Topic: Wildlife

Raise a Whale Warning Flag Along with the Stars and Stripes this July

Written on June 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County’s Environmental Department Across the region, homes and businesses will soon be displaying the stars and stripes to herald the Fourth of July. Meanwhile, on the waters of the Salish Sea, another flag can be spotted — the whale warning flag. The Fourth of July weekend marks one of the busiest times  Continue Reading

Join The Whale Museum for Online Naturalist Training

Written on June 24, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From The Whale Museum We’ve been training marine naturalists since 1994. Our marine naturalist training course is an intensive six-day overview of the natural history of the San Juan Islands and the marine waters of Washington and Southern British Columbia, known as the Salish Sea. Summer’s session will be online July 19-24. This course includes  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Announces Wildlife Photography Winners

Written on June 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Our thanks to everyone who took part in Wolf Hollow’s Earth Month Wildlife Photo Competition during April. There were so many beautiful photos that we had a really hard time selecting a winner in each category. But, after lots of discussions, we finally selected the following winners: Young Photographer:  Continue Reading

San Juan County Marine Program Gives Tips for Boaters to be “Whale Wise”

Written on May 30, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Marine Program June is Orca Action Month, a time to celebrate and protect one of our region’s most iconic marine mammals, the Southern Resident orcas. As we launch into summer, the San Juan County Marine Program would like to remind boaters what they can do to be a part of orca  Continue Reading

Register for Whale Museum’s Virtual Naturalist Training in July

Written on May 29, 2021 at 7:55 am, by

From The Whale Museum Registration is now open for a summer virtual session of The Whale Museum’s Marine naturalist training.  This program will be six sessions and run July 19-24. The objective of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists. The  Continue Reading

Call Hotline if You See a Stranded Marine Mammal, Dead or Alive

Written on May 27, 2021 at 6:55 am, by

From the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network As harbor seal pupping season starts up for us in the islands, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network wants to remind everyone how to be good marine mammal stewards. If you see an alive or dead stranded marine mammal, please keep your distance, keep other  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Explains what to do if you Find a Fawn

Written on May 21, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center In the past week, Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has received several calls about newborn fawns, so we know spring fawn season has arrived. May is when most local Black-tailed Deer give birth to their fawns and people become concerned when they find a little fawn, all alone, with  Continue Reading

New Washington State Orca Recovery Coordinator Named

Written on May 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office has named Olympia resident and long-time environmental advocate Tara Galuska to coordinate the state’s orca recovery efforts. As orca recovery coordinator, Galuska will be working with partners to help implement recommendations of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force and tracking  Continue Reading

Dead Deer Caused by Disease, Not Transmittable to Humans or Other Animals

Written on May 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Over the last few weeks, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has been getting increasingly more reports of dead deer that show no real signs of trauma but have foaming mouths. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife now believes the cause of the deaths is Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease. AHD  Continue Reading

The Whale Museum Hosts Online Lecture on Governor’s Orca Task Force Updates

Written on April 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

What Happened with the Group’s Recommendations?   From The Whale Museum The Whale Museum will host a lecture on orca policy updates and the new commercial whale-watching licensing program at 6 p.m., April 28 online.  Julie Watson from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will discuss progress since the governor’s Orca Task Force delivered  Continue Reading

Bird Watch at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Written on April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 9-11 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month through September to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. The next event is 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 21. Phil Green, a local bird enthusiast  Continue Reading

Join San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on April 14, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, April 16 via Zoom. This meeting will include the Conservation Agriculture Resource Team’s final report on the Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island. The public is invited to attend. Download the agenda,  Continue Reading

New Children’s Book Features Orcas Conservation On San Juan Island

Written on April 11, 2021 at 10:09 am, by

From Twisted Orca Twisted Orca released “I am 99” April 6, the latest in a series of books designed to encourage a love of marine conservation in children. “I am 99” brings children from all over the world to Friday Harbor, Washington as they join Sailor-Lyn’s mission to save the endangered orcas she loves so  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Presents Video Series On Local Natural History

Written on April 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Staying connected to our community is important, which is why the San Juan Preservation Trust staff created a video series called “Just a Minute from the Islands” in 2020. These videos highlight aspects of nature including local plants, birds, reptiles, marine life, and more. In the fall of 2020, we started a  Continue Reading

Join Spring Street International School Lecture On Herbalism

Written on April 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Spring Street International School   Don’t miss out on Spring Street International School’s final event in our 2021 virtual nature speaker series, featuring herbalist Callie North at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14.   Register for the event here.   North co-owns and runs two businesses on Lopez Island: a brick-and-mortar shop Northsea Apothecary and  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day With San Juan Preservation Trust On Henry Island

Written on April 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Only a short boat ride from busy Roche Harbor, Henry Island Preserve feels like a world away, straddling the boundary between the shallow waters of Mosquito Pass and the blue depths of Haro Strait. Come ashore to celebrate Earth Day 2021 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 22 by enjoying some  Continue Reading

‘Chainsaw’ Orca Seen Near Henry Island

Written on April 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Center For Whale Research The Center For Whale Research’s 15th orca encounter in 2021 was on March 29 and brought sightings of the whale “Chainsaw.” The whales were still heading quickly north toward Henry Island in loosely spread groups. Our first pass was a semi-backlit one with a lot of whales coming up at  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Releases Podcast On Orcas

Written on March 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Southern resident killer whales are looking directly at extinction if things don’t change. They are emotionally intelligent animals with complex family dynamics and a deep spiritual connection to the tribes and first nations who’ve been in the Salish Sea since time immemorial. In this limited podcast series called Pod of Orcas: A  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day Throughout April In San Juans

Written on March 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Stewardship Network of the San Juans “Here we all are, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world.” – Samuel L. Jackson. We might not have a vibranium shield, a fancy metal suit designed by Tony Stark, or a hammer only we can lift, but we can still be  Continue Reading

Center for Whale Research Confirms Female Calf

Written on March 10, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Center for Whale Research J58 is a girl! The Center for Whale Research is pleased to confirm that J41’s calf, J58, is female. This approximately 6-month-old calf was born in September 2020. Jeanne Hyde photographed J58 from shore on March 6. The calf was rolling, showing her underside, which revealed her gender. New females  Continue Reading

Bird Watch At The San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Written on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 9-11 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month from March 17 through September to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. Phil Green, a local bird enthusiast and member of the nature conservancy,  Continue Reading

Buy Locally Grown Wildflowers From San Juan Land Bank

Written on March 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank is offering a rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. Reserve plants online at sjclandbank.org, March 5-12, and pick them up on Saturday, March 20 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced  Continue Reading