Topic: Environment

Shoreline Workshop

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Free Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners and Managers September 24th Interested in learning more about your shoreline property and how it can help feed salmon, seabirds and orca? Join engineering geologist and shoreline erosion management expert Jim Johannessen of Coastal Geologic Services and nearshore habitat biologist Tina Whitman of Friends of the San Juans for  Continue Reading

Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag today… Here’s a good one: a San Juan Update reader from California, Paul Denikin, shares this set of tips on Ecologically Friendly remodeling tips for your home. Check them out below and be sure to visit his website… The Best Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips Going green is an important part of  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Star Party

Written on September 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm, by

Join the National Park Service and Island Rec to honor the 50th Anniversary of San Juan Island National Historical Park. 7:00pm Bat Talk ‘n Walk 8:00pm Cake 8:30pm Owl Prowl ‘n Star Walk. Large telescopes will be available for viewing. Rochelle Kelly, (a PhD candidate at the University of Washington studying our local bats), will  Continue Reading

Leave No Trace

Written on September 7, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will visit September 8-10 The traveling trainers are back and they’re bringing Big Foot along to share their message of sustainable minimum impact practices to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Click here for more information about Leave No Trace and be sure to check out the flyer at right to see what’s  Continue Reading

Get Your Painting Now!

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

Reminder – LAST WEEKEND for Plein Air Paintings Auction to Benefit Mount Grant Preserve Thanks to a group of generous and very talented local artists, 17 artworks—all inspired by rocks, trees, trails, and vistas they observed at Mount Grant Preserve—are up for auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Campaign for the  Continue Reading

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, and Public Works Departments of the County. New with this update is incorporation of the County’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The PTNA provides  Continue Reading

Staxx Brothers

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Staxx Brothers are playing at the Rumor Mill this Friday and Saturday night. No cover. Just some groovy hard soul! Here’s what the Rumor Mill has to say… The Staxx Brothers are coming back this weekend. Yes it does mean we’ll have one of the most entertaining and dance-able bands since Sly & The Family Stone.  Continue Reading

Reach the Top!

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers 360-degree views of valleys, lakes, straits, mountains, soaring raptors and wind-gnarled Douglas firs. It’s a  Continue Reading

“Antarctic Ice & Climate” Public Lecture

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Join the UW Program on Climate Change and Friday Harbor Laboratories for this two-part public lecture followed by refreshments and conversation featuring Stephen Warren and Kyle Armour on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Labs Dining Hall. Climate of the Antarctic Ice Sheet presented by Stephen Warren, UW Most  Continue Reading

Fire Danger “High”

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Fire Risk Status “HIGH” – Only Recreational Fires Allowed Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has changed its fire risk status from “EXTREME” to “HIGH. This will limit burning to recreational fires only.

Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Explore the geology of Mount Grant Preserve! Local geologist, Julia Turney, will lead an interpretive walk up the Mount Grant access road, stopping to look at rock exposures and geologic features. Over the course of the walk, Julia will unearth the general geology of the San Juan Islands, the geologic history of Mount Grant Preserve,  Continue Reading

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