County-wide burn ban effective August 21

A county-wide burn ban is in effect as of 1 noon Tuesday, August 21, 2018 for the San Juan Islands. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and the lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region.

Update on J50: More injections planned - antibiotic and dewormer

Response teams spent about three hours on Saturday, August 18, 2018 monitoring J50, the ailing three-year-old member of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population, as J Pod returned to the Salish Sea on the way towards San Juan Island.

J50 follows her mother, J16, on August 18, 2018 near the San Juan Islands. Photo by Katy Foster/NOAA Fisheries, under permit 18786

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August 21: Free lecture at TWM: The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

Iris Kemp, an ecologist at Long Live the Kings, a Seattle-based nonprofit that works to restore wild salmon and steelhead populations and to support sustainable fishing, will present a lecture, The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 21 at The Whale Museum. She earned her master’s degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington, where she studied the distribution and feeding habits of juvenile salmon in Puget Sound.

August 23: A Critter's Eye View of Your House

If you’d rather not have otters under the house, raccoons in the attic, or swallows in the dryer vent next spring, fall is a good time to take a look around the outside of your house and do effective preventive maintenance.

Attend Wild San Juan Lecture Series: A Critter's Eye View of Your House at 7 p.m. August 23 at The Whale Museum and learn to understand what these animals are looking for and what steps can be taken to prevent these issues and live peacefully with your wild neighbors.