Topic: Environment

Beachwalkers Wanted! COASST Training Session

Written on September 16, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

On October 13thfrom 11 am to 5 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Friday Harbor, WA for citizens interested in surveying for marine debris. The COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities. Rather than simply identifying debris, the  Continue Reading

Save Our Shorelines

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s a note from Safe Shippers… Proudly, our San Juan County Council Members recently joined their Canadian counterparts, the Islands Trust Council, in calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, once and for all. As Safe Shippers well know, if approved, this project would increase tanker traffic by 700%  Continue Reading

Burn Risk Level Changed to Moderate

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

The recent rains have resulted in San Juan County moving the fire risk level to Moderate. This does not change the status of burning in the county, it is merely a risk level modification that reflects fuel moisture levels rising.  Campfires remain allowed in San Juan County.  Residential burning remains closed until the expected opening  Continue Reading

River Otters in a Land Without Rivers

Written on September 7, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Did you know that most of the otters we see around here are river otters? It is true. The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) has adapted to our salt water environment. “River otters are semi-aquatic mustelids (the weasel family), and are traditionally thought to be freshwater animals.  However, across both coasts of North America, river otters  Continue Reading

Park Fire Ban

Written on August 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park Issues Fire Restrictions Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger on San Juan Island, Superintendent Elexis Fredy has announced fire restrictions in San Juan Island National Historical Park. Beginning August 21, 2018, fire restrictions prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, tiki  Continue Reading

Fight Fire with Fire

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Notice any smoke in the air this summer? Yeah, how about last summer? Has it always been wildfire season in the summer or is this something new? Check out the video below for some answers…  

Explore The Salish Sea: A Nature Guide For Kids

Written on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to host an evening for both kids and adults. Come out for Joe Gaydos’ lively and inter-active book talk– Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids— at the Library on Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm. This is a book that children and  Continue Reading

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

Written on August 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm, by

Air monitors in our region today are reporting ‘unhealthy’ levels of particulate matter in the air due to wildfire smoke, largely from fires burning in British Columbia. San Juan County Health & Community Services is advising the public to limit time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and  Continue Reading

Free the Snake

Written on August 7, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

The following is from the Dam Sense news Room… This piece is in response to Governor Inslee’s Interview with Simone Del Rosario of Q13 Fox on July 26th.  It is meant to serve as a correction of mis-information due to lack of appropriate information. “We can’t wait for that study, we need to reduce the  Continue Reading

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Summer Lecture Series

Written on August 2, 2018 at 9:36 am, by

UPDATED – The SJ Update has just learned there will be another event here on San Juan Island as well. So – 2 events, One at the UW Labs on August 8, and one on Orcas in Eastsound on August 9th… This past March, Washington state successfully passed a law phasing out open-water Atlantic salmon  Continue Reading

Action needed to ensure the survival of Southern Resident Orca

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, we have this letter to you written by Christopher Wilson of San Juan Island… I quote Ken Balcomb’s blog found at www.whaleresearch.com/blog. I am writing out of a deep concern for the continued survival of the Southern resident orca pods that have lived much the year for millennia around the San  Continue Reading

First We Mourn; Then We Take Action

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Safe Shippers and Friends of the San Juans share this with you… Our beloved and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) suffered another loss this week. The world heard the news of J35’s deceased calf and sent back words of alarm and sympathy to us here in the Salish Sea. We mourn together – Let’s  Continue Reading

Ferry Out of the Fog

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Did you hear the ferries blowing their horns in the fog Sunday morning? It was foggy in the harbor right up until the Yakima arrived at 7:45. And then, just like that, the fog crept away. You could almost see it retreating.

Another Newborn Orca Dies

Written on July 27, 2018 at 9:33 am, by

Regrettably, approximately 75% of newborns in the recent two decades following designation of the Southern Resident killer whale (orca) population as “Endangered” have not survived, and 100% of the pregnancies in the past three years have failed to produce viable offspring. The following is some sad news from the Center for Whale Research… We are  Continue Reading

Orcas Islander Michel Vekved Joins Friends Of The San Juans

Written on July 25, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans (Friends) announces the addition of Michel Vekved as Director of Philanthropy. Michel will be responsible for increasing the frequency and reach to our community, cultivating and strengthening long term relationships, strategic planning for legacy, and developing major gifts. “I am deeply honored to join the Friends and work with an  Continue Reading

Sustainable Recyclable Compostable Fair

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:28 am, by

This story was written by Brad Fincher The San Juan County Fair is the largest community event of the year. Always in the third week of August, we consistently have over 20,000 visitors/locals/volunteers come to the fairgrounds over a four day period. With this many people, unfortunately a lot of garbage and waste is produced.  Continue Reading

Fire Marshal’s Office Increases Fire Risk To High

Written on July 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm, by

At noon on July 24th, 2018 the fire risk in San Juan County will be going from Moderate to HIGH.  Campfires remain legal as do barbecues. A few reminders to keep you and your families and community safe at this time: Have a charged hose nearby at all times to extinguish fires that may get  Continue Reading

More on the American Camp Fire

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Thanks to 23 Fire District #3 volunteers, Sunday’s 6.7-acre grass fire on the parade ground at American Camp was brought under control less than 75 minutes after it was called in. Park superintendent Elexis Fredy, who is in Minnesota this week working on a review committee related to workforce development, said by email, “I am  Continue Reading

Keith Keyser to talk on Permaculture

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Islanders can produce an abundance of food for their families while restoring degraded lands and fighting climate change. Tall order, you say? Permaculture designer Keith Keyser will show how it has been done elsewhere and how it can be done here. Join Keyser on Wednesday July 25th at the San Juan Island Grange Hall for  Continue Reading

Wanna Sing a Song for Quiet?

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Check out this email that came into the SJ Update mailbag… Dear San Juan Update, We are making a music video about noise pollution on the Salish Sea and are seeking community vocalists on the Salish Sea to take part ($500 and expenses for selected singers). If you might be interested, please see the flyer  Continue Reading

Volunteer Event – Noxious Weed Pull

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s an invitation from the Land Bank to help with their work party this weekend… Join us THIS Saturday for a rousing round of weeding. We’ve made great headway in weed control on Mount Grant the last few years – thanks to many volunteers, the San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps, Northwest Youth Corps, and  Continue Reading

Got Visitors?

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

I saw some SJ Islands Stewardship guide books at the library, created by Public Works, that are intended to be a gentle orientation to island living for visitors. If you run an island business that has guests coming from off island, you may be interested in sharing this guidebook with them in an effort to  Continue Reading

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