Topic: Enviro Corner

Off to a good start with the inside season…

Written on November 9, 2010 at 12:09 am, by

There was a nice size crowd for the Farmers Market‘s inside edition last Saturday at Friday Harbor High…the next Market is set for the 20th, same time (10am-1pm), same place. See ya there!

A closer look at the salmon plan….

Written on November 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm, by

When folks look at the causes of declining numbers of killer whales, they usually point to three things: decreasing salmon stocks, toxins in the water, and noise in the oceans. The Orca Network’s Howard Garrett has been watching the local orcas for some time now, and offers his observations, conclusions, and recommendations about what’s ahead  Continue Reading

Best way to eat…

Written on November 1, 2010 at 6:02 am, by

You know, this island has some of the best places around to eat – some of our restaurants have awards, some have big crowds, some have specialties that bring people year round, just to eat here. One of the places I like to get food isn’t a store or cafe, though – since spring, Josie  Continue Reading

Our Conservation District supervisor named to annual award…

Written on October 22, 2010 at 12:09 am, by

Josie sent me over this press release: Pete Walmsley is NW Area Conservation District Supervisor of the Year Pete Walmsley of Orcas Island won the Supervisor of the Year Award at the annual meeting of NW Area Conservation Districts in Bellingham on October 13. Pete is Chair of the San Juan Islands Conservation District. Lynn  Continue Reading

Plastics in the ocean, part II

Written on October 21, 2010 at 6:26 am, by

Doris Estabrooks sent this over – look at it & I think you’ll say “Wow!” Click here to start, and then click to zoom in…. Gyre, 2009, by Chris Jordan 8×11 feet, in three vertical panels Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the  Continue Reading

Plastics in the ocean…Capt. Charles Moore is coming to talk about the problem…

Written on October 19, 2010 at 10:59 am, by

It’s a special and wonderful thing – and I’m telling you now so you make plans to come. One of the foremost authorities in the world about how plastics are polluting & killing our oceans is Captain Charles Moore. He’ll be here on the island giving a presentation at the Community Theatre on Tuesday, October  Continue Reading


Written on October 14, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

There’s gotta come a time when we knock off using stuff that comes in plastic bottles…the things are not good for us, for the beach, for the planet, for the oil supply, even for the water they hold. Listen to this little vid & you’ll get the idea. And I’ll say it again: We need  Continue Reading

Good stuff grows on the island….

Written on October 13, 2010 at 10:07 am, by

You’ve seen the little garden across from the middle school/high school…it’s going great! The plot was started this spring by students from the school, led by Albert Strasser (FHHS ’09), who came back from his first year at the University of Colorado to get things started. It’s called the Slow Food Land & Sea Garden…and  Continue Reading

Swan on the loose…

Written on October 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm, by

It’s pretty common to see trumpeter swans around San Juan Island, but usually they hang out where there’s fresh water – ponds, wetlands, lakes. So, ace photographer Keith Busha was a little surprised to see this one out in the salt water of the marina at Roche Harbor. Here’s the Wikipedia treatment of the birds…maybe  Continue Reading

The kid’s got it….

Written on October 1, 2010 at 7:09 am, by

It starts here: Getting kids to eat crap is good for business & bad for them, bad for the earth, and bad for the future. Here’s an 11-year-old who has more sense than the FDA folks who allow what you eat. He’s the real deal – listen. Please listen. (BTW, Bill Keener in the five  Continue Reading

Island life….

Written on September 30, 2010 at 7:30 am, by

Sometimes when you live on an island, you think you see so much, and yet you see so little…. (cartoon courtesy of our friends at xkcd):

The Land Bank needs help…in November

Written on September 26, 2010 at 11:01 pm, by

Diane from the Land Bank is lining up folks to help with the Beaverton Marsh Restoration (remember that?) Here’s the deal: The Land Bank is scheduling multiple work parties between mid-November and mid-December for the ongoing Beaverton Marsh restoration project and invite groups and individuals to join us! Work Party schedule: • Saturday November 20th  Continue Reading

Thursday at Roche Harbor…

Written on September 26, 2010 at 7:34 am, by

Lags in the water….

Written on September 23, 2010 at 6:32 am, by

The wildlife around here is amazing – and varied…yesterday, Jim Maya reported Pacific white-sided dolphins – wow! Here’s his story: I have been on the waters of the Salish Sea since 1986, and only five or six times have I ever seen Pacific White-sided Dolphins, or Lags, from their Latin name, Lagenorhynchus. As we headed  Continue Reading

The restoration of the Beaverton Valley Marsh is underway….

Written on September 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm, by

Here’s more from Judy at the Land Bank: Beaverton Valley Marsh Restoration is Underway The San Juan County Land Bank is leading partners in an effort to protect and restore Beaverton Valley Marsh, the largest wetland complex in the county at over 250 acres.  The latest achievement in this project was the acquisition in September  Continue Reading

It’s in the water…but filtering is on the way

Written on August 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm, by

You know those long, scientific-sounding messages we who live in Town get from the Town of Friday Harbor about how our drinking water is doing….I’d like to report a bit of good news from the last one. For the past few years, the levels of THM (Trihalomethane – here’s an explanation & here’s a bit  Continue Reading

Makin’ it green….

Written on June 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm, by

Helen Venada works pretty hard to make our County just a little greener…here’s the scoop on how the kids are increasingly players in this game: Thank you to the Friday Harbor businesses that recently donated “green” prizes to Friday Harbor High School and Middle School students. These special prizes were awarded to students who exceeded  Continue Reading

The Marine Mammal Stranding Network needs you….

Written on June 4, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

Amy is looking for a few good volunteers…. 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 on both live and dead marine mammals that come ashore or wash up on local beaches. Amy  Continue Reading

Humpbacks & killer whales around the island…

Written on May 26, 2010 at 8:30 am, by

Late last week and on Saturday there were humpbacks around…as Ivan from Western Prince noted, there have been few sightings of the resident whales (Sandy Buckley says she saw the L’s yesterday, though) but lots of transients and some surprise visits from gray whales and humpbacks. Jim Maya saw some transients  – he’s pretty sure  Continue Reading

Lolita protest: A success!

Written on May 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm, by

In case you didn’t get it – there’s an orca named Lolita who was captured in 1970 from Penn Cove (off Whidbey Island) and has been held in the Miami Seaquarium ever since. It’s time for her to come home to the resident pod here in the San Juans, where she belongs. Here’s the writeup  Continue Reading

Peaceful protest this weekend: It’s time to free Lolita

Written on May 12, 2010 at 11:53 pm, by

Howie & Susan at the Orca Network have been lobbying, protesting & agitating for the release of Lolita for decades – here’s their writeup of the Free Lolita Campaign. Meanwhile, locally, Debbi Fincher & friends are pulling together for Lolita, who has been captive in the Miami Seaquarium since 1971….here’s her story: Please come show  Continue Reading

It was good: Good Food!

Written on April 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm, by

That showing of Good Food (the movie) went great last weekend – and Maureen & Linda wanted to say thanks: The Land & Sea  wants to thank everyone who came to see “Good Food” – we had a great total turnout for the three showings, and we heard good things afterward! We would like to  Continue Reading