April 2024
Volunteers paddle to Reef Island for a "spring cleaning" work party on March 24 | Jeff Brennan
News from SJPT
SJPT: Forty-five years of conservation goodness!
Come "Back to the Future" at Our 45th Annual Meeting

After four years of holding our Annual Meetings virtually, we are delighted to announce a return to meeting in person for food, fellowship, and (a few) formalities. You are welcome to join us on Thursday, May 9, starting at 11:15am at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

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Joe Herrin and Robin Reid
Meet Our New Board Candidates

This year, two new candidates are in the running to join our board of directors. We are pleased to introduce Joe Herrin and Robin Reid.

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Camas blooms on Pen'e'nex'weng (Vendovi Island), with Texwitch (Eliza Island), center background
An Island Creation Story for National Poetry Month

In observance of National Poetry Month, and to honor the cultural importance of camas and other wildflowers in Coast Salish Indigenous food ways, we feel privileged to share a poem by Rena Priest, a member of the Lummi Nation and former Washington state Poet Laureate. "Creation Story" tells how the island we now call Vendovi got its true name. ...

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2024 Swan Count Wrap-Up

On the designated date for this year's annual swan Count—the morning of Friday, January 19, 2024—harsh winter weather fouled up the fowl count, leading to one of the lowest numbers of reported swan sightings in recent memory. But one year's data is just that, a single data point. On average, the swan population has been steadily increasing over the last decade or so, regionally, and holding steady in the San Juans.

Honoring Three Bluebird Project "Angels"

The Preservation Trust's Western Bluebird Project relies on a passionate corps of volunteers. These are the angels who give wings to the hope that this distinctive species can bring joy to future generations and serve as an emblem for oak-prairie conservation.

We lost three of our most dedicated “angels” this past year. Here, we wish to recognize their efforts and honor their memory with brief stories about their passion for bringing back the bluebirds. . . .

Help Us Protect the Islands You Love!

Supporting the Preservation Trust’s conservation work is the single most effective way you can help protect the natural health and beauty of the San Juan Islands.

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Upcoming Events
April 17, 2024
Volunteer: Bluebird Blitz 2

As a volunteer community scientist, you’ll be assigned to an area on San Juan Island to search for Western Bluebirds that have returned after their winter migration.

April 17, 2024
Volunteer: Trail Maintenance at the Ihiya Biological Preserve

Join us for a day of trail maintenance that will help make San Juan Island's Ihiya Biological Preserve a better place.

April 27, 2024
Field Class: Spring Flora of the Ellis Preserve

Join botanist Peter Dunwiddie for a guided ramble to identify springtime botanical happenings at the Ellis Preserve, highlighting native wildflowers and other plants in bloom.

May 8, 2024
Tharald Homestead Tour at Ellis Preserve

Tours of the Tharald Homestead provide an opportunity to learn more about the cultural legacy we have inherited and ponder the one we will leave behind. No registration necessary.

May 18, 2024
Field Class: Birding the Ellis Preserve

Join SJPT staff for a springtime guided bird walk around the Ellis Preserve on Shaw Island.

June 7, 2024
Volunteer: Creekside Maintenance and Invasive Species Control at JB Farm

Join us for a day of late-spring restoration fieldwork at JB Farm in Orcas Island's Crow Valley, near the foot of Turtleback Mountain.

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