm, by

You know, I was gonna tell you how cool this weekend’s event was going to be, but Helen beat me to it. It’s on Saturday of Earth Day weekend – hope to see you there! Here’s more, from Helen: Hello Islanders, Visitors are drawn to our area by its rich marine environment. My visitors from  Continue Reading

Sustainable San Juans – it's this weekend!

Written on April 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm, by

You know, I was gonna tell you how cool this weekend’s event was going to be, but Helen beat me to it. It’s on Saturday of Earth Day weekend – hope to see you there! Here’s more, from Helen: Hello Islanders, Visitors are drawn to our area by its rich marine environment. My visitors from  Continue Reading

Update: SONAR Recorded off of San Juan Island

Written on April 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm, by

Jenny Atkinson is the director of the Whale Museum, and she files this update to Jeanne’s report from yesterday: Beginning at 7 p.m. on April 7, hydrophones operated by The Whale Museum and Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School started picking up unusual sounds.  Hydrophones off the coastline of Lime Kiln State Park and  Continue Reading

Sorting out the island’s flowers….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm, by

You’ve always wondered what those flowers on the trail were (I know I have) – now you can find out! Here’s more from Louisa and Ann: Spring is coming!  Catch the bloom! Wondering what that flower is that you saw on the trail?  We have a new way to find out! The San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Sorting out the island's flowers….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm, by

You’ve always wondered what those flowers on the trail were (I know I have) – now you can find out! Here’s more from Louisa and Ann: Spring is coming!  Catch the bloom! Wondering what that flower is that you saw on the trail?  We have a new way to find out! The San Juan Island  Continue Reading