Topic: Wildlife

Birdwatching at the Sculpture Park

Written on July 17, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

To all bird watch­ers — Please join us at the San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park this com­ing Wednes­day, July 21st at 8:00 AM, where Phil Green, will again lead our month­ly Bird Walk.  So far over 30 species have been iden­ti­fied.  Bring binoc­u­lars and mos­qui­to repel­lent.  The park is locat­ed just past the Wel­come Arch on  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Director asks Islanders, Tourists to Protect False Bay

Written on July 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

False Bay on New Year’s at sun­set. Steve Mar­tin, Con­tributed.  Keep Dogs on Leash­es By Dr. Megan Dethi­er, Direc­tor, Fri­day Har­bor Labs About a year ago, we wrote about increased use of Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton prop­er­ties dur­ing the governor’s stay-at-home orders. This heavy use has con­tin­ued, and now with sum­mer upon us and relaxed covid reg­u­la­tions,  Con­tin­ue Reading

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 of the  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 an in-depth  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: “Short-eared  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 recov­ery.  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 and mem­ber  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, which includes  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 much. Will  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 sec­ond sea­son  Con­tin­ue Reading