Invasive Green Crab Found at Dungeness Spit

— from MaryAnn Wagner, Sea Grant — A new population of invasive European green crab has been found at Dungeness Spit, near Sequim, Washington, rekindling concern over the potential for damage to local marine life and shorelines. Staff and volunteers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages Dungeness … Continue reading

You’re Invited to an “Open Forest” Orcas Forest School Fall enrollment open

Monday, May 1, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Orcas Island Forest School Open Forest Curious about what a Forest School looks like? Orcas Island Forest School will hold an Open Forest Monday, May 1 from 3:30-5:30 at our Camp Orkila location. Come by with your whole family to play and explore … Continue reading

Morris: Victoria to Get Sewage Treatment Plant

— from Rep. Jeff Morris — This year has…seen the resolution of a problem that has affected our shores for decades. Victoria, BC does not have full sewage treatment for their city and most waste is dumped into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where it has affected the San … Continue reading

Great Islands Clean Up Cleans Up on Orcas 2,330 pound of litter collected

—  from ORS/The Exchange and Orcas Elementary School — Big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Great Islands Clean-up [on Saturday]! On Orcas Island, 2,330 pounds of litter was collected by volunteers in just three hours Remember, just $31,000 needed to fully fund the new Exchange: Meanwhile, … Continue reading

Site Clearing Underway at Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz — Our Contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has made quick progress on site with clearing and grubbing activities at the Orcas Village Park and Ride site. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill … Continue reading

That Bright Orange Bloom in East Sound "Noctiluca is an exceptional dinoflagellate"

— from Russel Barsh, Kwiaht Director — The bright orange “bloom” that appeared along the East Sound shoreline yesterday is a harbinger of spring, and its timing reflects the vast difference in weather patterns between 2016 and 2017. The organism responsible for the bloom is Noctiluca scintillans, a large dinoflagellate … Continue reading

SJI National Historical Park Recruiting for Youth Conservation Corps Work outside at your local National Park

— from Raena Parsons — San Juan Island National Historical Park is currently recruiting for the 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18. Participants must live in the local commuting area. Applications are available online … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Protect our Swallow Population

–– from Sadie Bailey — The swallows have returned late this spring; they’ll need to make up for lost time in building their nests. Aerodynamic wonders and superhero insect-eaters, swallow’s beautiful acrobatics are a joyful sight, lifting our winter-weary spirits, and announcing that Spring is finally here! Before you pressure-wash … Continue reading

Whale Research Center to Participate in “Give Big” Keep whale study program going

— from Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research — On May 10, 2017 the Center for Whale Research is joining more than one thousand nonprofits in raising money to help make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. This is the first year the Center will be participating … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Car Show Coming to Friday Harbor

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., County Parking Lot — from Ryan T. Palmateer — Lower your carbon footprint in style at the Friday Harbor Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Show. Come check out a wide variety of electric vehicles, ranging from state-of-the-art to commuter specific, and even hand-built EVs. The … Continue reading

Orcas Village Park and Ride Project is Underway

— from San Juan County Public Works — This week marks the beginning of construction activities for the Orcas Village Park Project. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill Road. Estimated completion is 83 working … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Whale Watching Endangers Our Orca Public comment deadline only two days away

— from Janet Thomas — The public comment deadline for supporting a protection zone for our Southern Resident orca whales is Apr. 13. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are facing extinction. The science is irrefutable–the whales need to be able to access the food that is available and the … Continue reading

Farm to Classroom Expands Students’ Knowledge of Edible Plants Orcas Island Public School

— from Ashley  Randall — During the month of March, the sun began to shine brighter on our school garden. With spring on our minds, we tested our knowledge of edible and medicinal herbs by playing a cooperative board game, developed a garden map, created teacups from clay, examined the … Continue reading

State Approves County Shoreline Master Program

— from Robert J. Fritzen, Department of Ecology — On Apr. 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved, with changes, the San Juan County (County) Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The SMP includes goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative processes and definitions. During its formal review process, Ecology … Continue reading