Topic: Wildlife

New Children’s Book Features Orcas Conservation On San Juan Island

Written on April 11, 2021 at 10:09 am, by

From Twisted Orca Twisted Orca released “I am 99” April 6, the latest in a series of books designed to encourage a love of marine conservation in children. “I am 99” brings children from all over the world to Friday Harbor, Washington as they join Sailor-Lyn’s mission to save the endangered orcas she loves so  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Presents Video Series On Local Natural History

Written on April 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Staying connected to our community is important, which is why the San Juan Preservation Trust staff created a video series called “Just a Minute from the Islands” in 2020. These videos highlight aspects of nature including local plants, birds, reptiles, marine life, and more. In the fall of 2020, we started a  Continue Reading

Join Spring Street International School Lecture On Herbalism

Written on April 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Spring Street International School   Don’t miss out on Spring Street International School’s final event in our 2021 virtual nature speaker series, featuring herbalist Callie North at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14.   Register for the event here.   North co-owns and runs two businesses on Lopez Island: a brick-and-mortar shop Northsea Apothecary and  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day With San Juan Preservation Trust On Henry Island

Written on April 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Only a short boat ride from busy Roche Harbor, Henry Island Preserve feels like a world away, straddling the boundary between the shallow waters of Mosquito Pass and the blue depths of Haro Strait. Come ashore to celebrate Earth Day 2021 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 22 by enjoying some  Continue Reading

‘Chainsaw’ Orca Seen Near Henry Island

Written on April 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Center For Whale Research The Center For Whale Research’s 15th orca encounter in 2021 was on March 29 and brought sightings of the whale “Chainsaw.” The whales were still heading quickly north toward Henry Island in loosely spread groups. Our first pass was a semi-backlit one with a lot of whales coming up at  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Releases Podcast On Orcas

Written on March 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Southern resident killer whales are looking directly at extinction if things don’t change. They are emotionally intelligent animals with complex family dynamics and a deep spiritual connection to the tribes and first nations who’ve been in the Salish Sea since time immemorial. In this limited podcast series called Pod of Orcas: A  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day Throughout April In San Juans

Written on March 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Stewardship Network of the San Juans “Here we all are, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world.” – Samuel L. Jackson. We might not have a vibranium shield, a fancy metal suit designed by Tony Stark, or a hammer only we can lift, but we can still be  Continue Reading

Center for Whale Research Confirms Female Calf

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

From Center for Whale Research J58 is a girl! The Center for Whale Research is pleased to confirm that J41’s calf, J58, is female. This approximately 6-month-old calf was born in September 2020. Jeanne Hyde photographed J58 from shore on March 6. The calf was rolling, showing her underside, which revealed her gender. New females  Continue Reading

Bird Watch At The San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Written on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 9-11 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month from March 17 through September to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. Phil Green, a local bird enthusiast and member of the nature conservancy,  Continue Reading

Buy Locally Grown Wildflowers From San Juan Land Bank

Written on March 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank is offering a rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. Reserve plants online at, March 5-12, and pick them up on Saturday, March 20 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced  Continue Reading

Daphne Laureola Cannot Be Sold Or Traded In State

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

By Jason A. Ontjes, program coordinator, San Juan County Noxious Weed Control  Daphne laureola, or spurge laurel, has been on the state’s noxious weed list since 2007. This evergreen ornamental shrub, which is native to Europe and northern Africa, was once sold by plant nurseries in the Pacific Northwest, but it is now on the  Continue Reading

First Calf Born To Southern Resident L Pod In Two Years

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

From the Center for Whale Research The Center for Whale Research is thrilled to confirm that a new calf, L125, has been born into the Southern Resident killer whale community. Following word that J, K, and L pod were in Haro Strait, CWR dispatched two boats with field researchers to photo-identify the new calf and  Continue Reading

Center For Whale Research Presents Whale Love Stories

Written on February 14, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

From the Center for Whale Research We asked Center for Whale Research members and supporters to share a short story about a special whale, encounter or friendship that developed from a shared passion for whales. We are very grateful to those who shared their stories. This is what they wrote (listing in the order that  Continue Reading

Share Whale Love Stories With The Center For Whale Research

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

From the Center For Whale Research The team at the Center For Whale Research wants to hear your whale love stories. Is there a whale that holds a special place in your heart? Or a whale encounter that still makes your heart go pitter-patter? Or perhaps you developed a special friendship with someone because of  Continue Reading

Join Western Bluebird Training With Preservation Trust

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

From San Juan Preservation Trust Thank you for helping us carry the San Juan Island Western Bluebird Project into the future with an online Western Bluebird training refresher on Thursday, Feb. 25. As this project evolves from a Preservation Trust-led to a volunteer-run program, it’s critical that we have a number of solidly committed community  Continue Reading

San Juan Land Bank’s Tale Of Two Eagles

Written on February 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Lank Bank On Jan. 22, Tom Marschner and his faithful walking companion, Ellie the Golden Retriever, encountered a rare and sad occurrence near the summit of Mount Grant. Splayed out on a mossy outcrop, with broken-tipped beaks, were two dead Bald Eagles. Tom and Ellie promptly reported the incident to Land  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

Know Your Islanders Presents Whale-Poop Sniffing Dog 

Written on January 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, meet a conservation canine during the San Juan Island Library’s virtual Know Your Islanders event. Eba, the whale dog, is a poop-sniffing rescue dog in the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology Whale Scat program. Eba is helping Dr. Sam Wasser and Dr.  Continue Reading

Center For Whale Research’s First Orca Sighting Of 2021

Written on January 6, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Center for Whale Research On Jan. 3, Dave got a good enough shot of the mom to convince him that he had the T167s. T167A had sprouted since the last pictures Dave had looked at of him. The T167s have shown up a few times in the last several years (Mark just saw them  Continue Reading

New Year, New Rules For Commercial Whale Watching

Written on January 3, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Washinton Department of Fish and Wildlife On Dec. 21, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales to reduce the impacts of vessel noise and disturbance on the whales’ ability to forage, rest, and socialize while enabling sustainable whale watching. Prompted by the Legislature  Continue Reading

Record Participants Join Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Barbara Jensen, President, San Juan Islands Audubon Last Saturday, Dec. 26, we did our annual Christmas bird count circle. First, I want to thank the 93 people who participated in the count. This is the highest number of people we have had on a count. So many of you stepped forward to count at  Continue Reading

Happy Holidays From Wolf Hollow

Written on December 25, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Wolf Hollow staff (and critters) wish everyone a happy holiday. They also thank the community for its continued support. Wolf Hollow’s mission is “to promote the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and non-invasive research.” For more information, visit