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Stream Corridor and Salmon Spawning Habitat Protected

  • Jul 29, 2016 at 3:13PM

The San Juan County Land Bank recently acquired 24 acres on the lower reaches of Cascade Creek near Olga on Orcas Island. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funds made the purchase possible, ensuring the preservation of a unique 2,100 foot stretch of riparian corridor with adjacent upland forest.

 

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Species in the Spotlight: Southern Resident Orcas

  • Jul 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Lynne Barre of NOAA Fisheries as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Monday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Barre will give us an update on NOAA's Species in the Spotlight campaign on the Southern resident killer whales. The Southern residents were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2005 following an approximate 20 percent decline in their population. They were chosen as one of the eight most at-risk species because the population has relatively high mortality and low reproduction; currently, the orcas are well below the population growth goals identified in the Recovery Plan (NMFS 2008). Unlike other North Pacific killer whale populations, which have generally been increasing since federal protection was initiated in the 1970s, the Southern resident population remains small and vulnerable and has not had a net increase in abundance since the mid- 1980s. The recovery program requires engagement from vital partners and long-term support over a large range from California to Alaska.

Fired after death in Island County jail, deputy back on the job

  • Jul 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

The only person fired in connection with a young man's death inside the Island County jail has returned to work.

San Juan County Sheriff’s log

  • Jul 28, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:41AM

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls:

Where have all the salmon gone?

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:24AM

Once tipping the scales at over 120 pounds, Chinook salmon have always been the staple of Southern resident orca whales, according to Deborah Giles, research director and projects manager for the Center of Whale Research.

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