Topic: Science

Curious Minds

Written on December 7, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

This article written by Dominic Sivitilli… The lab was buzzing with excitement when I arrived. A few weeks into the summer term, the water tables of Lab 3 were teeming with invertebrate life. All varieties of morphology and behavior were on display for our class to study. But something was different today: the lab had  Continue Reading

Focusing on Their Future

Written on November 24, 2021 at 12:42 pm, by

This is from the Center for Whale Research… Please help us raise $74,000 by year’s end! The $74,000 represents one thousand dollars for each of the seventy-four (74) whales in the Southern Resident orca community. We all remember J35. In 2018, the whole world watched J35 carry her deceased baby for 17 days and 1,000  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Volunteer Training

Written on November 10, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Are you a gardener in San Juan County? Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others? Have you just moved to the islands and want to get involved in the community and learn about gardening in our unique ecosystem? The WSU Extension San Juan County Master Gardener Volunteer program may be just what  Continue Reading

SJI Residents with Parkinson’s Disease Needed for Research Study

Written on November 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm, by

PADs is looking for volunteers who live on San Juan Island and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease to participate in a novel research study to determine whether a relationship exists between a proven marker of neurological disease (ND) and the alert responses of the Parkinson’s Alert Dogs. If you are familiar with PADs, then  Continue Reading

A Bird’s-Eye View of Orcas! How, when, and why?

Written on October 29, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The following story is from the Center for Whale Research (CWR)… In the following Q & A with CWR’s Dr. Michael Weiss, we learn what it’s like to fly a drone over top of whales and the new knowledge gained from the captured video footage. 1. Do you launch and fly the Center for Whale  Continue Reading

Center for Whale Research News

Written on October 15, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Joint media response concerning “the discovery of a new kind of killer whale” off western North America On October 4th, Hakai Magazine published an article with a headline reporting the discovery of “a new kind of killer whale”. Other media outlets subsequently reported similar headlines in Canada, theUSA and internationally, and although some content has  Continue Reading

Thor Hanson Book Launch

Written on September 7, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson There is always reason to celebrate the release of a new book by San Juan Island biologist and author, Thor Hanson. If you’ve read Feathers, Seeds, and Buzz, and sat enthralled at one of Thor Hanson’s lively and informative  Continue Reading

Research Vessel visiting in Friday Harbor Labs in September

Written on August 28, 2021 at 9:19 am, by

In late August, the SRV SAM, a 48’ aluminum ketch, set sail from the Haida Gwaii Islands in British Columbia to the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) – the latest leg of its 8,000 nm voyage across the North Pacific for the Ocean Genome Atlas Project (OGAP). The vessel will be moored at  Continue Reading

Killer Whale “Peanut Head”

Written on August 26, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this story… What is it, when does it happen, and what are the causes? Several weeks ago, K21, the oldest male killer whale (orca) in the Southern Resident community, was photographed and videoed in a state of severe emaciation, showing an extreme version of what killer whale researchers sometimes  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Joins e4usa for 2021-22 Academic Year

Written on August 10, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Engineering for US All (e4usa), a national initiative to bring engineering courses to high school students, is expanding its reach for the 2021-2022 academic year. Two years ago, e4usa launched a novel engineering curriculum in high schools across the United States. This multi-institutional effort was initiated by five universities: Arizona State University, University of Maryland,  Continue Reading

UW Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bite #96

Written on August 7, 2021 at 7:46 am, by

Kairos & the Ghost of FHL: Writing in the Moment, by Holly Shelton Dr. Holly Shelton holds a PhD from the University of Washington in language and rhetoric along with MA degrees in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has taught in Chile, Turkey, Canada, Kazakhstan, and the US; received  Continue Reading

Save the Date!

Written on August 6, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Get rrrrready. This is Shugga and Mia here at PADs for Parkinson’s giving you a nosey nudge to mark your calendar for August 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. These are the dates that you can easily double your efforts to help us and our 14 furry friends at PADs to keep sniffing for Parkinson’s  Continue Reading

Birdwatching at the Sculpture Park

Written on July 17, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

To all bird watchers – Please join us at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park this coming Wednesday, July 21st at 8:00 AM, where Phil Green, will again lead our monthly Bird Walk.  So far over 30 species have been identified.  Bring binoculars and mosquito repellent.  The park is located just past the Welcome Arch  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Written on July 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Microplastics and Mussel Poops By Lyda Harris Lyda Harris completed her PhD with Emily Carrington in 2020 in the Department of Biology at UW. For her dissertation — much of it done at FHL — she studied 1) the impacts of microplastic vs silt on marine mussel filtration rates, 2) how microplastics affect the benthic-pelagic  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Lab Tide Bites

Written on May 17, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

A Sunflower Star is Born By Jason Hodin, senior research scientist, Friday Harbor Labs.  Among the world’s hundreds of types of known starfish (or seastars as I’ll call them), our Pacific coast sunflower stars are true record breakers. They are the largest seastar in the world, with an arm-tip-to-arm-tip “wingspan” of more than two feet  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Written on April 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Twenty Years Of Creativity At The Whiteley Center By Kathleen Ballard Cowell The Whiteley Center, located at the west end of the campus of the Friday Harbor Laboratories, is celebrating 20 years of providing a place for uninterrupted thinking and working. The Center was Helen and Arthur Whiteley’s gift to scholars needing to escape to  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Lab Tide Bites

Written on March 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From “Bugs” to Shrimp: the Saga of an Evolving Nervous System By Jim Truman, Friday Harbor Labs Things can change a lot in 60 years. I grew up with a fascination both with invertebrates and water, but living in northeastern Ohio, the invertebrates I knew were insects and the water was the fresh stuff in  Continue Reading

Apply For Fulltime Job At Friday Harbor Labs

Written on February 10, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Friday Harbor Labs The University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories has an opening as a visitor coordinator. This is a fulltime, salaried position, that earns $4,116 per month plus benefits. Staff is seeking an energetic multitasker, detail-oriented and good with numbers, to coordinate the use of facilities at Friday Harbor Labs. The employee will  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Written on February 2, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

A Tale of Two Research Vessels By Megan Dethier Visitors to UW Friday Harbor Labs in the last nine months – or those perusing our website, which is easier these days – have seen a sweet new research vessel at our dock. The story of this boat acquisition includes tragedy, drama, history, philanthropy, a lot  Continue Reading

Rescheduled Event: Learn About Whale-Poop Sniffing Dog At Library

Written on February 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, meet a conservation canine during the San Juan Island Library’s virtual Know Your Islanders event. Originally, the event was scheduled for January. Eba, the whale dog, is a poop-sniffing rescue dog in the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology Whale Scat program. Eba  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Written on January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sea Otter Disturbance By Dr. Tiff Stephens In the summer of 2017, I traveled to Friday Harbor Labs for one of my usual short visits of reconnecting with resident scientists and diving into the waters to see how the seaweed communities have changed at favored sites (Reuben Tarte, Cattle Point, Deadman Bay). I also traveled  Continue Reading

Register For Marine Naturalist Program

Written on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From The Whale Museum Back by popular demand, registration is now open for a spring virtual session of The Whale Museum’s Marine Naturalist Program. This dynamic and high-quality program will still be seven-sessions and run April 11-17. The objective of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified  Continue Reading