The Whale Museum and the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists invite you to attend the Southern Resident Orca C.A.L.F. (community action – look forward) workshop part 2. In this workshop we will continue a facilitated discussion begun in October on how we as a community can become more involved in orca and salmon recovery efforts. You need not have attended the first workshop to participate in part 2. Volunteers are welcome to attend the workshop and help set up the meeting space in the morning, cleanup in the afternoon, or bake goodies for the attendees.
Every third Thursday, (except during County Fair on Thursday of August 14th) Lavendera Massage opens the doors to our community of gifted healers for Wellness Nights. Stop by between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m to share your own gifts, and/or receive from others. Enjoy connecting into a unique network of people in the uplifting environment of reciprocal healing. Each session lasts about 10-15 minutes and can include clothed massage, energy work, and intuitive readings.
As of October, our Thursday evening events will begin at 6:30 p.m. until next summer.
In the 2014 Great Island Clean-Up, over 250 people collected about 6250 pounds of litter from the roadsides and beaches of San Juan and Orcas Islands, and how wonderful everything looked! But sadly, a portion of our refuse continues to end up as litter. Thoughtless tossing of bottles, cans, food wrappers, or cigarette butts; accidental “blowing away” of debris from unsecured loads on boats and trucks; or deliberate dumping of tires, etc., all contribute to the need to make litter pick-up an ongoing effort.
Islanders and visitors alike are invited to join in the fun and help give both San Juan and Orcas their annual spring cleaning! Litter-picker-uppers can work as individuals, families, or as part of a larger group. On San Juan Island, David Dehlendorf is coordinating the roadside pick-ups (he can be reached at 360-378-1082 or email@example.com); and Jana Marks is coordinating the beach clean-ups (she can be reached at 360-378-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Kira Bradshaw is organizing all the clean-up activities on Orcas Island; she can be reached at 360-317-8160 or email@example.com.
We hope you will want to participate this year in making us “litter-free by the sea”!
FRIENDS of the San Juans invites you to help clean up South Beach as part of the 5th Annual GREAT Island Clean-up – San Juan Island’s spring cleaning!
Past years' clean-ups have removed 100's of pounds of marine debris from local beaches. Marine debris is a big environmental problem. Fishing nets and six-pack holders trap fish and other marine creatures; animals and birds mistake trash for food and choke on the plastic and paper; and floating garbage fouls our beaches.
We’ll also have FRIENDS staff on hand to tell you about current issues facing our marine ecosystem and how you can join additional efforts to keep the Salish Sea a healthy place for people and wildlife.
For more information call: Jana Marks 360-378-2319 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BLM, San Juan Islands National Monument in partnership with Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, San Juan County Land Bank, San Juan Preservation Trust, Lopez School, Lopez Island Conservation Corps and many others will host our 10th annual Earth Day Beach and road side clean-up for several south Lopez beaches and other popular areas.
We will meet at the Watmough Bay trailhead to receive our assignments, establish carpools and identify beach and road teams at 10:00 am. Folks are encouraged to bring day packs, water, lunches, snacks and dress for the ever changing weather. We will provide gloves, trash bags and other supplies. We'll gather all our trash and beach litter, share interesting stories of treasures found, snap lots of photos, mosey our way to the Lopez Dump and celebrate our success at the Procession of the Species Parade 3:00 pm, Lopez Community Center.
Please bring your smiles and great attitudes and if possible please RVSP with Nick Teague, BLM, at 360.468.3754 or email@example.com
This is going to be a ton of fun!!!!!
The fifth annual Procession of the Species will descend on Lopez Village for a fun, joyful Earth Day gathering. Participants celebrate the natural world and community through art, species masks, costumes, puppets and music.
Those wishing to participate should check-in at 3:00 p.m.at the Community Center's outdoor pavilion. The walk is a one-mile loop through the village. There are three guidelines to follow: no motors, no pets, and no written words. The Procession can be viewed from most Lopez village landmarks.
Sponsored by the Lopez Island Conservation Corps
For more information call: 360-468-2951 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Barefoot Bandit tells the almost unbelievable tale of the life and capture of Northwest native Colton Harris-Moore, following his legendary two-year international crime spree (which included exploits in the San Juans) that captured the imagination of the public and press around the nation.
The film explores the dynamics of Harris-Moore’s family as well as his personal exploration and growth. The teenage boy who camped in the woods and, wearing no shoes, broke into vacation homes, became obsessed with airplanes. His dream of flying and designing airplanes became a reality when he ran away from a halfway house at the age of 15 and stole the first of five airplanes. He survived several crash landings while flying across the U.S. and eventually ended up in the Bahamas, where he was arrested. Colton’s captor, lawyer, mother and the FBI team that hunted him for two years, as well as others involved in this real-life drama, tell the truly amazing story of “The Barefoot Bandit.”
Running time: 74 minutes
Lopez Island Kicks Off Twelfth Annual Tour De Lopez Bike Tour.
This very popular non-competitive bicycle tour of Lopez Island is brought to you by the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce and is the kickoff event for cycling in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Whether you make it a day trip or make it a weekend getaway you will not be disappointed! Many of our riders return every year for this event.
In its twelfth year, the Tour De Lopez is a non-competitive rural road tour with four marked routes (5, 12, 18 & 31 miles) on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez Island. The ride starts at Odlin County Park or Lopez Village and ends at the Lopez Community Center, location of lunch, musical performances and beer garden.
The Second Annual Bite of Lopez will be held at the Lopez Community Center from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Local restaurants and food vendors will be on-site with tasty bites for sale, and riders will be able to check-in early for Saturday's ride. Event T-shirts, sweatshirts and commemorative posters by local artist Christa Malay will also be for sale.
San Juan Island National Historical Park is organizing the second annual FREE BioBlitz event at both park units and we need your help! We are looking for enthusiastic community members, field biologists, naturalists, and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz.
This year we will be focusing on amphibians and birds, though the event is open to any taxonomic interest!
A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreachm and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a defined amount of time. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same period, and better understand what lives in the park.
"The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist. "Come join us and share your knowledge."
For more information contact: Raena_Parsons@nps.gov or Phone: 360-378-2240 ext. 2222
The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds. Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.
Photo credit: Kim Middleton