Topic: Nature

Why do so Many Island Trees Look Unhealthy and Brown?

Written on October 9, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Have you noticed more and more trees turn­ing brown or dying on your prop­er­ty or as you dri­ve through the islands? Kevin Zobrist, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Exten­sion pro­fes­sor, dis­cuss­es what’s hap­pen­ing to our trees and forests. Learn how trees pri­or­i­tize their resources under the impacts of stres­sors like cli­mate change and our com­mon root dis­eases,  Con­tin­ue Reading

What’s Happening at Beaverton Marsh Preserve?

Written on October 8, 2019 at 8:59 am, by

  What’s up with the mow job and flags at Beaver­ton Marsh Pre­serve off Roche Har­bor Road? Well no, it’s not an airstrip, but yes, it IS an excit­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive, agri­cul­tur­al research tri­al! Your Con­ser­va­tion Land Bank, along with WSU San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion Office, and San Juan Islands Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (SJICD), are part­ner­ing on  Con­tin­ue Reading

Citizen Scientists Needed for Forage Fish Surveys in the San Juans

Written on October 5, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Friends of the San Juans is seek­ing cit­i­zen sci­en­tists to help con­duct beach sur­veys for spawn­ing for­age fish over the next two years. There will be a sur­vey train­ing ses­sion on Octo­ber 26 from 9 am – 1 pm with researchers from Friends of the San Juans and Sal­ish Sea Bio­log­i­cal at the Old Town of Fri­day Har­bor  Con­tin­ue Reading

Food For Thought

Written on September 23, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Exhi­bi­tion: Sep­tem­ber 27 to Decem­ber 9, 2019, at the San Juan Island Muse­um of Art  FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sus­te­nance: Threats and Prospects offers a micro per­spec­tive on how one part of nature–our food–is con­nect­ed to cli­mate change. Using pho­tomon­tage to cre­ate a con­ver­sa­tion between every­day foods and micro­scop­ic parts of them­selves, Orcas  Con­tin­ue Reading

Joe Gaydos to Receive Film Festival’s Local Hero Award

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val is delight­ed to announce that Joe Gay­dos will be the hon­ored recip­i­ent of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Vet­eri­nar­i­an and Sci­ence Direc­tor for the SeaD­oc Soci­ety. The Local Hero Award is pre­sent­ed each year to a present or for­mer res­i­dent of the San Juan  Con­tin­ue Reading

Fall Open House Saturday at Zylstra Lake Preserve

Written on September 7, 2019 at 6:04 am, by

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, the San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank and San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust board mem­bers and staff are host­ing anoth­er open house at the pre­serve from 10am until 4pm. Walk the pre­serve, hear what we’ve learned from some our eco­log­i­cal assess­ments — includ­ing wildlife, wet­lands, and water qual­i­ty — AND share your vision!  Direc­tions:  Con­tin­ue Reading

Native Wildflower Sale on Sunday

Written on September 7, 2019 at 6:03 am, by

Don’t miss this rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase local­ly grown wild­flow­ers native to San Juan Coun­ty! The Land Bank is host­ing three sales in Sep­tem­ber fea­tur­ing native plants pro­duced by The Sal­ish Seeds Project. THIS SUNDAY, Sep­tem­ber 8, nurs­ery gates will open to the pub­lic 12pm to 2pm on San Juan Island. Sale offer­ings will include  Con­tin­ue Reading

Dirt Rich Film Showing at Brickworks

Written on August 31, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the San Juan Island Fall Farm Tour (, Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val will screen Dirt Rich at 6:30 pm on Sep­tem­ber 20 at Brick­works. Marceli­na Cra­vat, the film’s direc­tor, will lead a live­ly post-show dis­cus­sion. Admis­sion is free. Dona­tions will be accept­ed to sup­port SJI Farm Tours. A pre-show social will begin  Con­tin­ue Reading