Topic: Nature

“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

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

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

J14 Considered Missing, Possibly Deceased

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… J14, a 42-year old female in J pod, is considered missing. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research last saw her on July 31. Center for Whale Research staff members have since had three on-the-water encounters with the rest of her matriline but she was not  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

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

Don Ehlen’s Insect Safari

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Presented by the San Juan Island Library, Come see Don Ehlen’s Insect Safari, held Wednesday, July 13 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Showtime begins at 1:30 PM. Learn about the amazing world of insects. View Don Ehlen’s collection of preserved and living specimens, including millipedes, a stick insect, and giant cockroaches. Please bring  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

Historical Scavenger Hunt

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

San Juan Island Historical Scavenger Hunt Here’s a fun way to explore San Juan Island this summer, and perhaps win a cool prize for your family at the same time! San Juan Historical Society and Museum, in partnership with Ernie’s Café, is sponsoring a Historical Scavenger Hunt, with the prize winners being drawn on October 1,  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

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

Know Your Island Walk

Written on June 22, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

Trails Committee member Bill Severson will take us on a search for the “Hidden world” quarry. Meet at the Lime Kiln State Park parking lot, remember to bring your Discover Pass. This 3-mile walk has some significant ups and downs. Dogs on leashes okay. Saturday June 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm For more information,  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

Orca Sing 2016

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Orca Sing 2016, June 25 at Lime Kiln Point State Park, 7 p.m. Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. This year’s event is the 17th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at  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

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

Painting Begins on The Whale Museum

Written on May 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

Here’s the latest news from the Whale Museum… The Whale Museum is open daily 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. even though there is a lot of construction & painting going on outside! Thanks to Stegman Painting and Select Structural LLC, work has begun on our historic building. First used as an Odd Fellows Hall, the  Continue Reading

Hike Young Hill on National Trails Day

Written on May 29, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

June 4th is National Trails Day, a Saturday to celebrate being outdoors on a trail. The American Hiking Society started this annual celebration to honor the many ways trails connect Americans to the land and to each other. Whether one is on foot, on a bicycle, on horseback, or in a kayak or canoe, June  Continue Reading

Garden Club Hosted Excursion

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

Orcas Island Garden Tour The annual Orcas Island Garden Tour is the highlight of the Orcas garden year. Visitors from all over the U. S. come to Orcas to take a self-guided tour to some of the most beautiful gardens in the San Juans. This year the San Juan Island Garden Club will host an  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Garden Club Update

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club shares with notice us… Members and Friends of the San Juan Island Garden Club recently enjoyed a two-day excursion to the Olympic Peninsula and experienced natural beauty and gardening information that matched and exceeded all expectations. Eleven very joyful gardeners (from San Juan Island and Lopez Island) enjoyed visits  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Summer is just around the corner and our prickly foes are gearing up for a big convention on the mountain! Be sure to bring your leather gloves this Sunday to avoid their wrath when yanking them out of bed. When? Sunday, May 22 10:00am to 2:00pm Where? Base of Cady Mountain Preserve – turn on  Continue Reading