Topic: Environment

FHFF Presents: Unbranded

Written on April 30, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival Winter Series: Audience Choice Presents: Unbranded Directed by Phil Baribeau, Unbranded is an in-between-college-and-real-life adventure that makes the case for better land and wild horse management. After adopting a group of wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management, a small group of recent college grads decide to live out their  Continue Reading

Litter Free By the Sea

Written on April 29, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Lori Stokes shares this recap of last week’s clean up event on the islands… Co-organizers of the sixth annual Great Islands Clean-Up on San Juan Island — Lori Stokes, Jana Marks, and David Dehlendorf — would like to thank our island’s approximately 300 volunteers who participated this year, helping to make San Juan Island “litter-free  Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Tourism

Written on April 29, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

The following is a Guest Editorial by Barbara Marrett of the visitor’s bureau… The first week in May is National Travel & Tourism Week, created to champion the power of travel to enhance communities across the country by contributing to the local economy and overall quality of life. In the past, I’ve used this opportunity  Continue Reading

6th Graders Presentation

Written on April 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm, by

FHES 6th graders, in collaboration with the Kwiaht organization, will be hosting a Pollinator Celebration, a Honey Tasting and a Research Garden Dedication,  onFriday, April 29th from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The Research Garden Dedication from the 6th graders to the supporting organizations of Kwiaht and San Juan Public Schools Foundation begins at 9:30. Also, a special  Continue Reading

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Written on April 28, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island photographer John Miller recently took a trip down the Oregon coast and is sharing a series of lighthouse photos with SJ Update readers. This is number 2 in that series. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse – located about a mile off shore from Tillimook Head. According to John it is on a rock that  Continue Reading

Fawn Season is Here!

Written on April 27, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This is the time of year when fawns are being born on the San Juans. For the first couple of weeks they are not strong enough to run, jump and follow Mom through the woods, so she leaves them alone, lying still and quiet, for several hours while she goes off to feed. Ideally they  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Rotary Club Cleans Up

Written on April 26, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Some of the members of the San Juan Island Rotary Club who participated in the annual Island Beach Cleanup show off their haul.

May Day Wildflower Walk

Written on April 25, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Cady Mountain Preserve bursts into color in the spring with the bloom of wildflowers. Join Land Bank steward, Eliza Habegger, for a guided wildflower walk and celebrate May Day with the beauty and diversity of wildflowers, habitats, and vistas the mountain has to offer. We will depart promptly at 1:00 pm from the Land Bank  Continue Reading

Annual Meeting & Luncheon for LWV

Written on April 25, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Dr. Joe Gaydos to be Keynote Speaker The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be holding their annual meeting on May 9th at Vinny’s restaurant from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dr. Joe Gaydos of SeaDoc Society will be the keynote speaker, giving a presentation on the impact of increased energy exports  Continue Reading

Lighthouse

Written on April 25, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island resident and photographer John Miller did some traveling and shooting on the Oregon coast last week. This is an image of Heceta Head Lighthouse, located near the town of Newport. “Oregon has 11 such guardians,” he says. “More to come.” Thanks for sharing John!

Bumbleblitz

Written on April 20, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Bumbleblitz: Four years of Bumble Bee Ecology in the Pacific Northwest Bombus occidentalis used to be the most common bumble bee species in the Pacific Northwest. By the mid-1990s it had become one of the rarest, inspiring a surge in bumble bee surveys in the region. Recent studies show the bumble bee’s population re-emerging where  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on April 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Spring is in bloom and it’s a perfect time to enjoy the wildflowers of Mount Grant with San Juan Preservation Trust’s Kathleen Foley. Kathleen will be pointing out flowers as she leads us on a hike up the mountain. She will also discuss the future trail potential of this spectacular destination. Dogs on leash are  Continue Reading

Fragile Waters Opens on Earth Day

Written on April 19, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Fragile Waters, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23, Earth Day weekend, and will run through September 5, Labor Day, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Friday Harbor, Washington. Fragile Waters is a powerful aesthetic and environmental statement, blending inspiring black-and- white photography by three renowned photographers; Ansel  Continue Reading

J53 Confirmed Female

Written on April 18, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this good news… In light of the recent news of deceased L95 and the unknown SRKW calf, we are happy to have good news from the southern residents for a change. J53, a 2015 calf, has been confirmed female. Photographs of the calf sent to CWR earlier this week  Continue Reading

Fragile Waters

Written on April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Coming up next weekend, Fragile Waters calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting iconic work of three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water. The exhibition was curated  Continue Reading

Garden Club Hosted Excursion: Olympic Peninsula

Written on April 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club will host an overnight excursion to the Olympic Peninsula next month. The tour will include a visit to Heronswood, a botanical garden of unparalleled beauty. We will also look in on Far Reaches Farm. This farm is plant obsessed having display gardens with a plant or two you have  Continue Reading

SJIMA Events Opening on Earth Day

Written on April 11, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Opening events on Earth Day weekend in and around Friday Harbor Landscape Photography Walk: “Seeing with the Inner Eye”, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. In her work, Monnelly forays through the marshes to catch the magic of dawn, but also explores coastal landscapes across the continent in all seasons. Saturday, April 23, 10 am, location TBA, Tickets: $30  Continue Reading

Butterfly Almost Reaches Endangered Status

Written on April 9, 2016 at 9:28 am, by

U.S. ​Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 12-month Finding on a Petition to List the Island Marble Butterfly. ​The Service has determined that the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) is warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act, but precluded by higher priority listing actions. The island marble butterfly will be added to the Service’s  Continue Reading