Topic: Science

Friday Harbor Labs April 2020 Tide Bite

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

Greetings, This month’s Tide Bite chronicles a not-that-unusual career progression for Friday Harbor Labs’ scientists: going from a student in a course, to a student doing their own research, to teaching here themselves, to having their own graduate students come to learn the trade!  We love these multi-“generational” ties.  Beth Brainerd is one we are  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

Friday Harbor Elementary School STEM Teams win Competitive Science Awards

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Congratulations to Friday Harbor students! Fostering a scientific competitive spirit is well underway at Friday Harbor Elementary School!  Three elementary school STEM Teams have received recognition for their work at the national level through Exploravision, sponsored by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Toshiba Company. These three elementary school teams started projects in  Continue Reading

New Telescope for Loan at the San Juan Island Library

Written on February 21, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Community Projects Press Release Are you interested in astronomy? Do you love exploring the wonders that space has to offer? Well, here at the Library we do! And, thanks to the admirable Community Project fundraising efforts of two of our Friday Harbor High School students, Allie and Tyler Fleming, the San Juan Island Library is  Continue Reading

Luxel Filters on Solar Mission

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this announcement from Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp… Dear Editor, I wondered if you would want to share this news with your readers. On Sunday night the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, FL. Luxel has three sets of filters  Continue Reading

Virtual Reality

Written on February 4, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim with sharks, create a sculpture out of thin air, or fly through space?  Find out what all the VR buzz is about and head to the Marie Boe Building on Saturday, February 8th from 11am-6pm.  Spend the day with Bellingham’s Heady Virtual Reality and choose from  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Written on February 3, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Mission Statement: Creating conditions for community resilience and regeneration in a rapidly changing world We have set the next meeting of Transition San Juan Island for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 3-6 PM at the Mullis Center. The purpose is for each action group to complete their Vision Statement. So when you arrive at 3,  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading

Weaving Art and Science

Written on January 3, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Weaving Art and Science to Create Ocean Tapestries In the early 1990’s, Véronique Robigou and John Delaney were exploring the bottom of the ocean in the deep-diving Submarine ALVIN off the Pacific Northwest Coast. There, they discovered a spectacular 135 ft tall sulfide structure spewing 700° F fluids out of the sea floor atop an  Continue Reading

Mammatus Clouds

Written on December 19, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Ron Lehman shares these photos he shot of some mammatus clouds he saw over Mt. Vernon on Tuesday morning. Very interesting cloud formations and good thing he got the photos when he did – he says they were completely gone within about 15 minutes. Here’s more info on this kind of cloud on Wikipedia. Thanks  Continue Reading

Pitcairn Island Expedition

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

Lynn Danaher shares this invitation with you… Due to our long-standing friendships with some of the residents, we have been invited by the Pitcairn islanders themselves to spend a month on Pitcairn exploring petroglyph sites and conducting forensic archaeology.  We will be the first to test for DNA at a historical burial site in Adamstown,  Continue Reading

Transition to Redemption

Written on December 7, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

What’s in the Mailbag today? Here’s a letter from Steve Ulvi… As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following WWII, we enjoyed many simple freedoms. Young families rapidly infilled modest developments in old walnut and almond orchards, grassy oak hills to roam. We didn’t feel the urban apprehension of economic displacement, social injustice or class-constrained  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, Planet, Future: A Photographer’s Journey with Robert Dash

Written on September 30, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

With the daily news, climate change becomes more of a climate crisis. In his talk, Robert Dash offers observations on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) program will be presented at the San Juan Island Grange #966 at 152 First Street N in  Continue Reading

Beach Habitat Enhancement Project Underway on Shaw

Written on September 26, 2019 at 10:15 am, by

During the recent daytime low tides, Friends of the San Juans and project contractor Zach Crosby of Shaw Island Excavation worked to remove large rock and concrete debris from a stretch of beach on Shaw Island. The project will improve spawning substrate in a year-round forage fish area and compliments similar projects completed in 2017  Continue Reading

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