Topic: Wildlife

Fading Sound

Written on July 15, 2019 at 7:54 am, by

On July 15th at the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center at 185 S. First Street, we will be showing a documentary film called “Fading Sound” that was produced by Friday Harbor High School students Blake Budwill and Luke Erikson. This film focuses on the threats facing Southern Resident killer whales. Blake Budwill will be  Continue Reading

Got a Whale of a Question?

Written on July 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve middle pullover south of Lime Kiln, and at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Wall this weekend. Happy to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea!! 11am-2pm Saturday 7-13-19 Westside Preserve 2pm-5pm Sunday 7-14-19 Lime Kiln depends  Continue Reading

Orca Town Meeting

Written on July 11, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The Whale Sanctuary Project invites your comments at a town meeting regarding providing a sanctuary for orca whales in the San Juans. The Whale Sanctuary Project is working to create a permanent sanctuary for rescue/rehab for the Southern Resident orcas and retirement for captive orcas from entertainment parks. We invite you to join us at  Continue Reading

DEEP DIVE: The Documentaries

Written on July 11, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

“Deep Dive: the documentaries” will be held on July 13 at the San Juan Island Community Theater at 100 2nd Street North in Friday Harbor, WA from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. (A satellite event of “Deep Dive: the exhibit” at San Juan Islands Museum of Art in Friday Harbor, WA. The exhibit runs from  Continue Reading

DEEP DIVE: the Documentaries

Written on July 10, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

They Don’t Live on Words Alone-Voices of Our Salish Sea Don’t miss the opportunity to experience legendary speakers on our ocean life in one room on one day.   Be the first to preview new films by marine experts on orcas, salmon and the Salish Sea sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art  Continue Reading

New Baby in J Pod is a Female

Written on July 7, 2019 at 9:56 am, by

On the morning of July 5th 2019, J and K pods of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population finally made an appearance in inland waters off San Juan Island for the first time in more than two months. A large crowd of people awaited their arrival at Lime Kiln State Park to get a  Continue Reading

DEEP DIVE: the documentaries

Written on June 28, 2019 at 5:54 am, by

One-Time Only- Voices of Our Salish Sea Don’t miss the opportunity to experience legendary speakers on our ocean life in one room on one day. Be the first to preview new films by marine experts on orcas, salmon and the Salish Sea sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). On Saturday, July  Continue Reading

Container, Cargo, and Tanker Ships from 24 Projects in the Salish Sea Threaten Southern Resident Orcas

Written on June 24, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Friends of the San Juans identifies an additional 2,044 ocean going vessels making 4,088 transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State from 24 new or expanding proposals. Vessel traffic from ocean-going oil tankers, container ships, bulk cargo carriers, and liquefied natural gas carriers could increase 34% according to new information which  Continue Reading

Volunteer Naturalists at Westside Preserve

Written on June 22, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Got a whale of a question? Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve this weekend. Many thanks to this collaboration with local and regional education and research groups to be providing educational opportunities and helping care for the Westside Preserve! 11am-5pm Saturday 6-22-19 depends on weather – (rain  Continue Reading

Artifishal

Written on June 17, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee is hosting 3 screenings of the new Patagonia film “Artifishal” as part of Orca Action month. We are excited to announce The MRC’s screening of ‘Artifishal’ – join us to take action to protect our wild fish. The screenings will be followed by a discussion surrounding topics covered  Continue Reading

Orca Sing 2019

Written on June 13, 2019 at 5:50 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 and celebrate Orca Action Month. This year’s event is the 20th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 22, with the music beginning at 7 p.m. This year,  Continue Reading

Join in the Salish Splash to Celebrate Orca Recovery

Written on June 7, 2019 at 10:52 am, by

Come jump in the water to celebrate the Southern Resident orcas at the “Salish Splash” at Jackson Beach on June 13 at 4 p.m. with Friends of the San Juans, the Port of Friday Harbor, State Senator Liz Lovelett, and other community members. This year, the Washington State Legislature passed a critical package of orca  Continue Reading

New Calf in J-Pod

Written on June 1, 2019 at 7:38 am, by

The Center for Whale Research has received photographs taken by the Tofino Whale Centre of a calf accompanying J pod off of Tofino on May 30, 2019. Researchers at the CWR have confirmed that the calf is a new addition, and based on its coloration and body condition was likely born some time in the  Continue Reading

Westside Naturalists this Weekend

Written on May 31, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Just heard from Caroline Armon with the San Juan Island Naturalist Program. She wants to let you know that naturalists will be at the Land Bank’s Westside Preserve, south of Lime Kiln State Park, to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea. Friday, May 31 from 2pm-5pm Saturday, June  Continue Reading

Morning Visitor

Written on May 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm, by

Margie Smith shares this photo of a visitor to their yard this morning. Here’s what she had to say: Here’s a photo of the bear, (not very good quality I’m afraid, as it was through the window).  This was our morning guest at the bird feeder.  The feeder didn’t stand a chance!

Eagle at Roche

Written on May 12, 2019 at 9:11 am, by

Kevin Holmes spotted this eagle earlier this week eating lunch on the bank at Roche Harbor and caught this image as it was flying away. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

A Photographic Journey: Climate and Antarctica

Written on May 6, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30 pm, at Brickworks (150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor), photographer, filmmaker, former NASA researcher, bird expert, and Lopezian Peter Cavanagh will present a photographic journey of a voyage along the Scotia Arc to Antarctica. Come learn more about the vast polar desert, its amazing wildlife, and how changes in climate  Continue Reading

Living in the Future’s Past

Written on May 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

“Can looking at evolution help us predict the future of humanity?” – Jeff Bridges Friday Harbor Film Festival invites you to a free screening of the award winning documentary, Living in the Future’s Past on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Brickworks. Academy Award winner, Jeff Bridges shares the screen with scientists, profound  Continue Reading

Living in the Future’s Past

Written on April 22, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

“Can looking at evolution help us predict the future of humanity?” – Jeff Bridges Friday Harbor Film Festival invites you to a free screening of the award winning documentary, Living in the Future’s Past narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm at Brickworks. In this beautifully photographed tour  Continue Reading

All Four Orca Recovery Priority Bills Pass Washington State Legislature

Written on April 17, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Salmon habitat recovery, oil spill prevention, vessel noise and disturbance, reducing toxic pollution are all now expected to reach Governor Inslee’s desk. Bills passed: Protecting habitat (HB 1579) Lead sponsor Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-West Seattle) Supports chinook salmon and forage fish populations by protecting habitat and reducing invasive predatory species Preventing oil spills (HB 1578)  Continue Reading

Ocean Outbreak

Written on April 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Book Talk: Drew Harvell will discuss her book, Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. This presentation will include updates on Sea Star Wasting Disease and salmon health in our Puget Sound waters. Drew is a local author and resident scientist at Friday Harbor Laboratories. A book signing and reception will follow the  Continue Reading

Owls in Flight

Written on April 7, 2019 at 11:34 am, by

John Miller shares another great wildlife photo. This one, entitled “Territorial Combat” shows two owls duking it out in flight. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Taken over Fir Island in early January. Thanks for sharing John!