Topic: Enviro Corner

Gray orca born to transients…

Written on December 11, 2009 at 10:44 am, by

First, a very happy birthday to Jim Maya, with my thanks to him for today’s report. He was out on the water yesterday and saw & photographed a gray killer whale calf hanging around with the transients – here’s more, from yesterday: We were near the Victoria waterfront…I called Goldwing as we got close, about  Continue Reading

The wind gives way to rain…

Written on November 20, 2009 at 1:41 am, by

You and I heard enough people say Wednesday’s winds were the worst they’ve seen in ages, and we all saw enough branches scattered around, trees down, and chainsaws going to know it was a strong one. Heck, it even knocked down the flagpole at American Camp (here’s more on that.) Next up on the weather  Continue Reading

Strong quake this morning….

Written on November 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm, by

There was a big one at 7:30am this morning, off the British Columbia coast, near Alaska – here’s more (including the huge aftershock) from CNN.

Corelia hits the trail…

Written on November 17, 2009 at 3:09 am, by

Marc Islam reports that Corelia Peacock has completed the Appalachian Trail & the former Island rec recreation specialist has stories to tell: Hello All- A few highlights from our last few weeks on the trail.

Welcome, J-46! New calf born to J pod…

Written on November 12, 2009 at 10:58 am, by

Looks like there’s a new baby calf in J pod! Here’s more from Monika (http://orcawatcher.blogspot.com/) and Jeanne (http://whale-of-a-porpoise.blogspot.com/), including some awesome pictures. Looks like they’re calling her/him J 46. Happy birthday!

Leaving, on a jet plane… I mean, ferry

Written on November 3, 2009 at 11:10 am, by

Rachel at the ferry landing (right) said someone dropped their leaves at the top of the ferry landing last week.

Woody in the yard…

Written on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 am, by

There was this pileated woodpecker in the yard walking around in my yard, so I snuck up on him and took a picture of him. Here’s more about them – looks like this one is probably a male….

Identifying the problem….

Written on October 25, 2009 at 9:56 pm, by

It’s called micro-plastics, and it’s a worldwide problem – the plastics can pollute & kill parts of the sea, and ruin a beach. Our Beachwatchers (led by Shann Weston) were collecting samples the other day – here’s more. The Town’s ban of styrofoam is a good first step (which the County needs to pass as  Continue Reading

Another new islander….

Written on October 23, 2009 at 12:47 am, by

Jenny from the Whale Museum was on hand for the naming, and files this report (click here for photos of the calf, from the Center for Whale Research): The Samish Indian Nation Names New Calf (J-45) On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Samish Indian Nation held a traditional potlatch naming ceremony for J-45, the newest  Continue Reading

Thinking Like An Island… with a gracious rebel

Written on October 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm, by

Ryan Browne wrote to tell me about this & to invite you to come: Michael Ableman: Thinking like an Island October 23 in Friday Harbor The San Juan Island Agricultural Guild and the San Juan Island Farmers’ Market is sponsoring Salt Spring Island farmer, writer, speaker and photographer Michael Ableman to speak at the upcoming  Continue Reading

Rare bat found on the island…

Written on October 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm, by

Rare? We thought it was maybe extinct, since it hadn’t been seen since the 1940s on the island. But Russell Barsh and Boyd Pratt found one, as KING5 reports, with video.

Now they’re up to 86!

Written on October 15, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

There are photos on the Center for Whale Research’s page of apparent new calf L113…click here to check ’em out! The birth brings the number of the Southern Resident Killer Whales to 86. The site reports: Jami Nagel with Naturalist Island Adventures Cruises took the photographs on Saturday October 10 off Port Townsend. The calf  Continue Reading

Now they're up to 86!

Written on October 15, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

There are photos on the Center for Whale Research’s page of apparent new calf L113…click here to check ’em out! The birth brings the number of the Southern Resident Killer Whales to 86. The site reports: Jami Nagel with Naturalist Island Adventures Cruises took the photographs on Saturday October 10 off Port Townsend. The calf  Continue Reading

Autumn on Argyle Street…

Written on October 12, 2009 at 3:09 am, by

The colors were bright this weekend as the cooler weather slips across western Washington….

Land Bank’s Cattle Point Trail takes steps towards reality…

Written on October 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm, by

This is really cool…the first major steps that need to be made to make this trail happen…here’s more from our friends at the Land Bank: Land Bank Accepts First Two Trail Easements Cattle Point Road The San Juan County Land Bank has received two trail easement donations along Cattle Point Road.  Louisa Nishitani and Alice  Continue Reading

Land Bank's Cattle Point Trail takes steps towards reality…

Written on October 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm, by

This is really cool…the first major steps that need to be made to make this trail happen…here’s more from our friends at the Land Bank: Land Bank Accepts First Two Trail Easements Cattle Point Road The San Juan County Land Bank has received two trail easement donations along Cattle Point Road.  Louisa Nishitani and Alice  Continue Reading

It’s apple time…

Written on October 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm, by

This is the time of year for picking off & picking up the apples that are everywhere all over the island, and as the Grist says in this morning’s posting: “You’ve got to know where you are. You’ve got to consult the genius of the place.” (Wendell Berry) So, for that, you need a cider  Continue Reading

It's apple time…

Written on October 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm, by

This is the time of year for picking off & picking up the apples that are everywhere all over the island, and as the Grist says in this morning’s posting: “You’ve got to know where you are. You’ve got to consult the genius of the place.” (Wendell Berry) So, for that, you need a cider  Continue Reading

The prettiest time of the year….

Written on October 8, 2009 at 9:00 am, by

This year’s mild autumn has kept the leaves on the trees just a little longer this year, and the colors are wonderful…brightens up the island in the nicest way. In one of his books, Dan Millman decries the usual “Have a nice day!” that we say in favor of “Create a good day!” I kinda  Continue Reading

It’s a fluke….

Written on October 7, 2009 at 10:12 am, by

That’s the fluke of a killer whale…Jim Maya says that Monday evening there was a lot of socializing and having fun over near Sucia and Matia Islands. Amazing evening.

It's a fluke….

Written on October 7, 2009 at 10:12 am, by

That’s the fluke of a killer whale…Jim Maya says that Monday evening there was a lot of socializing and having fun over near Sucia and Matia Islands. Amazing evening.

Falling for you….

Written on October 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm, by

And autumning as well….