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All of us. Right here. Right Now. Here’s why…

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Our Work

The San Juan Islands: Precious. Finite. Worth protecting.

Friends of the San Juans protects and restores the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature — since 1979. We restore habitat, protect water, forest, farmland and endangered species, while building thriving communities in the San Juan Islands through education, science, advocacy, and citizen engagement.





Thriving on

the Land

Friends of the San Juans respectfully acknowledges and honors the fact that this beautiful place we call home is comprised of the ancestral lands, waters, and natural resources of the Coast Salish peoples. The Coast Salish peoples have cared for and stewarded the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea since time immemorial — and continue to do so — and we honor their inherent, aboriginal, and treaty rights that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Our Impact in 2020


native trees, shrubs, and beach grasses planted at 5 sites providing shoreline bank stabilization, insects for juvenile salmon, and shade for forage fish eggs.


local contractors helped Friends implement restoration actions at 7 shoreline sites, supporting the County’s economy and achieving habitat recovery goals.


petition signers and 40 organizations joined Friends in opposing Roberts Bank Terminal 2 which would increase vessel traffic impacts and risks to environmental, cultural, and economic resources.

The Latest

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Today was one of those “one for the books” kinda field days in December! Yaaay for boats, sunshine and hopefully lots of forage fish eggs found on outer islands today!Special thanks to @samishnation for getting us there, along with Greg, a community volunteer for your efforts and boat driving skills 👏 ...#protectwhatyoulove #foragefishsampling#fieldseason#ittakesavillage ... See MoreSee Less
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Donate: https://sanjuans.org/donate-now/Thank you!...#GivingTuesday #protectwhatyoulove ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so excited to tell you about our friend Peter Cavanagh’s latest book! “100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight” offers a vivid and varied glimpse into the world of birds. A white-tailed eagle plummeting through a Japanese sky, a brown pelican striking a silhouette against an Ecuadorian sunset, an Atlantic puffin carrying its fish dinner above the Scottish coast, or a keel-billed toucan gliding through a Costa Rican jungle canopy; readers will marvel at the splendor of birds in flight while learning the techniques to capture these gravity-defying moments from a world-class nature photographer.For each picture, author and photographer Peter Cavanagh shares his evocative thoughts: the challenges of the shoot, the beauty of the location, and the curiosities of the species. Bird people will enjoy the bird photographs and facts, travelers will gobble up the tales of distant parts, and photographers will absorb the technical details. More info: https://tinyurl.com/5n8wj7fc...#birdsinflight #naturephotography #protectwhatyoulove ... See MoreSee Less
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Friends of the San Juans wishes everyone a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving🧡 ... See MoreSee Less
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“I want the beach to be able to be here for my grandchildren… for my nieces, nephews, and godchildren. That’s when we made the decision to contact Friends of the San Juans.”

Mariluz Villa, participating shoreline restoration project property owner

Photos by: Mark Gardner (SRKW Action Center), Mark Gardner (Thriving on the Land)

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