Topic: Wildlife

Food Web Picnic

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans is excited to hold a family-friendly Food Web Picnic on Tuesday, August 30, at Jackson’s Beach on San Juan Island from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. At the event, children will explore the animal habitats at and around Jackson Beach and will earn their Coastal Food Web Investigator badge. Participants can  Continue Reading

Orca Friendly Products at Ace!

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association and Ace Hardware stores in Anacortes and Friday Harbor, WA Launch “Orca Friendly Products” Ace is the place for… saving orcas! In a unique partnership, Ace Hardware is partnering with the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) in helping its customers find “Orca Friendly” products in its stores. The pilot project will  Continue Reading

Don Ehlen’s Insect Safari

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Presented by the San Juan Island Library, Come see Don Ehlen’s Insect Safari, held Wednesday, July 13 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Showtime begins at 1:30 PM. Learn about the amazing world of insects. View Don Ehlen’s collection of preserved and living specimens, including millipedes, a stick insect, and giant cockroaches. Please bring  Continue Reading

They’re Moving In Already

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm, by

It seems it will be near the end of August before Downriggers Restaurant opens in their new location at Spring Street Landing, however there are 3 businesses downstairs that are open already and have been for about a week or so. San Juan Safaris / San Juan Outfitters is moved in and has added a coffee & snack  Continue Reading

An Iconic Whale and a Film

Written on July 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from the SJI Historical Museum… Before there was Free Willy… there was Namu, the Killer Whale. How many reading this today were involved in the production of that first film 50 years ago? The Journal reported that locations here included the Friday Harbor Cannery, Friday Harbor School (anyone  Continue Reading

Adventures in the Origins of Biodiversity

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship Public Lecture – Monday, July 11 The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship will present another outstanding speaker in 2016. I am pleased to announce the 18th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Todd Oakley who is an evolutionary biologist and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology  Continue Reading

New Mural

Written on June 10, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

Have you seen the new mural on the side of the Whale Museum building yet? It was painted by artist Lindsay Carron with help from her friend Sarah just last week and was completed over the weekend.

Orca Sing 2016

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Orca Sing 2016, June 25 at Lime Kiln Point State Park, 7 p.m. 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 17th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at  Continue Reading

An Intertidal Walk

Written on June 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm, by

Discover Deadman Bay on Dad’s Day: An Intertidal Walk Dr. Erika Iyengar, of Muhlenberg College and long-time researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, returns to help kick-off summer break on the Westside exploring the intertidal zone. Spend the morning among an amazing diversity of spineless animals (invertebrates) and learn how they feed, reproduce, and interact  Continue Reading

Whale Museum Mural is Coming Along

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Artist Lindsay Carron is making good progress on the mural painting on the side of the Whale Museum building. When finished, the mural will depict three orcas chasing salmon following forage fish through a bull kelp forest. All who see the mural will know that the Whale Museum not only cares for their building, but are stewards of  Continue Reading

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor on World Oceans Day! Friday Harbor Elementary School would like to invite you to dive in with empowering environmental speaker Annie Crawley and her team on June 8th, World Oceans Day, as they connect with the students for Ocean Annie’s 100 schools 100 days: Our Ocean & You campaign.  Continue Reading

Getting a Head with Regeneration

Written on June 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm, by

Invertebrates, or animals without a spine, are the masters of regeneration. Many animals are able to regrow missing or damaged body parts and some can even regrow an entirely new animal from just a small segment of tissue. If you cut sponges, planarian worms, and hydra into pieces, they will regrow complete and normal animals  Continue Reading

Trapped Bald Eagle is Gradually Recovering

Written on May 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm, by

Wolf Hollow shares this update on that bald eagle… A Bald Eagle that was found at False Bay with a leg-hold trap attached to its foot is recovering at Wolf Hollow. The eagle, which was spotted by several people who live in the False Bay area, was having trouble taking off because a heavy metal  Continue Reading

Painting Begins on The Whale Museum

Written on May 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

Here’s the latest news from the Whale Museum… The Whale Museum is open daily 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. even though there is a lot of construction & painting going on outside! Thanks to Stegman Painting and Select Structural LLC, work has begun on our historic building. First used as an Odd Fellows Hall, the  Continue Reading

San Juan County Parks Drone Policy In Effect

Written on May 29, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

San Juan County has adopted an Unmanned Aircraft System (“drone”) policy for County parks and the fairgrounds. Beginning on February 2, 2016, the launching, landing, or operating of unmanned aircraft systems from or on all San Juan County Parks & Fairgrounds property is prohibited, unless authorized by special permit issued by the Parks & Fair  Continue Reading

Eagle Inverted

Written on May 25, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

We pulled off the road the other day in Anacortes, near Skyline Marina, to shoot a photo for a friend, and were surprised by a territorial fight going on in the sky above us by an eagle and some crows and what looked like another eagle. Luckily, we had the camera ready (as that’s why  Continue Reading

Wine Dinner at Coho to Benefit Wolf Hollow

Written on May 20, 2016 at 9:25 am, by

Cote Bonneville Wine Dinner at Coho Restaurant to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. There’s still time to make your reservation! Friday night is the night and there are still a couple of spaces left, so, please join us for delicious food and wine, all for a great cause. We’re looking forward to seeing you  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Summer is just around the corner and our prickly foes are gearing up for a big convention on the mountain! Be sure to bring your leather gloves this Sunday to avoid their wrath when yanking them out of bed. When? Sunday, May 22 10:00am to 2:00pm Where? Base of Cady Mountain Preserve – turn on  Continue Reading

Wine Dinner Benefit for Wolf Hollow

Written on May 14, 2016 at 7:20 am, by

Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor will be hosting a special wine dinner with Côte Bonneville at 6pm on May 20th, 2016 to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Côte Bonneville produces great wines that begin in the vineyards. They planted Washington’s acclaimed DuBrul Vineyard in 1992 and founded this estate winery in 2001. Coho will  Continue Reading

BioBlitz is Coming to San Juan Island

Written on May 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in San Juan Island National Historical Park, like never before! On May 20-21, national parks across the country, including San Juan Island, will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more!  Continue Reading

Meet the New Executive Director at Wolf Hollow

Written on May 12, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Wolf Hollow welcomes Amy Saxe-Eyler as its new Executive Director. Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for education and observing and preserving natural resources.   She moved to Orcas Island in 2009 after a successful career in banking and was the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO until  Continue Reading

Pollinators in the Park

Written on May 7, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

In honor of this month’s “History Lives Here” celebration the Land Bank and SJI National Historic Park are hosting an afternoon of fun and learning for kids, centered around the heritage fruit trees in historic Driggs Park (adjacent to the Land Bank office) and pollinators. There will be games and art projects, as well as  Continue Reading