Topic: Wildlife

News from Center for Whale Research

Written on October 29, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

By Kenneth C. Balcomb, Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research J28 was born in mid-winter 1992/93 in or near Puget Sound Washington, and was the first of four known calves born to J17 in the J9/J5 lineage of southern resident killer whales (SRKW – see family tree) inhabiting the inshore marine waters of the Pacific  Continue Reading

Snow Geese

Written on October 27, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

By Louise Dustrude John and I had some time to spare on the mainland Monday and so we decided to see whether, even though it seemed early, the snow geese were back for the winter on Fir Island. We lucked out. It was on the wildlife viewing area on the road west of Conway that  Continue Reading

October is Bat Appreciation Month!

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

This is from Wolf Hollow’s “Hollow Happenings” With Halloween just around the corner, our minds may be on ghosts and haunted houses full of bats hanging in dark attics. What better time of year to celebrate Bat Appreciation Month? These often misunderstood flying mammals are much more helpful than many people realize. Bats are responsible  Continue Reading

Jim’s Calendar is Out Soon

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

Captain Jim Maya has this news to share… Dear Friends… I hope this note finds you all well. Our new calendar is out soon! San Juan Islands Wild, 2017… The Photography of James Mead Maya. Here is the cover image. You can order by return email, at www.mayasimages.com and through Facebook, at Maya’s Images. If  Continue Reading

Newts on the Move

Written on October 16, 2016 at 9:02 am, by

Have you seen any Rough-skinned Newts this fall? These little brown amphibians with orange bellies are moving from the ponds and wetlands where they spent the summer into the surrounding woodland where they’ll hide under rotten logs and leaves during the winter months. Sadly their route often takes them across roads where many are squished  Continue Reading

L95 Died From Fungal Infection

Written on October 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Click the link below to see the Center for Whale Research comment on death of L95, a 20 year old male Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) that died from fungal infection following a NOAA dart-tagging this year (2016). Center for Whale Research

Autumnal Animal Adventure

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

Bring your family out to relish autumn with naturalist Shona Aitken. Shona will lead an exploration into the woods in search of wild creatures. Your child will use their senses to find clues about which animals live there and where they would go to stay dry and warm when the weather becomes cold and wet.  Continue Reading

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted For Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free trainings, one in Friday Harbor on Saturday, October 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sunday, October 16. Additionally, Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will give a presentation entitled Seabirds, Citizen Science  Continue Reading

Greeting Ceremony Dinner & Auction

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

On September 23 at 5:30 p.m., The Whale Museum will host the 10th Annual “Greeting Ceremony” Dinner & Auction The event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, beginning on the patio at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour & silent auction; the no-host bar will include wine from Northwest Totem Cellars; San Juan Roasters is brewing  Continue Reading

Praying Mantis

Written on September 13, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this image he captured this weekend… Tim – My wife, Victoria, called excitedly to me to come the garden and bring my camera. What a surprise to to see the following insect. John PS – for those who are interested: Nikon Df, 105mm manual focus macro, spot meter, f5.6, handheld  Continue Reading

Shoreline Workshop

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Free Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners and Managers September 24th Interested in learning more about your shoreline property and how it can help feed salmon, seabirds and orca? Join engineering geologist and shoreline erosion management expert Jim Johannessen of Coastal Geologic Services and nearshore habitat biologist Tina Whitman of Friends of the San Juans for  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Star Party

Written on September 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm, by

Join the National Park Service and Island Rec to honor the 50th Anniversary of San Juan Island National Historical Park. 7:00pm Bat Talk ‘n Walk 8:00pm Cake 8:30pm Owl Prowl ‘n Star Walk. Large telescopes will be available for viewing. Rochelle Kelly, (a PhD candidate at the University of Washington studying our local bats), will  Continue Reading

Changeover Time

Written on September 6, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Shona out at Wolf Hollow shares this note… Have you seen a swallow lately, or a Rufous Hummingbird? There are still a few around but these, and many other little birds such as warblers and flycatchers, have started to head south for the winter. Soon, Ospreys and Turkey Vultures will be heading out too. But  Continue Reading

Sonic Sea at the Whale Museum

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm, by

The NRDC invites you to The Whale Museum next Tuesday for this screening of Sonic Sea… Please join us at The Whale Museum on August 30 for a special kickoff screening of NRDC’s new documentary film “Sonic Sea.” Once quiet, our seas are now filled with a cacophony of noise unleashed by oil prospectors, freight  Continue Reading

J14 Considered Missing, Possibly Deceased

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… J14, a 42-year old female in J pod, is considered missing. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research last saw her on July 31. Center for Whale Research staff members have since had three on-the-water encounters with the rest of her matriline but she was not  Continue Reading

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.