Greetings from the San Juans

Photo credit: jeff brennan | View of Mt. Baker from guemes Mountain


August 2018

This month:
Note from Angela: SJPT and Our Resident Orcas
Planning Ahead
A Banner Year for Bluebirds
Island Marble Season Ends
A Super Summer Social
Partners in Perpetuity Profile
Upcoming Events
Photo of the Month

Please write us back with your comments, article ideas, and reflections on the San Juans.


Help us protect the islands you love!

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Angela Anderson


Note from Angela: SJPT and our resident orcas


We all watched, heartbroken, as the orca known as J35 (aka Tahlequah) carried her dead calf around the Salish Sea for more than two weeks. At the same time, ongoing efforts to save J35’s starving cousin J50 (Scarlet) have further highlighted the urgent plight of our Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs). Some of our members have recently asked us, “Is the Preservation Trust doing anything to help?”

Short answer: Yes.

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News from SJPT

Tim Seifert

help us plan our future

Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust turns 40 next year. As we approach this landmark, we will soon be asking for your help in charting our course for the next 40 years.

Watch your mailbox and/or email inbox early next month. We'll be sending out both a postcard and an email that invites members and community stakeholders to take an online survey.

We hope you'll make your voice heard by responding. You'll be helping to set the course for our efforts to preserve what you love about these islands for the next generation. Your invitation is coming soon.


Photo: adam griesemer

Maggie Mackinlay

banner year for bluebirds

The close of the 2018 breeding season marks the twelfth consecutive year of the San Juan Islands Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project. As a result of the collective efforts of SJPT employees and volunteers, 2018 has been the most successful breeding season in half a decade!


Photo: genevieve shank

Maggie Mackinlay

Island Marble season ends

The rare island marble butterfly has completed its active field season. Flying adults that emerged this spring successfully mated, and the eggs and larvae produced have now transformed into tiny gray pupae that are overwintering in vegetation along the grasslands, dunes and saltwater lagoons at the south end of San Juan Island. A new year-long, miraculous life cycle has begun.

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Photo: susan vernon

Maggie Mackinlay

A super summer social

On July 28, more than 150 Preservation Trust members, friends, trustees, and staff gathered at the Ellis Family Preserve for a beautiful day of connecting with each other and with this wonderful new 350-acre preserve on Shaw Island.

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Photo: ben hallowell


Partners in Perpetuity

Christian and Lea Andrade

Names: Mark Pedelty and Karen Miksch

Gann Society members since: 2018

Island residence: Olga (Orcas Island)

Favorite island place: Little Summit

Quote: “We support the work of the San Juan Preservation Trust because it is one of the best ways to foster biodiversity in the San Juan Islands and to keep public lands public and create more shared places for us all to steward.”

Support  SJPT's "perpetuity" mission by making a legacy gift. Learn about joining the Gann Society here.


Upcoming Events


sept. 2 | sunday on the summit

Driving access to the summit of Mount Grant will be open, weather permitting. The preserve is open daily to hikers.

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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sept. 23 | salish seeds plant sale

Come on out to the Salish Seeds Project nursery at Red Mill Farm, where you'll find camas bulbs, wildflowers, Garry oak seedlings, and seed packets of other native plants for sale.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Oct. 20 | photo safari to vendovi

Join photographer Joe Belcovson on a hunt for great autumn images on Vendovi Island.

Depart from Obstruction Pass dock (Orcas) at 10:15 a.m. Fee: $45, includes boat transport.

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Photo of the Month


Photo: joe Belcovson

Professional photographer Joe Belcovson lives and works on San Juan Island, where he took this photo of a pileated woodpecker.

The Gann Society

The Gann Society is a very special group of supporters who have notified us that they have provided for the San Juan Preservation Trust in their estate plans. Their legacy gifts will help protect the San Juan Islands forever. Please consider providing for the San Juan Preservation Trust in your will.


The San Juan Preservation Trust

PO Box 759, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

360-378-2461 |