Topic: Enviro Corner

Preservation Trust campaign to save Guemes mountain saves it!

Written on October 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm, by

The Campaign to Save Guemes Mountain is a success! Kathleen from the San Juan Preservation Trust reports: Dear Ian, “We Did It!” That’s the phrase heard from the San Juan Preservation Trust, Skagit Land Trust, and other Save Guemes Mountain Campaign leaders and supporters who have succeeded in raising $2.2 million to purchase and permanently  Continue Reading

Today is the last day for Wednesday Market!

Written on September 30, 2009 at 10:19 am, by

It’s your last chance to get fresh veggies & more in mid-week from 3pm-6pm (the Saturday Market continues into October)…here’s the note from Steve Bensel: Hey Ian This will be the last week (Sept. 30, Wednesday) for the mid-week farmers’ market.  We would like to thank all of the loyal customers who made it as  Continue Reading

Happy equinox to ya….

Written on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 am, by

Starting now!

Dawn’s talk is tonight…

Written on September 2, 2009 at 10:37 am, by

  Cindy from the Whale Museum has a lecture scheduled tonight: The Whale Museum’s 2009 Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm with Dawn Noren, PhD from NOAA NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Noren will be discussing her study on ‘Behavioral and Bioenergetic Impacts of Vessel Presence in Southern Resident Killer Whales’.  Continue Reading

Dawn's talk is tonight…

Written on September 2, 2009 at 10:37 am, by

  Cindy from the Whale Museum has a lecture scheduled tonight: The Whale Museum’s 2009 Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm with Dawn Noren, PhD from NOAA NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Noren will be discussing her study on ‘Behavioral and Bioenergetic Impacts of Vessel Presence in Southern Resident Killer Whales’.  Continue Reading

Where is tomorrow’s farmer?

Written on September 2, 2009 at 12:58 am, by

Linda Cobos told me about this little video – I sure enjoyed watching it, and I think you will, too. Here’s more from the Slow Food/Land & Sea blog: We just got this note from our friend, filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island: “I am happy and excited to inform you that we have completed  Continue Reading

Where is tomorrow's farmer?

Written on September 2, 2009 at 12:58 am, by

Linda Cobos told me about this little video – I sure enjoyed watching it, and I think you will, too. Here’s more from the Slow Food/Land & Sea blog: We just got this note from our friend, filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island: “I am happy and excited to inform you that we have completed  Continue Reading

Lost calf…. seen it?

Written on September 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm, by

Amy Traxler from the Whale Museum’s Marine Stranding Network asked that we get the word out: HAS ANYBODY SEEN A STRANDED KILLER WHALE CALF? On Sunday, August 30th a private boater broadcast a report over the marine radio, Channel 16, that they had discovered what appeared to be a killer whale calf floating off of  Continue Reading

Are we the sunniest spot in Washington?

Written on September 1, 2009 at 9:57 am, by

Last week, climatologist/meteorologist Cliff Mass came to speak here on the island – you probably dropped in to hear him. He says while he was here he noticed the real estate guys promising 240 days (or more) or sunshine if you live here – so he looked into it, as only a weather expert could.  Continue Reading

Fundraiser for Orca Relief: The Cove shows tonight….

Written on August 25, 2009 at 8:39 am, by

Shane over at Orca Relief says there’s a movie tonight you won’t want to miss: The award-winning film The Cove will show on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00pm at the Palace Theatre as a fundraiser for Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance. The film’s director, Louie Psihoyos, will be at the showing. Psihoyos is also the  Continue Reading

Traveling as a family…

Written on August 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm, by

Jim Maya saw these Southern Residents traveling together over the weekend….

Friends on the west side…

Written on August 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm, by

Sunday turned out to be a pleasant & sunny day, with the killer whales all around…

From everbrown to evergreen…

Written on August 10, 2009 at 6:33 am, by

We’ve all been waiting & hoping for some rain, and we got it last night… the present weather report says the week is gonna be frontloaded with rain, with it easing up for the County Fair starting Wednesday. So, for your rainy morning, here’s a song I sing you…click here. Gotta love the earth soaking  Continue Reading

Styrofoam ban passes for Town…

Written on August 7, 2009 at 6:54 am, by

My friend Doris Estabrooks has been stumping for getting a styrofoam ban passed by the Town for 2-3 years now, and she tells me that now it’s happened. Friday Harbor joins cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle in putting a ban in place; California, New York and Hawaii are considering similar  Continue Reading

Next time you install iTunes on your computer…

Written on August 5, 2009 at 7:26 am, by

Do you ever look at the fine print on your software installs? You know, where you gotta hit the button that says, “I accept the terms & conditions of use,” or whatever…. A friend sent me this screen shot of the bottom part of the agreement when he installed iTunes on his PC (Macs, apparently,  Continue Reading

Interesting cloud patterns…

Written on August 4, 2009 at 1:21 am, by

I asked John Simon about the pictures he took…he reports: “I shot them from Bob Anderson’s boat, the Euclid (he owns Star Surveying) while off of South Beach.”

Granny’s getting hangtime…

Written on August 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm, by

Most researchers around here agree (after looking at photos from the 1910s) that Granny was born in 1911, which puts her at 98 years old this year – and still flying high. The picture above was shot by Jim Maya this weekend….

Granny's getting hangtime…

Written on August 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm, by

Most researchers around here agree (after looking at photos from the 1910s) that Granny was born in 1911, which puts her at 98 years old this year – and still flying high. The picture above was shot by Jim Maya this weekend….

Salmon numbers down in Yukon…

Written on August 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm, by

We’re not the only ones with a salmon crunch….the numbers of King salmon are drastically down to the North…here’s more.

What ARE those whales up to?

Written on July 31, 2009 at 9:06 am, by

As we watch them & they watch us, is interspecies communication possible? Caroline Grauman passes along this article from the New York Times.

Slinky minkes sighted…

Written on July 31, 2009 at 8:05 am, by

Ace whalewatcher & killer whale photographer Monika Wieland saw minke whales this week off the west side & posted them in her blog – here they are – check them out!

Common murres are uncommonly cool…

Written on July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am, by

That’s a common murre that Jim Maya photographed over the weekend….