Topic: Nature

Ferry and Rainbow

Written on February 24, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

Aaron Shepard shares this photo of the M/V Salish sailing into a rainbow. This was shot yesterday morning. Thanks for sharing Aaron!

Parks Report Part One

Written on February 24, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the first in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on February 17, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Happy Valentines Day Oakies! Looking forward to sharing our love of Oaks this Sunday atop Cady Mountain! Tanja is back on island Friday, but won’t be able to check email, so please be sure to alert Thom if you’re coming this Sunday. Just RSVP at the email shown below to connect. When? Sunday, February 19 10:00am to  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve Scoping Meeting

Written on February 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm, by

An invitation from the Land Bank… Please join us with your vision for the future of Mount Grant. This is just the first step in the planning process and we want to be sure to start with input from the community: What kinds of trails and uses do you want to see? How often should  Continue Reading

Forest Stewardship Course

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

WSU Extension Forestry offers class for Woodland Owners Woodland owners can build skills for caring for their trees by taking Washington State University Extension Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course. This course teaches owners of wooded property how to assess their trees, avoid insect and disease problems, enhance wildlife habitat, improve wood quality, reduce fire  Continue Reading

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore, in Collaboration With The San Juan Island Library and The San Juan Preservation Trust presents: TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean By Jonathan White Sunday, February 19, 7:00 pm San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard Street Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up diving, sailing  Continue Reading

Family Nature Club

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

For February, the Family Nature Club is promoting Nature Walk: Birds Join Shona Aitken from Wolf Hollow and become citizen scientists by participating in a global bird study. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community. Meet at the Westside Lake parking lot, which is located on  Continue Reading

Earthquake Swarm near San Juan Island

Written on February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am, by

This is shared with you from The Town of Friday Harbor/San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… A swarm of eight small earthquakes happened near San Juan Island on January 29th & 30th. All of the quakes were located in San Juan Channel, roughly between Jones Island and Mineral Point on San Juan Island. The  Continue Reading


Written on February 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by

Here’s a nice panorama photo of Spring Street from Kevin Holmes. Thanks Kevin! To see the full size image, right-click here and choose “Open link in new window” (and then you might have to click the image there again to see it full size). 

Islanders for Safe Shipping

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Over 150 people came to San Juan County Park on MLK day to oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project. If the pipeline is allowed as proceed as proposed it will increase the tanker shipping in Haro Straits from 5 tankers a month to 34 tankers and three barges per month. This increase in  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Okay Oakies – the weather has turned favorable and the ground has softened to make work on the mountain plausible! This Sunday’s plans are to pick up where we left off in 2016: the continuation of cage cleaning, as well as pruning the saplings within them. And, with luck, a little thistle and blackberry removal  Continue Reading

Beachwalkers Wanted For COASST

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions: one focused on beached birds and one focused on marine debris. The Beached Bird training will be held in Eastsound, WA on Saturday, January 28 and the Marine Debris training will be held in Friday Harbor, WA on Sunday, January 29.  Continue Reading

The Land Bank’s First “Outer Island” Preserve

Written on January 16, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan County Land Bank received a spectacular gift on December 28th, 2016: an 80-acre donation on Henry Island! Sarah Hart is generously donating the underlying fee interest in the property to the Land Bank, along with a conservation easement to the San Juan Preservation Trust. The new Preserve has two shorelines extending over  Continue Reading

Native Plant Sale

Written on January 13, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Master Gardener Foundation Annual Native Plant Sale Happy New Year! It is time again for our Annual Native Plant Sale. Visit our website for a complete list of plants and descriptions. Fill out your order form (online or hard copy) and mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11. NOW is the time to think about  Continue Reading

Family Nature Club

Written on January 12, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Finding time to get outside can be tough, and figuring out what to do once outside can be even tougher. The San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Land Bank are making it easy in 2017 with the San Juan Island Family Nature Club, a free monthly outdoor exploration club for families. What’s a  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on January 10, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

This is January’s edition of the UW Labs’ Tide Bites, written by Andrea Dingeldein… When you have a question about something you see in nature, a research scientist provides you with an answer in words. My explanation, on the other hand, comes in the form of an image. My name is Andrea Dingeldein, and when people  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserved

Written on January 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm, by

Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve Reaches Finish Line We did it! After two years of fundraising, the $4.2 million Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve has come to a successful completion. The 141-acre ridgeline, which includes open grassy knolls and stately old-growth Douglas firs, is now permanently protected. The San Juan County Land Bank made an initial  Continue Reading

Counting Birds

Written on January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

We had a good time out on Saturday counting birds for the Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. More information on counts around the county will be coming soon.

Project of the Year for NYC’s ASL Crew

Written on December 23, 2016 at 9:20 am, by

National Park Service and Northwest Youth Corps announce that their American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Conservation Crew has been honored with Corps Network Project of the Year Award. What: San Juan Island National Historical Park and Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) announce that the NYC American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Crew is chosen as one of  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

Hello Oakies! It’s hard to believe we’re entering into our last work month of 2016 – thank you for all the pruning, limbing, hauling, and camaraderie this year. Your support is greatly appreciated! The next couple work parties will focus on protecting our little dears from those browsing big deers. When? Sundays, December 11 &  Continue Reading

Morning on Mitchell Bay

Written on November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Theresa Simendinger shares a beautiful photo of this morning at Mitchell Bay with a rainbow reflection. Thanks for sharing Theresa!

3rd Annual Turkey Walk-not-Trot Trail Event

Written on November 9, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Opt outside for a leisurely morning stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve, then savor some cider and 360-degree views before heading back down. Your friends, family, even your dog, will appreciate the opportunity to work off some of that Thanksgiving dinner before settling back into the couch for the afternoon bowl games. Friday,  Continue Reading