Topic: Science

Meet Eba the Whale-poop-sniffing dog at SJIMA

Written on September 10, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Maybe out on the water you saw a dog, in sunglasses no less, on the prow of a small boat and wondered what they were doing. Well, now you can get an answer! Come meet Dr. Debora Giles and Eba at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) lobby and learn about Eba’s job  Continue Reading

Got a whale of a question?

Written on August 16, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve middle pullover south of Lime Kiln, or at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Wall. Happy to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea!! 11am-2pm Saturday 8-17-19 Westside Preserve 11am-2pm Sunday 8-18-19 Westside Preserve 2pm-5pm Sunday 8-18-19  Continue Reading

UW Labs 2019 Illg Distinguished Lecturer

Written on August 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm, by

Friday Harbor Labs is excited to welcome, Dr. Anna Metaxas, our 2019 Illg Lecturer on August 7 at the Community Theater at 7 PM. Dr. Metaxas is from Dalhousie University and her topic will be “Evidence-based conservation: designing well-connected Marine Protected Areas.” Please join us for this amazing free public lecture followed by refreshments.

World Champs at 2019 ISSDC World Finals

Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School Students named World Champs at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals Last weekend, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), became World Champions, at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals. IOTech, alongside assigned teammates from four other schools that  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks

Written on July 30, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talk: Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team  The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has journeyed to the World Finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition, held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  They will explain the proposal that earned them a spot and how they did. Monday, August 5th  Continue Reading

World Champions

Written on July 29, 2019 at 6:35 pm, by

The Friday Harbor team has been named World Champions in this design competition! The following is a letter from Daniel Garner of FHHS… Monday 9:00am Kennedy Space Center Center for Space Education 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals The Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), has just  Continue Reading

Tide Bites

Written on July 2, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Traditions and Transitions Friday Harbor Laboratories Director Billie J. Swalla’s connection with FHL has spanned several decades. She moved to the University of Washington in 1999 as an Assistant Professor for the opportunity to work and teach at FHL. In 2012 she was Acting Director, then became Interim Director and was appointed FHL Director in  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Travis Ayers

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Luxel Corporation, one of the lesser known businesses on San Juan Island, provides nanometer-thick materials for applications in space astronomy, laser fusion, and semiconductors.  Travis Ayers will describe Luxel’s technology, how it is used, and will have a few samples to observe. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the  Continue Reading

Inslee Meets with FHHS Students

Written on May 30, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Jill Urbach shares this quick report from Tuesday… While in town the other day to discuss broadband issues and progress, Governor Inslee took time to congratulate the FHHS students who won the national International Space Settlement Design Competition and will be traveling to the Kennedy Space Center in July to compete in the World Finals.  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk: Paul Walsh – Space Case

Written on May 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Paul Walsh is an amateur astronomer and the content editor for astromart.com. He’s also a poet, a webmaster, an actor, a meadow mowing maniac, and a very happily married man. All that aside, come hear what he has to say about SPACE.   Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Library and  Continue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team Invited to World Finals for International Space Settlement Design

Written on May 17, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges’ evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s  Continue Reading

Ocean Outbreak

Written on April 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Book Talk: Drew Harvell will discuss her book, Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. This presentation will include updates on Sea Star Wasting Disease and salmon health in our Puget Sound waters. Drew is a local author and resident scientist at Friday Harbor Laboratories. A book signing and reception will follow the  Continue Reading

BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Written on March 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore is proud to announce that San Juan Island author, Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, has won his third Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award, receiving the 2019 PNBA award for BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees. Please join us at the San Juan Island Library when Griffin  Continue Reading

Best of Fest: Two Films on Tuesday

Written on March 15, 2019 at 5:55 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival Winter Series presents: The Best of the Fest Tuesday, March 19 at the Grange at 7:00 pm, join us for the following two films: Intelligent Trees – The Documentary Trees talk, know family ties and care for their young? Is this too fantastic to be true? Scientist Suzanne Simard (The University  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk

Written on February 28, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Adam Summers – The Sea: Inspiration for Art and Science Dr. Adam Summers, who runs the Comparative Vertebrate Biomechanics Lab at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, will present a naturalist’s opinion on nature as a source of inspiration for art and science.   Monday, March 4 at 7 pm San Juan Island Library Free Refreshments will  Continue Reading

#ScanAllStars: Scientists at the UW Labs Scan Sea Stars

Written on February 4, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Mo Turner, Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the University of Washington and Cassandra Donatelli Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University are collaborating scanning sea stars. In January they presented their preliminary findings to the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. The following by Mo Turner, with Cassandra Donatelli is excerpted from February’s Tide Bite, the newsletter of the  Continue Reading

Local Research Finds New Forage Fish Spawning Beaches

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Did you know that our local sand and gravel beaches nurture incubating fish eggs? These eggs are virtually undetectable to the naked eye and come from two species of marine fish – surf smelt and Pacific sand lance. These species are among those referred to as “forage fish” for the vital role they play in  Continue Reading

PADs Says Thanks

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the San Juan Island Community Foundation, The SJIC Women’s Fund, and the many caring Islanders who stand behind these important community organizations. Your support has provided needed funding to increase local access to the PADs Program, the first program in  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on December 4, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

A Unique Challenge: Marine Subtidal Ecology at UW Friday Harbor Labs by Pema Kitaeff & Alex Lowe Despite windy weather and choppy water just the day before, the morning of Friday June 22nd 2018 dawned gloriously sunny and calm: a gift of optimal conditions bestowed on the patient planners of field work. Few have been  Continue Reading

FHHS Community Project

Written on November 27, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Emmett Carrier writes to share what he’s doing for his Community Projects class at the high school… For my community projects class at Friday Harbor High School, I worked alongside Evan Foley to do research on pollution prevention in the Port of Friday Harbor. We started our project by meeting with our mentor, Dr. Derek  Continue Reading

Seeing Green: 4 Changes We Can Make for a More Environmentally-Friendly Home

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

The following is a guest post from Neil Stawski with Climate Wise… There are nearly 7 billion humans on the planet, with more being born every day. And each person comes with their own ecological footprint. When you add up the ecological footprints of 7 billion people, you begin to understand the enormous environmental effect  Continue Reading

Whale Museum Lecture Series Features NOAA Scientists Photogrammetry Study

Written on September 21, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

On September 25, Dr. John Durban from NOAA and Dr. Holly Fearnbach from SR3 SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research will present on “Photogrammetry Study of the SRKWs.” The lecture will take place at 7:00 pm at The Whale Museum.  Dr. Durban leads the Cetacean Health and Life History Program at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center  Continue Reading