Topic: Wildlife

Family Nature Club

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

For February, the Family Nature Club is promoting Nature Walk: Birds Join Shona Aitken from Wolf Hollow and become citizen scientists by participating in a global bird study. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community. Meet at the Westside Lake parking lot, which is located on  Continue Reading

Stacked Swans

Written on January 30, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Local wildlife photographer John Miller checks in again with this recent photo of swans at Skagit Flats. Here he is with the details… This is a shot I captured this morning at sunrise on the Skaget flats. I call it “Stacked Swans” Tech info – Nikon D500 w/200mm f2, shot @ f2.8, 1/1000 sec and 100  Continue Reading

Dream Swan

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Local wildlife photographer extraordinaire John Miller shares another beautiful image. Here’s his description of this swan image… The attached image was taken last week, shortly after sunrise, at Dream Lake. After photographing a gaggle of swans over the past 10 years, I believe this is the most detailed capture I have been lucky enough to  Continue Reading

Islanders for Safe Shipping

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Over 150 people came to San Juan County Park on MLK day to oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project. If the pipeline is allowed as proceed as proposed it will increase the tanker shipping in Haro Straits from 5 tankers a month to 34 tankers and three barges per month. This increase in  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Okay Oakies – the weather has turned favorable and the ground has softened to make work on the mountain plausible! This Sunday’s plans are to pick up where we left off in 2016: the continuation of cage cleaning, as well as pruning the saplings within them. And, with luck, a little thistle and blackberry removal  Continue Reading

Remembering Granny and DoubleStuf

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

This is shared with you from the Whale Museum… It is with great respect we say goodbye to Granny (J-2). She led her community through many trying times, from captures, industrialization, to the current depletion of their main food source Chinook salmon. Granny was there through the thick of it all and she taught and  Continue Reading

Numbers from Christmas Bird Count

Written on January 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm, by

Here’s a note from Barbara Jensen about the recent Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count… I have finally crunched the numbers for the CBC and even though the weather was not the best, lots of areas were covered and lots of birds seen, here are some of the highlights: 81 people participated, in 32 parties and  Continue Reading

Beachwalkers Wanted For COASST

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions: one focused on beached birds and one focused on marine debris. The Beached Bird training will be held in Eastsound, WA on Saturday, January 28 and the Marine Debris training will be held in Friday Harbor, WA on Sunday, January 29.  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on January 10, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

This is January’s edition of the UW Labs’ Tide Bites, written by Andrea Dingeldein… When you have a question about something you see in nature, a research scientist provides you with an answer in words. My explanation, on the other hand, comes in the form of an image. My name is Andrea Dingeldein, and when people  Continue Reading

Salmon Still Declining

Written on January 7, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining “Salmon are ours to save,” says Governor OLYMPIA – Salmon throughout most of Washington are in trouble, and will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. “Washington State  Continue Reading

“Hard Water” by John Miller

Written on January 6, 2017 at 10:38 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this photo of swans he saw on a frozen lake: “While driving by Dream lake this afternoon, saw these two swans walking to a small hole in the ice – I think I will call it “Hard Water”. On the tech side, shot with a Nikon D500, 200mm f2 af-s  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Releases Two Juvenile Bald Eagles

Written on January 6, 2017 at 10:35 am, by

After several months of receiving care at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, two juvenile bald eagles have a second chance at life in the wild. With a small group of onlookers attending, Wolf Hollow staff and volunteers released the pair on December 29th at Rasar State Park near Concrete, WA. The eagles –  Continue Reading

Counting Birds

Written on January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

We had a good time out on Saturday counting birds for the Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. More information on counts around the county will be coming soon.

J34 Has Died

Written on December 22, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Another southern resident killer whale has died! By Kenneth C. Balcomb, Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research We regret having to make a distressing announcement during this holiday season, but we confirm from news photographs and eyepatch photos sent to the Center for Whale Research that the killer whale carcass that was towed to a beach  Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from J-2 (Granny) and the Whale Museum

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

Did you know that Granny’s estimated birth year is 1911? She is believed to be the oldest female in J, K, and L pods at over 105 years! She is still very active and often breaches. Here are some interesting facts about Granny: She is the matriarch of the Southern Resident Community, known as J  Continue Reading

117th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 31st and will be a wonderful way to celebrate the coming of a new year… From Christmas Bird Hunts to Christmas Bird Counts In 1900 ornithologist Frank Chapman along with other conservationists were troubled at the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

Hello Oakies! It’s hard to believe we’re entering into our last work month of 2016 – thank you for all the pruning, limbing, hauling, and camaraderie this year. Your support is greatly appreciated! The next couple work parties will focus on protecting our little dears from those browsing big deers. When? Sundays, December 11 &  Continue Reading

Committed to Conservation

Written on November 30, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Local Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour Companies Donate $24,000 to Orca and Salmon Conservation  Friday Harbor, WA – San Juan Safaris and San Juan Island Outfitters, two local whale watch and sea kayak tour companies, are giving back to killer whale and salmon conservation and research. As highlighted by the recent decline in the Southern  Continue Reading

November Haul-Out Survey

Written on November 19, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This story comes from the Whale Museum’s E-News monthly newsletter… Starting earlier this year, The Whale Museum’s San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network began conducting regular surveys of sea lion haul-outs in San Juan County. Both Whale Rocks in Cattle Pass and Green Point on Spieden Island are popular gathering spots for Steller sea  Continue Reading

UW Labs Tide Bites

Written on November 2, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Big fish, small pond: An atypical development strategy in a local fish species — no bones, all bulk! by Daniel Geldof Daniel recently finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. He attended Autumn quarter 2014 at FHL, and continued his research there through 2015. He visits the  Continue Reading

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