Topic: Wildlife

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 The  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 out­­er-island  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 the  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 in the  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, has  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, March 5–12, and pick them up on Sat­ur­day, March 20 at loca­tions on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are pro­duced local­ly  Con­tin­ue Reading

Daphne Laureola Cannot Be Sold Or Traded In State

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

By Jason A. Ont­jes, pro­gram coor­di­na­tor, San Juan Coun­ty Nox­ious Weed Con­trol  Daphne lau­re­o­la, or spurge lau­rel, has been on the state’s nox­ious weed list since 2007. This ever­green orna­men­tal shrub, which is native to Europe and north­ern Africa, was once sold by plant nurs­eries in the Pacif­ic North­west, but it is now on the state’s  Con­tin­ue Reading

First Calf Born To Southern Resident L Pod In Two Years

Written on March 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Cen­ter for Whale Research The Cen­ter for Whale Research is thrilled to con­firm that a new calf, L125, has been born into the South­ern Res­i­dent killer whale com­mu­ni­ty. Fol­low­ing word that J, K, and L pod were in Haro Strait, CWR dis­patched two boats with field researchers to pho­­to-iden­ti­­fy the new calf and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Center For Whale Research Presents Whale Love Stories

Written on February 14, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

From the Cen­ter for Whale Research We asked Cen­ter for Whale Research mem­bers and sup­port­ers to share a short sto­ry about a spe­cial whale, encounter or friend­ship that devel­oped from a shared pas­sion for whales. We are very grate­ful to those who shared their sto­ries. This is what they wrote (list­ing in the order that  Con­tin­ue Reading

Share Whale Love Stories With The Center For Whale Research

Written on February 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Cen­ter For Whale Research The team at the Cen­ter For Whale Research wants to hear your whale love sto­ries. Is there a whale that holds a spe­cial place in your heart? Or a whale encounter that still makes your heart go pit­ter-pat­ter? Or per­haps you devel­oped a spe­cial friend­ship with some­one because of  Con­tin­ue Reading

Join Western Bluebird Training With Preservation Trust

Written on February 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust Thank you for help­ing us car­ry the San Juan Island West­ern Blue­bird Project into the future with an online West­ern Blue­bird train­ing refresh­er on Thurs­day, Feb. 25. As this project evolves from a Preser­va­tion Trust-led to a vol­un­­teer-run pro­gram, it’s crit­i­cal that we have a num­ber of solid­ly com­mit­ted com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Land Bank’s Tale Of Two Eagles

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

From San Juan Coun­ty Lank Bank On Jan. 22, Tom Marschn­er and his faith­ful walk­ing com­pan­ion, Ellie the Gold­en Retriev­er, encoun­tered a rare and sad occur­rence near the sum­mit of Mount Grant. Splayed out on a mossy out­crop, with bro­ken-tipped beaks, were two dead Bald Eagles. Tom and Ellie prompt­ly report­ed the inci­dent to Land Bank staff,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Register For Marine Naturalist Program

Written on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From The Whale Muse­um Back by pop­u­lar demand, reg­is­tra­tion is now open for a spring vir­tu­al ses­sion of The Whale Museum’s Marine Nat­u­ral­ist Pro­gram. This dynam­ic and high-qual­i­­ty pro­gram will still be sev­en-ses­­sions and run April 11–17. The objec­tive of this pro­gram is to pro­vide a learn­ing expe­ri­ence that assists adult grad­u­ates in becom­ing qual­i­fied  Con­tin­ue Reading

Know Your Islanders Presents Whale-Poop Sniffing Dog 

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

From San Juan Island Library At 7 p.m., Wednes­day, Jan. 13, meet a con­ser­va­tion canine dur­ing the San Juan Island Library’s vir­tu­al Know Your Islanders event. Eba, the whale dog, is a poop-snif­f­ing res­cue dog in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton’s Cen­ter for Con­ser­va­tion Biol­o­gy Whale Scat pro­gram. Eba is help­ing Dr. Sam Wass­er and Dr.  Con­tin­ue Reading