Topic: Wildlife

Eagle and Crows

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of an eagle apparently not bothered by all the crows trying to antagonize him. Great photo – Thanks Kevin!

Tribal Leader Appointed to State Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jeromy Sullivan, chair of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, a state board that awards grants for projects to help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Sullivan has extensive experience in conservation and salmon recovery issues. He has served on the Hood  Continue Reading

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on July 15, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Larry Soll invites you to the next film at San Juan Community Theatre next Tuesday… Fellow Film Buffs, Coming up on Tuesday July 17th at 7:30 pm, Blackfish Documentary, Drama PG-13  84 minutes Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and  Continue Reading

Pupping Season for Harbor Seals

Written on July 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

This story is shared with you from the Whale Museum… It’s July, which means harbor seal pupping season is underway in the San Juan Islands and much of the Salish Sea! Keep an eye out for pups on beaches and around harbors. Recently, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network interns responded to the pup  Continue Reading

Cute Wild Kids

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Wolf Hollow shares this with you… There is no doubt about it, baby wild mammals are cute, and bring out the nurturing instinct in people, who then feel the need to get closer to them and feed and “care” for them. Why is that a problem? It’s all to do with what they learn when  Continue Reading

New Orca ID App

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Want to Identify an individual whale? You’re in luck, there’s now an app for that! Hundreds of thousands of people come to the Pacific Northwest every year to take in our natural beauty, and with hopes of seeing our most popular marine life resident: Orcas (killer whales). The Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been  Continue Reading

Discover Deadman: An Intertidal Walk

Written on July 10, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

On Saturday, July 14 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm San Juan County Land Bank invites you to an intertidal walk at Deadman Bay Preserve… There’s more to the West Side of San Juan Island than orcas! Dr. Erika Iyengar, of Muhlenberg College and long-time researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, returns to lead her  Continue Reading

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

Registration open for 2018 Pod Nods at The Whale Museum

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

  Pod Nod overnight marine adventures return this summer to The Whale Museum! These popular “pajama party” sleepovers are geared for children ages 6 to 11 and will be held on the following Fridays: July 13 August 10 August 24 Pod Nods are led by Museum Educators with assistance from other adult professionals. Youth participants  Continue Reading

Orca Sing 2018

Written on June 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas.  This year’s event is the 19th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 23, beginning at 7 p.m. This year, Fred West and Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will  Continue Reading

J’s and L’s are Back

Written on June 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm, by

Captain Hobbes Buchanan of San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours writes to let you know some of the southern residents are back… Hey San Juan Update, So on Saturday we had over 40 transient orca killer whales in our area, and most of them went by the entrance to Friday Harbor – a big  Continue Reading

Swallow Nests

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

  Swallows are wonderful to watch and they eat huge numbers of flying insects, including mosquitoes and other biting insects, so we all benefit from having them around. But they also like to build their nests under the eaves of houses, which can result in splotches of white swallow poop on our decks or patio  Continue Reading

Friends Challenges Army Corps of Engineers

Written on May 25, 2018 at 7:14 am, by

Groups Challenge Army Corps of Engineers’ Refusal to Protect Puget Sound Shorelines Corps’ Seattle District violates Clean Water Act, endangers Sound recovery SEATTLE – A lawsuit filed today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) charges that the agency has refused to assert its Clean Water Act jurisdiction over most shoreline armoring in Puget  Continue Reading

Tiny Fawns

Written on May 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Wolf Hollow shares this notice with you about tiny fawns… This is the time of year when we receive lots of calls at Wolf Hollow from people who find small fawns all alone and are concerned because they’re not with their Mom. But a young fawn lying curled up in the grass on its own  Continue Reading

Year of the Bird Celebration

Written on April 27, 2018 at 9:28 am, by

Join the Land Bank, Wolf Hollow, The San Juan Preservation Trust, San Juan Island National Historical Park, and San Juan County Master Gardener Foundation as they celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act at Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island. Sunday, May 6th from 10:30am to 3:00pm at Red Mill Farm, San Juan Island. There  Continue Reading

New Biggs Calf Video

Written on April 24, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The babies are back! Bigg’s killer whales abound in the Salish Sea this spring. Ocean EcoVentures, member of Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) recently captured video footage (video credit Ocean EcoVentures and videographer – Tasli Shaw) of one of the newest members of the population, T065A6, a young calf probably less than one month old.  Continue Reading

Procession of the Species

Written on April 22, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

An Earth Day gift for you – Liza Michaelson shares this video from Saturday’s 9th annual Lopez Island Procession of the Species. This year the focus was on native species. The organizers borrowed dorsal fins representing every JK and L pod member from San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, and Lopez islanders turned out in  Continue Reading

Keeping Whales Safe: PWWA’s Updated Whale Watching Guidelines

Written on April 18, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group of 32 whale watch and ecotourism business operators in Washington and British Columbia, announced today an update to its vessel operation guidelines with a focus on safe operation for both commercial and private vessels around whales. These updated standards are the most comprehensive conservation framework in the  Continue Reading

Otters

Written on April 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm, by

While waiting for the ferry home this afternoon on Lopez, I saw some otters doing what otters do, and got some video with my iPhone. Comments welcome.

Sperm Whale in Haro Strait

Written on April 2, 2018 at 11:33 am, by

Just got this notice about a recent sighting near Turn Point on Stuart Island… Over the weekend, members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association captured photos and hydrophone audio of the first-ever sperm whale spotted in inland waters in Washington state and the first ever seen by whale watching tours in Washington’s Salish Sea. The whale  Continue Reading

Biggs vs. Stellers

Written on March 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) shares this video which was shot by member Western Prince Whale Watching. The video was captured this week off of Spieden Island and it shows the T2C family of Bigg’s Killer Whales hunting a Steller Sea Lion. At about 2:54 into the video, a group of 20+ Steller Sea Lions  Continue Reading

Got Video?

Written on March 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Erin Corra is on the hunt for some video. Do you have any to share? Here’s her request… Hello and happy almost spring, Curious if you have any decent mp4 footage of surface activity of these critters…. We are on the mad hunt to update the video station at Lime Kiln’s Interpretive Center. Credit will  Continue Reading

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