Topic: Enviro Corner

Children’s Festival – the poster winners….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm, by

Here are Ally (second place) and Jessica (first place) with their winning posters – way to go, girls! ooo

Children's Festival – the poster winners….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm, by

Here are Ally (second place) and Jessica (first place) with their winning posters – way to go, girls! ooo

Catherine Bevens places third nationally in essay contest

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

The other day, proud mom Barbara told me Catherine had placed high in an essay contest, winning a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., along with ace FHHS social studies teacher Greg Sawyer – wow! Way to go Catherine! Here’s the rest of the story, from Sonia Blumstein at the essay contest: ARLINGTON,  Continue Reading

Island nature sensitivity program receives UNESCO approval….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 7:00 am, by

You’ve seen Mike Cohen playing at Farmers’ Market and around the island, marching in uniform in the Fourth of July parade, and singing just about everywhere. He’s been running Project Nature Connect since 1959, and now has spread the reach of the program from here to Costa Rica to Hawaii… and it’s still growing. Here’s  Continue Reading

Time to sign up for naturalist training….

Written on April 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm, by

Cindy from the Whale Museum says the weekend classes begin on the 25th…here’s more: Registration for the Spring Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum, is available now.  The program’s dates are April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 24.  The object of this program is to provide a learning experience that  Continue Reading

It's a turnoff….

Written on March 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm, by

I’ve always left my computer on at night. Always, like since 1991, when a guy called Bob the Computer Guy told me it was better for the motherboard to not get a jolt each morning, being turned back on. That’s what he said. I think he lives next to Larry the Cable Guy now, in  Continue Reading

It’s a turnoff….

Written on March 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm, by

I’ve always left my computer on at night. Always, like since 1991, when a guy called Bob the Computer Guy told me it was better for the motherboard to not get a jolt each morning, being turned back on. That’s what he said. I think he lives next to Larry the Cable Guy now, in  Continue Reading

Go green & get sustainable…

Written on March 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm, by

Robin Jacobson tells me this is gonna be great: Sustainable San Juans: A Three-Day Stewardship Event April 17-19 Registration is now open for a new countywide event called Sustainable San Juans:  Greening Your Home, Business and Food. The central event is a stewardship fair and workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00  Continue Reading

Go green & get sustainable…

Written on March 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm, by

Robin Jacobson tells me this is gonna be great: Sustainable San Juans: A Three-Day Stewardship Event April 17-19 Registration is now open for a new countywide event called Sustainable San Juans:  Greening Your Home, Business and Food. The central event is a stewardship fair and workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00  Continue Reading

Native plants – check ’em out!

Written on March 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm, by

Here’s a workshop that Kathleen & Fiona are putting on this weekend that should be great…and tasty. Here’s more: LEARN A LITTLE, HIKE A LITTLE, EAT A LITTLE: Join us for the Ethnobotany and Edibles Workshop Join leading ethnobotanist Mac Smith, Fiona Norris from the San Juan Nature Institute, and Kathleen Foley from the San  Continue Reading

Native plants – check 'em out!

Written on March 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm, by

Here’s a workshop that Kathleen & Fiona are putting on this weekend that should be great…and tasty. Here’s more: LEARN A LITTLE, HIKE A LITTLE, EAT A LITTLE: Join us for the Ethnobotany and Edibles Workshop Join leading ethnobotanist Mac Smith, Fiona Norris from the San Juan Nature Institute, and Kathleen Foley from the San  Continue Reading

Poetry workshop… this weekend….

Written on March 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm, by

Adriennne at the Library has a special poetry workshop this weekend at 2pm on Saturday – I’m going to go, and hope you have a chance to, too: I was hoping you could help me spread the word about an upcoming poetry workshop at the Library on Saturday, April 4th from 2-5 in the Meeting  Continue Reading

The Whale Museum needs docents….

Written on March 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm, by

Nikki from the Whale Museum has more: The Whale Museum Docent Training Program: The Whale Museum is pleased to offer our Docent Training Program for the 2009 summer season. Volunteers aged 14 and over are needed to help visitors in our Exhibit Hall. By using artifacts, text panels, and hands-on specimens, docents are trained to  Continue Reading

Earth Hour…it’s this Saturday at 8:30pm on San Juan Island….

Written on March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm, by

The Town Council endorsed it. The County Council endorsed it. And I hope you join me in endorsing it. Here’s what the Washington Earth Hour has to say, and here’s what it’s all about. See you in the dark.

Earth Hour…it's this Saturday at 8:30pm on San Juan Island….

Written on March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm, by

The Town Council endorsed it. The County Council endorsed it. And I hope you join me in endorsing it. Here’s what the Washington Earth Hour has to say, and here’s what it’s all about. See you in the dark.

Rain catchment… legal in the islands….

Written on March 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm, by

Weirdly, one of the best ideas for gathering water – catching the rain that falls on your buildings & storing it – is illegal in Utah and Colorado, a couple of perennially dry states. Although the islands are mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article, it’s because we do allow it (and some of us  Continue Reading

Adopt a tree well…now!

Written on March 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm, by

The Chamber’s Debbie Pigman tells me this is part of what makes our Town so beautiful: Chamber of Commerce Adopt a Tree Well Program Continues in 2009. The Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum, as part of its beautification plan, initiated a program in 2008 where businesses, organizations or individuals could “adopt” the ground around the  Continue Reading

Joe says: Save the sound? Canadian-US dialogue needs to improve…..

Written on March 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm, by

Over on Orcas, Joe Gaydos is one of the people I listen to, when it comes to sorting out priorities related to saving our ecosystem… here are his thoughts on one way to make things better: Increased US – Canadian cooperation is among other basic principles that need to be followed to save Puget Sound.  Continue Reading

Hey, bluebirds – good to have you back!

Written on March 17, 2009 at 1:15 am, by

You already knew about the bluebird re-introduction project…here’s more from Kathleen at the Preservation Trust: A “Welcome Back Bluebirds” nesting contest has been announced by the San Juan Islands Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project. The contest will acknowledge the first member of the island community to have a Western bluebird nest on their property (in a  Continue Reading

What Ryan’s cooking up these days….

Written on March 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm, by

When I ran into FHHS grad Ryan Browne over the holidays, he told me about his business, which included building cob ovens – straw, mud, sand, clay all put together for the most heat-efficient oven you’ve ever seen. I saw him last night (as you can see, about to fire up the oven)… I asked  Continue Reading

What Ryan's cooking up these days….

Written on March 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm, by

When I ran into FHHS grad Ryan Browne over the holidays, he told me about his business, which included building cob ovens – straw, mud, sand, clay all put together for the most heat-efficient oven you’ve ever seen. I saw him last night (as you can see, about to fire up the oven)… I asked  Continue Reading

Islanders noted for helping with salmon recovery….

Written on March 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm, by

You know, one of the reasons the local killer whales are on the endangered species list is a shortage of their main dinner: salmon. Recovering the salmon’s previous numbers is a key to restoring a healthy ecosystem… and several islanders have been key to that recovery effort. Here’s more from Barbara Rosenkotter, who is the  Continue Reading