Joe says: Save the sound? Canadian-US dialogue needs to improve.….

Posted March 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm by

Over on Orcas, Joe Gay­dos is one of the peo­ple I lis­ten to, when it comes to sort­ing out pri­or­i­ties relat­ed to sav­ing our ecosys­tem… here are his thoughts on one way to make things better:

Increased US — Cana­di­an coop­er­a­tion is among oth­er basic prin­ci­ples that need to be fol­lowed to save Puget Sound.

A new research paper, just pub­lished in the inter­na­tion­al jour­nal Eco­Health, finds that a major prin­ci­ple for restor­ing ecosys­tems is lack­ing in efforts to restore the health of Puget Sound.

“Efforts to save Puget Sound must revolve around a work­ing prin­ci­ple that ecosys­tems do not rec­og­nize polit­i­cal bor­ders. To save Puget Sound, the U.S. and Cana­da must work togeth­er much more close­ly than is cur­rent­ly prac­ticed,” said Joe Gay­dos, the study’s lead author. Gay­dos is Chief Sci­en­tist and Region­al Direc­tor of the SeaD­oc Soci­ety, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that funds sci­ence to improve the health of the Sal­ish Sea. The Sal­ish Sea is a name often used for the U.S./Canadian inland sea that includes Washington’s Puget Sound and British Columbia’s Geor­gia Strait.

“While there is some coor­di­na­tion between U.S. and Cana­di­an ini­tia­tives to heal the Sal­ish Sea, it is not near­ly enough.  The inter­na­tion­al polit­i­cal bound­ary is invis­i­ble to marine fish and wildlife, includ­ing species list­ed as threat­ened or endan­gered” Gay­dos said. “Oceano­graph­ic process­es, such as fresh­wa­ter from rivers and streams, and cur­rents exchange plank­ton, sed­i­ments, and nutri­ents through­out the entire ecosys­tem, not just Puget Sound.”  Gay­dos not­ed that Canada’s Fras­er Riv­er is Puget Sound’s largest source of fresh water.

“Our salmon and our whales are your salmon and your whales,” added Jane Wat­son, Marine Ecol­o­gist at Van­cou­ver Island Uni­ver­si­ty and one of the SeaD­oc Society’s Sci­ence Advi­sors. “We can­not change the nature or bound­aries of the ecosys­tem but with improved coop­er­a­tion and bilat­er­al com­mit­ment, we can joint­ly recov­er imper­iled species and clean up the water.”

Mil­lions of dol­lars have been spent on restor­ing places like the Chesa­peake Bay and the Ever­glades, but the suc­cess has been lim­it­ed and there is not a suc­cess­ful mod­el to fol­low. In addi­tion to call­ing for coor­di­nat­ed ini­tia­tives at the ecosys­tem lev­el, the paper calls out nine oth­er crit­i­cal prin­ci­ples that need to be fol­lowed to design a healthy Puget Sound and Sal­ish Sea. These include: account­ing for con­nec­tiv­i­ty in the ecosys­tem, bet­ter under­stand­ing the food web, avoid­ing habi­tat frag­men­ta­tion, respect­ing the integri­ty of the sys­tem, tak­ing actions that sup­port resilience, appre­ci­at­ing the eco­nom­ic val­ue of a healthy ecosys­tem, mon­i­tor­ing wildlife health, plan­ning for extreme events and shar­ing our knowl­edge about the ecosys­tem with every­one in the region.

A copy of the man­u­script is avail­able at www.seadocsociety.org. The SeaD­oc Soci­ety works to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosys­tems through sci­ence and edu­ca­tion. A pro­gram of the Wildlife Health Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis (UC Davis), the SeaD­oc Soci­ety has a region­al focus on improv­ing the health of the Sal­ish Sea.

Trojans roll past FHHS 8–0

Posted March 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm by

Wolverine keeper Ben Goodman pulls in the shot in the first half.

Wolver­ine keep­er Ben Good­man pulls in the shot in the first half.

Vis­it­ing Merid­i­an swept past a rapid­ly improv­ing FHHS squad last night by scor­ing four in each half. In spite of the score, the Wolver­ines were still hus­tling with ten min­utes to go in the game, and near­ly con­vert­ed a hand­ful of chances in the sec­ond half.

In a sea­son that is like­ly to be mea­sured by improve­ment against strong teams, the guys earned good marks in their sec­ond game of the sea­son. Next up: An ear­ly sea­son re-match with Coupeville on Saturday.

FHHS senior & ace pho­tog­ra­ph­er Lau­ren Paulsen shot this nice 35-pho­to gallery of pic­tures from the game (https://sanjuanupdate.com/fhhsboys09/). Check ’em out — she has a great eye.

