Topic: Nature

Samish Indian Nation Map Honored

Written on August 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm, by

Samish Indian Nation Marine Debris Clean Up Map Honored by Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest 2nd place honor awarded in conservation, environment, and sustainability category Anacortes, Washington – Aug. 30, 2017 – The Samish Indian Nation announced today that its map tracking marine debris clean up in the tribe’s traditional territory has been honored with  Continue Reading

Re-Purpose Those Snappy Spectacles

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The Eclipse 2017 (and what happens now?) The San Juan Island Library held several educational programs leading up to the eclipse. We had a solar eclipse prep day for children to make personalized San Juan Island pin-hole projectors, and Raena Parsons of the National Historical Park gave a talk and presentation.  The Library distributed more than 1,500  Continue Reading

Junior Ranger’s Club for kids this fall!

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Registration begins on Monday, August 28 at 10 AM at the Library for the Junior Ranger’s Club sponsored by the San Juan Island National Historical Park Service, San Juan Island Library and San Juan Island Family Nature Club. Call 360-378-2798 or stop by the San Juan Island Library to register. What is this club? For students  Continue Reading

An Evening with Mike Cohen

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen How can we cultivate connection with nature in a time when we’ve never been so separated?  How can we work to re-unify humanity with the life of the Earth? Mike Cohen- scientist, counselor, applied ecopsychologist, traditional musician, and naturalist- believes it can be done through the conscientious  Continue Reading

South Beach Eclipse Party

Written on August 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm, by

The eclipse party this morning at South Beach that was organized by the National Park Service was quite a big hit. Estimates are that 400 – 500 people attended. Eclipse glasses, telescopes and home-made viewing boxes were available for all to safely view this rare celestial event. And the weather couldn’t have been better. (so  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow at the Fair and Welcoming Summer Interns

Written on August 11, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Wolf Hollow was selected by the San Juan Island Community Foundation as this year’s featured non-profit. During the San Juan County Fair, August 16 – 19, all money raised for Wolf Hollow at the Foundation’s booth will be matched 50%.  Wolf Hollow’s Education staff will be on hand in the Green Village at Fair so stop  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on August 3, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Hello Oakies and welcome August! In the words of Glenn Fry, the heat is on! Be sure to pack plenty of water and a hat – we’ll be up in Morrel and Erratic this Sunday continuing with girdling and small tree removal. When? Sunday, August 6 – 10:00am to 2:00pm RSVP required (email Where?  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk: Roche Harbor Trails

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

The monthly Know Your Island Walks, initiated in 2011 by Eileen Drath and continued under her direction for the first five years, introduce residents and visitors to the great variety of public hiking opportunities on the island. Last Saturday’s Walk on the Roche Harbor Trails was led by Mike Buettell, and welcomed local residents, several  Continue Reading

Springer Has a New Calf!

Written on July 18, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Here’s the latest from the Whale Museum… On June 5th, CetaceaLab spotted Springer (A73) with her second calf off of British Columbia’s north central coast. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) later confirmed the new addition. Springer’s first calf, Spirit was born in 2013. This summer marks the 15th year since Springer was  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on July 18, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Roche Harbor Trails Mike Buettell, volunteer trail builder will lead us on a hike through the extensive trail system next to the Roche Harbor Resort. Mike and his group of volunteers are proud of the trail building and maintenance and you will want to return and explore on your own. When: Saturday July 22, 1:00  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on July 7, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Hello Oakies! I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine – looks like summer made it to the Islands after all, and won’t be letting up in the near future. This Sunday’s forecast says full sun, so be sure to bring plenty of water and a hat for our work party. We’ll start at the summit  Continue Reading

A Banner Day for Island Families

Written on June 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm, by

by Theresa Simendinger In collaboration; the SJ Trails Committee, and Island Rec sponsored the great idea from the Land Bank and the National Park Service of a family event, hiking out to Briggs Lake, for the Family Nature Club on June 4th. On a bright spring-like day, youth leader Ava Martin, 11, and friends set  Continue Reading

Nature Conservancy Photo of the Month

Written on June 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm, by

Local photographer extraordinaire Chris Teren is the Nature Conservancy’s Photographer of the Month. Check out Chris’ awesome photo of the Aurora Borealis and read some background on his photography career… “Right after college, I had a rough break up. I was breaking up with the Rocky Mountains. I loved them dearly, and they loved me  Continue Reading

Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Christianson’s Rosy Day out and LaConner The first stop on this excursion is LaConner. A beautiful destination with museums, unique shops and fine food for brunch or lunch. Then on to Christianson’s to hear Rebecca Reed, of David Austin Roses, describe characteristics and qualities of varieties. Her talk will instill confidence and inspire you to  Continue Reading

Let Wildlife Be Wild

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Do your part to protect our island wildlife San Juan Island National Historical Park provides habitat for many species of animals. When you visit the park, you are visiting their home. The choices you make have a direct effect on the wild animals that live here. By following the simple steps listed here you can  Continue Reading

Exceptional Water Quality

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

County shellfish harvesting areas show exceptional water quality An annual evaluation of water quality found that all eight commercial harvesting areas in San Juan County showed exceptional water quality, resulting in no County closures. In contrast, statewide this year, six of the 105 commercial harvesting areas were closed and 16 additional areas were listed as  Continue Reading

High Winds Tuesday

Written on May 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm, by

Brendan Cowan, Director of the Department of Emergency Management shares this weather alert… The National Weather Service is forecasting high westerly winds for later on Tuesday in the eastern parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This could mean gusts of up to 50mph in some island locations later on Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on May 18, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Hello Oakies! Thom returns from back East this week and has his eye on invasives removal for this weekend’s work party as well as limbing/piling. There’s the possibility of burning the piles from our previous work parties, but that will depend on the weather. Oddly, a high of 65F is expected! When? Sunday, May 21  Continue Reading

Powder Rule

Written on May 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm, by

According to a Warren Miller ski film we watched several years ago, it is quite possible when in the Tahoe area to find many businesses closed with signs hanging on their doors saying “Powder Rule” when mother nature dumps beautiful, fluffy powder snow at the local ski resort. Well, it wasn’t beautiful fluffy powder here  Continue Reading

Learn How to Make Biochar

Written on May 4, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value  Continue Reading

An Opportunity to Help the Orcas

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Val and Leslie Veirs share this announcement with you… Dear family and friends, Leslie and I are writing to let you know that Scott is taking a big step to try to improve our long-term efforts to help the whales. For 15 years we have installed and maintained a network of hydrophones and streamed, via  Continue Reading

Introducing the Master Gardener Interns

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Congratulations to the 19 community members who competed 60 hours of classroom and online training to become WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners.  As Master Gardener Interns, these volunteers will contribute 50 hours of service in their community, helping to identify plant problems, insects, and diseases, and provide research-based gardening information at Farmers Markets, Information Booths  Continue Reading