Topic: Wildlife

Day of the Dead Remembrance

Written on November 1, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Please join us at the Whale Museum on Wednesday November 1st at 3:00 pm as we honor the lives and commemorate the deaths of passed Southern Resident orcas. Come and share your memories of departed whales who are gone but never forgotten. The Whale Museum helps keep the legacies of these whales alive through its  Continue Reading

Park to Apply Herbicides in Habitat Restoration Efforts

Written on October 31, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park has announced that ten new test plots at American Camp will be treated with herbicide, weather permitting, in support of Island Marble Butterfly habitat restoration sometime between October 31 and November 3, 2017. This is the third year of a five year study that is attempting to increase the amount  Continue Reading

Owen Goes on a Damcation

Written on October 22, 2017 at 11:33 am, by

Owen loved a film seen at the FHFF- He is now a Dam Enthusiast…at 5 years old. Beloved Friday Harbor Film Festival just got better. A story of success! by Theresa Simendinger John Hamilton, manager is too busy with two full restaurants during the FHFF to go to see the 2 films that Cask N  Continue Reading

L54s and Members of J Pod in Haro Strait

Written on October 20, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

From the Whale Museum… For the first time this year, on October 15, the L54 blended family, consisting of Ino (L-54), Coho (L-108), Keta (L-117), and two adult males, Nyssa (L-84) and Wave Walker (L-88), came into the inland waters with J Pod. They spent several hours in Haro Strait, foraging on Chum salmon. The  Continue Reading

Elwha: A River Reborn

Written on October 18, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library Present: Elwha: A River Reborn Those of you who have followed the removal of the dam on the Elwha River or who have volunteered your time planting trees and helping to restore the surrounding ecosystem will surely want to attend a book talk by Seattle Times  Continue Reading

Another ‘Baby Boom’ Southern Resident Killer Whale has Died

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… As of 19 September, another Southern Resident Killer Whale, J52 – a two and a half year old male born during the so-called Baby Boom of 2015/2016 is deceased, presumably from malnutrition. His obligatory nursing ended more than a year ago, and his life was dependent upon  Continue Reading

Partners Restore Fisherman Bay Coastal Wetland

Written on September 20, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Outdated and unnecessary dikes, berms, and ditches that once clogged a marine wetland along Lopez’s Fisherman Bay were removed last week through a collaborative effort led by Friends of the San Juans, in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank and two private waterfront property owners. “The flow of tidal water, habitat for juvenile  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whales are Back

Written on September 8, 2017 at 6:00 am, by

Good news from Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research… They’re back! For the first time in more than two months, a large assemblage of Southern Resident killer whale pods has returned to the interior waters of the Salish Sea. This population has dramatically decreased in number in recent years, and this summer was  Continue Reading

Tufted Puffins, Smith Island

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Thanks to photographer and naturalist Katie Jones, Spyhopper Travels Photography, for this photograph of Tufted Puffins out at Smith Island.

Whale Museum Lecture: Whales and Shipping

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues this Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Krista Trounce of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Dr. Jason Wood from Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Consulting North America (based here in Friday Harbor). They will be presenting on the ship slow down trial that is currently  Continue Reading

Samish Indian Nation Map Honored

Written on August 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm, by

Samish Indian Nation Marine Debris Clean Up Map Honored by Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest 2nd place honor awarded in conservation, environment, and sustainability category Anacortes, Washington – Aug. 30, 2017 – The Samish Indian Nation announced today that its map tracking marine debris clean up in the tribe’s traditional territory has been honored with  Continue Reading

Gaia the Octopus

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Researcher Dominic Sivitilli from the University of Washington, has been studying a rare Giant Pacific Octopus that he found in the waters just off San Juan County Park on July 2nd. Her name is Gaia, and Dominic transported her to Friday Harbor Labs to study for the last month and a half. With degrees in  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on August 3, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

What Happens to San Juan Sea Urchins in the Absence of Predatory Sea Stars? – Investigating the Relationships Between Baby Green Urchins, Coralline Algae, and Crabs by Dara Yiu Dara is an undergraduate in UW’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. She first joined Friday Harbor Laboratories as a ZooBot student in Spring 2016, and  Continue Reading

Workshop and FUNraiser for the Center for Whale Research

Written on July 31, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Center for Whale Research Workshop and Raise A Glass For Research FUNraiser ~ A Whale of a Success The Center For Whale Research held it’s first workshop and auction on July 21st with a focus on Research-Action-Recovery of the local Southern Resident killer whales. The Celebrating Science Workshop filled every seat at Brickworks with 150  Continue Reading

Thank you, Orca Protectors!

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

130 people and fifteen organizations joined San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping to march under the banners, “Orca Protectors” and ”Protect What you Love” in the Friday Harbor July 4th parade. We carried a life-size dorsal fin for every living member of J, K, and L pods, plus 7 white “ghost” fins for the pod  Continue Reading

Springer Has a New Calf!

Written on July 18, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Here’s the latest from the Whale Museum… On June 5th, CetaceaLab spotted Springer (A73) with her second calf off of British Columbia’s north central coast. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) later confirmed the new addition. Springer’s first calf, Spirit was born in 2013. This summer marks the 15th year since Springer was  Continue Reading

Raise a Glass for Research

Written on July 5, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The Center for Whale Research is hosting an all day workshop followed by an evening event at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor on July 21st. The workshop will highlight the research that has been conducted by the Center for Whale Research over the last 42 years, and how this research can be translated into conservation  Continue Reading

Orca Protectors

Written on June 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

In this year’s Fourth of July parade in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 16 organizations — each dedicated to the protection of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale — will be marching together showing their shared support of the orcas. Our region’s resident orcas —  Continue Reading

Swallow Nests

Written on June 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm, by

Its summer! Swallows are swooping around catching insects and making their nests in your barn, under the eaves of your house or on the light fixture above your back door. Swallows eat huge numbers of flying insects, including mosquitoes and other biting insects and some that are garden pests, so we all benefit from having  Continue Reading

Orca Sing

Written on June 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Orca Sing 2017, June 24 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 18th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 24, beginning  Continue Reading

A Banner Day for Island Families

Written on June 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm, by

by Theresa Simendinger In collaboration; the SJ Trails Committee, and Island Rec sponsored the great idea from the Land Bank and the National Park Service of a family event, hiking out to Briggs Lake, for the Family Nature Club on June 4th. On a bright spring-like day, youth leader Ava Martin, 11, and friends set  Continue Reading

Keeping them Wild

Written on June 6, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Here’s an announcement for you from Wolf Hollow… As spring babies are born, you might be lucky enough to spot delicate deer fawns, furry fox and raccoon kits and little downy ducklings. Baby wild animals are so cute, and sometimes our natural instinct is to get close to them. However, it is much better for  Continue Reading