Topic: Enviro Corner

Keeping the island clean…

Written on April 23, 2010 at 9:14 am, by

You know, I love the way the island looks & feels when it’s all clean & tidy – and you have a chance to help jump in & do your part to keep it that way. Here’s more from Lori Stokes & the Anti-Litter folks: Can You Help? About 100 San Juan Islanders are already  Continue Reading

Green Rehab…this weekend!

Written on April 15, 2010 at 12:40 am, by

This is cool: talking with experts about practical strategies for rehabbing to save energy, money, and the “character” of our fabulous historic buildings, including existing buildings built 40 or more years ago. Here’s more from Sandy (sign up now!): Rehab Green: Historic Preservation, Weatherization and Sustainable Rehabilitation This event is going to be great and  Continue Reading

The Conservation District has an election…

Written on March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm, by

The County Conservation District has an election between now & the 16th – here’s how it works: The San Juan Islands Conservation District election for one position on the Board of Supervisors will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. There are two candidates running, Ed Kilduff of Lopez Island and incumbent Henning Sehmsdorf, also  Continue Reading

What’s the chance for a quake here? Pretty good.

Written on March 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm, by

Most geologists rate our chances to host the next big quake as pretty good. Here’s more.

Speaking tonight….

Written on March 1, 2010 at 11:04 am, by

Frank Penwell sent this over: CAPR San Juan’s March 2nd, 2010 speaker will be Norm Macleod.  Please join us for an educational evening and dinner at the Grange Hall at 5:30pm. Norman MacLeod is the president and CEO of Gaelic Wolf Consulting, a natural resource policy design and Internet strategy firm with locations in Hockessin,  Continue Reading

Killer whale at Sea World kills trainer…

Written on February 25, 2010 at 7:42 am, by

2/24/2010 Just off the wires…an orca kills a worker at SeaWorld in Florida, where the killer whale is being held captive. Here’s more, from the BBC. 2/25/2010 I thought that the response by the Orca Network folks (Howie & Susan, co-written with Ken Balcomb & former Secretary of State Ralph Munro), sums up the situation  Continue Reading

The islands… national monuments?

Written on February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am, by

Looks like the President has the San Juan Islands on a list of proposed national monuments. This is a big deal – here’s more, from the New West Communiy Blogs.

Good stewards…takin’ names….

Written on February 19, 2010 at 10:40 am, by

Jeff Hanson says the annual hunt is underway to identify the stewards of the islands: Nominations Sought for the 2010 Good Steward Awards You can help recognize individuals, families, and businesses that have made a significant impact on the conservation, preservation, and protection of the San Juans. The Stewardship Network of the San Juans is  Continue Reading

The next big one…

Written on February 5, 2010 at 2:19 am, by

In the aftermath of the events in Haiti, Time magazine ran a bit called, “Where will the next five big earthquakes be?” Tucked in with LA, Indonesia, Tehran & Tokyo is…the Pacific Northwest. Here’s the story. Not satisfied with that thinly-presented rundown of our seismic setup here? (I wasn’t.) This story in Wired has a  Continue Reading

Transients off Race Rocks….

Written on February 4, 2010 at 10:57 am, by

Captain Jim Maya reported that he saw a large number of transient killer whales off Race Rocks yesterday, including T100’s baby calf….

J1 (that’s Ruffles, baby) swims by…

Written on January 29, 2010 at 1:30 am, by

J pod was here earlier this week, as you can see in this amazing photo by Mark Malleson from Victoria…if you’d like to see a much bigger, much cooler picture – click here. Mark works with Prince of Whales in BC – thanks, Mark!

Marine Mammal Stranding Network going strong….

Written on January 26, 2010 at 12:08 am, by

It always good to hear about the good work the Stranding Network does – here’s more from Amy: The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SJCMMSN) would like to thank the community for all their assistance in reporting stranded (live and dead) marine mammals over the past year. Amy Traxler, Network Coordinator, says they  Continue Reading

Special showings of “Food, Inc.”

Written on January 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm, by

First of all, you need to know: This is a life-changing & lifestyle-changing movie. I believe it ought to be required for anybody in this country who thinks we have protections in place for food production. Here’s more about Food, Inc., including the trailer. There are a couple of special showing coming up in the  Continue Reading

Special showings of "Food, Inc."

Written on January 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm, by

First of all, you need to know: This is a life-changing & lifestyle-changing movie. I believe it ought to be required for anybody in this country who thinks we have protections in place for food production. Here’s more about Food, Inc., including the trailer. There are a couple of special showing coming up in the  Continue Reading

What to do with your old computer….

Written on January 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm, by

Look, that thing has mercury in it – you CAN’T just dump it in the landfill! Here’s more from Helen with the scoop about how to ditch it: It’s almost a year since Washington State began one of the most successful recycling programs for waste electronics.  Manufacturers who sell televisions, monitors, computers and laptops in  Continue Reading

Sea Shepherd gets $5M from game show host….

Written on January 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm, by

As you probably know, Friday Harbor is the international HQ for Sea Shepherd…. Traci Walter wrote me this afternoon with news that a big, well-known donor has stepped forward. Here’s more: The Time is Right for Bob Barker to Rescue the Whales: Bob Barker Donates $5,000,000 to Sea Shepherd for Ocean Conservation Another anti-whaling ship  Continue Reading

There’s a new orca, baby….

Written on January 5, 2010 at 10:25 am, by

It’s the new year’s baby…J47! Here’s more from the Orca Network, including pictures. And…here’s Howie’s proposal to retire Lolita from her forced labor at the Miami Seaquarium & bring her, finally, home. Here are some pictures he took of her recently, and yes, if that tank seems too small for a killer whale who would  Continue Reading

There's a new orca, baby….

Written on January 5, 2010 at 10:25 am, by

It’s the new year’s baby…J47! Here’s more from the Orca Network, including pictures. And…here’s Howie’s proposal to retire Lolita from her forced labor at the Miami Seaquarium & bring her, finally, home. Here are some pictures he took of her recently, and yes, if that tank seems too small for a killer whale who would  Continue Reading

Island in the mist….

Written on January 4, 2010 at 11:01 am, by

That was the low-hanging mist off Beaverton Valley Road across from the entrance to Xtreme Fitness over the weekend….

Walking the trails….

Written on December 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm, by

In November, President Obama signed the bill that included $6 million dollars to purchase the Mitchell Hill property & add it on to the national park at English Camp (or British Camp – I gotta ask Mike Vouri which is right. Or Canadian Camp – maybe they want it back.) It’s a beautiful 320-acre gift  Continue Reading

Wildlife on the island…

Written on December 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm, by

It was neat to see this wild turkey up near the dump…there used to be tons of wild turkeys here on the island fifteen years ago – you’d see them walking around in little mobs downtown, and out in the parks. Someone introduced fox to the island in the early 1990s, and that seems to  Continue Reading

Orcas…in San Diego!

Written on December 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm, by

As you may know, Ivan from Western Prince is operating in San Diego this winter as Jackie works on her grad degree there…he tells me he went out on the 21st to look for gray whales & fin whales & saw a minke….but then saw a pod of about 20 orcas, which is pretty unusual  Continue Reading