Topic: Wildlife

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 near  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 Clan.  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 the  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 & 18 10:00am  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 Labs  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

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 and through Face­book, at Maya’s Images. If you live  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 by  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. Meet  Con­tin­ue Reading