Topic: Nature

Letter from the Labs

Written on May 13, 2020 at 8:29 am, by

To the Editor: In this time of Stay-at-Home regulations, coinciding with some lovely spring weather, we at the Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) have noticed increased use of University of Washington properties. We absolutely understand the desire to get out of the house and find new places to explore, and we want to be good neighbors,  Continue Reading

“Just a Minute”

Written on May 11, 2020 at 12:55 pm, by

60-Second Videos from the Preservation Trust The San Juan Preservation Trust has developed a series of quick, easy-to-watch videos featuring the wonder-filled nature in our own backyards as spring unfolds around us. If you could use some vicarious doses of nature’s medicine, click to watch the video above and then look for more of the  Continue Reading

Arbor Week

Written on May 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor sees the health of our trees as vital to our sense of well-being and as a defining characteristic of our community. Healthy trees provide us the daily benefit of cleaner air, shade and source of aesthetic beauty. The Tree City USA signs at the Town’s entrances tell visitors that this  Continue Reading

Driving Access to Mount Grant Preserve Summit Resumes Sunday, May 10th

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:36 am, by

Your Conservation Land Bank will resume opening the gate at Mount Grant Preserve beginning this Sunday, May 10th.   We have switched to our spring/summer calendar and driving access to the summit will be available twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm. Please continue following social distancing guidelines whenever visiting your preserves: If  Continue Reading

Boomerang to the San Juans

Written on May 6, 2020 at 9:36 am, by

This May 2020 edition of Tide Bites was written by Alyssa Scott… As the tides of life have ebbed and flowed, I’ve continually found myself on the shores of FHL [Friday Harbor Labs]. My first encounter with the Labs was via a two-week research sailing expedition through the San Juan Islands with Deep Green Wilderness.  Continue Reading

Scotch Broom Census Set for May

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:24 am, by

Need an excuse to get outside? (safely and and while maintaining self-distancing, of course…) OLYMPIA–The Washington Invasive Species Council, state agencies and researchers are calling for a census in May to help determine the location of Scotch broom throughout the state. “We need everyone’s help to size up the problem,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator  Continue Reading

The Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale is Online!

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

No standing in lines and no rushed shopping at the Mullis Senior Community Center this year. We are online only in compliance with all safety guidelines for COVID-19. Our Spring Plant Sale starts at 9am, Tuesday, May 5. Healthy veggie starts need new homes! Eight new varieties this year, including two delicious cherry tomatoes, cucumbers,  Continue Reading

Forest and Tree Health Webinar

Written on April 15, 2020 at 6:56 am, by

Dead and dying conifers have proliferated throughout the Salish Sea area, especially with cedars and hemlocks, causing concern for many property owners. This webinar will talk about why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis Increases Gratitude for Greenspace and Highlights Need to Leash Dogs

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Land Bank Preserves remain open despite other public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. Early evidence suggests that dogs don’t spread COVID-19. However, current social distancing rules apply to both people and their pets. To that end, we want to  Continue Reading

From San Juan County, HOT TOPIC #9: Navigating Nature

Written on March 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islandersNavigating This article is from Brandon Cadwell, Chief of Visitor and Youth Engagement at San Juan Island National Historical Park. Now is the time to take the road less traveled. Or perhaps, the trail or sidewalk less traveled. As the Chief of Visitor  Continue Reading

Walking at English Camp

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

“And because enjoying the outdoors is critical to supporting your mental health, you can still go for a walk or a bike ride or garden in your yard.” Governor Jay Inslee from his “Stay home, stay healthy” order. “English Camp is good hiking spot with its upland trails to Young Hill, Bell Point loop, Westcott  Continue Reading

All Washington State Parks Closed Temporarily Through April 30

Written on March 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm, by

This week, we announced the temporary full closure of all Washington state parks for at least two weeks. The decision follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on Tuesday. We want to do our part to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The measure adds to our March 22 decision  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Launches Marine Science Homeschool Resource

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

  Today we launched a resource called HOMESCHOOL that will allow homebound students to explore the Salish Sea during this period of self-isolation. These videos and activities can be easily deployed amid the chaos of the current moment. Also, they’re fun!    We’ll continue to add content to this page, so keep an eye out and share  Continue Reading

Spring Equinox Today

Written on March 19, 2020 at 8:46 am, by

In spite of everything its Spring. I love this photo of windswept daffodils taken by Margaret Thorson.

San Juan Preservation Trust Spring Event: Gardening for Butterflies

Written on March 2, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

A reminder from the San Juan Preservation Trust of an upcoming event, Gardening for Butterflies, March 19, 2020 at 10:30 am – 2:30 pm – Red Mill Farm… Can you think of a better way to celebrate Spring Equinox, than by planting seeds of hope for the future of a species? On San Juan Island,  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Steve Ulvi… The Future on the Rocks The life of a conservationist in America has always been a hard paddle against the current. Win some skirmishes, a few big battles and refight ‘em again and again, while losing the war. We learn to  Continue Reading

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Written on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Today we have a guest post from TripOutside.com on the Benefits of Getting Outdoors… By Julie Singh If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier! As the Father of Western  Continue Reading

San Juan County Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Interested in using native plants in your landscape? There are many wonderful reasons to use PNW natives: they are often long lived and need little maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate.  Continue Reading

Calling all tree-loving, bunny-hugging, dirt worshipers!

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Don’t forget — it’s award season here in the San Juans! The Oscars have nothing on the Finnies. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award! Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finnies,” have been sponsored by the Stewardship Network of the San  Continue Reading

Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

Written on January 12, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s some good news – check out the video above and this accompanying story from Good News Network…

Transition San Juan Island

Written on December 23, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Transition San Juan Island… You may have heard by way of friends and neighbors that Transition San Juan Island is launching at the Mullis Center, January 12, 2020 from 3 to 6 pm. Everyone of any age or political persuasion is invited to  Continue Reading

MIchael J. Cohen Day

Written on December 10, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

How often does the mayor proclaim a day in your name? Ask Mike Cohen, who will turn 90 this week! Here’s what the Town had to say: “Michael J. Cohen” Our friend and fellow Island resident Mike Cohen will turn 90 on Saturday, December 14th. This is a noteworthy life event for anyone, and we  Continue Reading