Our San Juan Islands

Conserve now. Enjoy forever.

The San Juan Preservation Trust works with our local communities and people like you to permanently conserve and care for special places throughout the San Juan Islands.

Together with our landowner partners, the Preservation Trust—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—has permanently protected more than 300 properties, 45 miles of shoreline, 27 miles of trails and 18,000 acres on 20 islands.

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A few weeks ago, on Turtleback Mountain Preserve, we were visited by a local islander, a chirping Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii). It busied itself by gnawing scales off a Douglas fir cone to get at the seeds, which is a main food source in its relatively specialized diet.
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This time of year, their ears get extra tuftier as its appearance shifts to the winter variation, exhibiting a browner coat and grayer underside (as opposed to a grayer back and pale orange chest/belly in the summer).
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This squirrel species can be spotted on Orcas and Lopez. The San Juan Islands are home to three native Northwest squirrels. Can you name the other two and what islands they can be found on?
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#nativemammals #sanjuanislands #turtlebackmountain #squirrels
Photo Credit: Kurt Thorson
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A few weeks ago, on Turtleback Mountain Preserve, we were visited by a local islander, a chirping Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii). It busied itself by gnawing scales off a Douglas fir cone to get at the seeds, which is a main food source in its relatively specialized diet. 
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This time of year, their ears get extra tuftier as its appearance shifts to the winter variation, exhibiting a browner coat and grayer underside (as opposed to a grayer back and pale orange chest/belly in the summer).
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This squirrel species can be spotted on Orcas and Lopez. The San Juan Islands are home to three native Northwest squirrels. Can you name the other two and what islands they can be found on? 
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#nativemammals #sanjuanislands #turtlebackmountain #squirrels
Photo Credit: Kurt Thorson

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I took care of a Douglas Squirrel friend when I interned at Wolf Hollow!

"Extra tuftier"

Our volunteers are so talented! Using their resourcefulness and woodworking skills, they crafted and installed three cedar benches for Peach Preserve, on Guemes Island last week.

Many a nature lover will take rest and moments of contemplation on one of these durable and upcycled benches.

We are lucky and so are our Peach Preserve visitors!
#upcycled #volunteers #skills #cedar #woodwork
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Our volunteers are so talented! Using their resourcefulness and woodworking skills, they crafted and installed three cedar benches for Peach Preserve, on Guemes Island last week. 

Many a nature lover will take rest and moments of contemplation on one of these durable and upcycled benches.  

We are lucky and so are our Peach Preserve visitors!
#upcycled #volunteers #skills #cedar #woodworkImage attachment

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Where on Guemes is the Peach Preserve?

Very nice!

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