Topic: Environment

SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Written on August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am, by

Extra, Extra! Read All About It! An e-version of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s August 2016 Island Dispatch newsletter is now live on the web. Click here to view it. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find: Guardians Forever: Monitoring SJPT’s 226 (and counting) conservation easements is a big job that we take very seriously. Plus, What Is a  Continue Reading

Historic Sailing Vessel Visiting Friday Harbor

Written on August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

You’re invited to celebrate the arrival of the ketch, Golden Rule, in Friday Harbor. She will be stopping over on her way from the Vancouver Wooden Boat Show to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Purchased by the Quakers in 1958, she gained international recognition for her attempt to sail into the nuclear test zone in  Continue Reading

Sonic Sea at the Whale Museum

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm, by

The NRDC invites you to The Whale Museum next Tuesday for this screening of Sonic Sea… Please join us at The Whale Museum on August 30 for a special kickoff screening of NRDC’s new documentary film “Sonic Sea.” Once quiet, our seas are now filled with a cacophony of noise unleashed by oil prospectors, freight  Continue Reading

Spill: A Book Launch and Author Reading

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library Present SPILL by Dave Anderson In Spill, author Dave Anderson imagines what might happen if a container ship grounds off Stuart Island, and a spill of bunker fuel rapidly spreads in the Salish Sea. If you’ve ever worried about such a disaster, then join Dave Anderson for a  Continue Reading

Food Web Picnic

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans is excited to hold a family-friendly Food Web Picnic on Tuesday, August 30, at Jackson’s Beach on San Juan Island from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. At the event, children will explore the animal habitats at and around Jackson Beach and will earn their Coastal Food Web Investigator badge. Participants can  Continue Reading

Orca Friendly Products at Ace!

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association and Ace Hardware stores in Anacortes and Friday Harbor, WA Launch “Orca Friendly Products” Ace is the place for… saving orcas! In a unique partnership, Ace Hardware is partnering with the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) in helping its customers find “Orca Friendly” products in its stores. The pilot project will  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Now in Effect

Written on August 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm, by

Due to the high heat and low fuel moisture levels, all of San Juan County will be at the EXTREME fire hazard level. Therefore, no fires, including recreational fires, are allowed at this time. Robert Low, SJC Fire Marshal

OPALCO News

Written on July 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

This story submitted by Louise Dustrude… OPALCO board president Vince Dauciunas told a handful of co-op members about some of the swift changes occurring in the electrical industry on Tuesday evening at the Grange. Of greatest significance is the possibility that by 2025 it may be cheaper for us to produce a portion of our  Continue Reading

Farm and Habitat Improvements on False Bay Creek Preserve

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Summer on San Juan Island isn’t just beach barbeques and whale sightings, it’s also the best time of year for outdoor improvement projects! From July 18 – 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the  Continue Reading

Take Charge San Juan

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

San Juan Islands Conservation District is proud to announce our Take Charge electric vehicle program! The San Juan Islands are the perfect place for electric vehicles. To support the transition to low carbon transport technology, we are promoting two new programs: The Public Charge Station Incentive Program, sponsored by OPALCO. The Sign & Drive Lease  Continue Reading

Large Changes Begin with Small Actions

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

How can Islanders save 77 Million Gallons of Water this Year? By Lauren Platman, Friends of the San Juans With summer underway, some islanders are already feeling the heat – and the drought. Some wells are already being starved of fresh water, which makes the rainy autumn season seem a long way off. As climate  Continue Reading

The Islands’ Best-Kept Secret? Mount Grant Preserve

Written on July 1, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

SJ Preservation Trust shares this update on Mount Grant… Quick: From what publicly accessible high point in the San Juan Islands can you see three of Washington’s five volcanoes? If you guessed Mount Constitution, guess again. The answer is Mount Grant Preserve on San Juan Island. The sweeping 360-degree views from Mount Grant’s summit take  Continue Reading

Burn Permits Expire and Fireworks Illegal

Written on June 29, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s a reminder from the County: Burn Permits Expire June 30th & Fireworks Illegal The warm weather at the end of June brings with it the end to outdoor yard debris burning throughout San Juan County, all burn permits expire on June 30th. Both larger land clearing piles and ten foot diameter yard cleanup burn  Continue Reading

Adventures in the Origins of Biodiversity

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship Public Lecture – Monday, July 11 The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship will present another outstanding speaker in 2016. I am pleased to announce the 18th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Todd Oakley who is an evolutionary biologist and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology  Continue Reading

Firewise Communities Benefit From Grant

Written on June 23, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer for SJI Fire/Rescue sends this notice… The Firewise Communities program sponsored by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue has been awarded a grant by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) to assist with fuel reduction in organized communities. The new grant from WA DNR will pay the Firewise  Continue Reading

Wildfire at Shark Reef Sanctuary, Lopez Island

Written on June 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm, by

SJ County Parks share this notice about the recent fire on Lopez… Luck was on our side the morning of June 20th, the start of the Summer Solstice 2016, as an illegal campfire at Shark Reef Sanctuary spread beyond its loose rock ring. Luck in that a citizen across San Juan Channel spotted the smoke  Continue Reading

Annual Hazardous Waste RoundUp

Written on June 11, 2016 at 10:22 am, by

What? The hazardous waste roundup collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals. Why? Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste. Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment.  Continue Reading

IMA Presents “Antarctica: Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region”

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

A multimedia presentation by documentary and adventure photographer Alasdair Turner Join photographer Alasdair Turner for an exploration of Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound Region at BRICKWORKS, June 30, at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are available online, at the museum or at the door. TICKETS: Members $12, Non-members $15, Students $8. From vast ice to the historic huts left  Continue Reading

An Intertidal Walk

Written on June 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm, by

Discover Deadman Bay on Dad’s Day: An Intertidal Walk Dr. Erika Iyengar, of Muhlenberg College and long-time researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, returns to help kick-off summer break on the Westside exploring the intertidal zone. Spend the morning among an amazing diversity of spineless animals (invertebrates) and learn how they feed, reproduce, and interact  Continue Reading

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor on World Oceans Day! Friday Harbor Elementary School would like to invite you to dive in with empowering environmental speaker Annie Crawley and her team on June 8th, World Oceans Day, as they connect with the students for Ocean Annie’s 100 schools 100 days: Our Ocean & You campaign.  Continue Reading

Cady Mountain Preserve Work Party

Written on June 2, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

No Sharp-tailed snakes were spotted at the last Oak Team work party, but we did see some new faces, and a great and informative day was had by all thanks to volunteer leader Thom Pence. Sunshine is predicted for Sunday – imagine the photo opportunities! When? Sunday, June 5 10:00am to 2:00pm RSVP required (e-mail tanjaw [@]  Continue Reading

Getting a Head with Regeneration

Written on June 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm, by

Invertebrates, or animals without a spine, are the masters of regeneration. Many animals are able to regrow missing or damaged body parts and some can even regrow an entirely new animal from just a small segment of tissue. If you cut sponges, planarian worms, and hydra into pieces, they will regrow complete and normal animals  Continue Reading