Topic: Enviro Corner

Happy Earth Day!

Written on April 22, 2011 at 7:43 am, by

Time to plan the birthday cake. Then plan how many mouths can we feed. Really. As the sun rises on our beautiful island, I hope you have good & meaningful things planned for this day celebrating the planet that holds us, that sustains us, that offers us the wonder of the colors of changing seasons,  Continue Reading

Bringing the ends of the wealth spectrum together….

Written on March 27, 2011 at 7:54 am, by

On Thursday night, islander Peter Corning made a presentation at Griffin Bay Bookstore in support of his new, internationally distributed & acclaimed book, The Fair Society, in which he talks about his sense that people, at bottom, DO try to share & work together to make things more equitable in the world. A major point,  Continue Reading

Spring is just around the corner…

Written on March 19, 2011 at 1:57 am, by

These are some daffodils I saw yesterday just round the corner at Harbor Rentals, where I took my lawn mower to get it ready for the season….beginning to look like spring around here, with equinox in a couple of days.

Sign up for naturalist training this spring!

Written on March 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm, by

Here’s the scoop from The Whale Museum: Marine Naturalist Training Program Spring 2011 The Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum, is now accepting registrations for the spring class.  The program dates are Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, and Sunday May 29. The object of this program is to  Continue Reading

Quake advice & thoughts, by Brenden…

Written on March 15, 2011 at 12:40 am, by

In the light of last week’s tsunami & the disaster in Japan, the County’s Department of Emergency Management director Brenden Cowan offers these thoughts: Quakes, Tsunamis, and the Islands A practical take on disaster preparedness Last week’s earthquake in Japan has grabbed headlines across the world for obvious reasons. The scale of the destruction is  Continue Reading

J pod visits the island – no sign of Ruffles…

Written on March 7, 2011 at 1:06 am, by

Jim Maya caught some incredible pictures of foraging yesterday as J pod trundled through the strait, but says he did not sight J1 (Ruffles) in the pod…killer whale fans & researchers have not seen the father & grandfather of many in the three resident pods since November.

Ken Franklin & the beauty of the peregrine falcon

Written on March 4, 2011 at 5:57 am, by

This is beautiful photography & a beautiful animal, with pilot & falconer Ken Franklin checking out how fast the bird can go (Suzanne is in the film, too…). His falcon Frightful clocks in at over 180 miles an hour in one test, and over 240 a week later. This vid has over 1,600,000 visits, which  Continue Reading

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

Written on February 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm, by

The light dusting of snow began last night but really opened up this morning, making the island a winter wonderland for most of the day. The forecast has a storm, more snow, and freezing weather ahead for this late afternoon, tonight & tomorrow.

Little earthquake this morning….

Written on February 8, 2011 at 9:32 am, by

There was a 3.2 magnitude quake on San Juan Island this morning – did you feel it? Here’s the data…

Free as a bird…

Written on January 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm, by

“When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be – I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. “I come into the peace of  Continue Reading

Time to ditch the plastic bottles…

Written on January 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm, by

Understanding how marine parks kill killer whales….

Written on January 28, 2011 at 4:21 am, by

Susan Berta has been studying the negative effects of keeping killer whales in marine parks (by the way, there are no positive effects for the whales), and now shares this study that once again points out killer whale belong in the wild, not in amusement parks. Here’s more: Former Trainers Show How Captivity Kills Orcas  Continue Reading

Native Plant Sale next month, but order yours now!

Written on January 10, 2011 at 4:55 am, by

Jody Burns & the Master Gardeners say its time to get planning: Annual Native Plant Sale – Order Now for Best Selection! The Master Gardener/Conservation District annual Native Plant Sale is scheduled for February 26, 2011, but don’t procrastinate! You should order now! Certain popular species sell out quickly! Late winter is a great time  Continue Reading

Why buy a drill when all you need is a hole?

Written on December 20, 2010 at 5:39 am, by

Over the next few years, different economic models are going to emerge to supplant the current ponzi scheme that we see as inevitable in our present culture (hey, I lost 70% of the value of my retirement savings in the past three years, and some 40% of the value of my house – I’m definitely  Continue Reading

SJPT purchases Vendovi!

Written on December 16, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

This just in from Kathleen at the Preservation Trust: The San Juan Preservation Trust, a non-profit land trust based in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, announced today that it has successfully purchased Vendovi Island, the third largest island under single private ownership in the entire San Juan archipelago. This acquisition ensures that this 217-acre  Continue Reading

Gift ideas….

Written on December 14, 2010 at 7:06 am, by

Jody Burns from the Master Gardeners asked me if I thought you’d be interested in good gardening books – I told her, well yeah. So here’s some ideas for gifts: Garden Books for Giving What would the gardener on your holiday gift list want most?  Apart from a load of compost, or an exotic new  Continue Reading

A key piece of the garbage puzzle…

Written on December 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm, by

As we look at the direction our island (and our habits & spending) are headed with the problem of garbage & trash & dumping stuff, it might be helpful to consider ways to solve the problem – at the root of a growing mess. Annie Leonard has more:

The way it was, the way it is….

Written on December 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm, by

It’s pretty common to long for the “good old days,” especially when things are funky around the world. This video will help fill in some of that misplaced nostalgia with a dose of reality, and maybe a little hope as well. See what you think!

Meanwhile, out on the water…

Written on December 7, 2010 at 6:23 am, by

Art from Argyle House (I love his photos!) went out yesterday with Peggy and Kurt from Naknek Charters; he tells me they are offering tours to see the Stellar Sea Lions.  Here’s the link. Thanks, Art!

The bluebirds win…

Written on December 1, 2010 at 8:13 am, by

The September update for the bluebird project is posted on the San Juan Preservation Trust site…it’s going great! Just heard that we (that would be the bluebirds & their friends) just received a $24K grant – here’s more from Barb Jensen & the Audubon Society: We want to send a big and I mean BIG  Continue Reading

2011 San Juan Island Farm Products Guide

Written on November 17, 2010 at 12:04 am, by

2011 San Juan Island Farm Products Guide: WSU Extension is in now compiling the 2011 Farm Products Guide for San Juan Island. If you are a local farmer or producer using local products (food, fiber, etc.) and would like to be included in this popular marketing and informational guide, please contact Candice Jagel (370-7664 orcandace_jagel@wsu.edu)  Continue Reading

Enough with the garbage….

Written on November 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm, by

This is a note I got from my friend Stephanie about what she & her husband Jeff have been finding along the roads….I think it’s a pretty cogent call to clean our act up. Here’s more: Dear Ian, A couple weekends ago my husband and I spent close to six hours cleaning up the litter  Continue Reading