Topic: Nature

Sunrise over Mt. Baker

Written on April 21, 2017 at 9:02 am, by

Kevin Holmes cap­tured this beau­ti­ful sun­rise pho­to from the red­eye fer­ry. A gor­geous begin­ning to your Fri­day. Thanks for shar­ing Kevin!

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Okay Oakies, this Sun­day we have our work cut for us — Thom has big plans for Earth Day Week­end, so grab a bud­dy and lets get chop­ping! On the dock­et for Sun­day is black­ber­ry removal (bring those RUGGED gloves!) limb­ing and girdling trees and pos­si­bly even burn­ing the piles from our last work par­ty. When?  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hanging Basket Class

Written on April 18, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Plant Now For Sum­mer Glo­ry! Par­tic­i­pants in this class will assem­ble a 12” hang­ing con­tain­er with grow­ing medi­um, choice starter plants for sun or shade expo­sure and plen­ty of free advice. Bring your own gloves, tools, bev­er­age and snack. Though a con­tain­er and plants are pro­vid­ed you may choose to bring a favorite hang­ing con­tain­er. Togeth­er we  Con­tin­ue Reading

Spring Plant Sale

Written on April 14, 2017 at 8:49 am, by

Hun­dreds of organ­ic veg­etable starts and peren­ni­als, all lov­ing­ly grown and nur­tured by San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, will be on sale at the Mullis Cen­ter, Sat­ur­day May 13th at 9am – just in time for Mother’s Day! The Mas­ter Gar­den­ers choose veg­eta­bles they love. They love them because they grow well in our cli­mate,  Con­tin­ue Reading

FHFF Winter Film Series

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:06 am, by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val Win­ter Series — Audi­ence Favorites presents Seed: The Untold Sto­ry Few things on Earth are as mirac­u­lous and vital as seeds — wor­shipped and trea­sured since the dawn of humankind. This doc­u­men­tary fol­lows pas­sion­ate seed keep­ers who are pro­tect­ing a 12,000 year-old food lega­cy. In the last cen­tu­ry, 94 seed vari­eties  Con­tin­ue Reading

FRIENDS’ New Video

Written on April 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm, by

New video high­lights how healthy shore­lines can adjust to ris­ing seas, pro­tect­ing habi­tat and prop­er­ty. Sea lev­el rise and cli­mate change: they’re what coastal com­mu­ni­ties around the globe are increas­ing­ly talk­ing about and feel­ing the impacts of. For­ward-think­ing indi­vid­u­als and gov­ern­ments are tak­ing steps to pre­pare. In San Juan Coun­ty, the most like­ly impacts asso­ci­at­ed  Con­tin­ue Reading

Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:26 am, by

Spot­ted Wing Drosophi­la is a new pest threat to Blue­ber­ries, Straw­ber­ries, Cher­ries and Plumbs in the San Juan Islands. Drosophi­la suzukii, com­mon­ly known as Spot­ted Wing Drosophi­la or SWD, is of con­cern to home gar­den­ers and com­mer­cial pro­duc­ers. SWD is unique because it lays eggs inside ripen­ing fruit. The mag­gots hatch from these eggs and feed inside fruit  Con­tin­ue Reading

Garden Club Excursion to Evergreen Arboretum

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:22 am, by

What is a Nati­var? Join us and learn about the lat­est craze in gar­den­ing — Nati­­vars- improved cul­ti­vars of native plants. Breed­ers have tak­en natives and tweaked them to bloom longer, grow tidi­er, have more col­or­ful foliage and be more dis­ease resis­tant. Date: April 15, 2017 Loca­tion: Ever­green Arbore­tum and Gar­dens Time: East­bound 8:00AM fer­ry West­bound 8:20 PM fer­ry Cost: $45  Con­tin­ue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on March 20, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

A mil­lion-mile walk: Join Nation­al Parks Edu­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist, Rae­na Par­sons, on a jour­ney mil­lions of years in the past. We will inves­ti­gate the geo­log­ic forces that shaped San Juan Island, demon­strate plate tec­ton­ics (with cookies–yum!), and dis­cuss earth­quakes and oth­er geo­log­ic haz­ards in our region. Com­fort­able hik­ing shoes, warm lay­ers, and a sense of adven­ture  Con­tin­ue Reading

Concerts to Benefit “Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan” Coming Soon

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

Cana­di­an First Nations, envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions, and inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized musi­cian Luke Wal­lace, join the “Pull Togeth­er” music tour to resist the Kinder Mor­gan Trans Moun­tain Pipeline expan­sion. The pro­posed Kinder Mor­gan expan­sion would great­ly increase ves­sel traf­fic and the risk of an oil spill in the Sal­ish Sea. The con­cert tour, com­ing to the San Juan Islands  Con­tin­ue Reading

Public Lands Report

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:50 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 fourth in a series of reports by Louise Dus­trude try­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Open House

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Mark your cal­en­dar now… On Sat­ur­day, May 20, 2017, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Washington’s Fri­day Har­bor Lab­o­ra­to­ries will hold its annu­al Open House. This event offers a splen­did oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet sci­en­tists and stu­dents at the Labs and check out the research and teach­ing facil­i­ties. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open for  Con­tin­ue Reading

Roche Harbor Garden Tour

Written on March 12, 2017 at 5:33 am, by

Meghan Hoff­man, Gar­dens & Grounds Super­vi­sor of Roche Har­bor Resort will lead a tour of the “win­ter mode” gar­dens and grounds of Roche Har­bor Resort.  The pots and gar­dens will just be wak­ing up.  Date: March 18, 2017  Loca­tion: Hotel De Haro entrance  Time: 10:30 AM  Car pool meet­ing loca­tion: Mullis Cen­ter 10:00 AM  The Lime Kiln Café will  Con­tin­ue Reading

March Turtleback March

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Wel­come Spring! The San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank and San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust invite you to the third annu­al MARCH TURTLEBACK MARCH, a 5 mile “Up and Over” hike on the Turtle­back Moun­tain Pre­serve! We will depart prompt­ly at 1:00 pm from the South Trail­head park­ing area (Deer Har­bor Road/Wild Rose Lane) on board a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Parks Report Part Three

Written on March 10, 2017 at 5:50 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 third in a series of reports by Louise Dus­trude try­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

Disc Golf

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The SJI Fam­i­ly Nature Club cel­e­brates the spring sol­stice week­end with a spin: Disc Golf! Sim­i­lar to reg­u­lar golf, the game is played with a fly­ing disc instead of a golf ball and clubs. Whether a sea­soned golfer, or a first a first time play­er, disc golf is a great out­door activ­i­ty to do with  Con­tin­ue Reading