San Juan Update undergoes major overhaul.…what do you think?

Posted March 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm by

Hey, my friends.…

As you can see, the Update under­went surgery this past week­end, and got the equiv­a­lent of a jour­nal­is­tic nose job. It’s all real­ly about the same, with a few addi­tions: the Cal­en­dar is eas­i­er to find, the ads are now locat­ed on every page, and it’s pos­si­ble for you to com­ment on the sto­ries that I post.

I also want­ed to make it easy for you to check on things if you miss a day, so I bust­ed the Update into the cat­e­gories above, so you can look “back­wards” to see what I’ve post­ed about sports, or the lat­est pho­tos, and so on. Let’s give it a try & see if that works.

I would love to have you let me know what you think! Click the “com­ment” deal down at the bot­tom of this post­ing, and weigh in!

And…as you can see from the archives (yes, you can go back in time), the Update has under­gone dif­fer­ent for­mat changes in the past twelve years, but we changed, too, did­n’t we?

From The Box­er, by Paul Simon:

The years are rolling by me
They are rock­ing evenly.…
I’m old­er than I once was, but younger than I’ll be
That’s not unusual -
It isn’t strange — after changes upon changes,
We are more or less the same
After changes, we are more or less the same.

Thanks for read­ing. I’m real­ly glad you’re here.

Love ya,
Ian

The loss of a friend.….

Posted March 17, 2009 at 7:35 am by

The last paper....

The last paper.…

It was a drag to hear that the Seat­tle Post-Intel­li­gencer print­ed its last issue today. For those of us that grew up with a Sun­day paper with cof­fee on the week­end, or scram­bling for the sports scores, or mum­bling after read­ing edi­to­ri­als — and clip­ping the news to mail to mom…it feels like the end of an era. Because it is.

One more thing that’s hard to explain to our tex­ting, e‑mailing, CNN-wired kids what they’re missing.

Hey, bluebirds — good to have you back!

Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:15 am by

Baby bluebird

Baby blue­bird

You already knew about the blue­bird re-intro­duc­tion project…here’s more from Kath­leen at the Preser­va­tion Trust:

A “Wel­come Back Blue­birds” nest­ing con­test has been announced by the San Juan Islands West­ern Blue­bird Rein­tro­duc­tion Project. The con­test will acknowl­edge the first mem­ber of the island com­mu­ni­ty to have a West­ern blue­bird nest on their prop­er­ty (in a nest box or in a nat­ur­al cav­i­ty). “We hope this con­test will encour­age islanders to notice and report nest­ing activ­i­ty of the rein­tro­duced blue­birds and their off­spring,” said Kath­leen Foley, Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion for the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust. The win­ner of the con­test will win a cedar blue­bird nest box and a West­ern Blue­bird Rein­tro­duc­tion Project hat. …full arti­cle

What Ryan’s cooking up these days.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm by

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne

When I ran into FHHS grad Ryan Browne over the hol­i­days, he told me about his busi­ness, which includ­ed build­ing cob ovens — straw, mud, sand, clay all put togeth­er for the most heat-effi­cient oven you’ve ever seen. I saw him last night (as you can see, about to fire up the oven)… I asked him to tell me what he’s been doing, with this and help­ing with the slow food group.

Here’s more:

Hey Ian,
Thanks for writ­ing!  Yes, I have been work­ing recent­ly with the slow food group at the high school, build­ing a cob oven at Matt and Mau­reen Marinkovich’s house. I think Lin­da Cobos men­tioned that she might have spo­ken with you? It’s wood fired, made out of clay and sand, and designed to cook every­thing from breads and piz­zas to veg­eta­bles and yogurt. I taught work­shop about how to build it. …full arti­cle

What Ryan’s cooking up these days.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm by

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne

When I ran into FHHS grad Ryan Browne over the hol­i­days, he told me about his busi­ness, which includ­ed build­ing cob ovens — straw, mud, sand, clay all put togeth­er for the most heat-effi­cient oven you’ve ever seen. I saw him last night (as you can see, about to fire up the oven)… I asked him to tell me what he’s been doing, with this and help­ing with the slow food group.

Here’s more:

Hey Ian,
Thanks for writ­ing!  Yes, I have been work­ing recent­ly with the slow food group at the high school, build­ing a cob oven at Matt and Mau­reen Marinkovich’s house. I think Lin­da Cobos men­tioned that she might have spo­ken with you? It’s wood fired, made out of clay and sand, and designed to cook every­thing from breads and piz­zas to veg­eta­bles and yogurt. I taught work­shop about how to build it. …full arti­cle

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Posted March 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm by

I hon­est­ly think it is bet­ter to be a fail­ure at some­thing you love than to be a suc­cess at some­thing you hate.
George Burns