Topic: Wildlife

State Board Awards $21 Million in Grants to Aid Salmon Recovery

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

OLYMPIA–The Wash­ing­ton State Salmon Recov­ery Fund­ing Board today announced the award of $21 mil­lion in grants across the state to aid in salmon recov­ery. The grants, giv­en annu­al­ly, went to 105 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 coun­ties. The grants will pay for work to restore salmon habi­tat, includ­ing repair­ing degrad­ed habi­tat in rivers,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Forage Fish Habitat Restoration

Written on September 20, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Local shore­line habi­tat restora­tion actions sup­port marine food webs  It was an excit­ing week for local for­age fish and out-migrat­ing juve­nile salmon as Friends of the San Juans and the Salmon Point Com­mu­ni­ty have suc­cess­ful­ly restored pri­or­i­ty shore­line habi­tat along their local beach. At the south end of Lopez Island, two areas of failed rock armor­ing and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Governor Appoints Former State Agency Director to Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on September 14, 2021 at 10:01 am, by

Olympia — Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appoint­ment of Kaleen Cot­ting­ham, a life-long Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent, to serve on the Salmon Recov­ery Fund­ing Board. Cot­ting­ham, of Olympia, recent­ly retired as the direc­tor of the Wash­ing­ton State Recre­ation and Con­ser­va­tion Office, which pro­vides sup­port to the Gov­­er­nor-appoint­ed Salmon Recov­ery Fund­ing Board and the Governor’s Salmon Recov­ery Office.  Con­tin­ue Reading

What the Gull? News from Wolf Hollow

Written on August 31, 2021 at 8:31 am, by

You can see thou­sands of gulls on the shore or in the water around the San Juans right now. It would be easy to dis­miss them as “just a bunch of seag­ulls”, but next time you see a flock of gulls, take a clos­er look. Are there dif­fer­ent sizes of gulls? Do they have dif­fer­ent  Con­tin­ue Reading

Research Vessel visiting in Friday Harbor Labs in September

Written on August 28, 2021 at 9:19 am, by

In late August, the SRV SAM, a 48’ alu­minum ketch, set sail from the Hai­da Gwaii Islands in British Colum­bia to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Washington’s Fri­day Har­bor Labs (FHL) – the lat­est leg of its 8,000 nm voy­age across the North Pacif­ic for the Ocean Genome Atlas Project (OGAP). The ves­sel will be moored at  Con­tin­ue Reading

Killer Whale “Peanut Head”

Written on August 26, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The Cen­ter for Whale Research shares this sto­ry… What is it, when does it hap­pen, and what are the caus­es? Sev­er­al weeks ago, K21, the old­est male killer whale (orca) in the South­ern Res­i­dent com­mu­ni­ty, was pho­tographed and videoed in a state of severe ema­ci­a­tion, show­ing an extreme ver­sion of what killer whale researchers some­times refer  Con­tin­ue Reading

Boaters Play Critical Role in Protecting Endangered Whales

Written on August 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA. — Labor Day week­end is approach­ing, the last hur­rah for many sum­mer boaters before buck­ling down for the fall. As scores of ves­sels take to local water­ways over the hol­i­day, it’s an impor­tant time to stay vig­i­lant and keep safe on the water. San Juan County’s Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship calls on  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank August 2021 Meeting & Agenda

Written on August 19, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

Signs of wildlife were on high dis­play dur­ing this month’s ease­ment mon­i­tor­ing. Low tide pro­vid­ed a good look at some goose­neck bar­na­cles that remained healthy despite the recent heat. The San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank Com­mis­sion will hold its month­ly meet­ing on August 20, from 8:30am-11:15am via Zoom. The pub­lic is invit­ed to attend. Click  Con­tin­ue Reading

Trail Times: Summer, 2021 — Zylstra Lake Trail

Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Trail Times is a con­tin­u­ing series of arti­cles intro­duc­ing the Old Mil­i­tary Road Trail (OMRT), a pro­posed 18–21 mile cross-island non-motor­ized mul­ti-use trail link­ing Eng­lish Camp and Amer­i­can Camp and hon­or­ing the orig­i­nal Old Mil­i­tary Road. As the sum­mer’s heat wanes, here’s a fun easy hike to get you out there. This approx­i­mate­ly mile-and-a-half long east­ern  Con­tin­ue Reading

Birdwatching at the Sculpture Park

Written on August 16, 2021 at 9:44 am, by

This Wednes­day, August 18th, you’re invit­ed to join Phil Green at the San Juan Island’s Sculp­ture Park for a morn­ing of bird­watch­ing, from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Dress appro­pri­ate­ly and don’t for­get your binoculars!

SJICF to Repeat Virtual County Fair Matching Grant Program

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

In 2020, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion quick­ly adapt­ed to a “vir­tu­al” San Juan Coun­ty Fair by tak­ing their pop­u­lar annu­al match­ing grant event online. Near­ly $140k was donat­ed by hun­dreds of gen­er­ous com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers dur­ing the 4 days of the fair. After match­ing grants by SJICF were added, more than $170k was grant­ed  Con­tin­ue Reading

Will an insightful outreach and education approach help bring back the Southern Resident orcas?

Written on August 7, 2021 at 8:04 am, by

Lots of peo­ple have lots of great ideas. But only a few turn their per­cep­tive con­cepts into real­i­ty. The vision­ary-to-real­i­­ty folks are the ones to fol­low. The Cen­ter for Whale Research’s Founder and Senior Sci­en­tist, Ken Bal­comb, is one of these. Open­ing the ORCA SURVEY Out­reach & Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter in Fri­day Har­bor in 2018 is  Con­tin­ue Reading

UW Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bite #96

Written on August 7, 2021 at 7:46 am, by

Kairos & the Ghost of FHL: Writ­ing in the Moment, by Hol­ly Shel­ton Dr. Hol­ly Shel­ton holds a PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in lan­guage and rhetoric along with MA degrees in Applied Lin­guis­tics and Teach­ing Eng­lish to Speak­ers of Oth­er Lan­guages. She has taught in Chile, Turkey, Cana­da, Kaza­khstan, and the US; received  Con­tin­ue Reading

Wolf Hollow Online Auction

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Our first online auc­tion is now open! So many items donat­ed by the staff, board, and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port­ers of wildlife. Please take some time to check out these won­der­ful items. You can use your phone and scan the QR code in the fly­er at right or click on or copy this link  to check it out.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Seal Pups in Full Swim

Written on August 2, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

The first Har­bor Seal pup of the year was brought to Wolf Hol­low on June 24. She had been seen hang­ing around anchored boats near Sucia Island for 2 days, try­ing to suck­le on boats and climb onto swim steps. San Juan Coun­ty Marine Mam­mal Strand­ing Net­work brought her to Wolf Hol­low. Usu­al­ly, the peak  Con­tin­ue Reading

State Officials Ask You to Check Your Trees for Invasive Insects

Written on August 2, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Olympia — Are inva­sive species hid­ing in your trees? State offi­cials ask you to check trees, lights, out­door equip­ment and stand­ing water in your yard for harm­ful bugs as part of Nation­al Tree Check Month in August. “August is the ide­al time to look for inva­sive insects and report any species that seem out of  Con­tin­ue Reading