Topic: Wildlife

Center For Whale Research’s First Orca Sighting Of 2021

Written on January 6, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Cen­ter for Whale Research On Jan. 3, Dave got a good enough shot of the mom to con­vince him that he had the T167s. T167A had sprout­ed since the last pic­tures Dave had looked at of him. The T167s have shown up a few times in the last sev­er­al years (Mark just saw them on  Con­tin­ue Reading

New Year, New Rules For Commercial Whale Watching

Written on January 3, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Wash­in­ton Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife On Dec. 21, the Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife announced new rules for com­mer­cial view­ing of South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales to reduce the impacts of ves­sel noise and dis­tur­bance on the whales’ abil­i­ty to for­age, rest, and social­ize while enabling sus­tain­able whale watch­ing. Prompt­ed by the Leg­is­la­ture  Con­tin­ue Reading

Record Participants Join Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Bar­bara Jensen, Pres­i­dent, San Juan Islands Audubon Last Sat­ur­day, Dec. 26, we did our annu­al Christ­mas bird count cir­cle. First, I want to thank the 93 peo­ple who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the count. This is the high­est num­ber of peo­ple we have had on a count. So many of you stepped for­ward to count at your  Con­tin­ue Reading

Happy Holidays From Wolf Hollow

Written on December 25, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Wolf Hol­low staff (and crit­ters) wish every­one a hap­py hol­i­day. They also thank the com­mu­ni­ty for its con­tin­ued sup­port.  Wolf Hol­low’s mis­sion is “to pro­mote the well-being of wildlife and their habi­tats through reha­bil­i­ta­tion of injured and orphaned wildlife, pub­lic edu­ca­tion and non-inva­­sive research.” For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it

Letter: Orca Nonprofit Supports New State Whale Watching Rules

Written on December 22, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Don­na Sand­strom, Whale Trail direc­tor and for­mer mem­ber of Gov­er­nor Inslee’s Orca Recov­ery Task Force Last Fri­day, Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion­ers approved rules for com­mer­cial whale-watch­ing that will make it eas­i­er for the endan­gered south­ern res­i­dents to for­age and rear their young in these next few crit­i­cal years. Com­mer­cial whale-watch­ing on the south­ern  Con­tin­ue Reading

State Changes Whale Watching Licenses, Budgets For Fish Habitat Restoration

Written on December 21, 2020 at 8:10 pm, by

Com­mer­cial Whale Watch­ing Sea­son Reduced to Three Months  By Wash­ing­ton Fish and Wildlife The Wash­ing­ton Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion approved rules estab­lish­ing require­ments for com­mer­cial whale watch­ing oper­a­tors and for the com­mer­cial view­ing of South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales and approved changes to spring bear spe­cial per­mits dur­ing its Dec. 18 meet­ing. The com­mis­sion also heard  Con­tin­ue Reading

Donate to Friends of the San Juans During $100K Match

Written on December 15, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Friends of the San Juans This year has been life-chang­ing for all of us to vary­ing degrees. In ear­ly March, the mes­sage from Friends of the San Juans was one of chang­ing times, as direc­tives unfold­ed with cau­tion and delib­er­a­tion. Those same feel­ings con­tin­ue to unfold in a vari­ety of ways. Yet today, we are filled  Con­tin­ue Reading

Preservation Trust Gives Thanks To Supporters

Written on November 26, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust Q: Why did the turkeys cross the road? A: Because they could. Okay, the punch line isn’t espe­cial­ly fun­ny, but it’s kind of amaz­ing: We live in a place where flocks of (semi-) wild turkeys have enough intact habi­tat to roam free. This pho­to was tak­en near the Orcas fer­ry land­ing on Nov. 21,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Attacking Owls

Written on October 2, 2020 at 1:22 pm, by

Park Cau­tions Vis­i­tors Against Aggres­sive Attack­ing Owls San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park is cau­tion­ing peo­ple recre­at­ing in the park about recent and aggres­sive behav­ior from owls that has result­ed in at least four known attacks on vis­i­tors in the park. These encoun­ters have been report­ed on Eng­lish Camp’s Bell Point Loop Trail in recent weeks. Park  Con­tin­ue Reading

Salmon Habitat Restored on Sucia Island

Written on October 2, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Almost sev­en years ago, Friends of the San Juans began work­ing with Wash­ing­ton State Parks on a salmon recov­ery project on Sucia Island. After a lot of research, sur­veys, designs, engi­neer­ing, and per­mit­ting, the on-the-ground work to restore habi­tat has come to fruition. Locat­ed along a major migra­to­ry path­way for juve­nile Chi­nook salmon, Sucia’s marine  Con­tin­ue Reading

Another New Calf in J Pod

Written on September 26, 2020 at 10:19 am, by

More good news from J‑Pod… The Cen­ter for Whale Research con­firms that anoth­er calf has been born into the South­ern Res­i­dent killer whale com­mu­ni­ty, and the moth­er is J41. CWR will eager­ly await the whales’ return to eval­u­ate the calf’s con­di­tion and hope­ful­ly deter­mine its sex. J41’s new calf is the sec­ond birth in J  Con­tin­ue Reading

J57 is a boy!

Written on September 24, 2020 at 11:36 am, by

Here’s some hap­py news from the Cen­ter for Whale Research… Updat­ing our recent announce­ment con­cern­ing J35’s new calf, J57: we can con­firm that it is male (see top pho­to­graph). This feisty young boy was seen last evening, Sep­tem­ber 22, near Point Roberts, Wash­ing­ton. He was pho­tographed rolling, spy­hop­ping, and swim­ming along­side his moth­er, who was  Con­tin­ue Reading

Zoom Talk: True Animal Stories with Author Clare Hodgson Meeker

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Island Library announces that renowned region­al author Clare Hodg­son Meek­er will host a Zoom talk on Fri­day, Octo­ber 2, at 7:00 p.m. Meeker’s lat­est book, Grow­ing Up Goril­la: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Fam­i­ly Togeth­er, is a 2020 Wash­ing­ton State Book Award Final­ist for Young Read­ers. Meek­er will dis­cuss writ­ing Grow­ing Up  Con­tin­ue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on September 20, 2020 at 5:51 am, by

Resource Allo­ca­tion to Growth and Struc­ture: The Ener­getic Cost of Mus­sel Byssal Thread Attach­ment, by Mol­ly Roberts Dr. Mol­ly Roberts com­plet­ed her PhD with Dr. Emi­ly Car­ring­ton in 2019 in the Biol­o­gy Depart­ment at UW. Her research involved both exper­i­men­tal work at FHL and field­work at Penn Cove Shell­fish in Coupeville, WA. Pri­or to her  Con­tin­ue Reading

The Wild Charley River (part II)

Written on September 14, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Inte­ri­or Alas­ka is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Steve Ulvi… (Author’s note: This camp­fire sto­ry is most­ly fic­tion in terms of char­ac­ters and events. His­toric, eco­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal themes will always be sculpt­ed fac­tu­al­ly. The won­ders of the sub­arc­tic nat­ur­al world are as I under­stand them and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Growing a Year-Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden

Written on September 12, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers wel­come keynote speak­er Robin Haglund to the Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop Series. Robin’s pre­sen­ta­tion, Grow­ing a Year-Round Hum­ming­bird Habi­tat Gar­den, guides you through craft­ing and main­tain­ing a gor­geous year-round gar­den that pro­vides habi­tat for our res­i­dent hum­ming­birds. You will learn the vital ele­ments need­ed for food and nest­ing, while enjoy­ing the  Con­tin­ue Reading