Topic: Science

Buzz by Thor Hanson

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Islander Thor Hanson has written another lively, informative, and entertaining new book—BUZZ—which is to be released on Tuesday, July 10 with great fanfare at an official launch party hosted by Griffin Bay Bookstore at Brickworks on July 10, 7:00 pm. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting another wonderful book from our favorite biologist, this  Continue Reading

Jazz at the Labs

Written on June 13, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The 18th annual Jazz at the Labs is coming! Friday Harbor Laboratories will again host this popular event, with dinner and amazing music. Date: June 30, 2018 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Website: Admission: $40 (dinner & music) This event will include a festive dinner, served from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in FHL’s historic  Continue Reading

Look Up at Night This Week

Written on May 24, 2018 at 6:07 pm, by

It’s prime viewing time this week to see the International Space Station from your backyard. Check out this article on the Seattle Times website.


Written on March 20, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

It’s the Vernal Equinox. At 9:15 AM Pacific time, the sun will cross the equator as it heads back into the northern hemisphere. Daytime and nighttime are equal today, but moving forward, light will conquer darkness and the days will be longer than the nights. Spring time, warmer weather… here it comes!

Knowledge Bowl 2018

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

It’s that time of year again! The 24th annual Knowledge Bowl will take place on Monday, February 5th at the San Juan Community Theatre. Sponsored by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, this family fun event begins at 6:30 PM with the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band. Teams made up of middle and high  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Parkinson’s Detection Dogs (PADs) Update

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island enjoyed a very successful 2017 and would like to acknowledge all who are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to our training volunteers and handlers for our 15 fabulous sniffer dogs; and to the many who provided financial support.  We extend our very deep gratitude  Continue Reading

Winter Solstice Fun Facts

Written on December 21, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

It’s the Winter Solstice today… the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and officially the first day of Winter… Here are some fun things to know about this special day: Click here And don’t forget – Tomorrow you can say to your friends: “Have you noticed the days are getting longer?”

Citizen Scientists Needed

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Help us Document King Tides this Winter Do you have a digital camera or camera phone? If so, help local and regional researchers capture this year’s king tides! Join Friends of the San Juans and king tide volunteers from your community and across the globe to document the year’s highest tides by taking photos of your favorite local shorelines. A “king tide”  Continue Reading

Whale Museum Lecture: Whales and Shipping

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues this Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Krista Trounce of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Dr. Jason Wood from Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Consulting North America (based here in Friday Harbor). They will be presenting on the ship slow down trial that is currently  Continue Reading

Re-Purpose Those Snappy Spectacles

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The Eclipse 2017 (and what happens now?) The San Juan Island Library held several educational programs leading up to the eclipse. We had a solar eclipse prep day for children to make personalized San Juan Island pin-hole projectors, and Raena Parsons of the National Historical Park gave a talk and presentation.  The Library distributed more than 1,500  Continue Reading

Gaia the Octopus

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Researcher Dominic Sivitilli from the University of Washington, has been studying a rare Giant Pacific Octopus that he found in the waters just off San Juan County Park on July 2nd. Her name is Gaia, and Dominic transported her to Friday Harbor Labs to study for the last month and a half. With degrees in  Continue Reading

Eclipse Viewing Knows No Bounds!

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Tim and Sally Thomsen of San Juan Kayak Expeditions share this photo of another way to view the eclipse. Thanks for sharing you two!

South Beach Eclipse Party

Written on August 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm, by

The eclipse party this morning at South Beach that was organized by the National Park Service was quite a big hit. Estimates are that 400 – 500 people attended. Eclipse glasses, telescopes and home-made viewing boxes were available for all to safely view this rare celestial event. And the weather couldn’t have been better. (so  Continue Reading

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Written on August 18, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

You’re invited! Join the National Park Service at South Beach on Monday, August 21st, 8:30 am to noon, for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party! Please note, we are expecting a high number of visitors and will be closing the parking area at South Beach to minimize pedestrian/vehicle conflicts – individuals with limited mobility will still  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on August 3, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

What Happens to San Juan Sea Urchins in the Absence of Predatory Sea Stars? – Investigating the Relationships Between Baby Green Urchins, Coralline Algae, and Crabs by Dara Yiu Dara is an undergraduate in UW’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. She first joined Friday Harbor Laboratories as a ZooBot student in Spring 2016, and  Continue Reading

Eclipse Pinhole Projector

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Make Pinhole Projectors for Viewing the Solar Eclipse The San Juan Island Library and the National Park Service are hosting a Solar Eclipse Prep Afternoon this Thursday, August 3 in the Library Meeting Room with drop-in hours from 2-4 PM. All materials will be provided to make your very own pinhole projector for viewing the  Continue Reading