Katie Fleming

A Fond Farewell to Katie

November 11, 2021

Dear members and supporters, I have accepted the Solid Waste Coordinator position in San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship. I love Friends of the San Juans and have greatly enjoyed interacting with all of you in my role as Community Engagement Director over the past 9.5 years – you have inspired me in so ... read more

WATCH – Highlights from Friends’ Virtual Annual Meeting

November 19, 2020

You might have missed our annual meeting, “An Evening in the Islands with Friends,” so we are here to tell you all about it! The event included project headlines from program directors, special community member cameos, and some fun mixology with The Barnacle on Orcas. We celebrated our impact in 2020 and shared our big ... read more

Buoy Upgrade Program: Attention island residents located near herring spawning grounds!

September 10, 2020

Attention island residents located near herring spawning grounds!  Pacific herring – also known as forage fish – play a key role in marine food webs as food for out-migrating juvenile salmon, seabirds, and even marine mammals. Herring rely on sensitive eelgrass meadows found along our tidelands to spawn and incubate their eggs. Herring spawning populations ... read more

Action Alert: Make a pledge for baby orcas!

September 10, 2020

Did you hear that J35/Tahlequah had a new baby? Welcome, J57! Besides the joy of J57’s birth, there are also two more expectant mothers, one each in K and L pods. Please join us as we cautiously celebrate this hopeful news for the Southern Resident orcas. Tahlequah made headlines in 2018 when she swam for ... read more

2020 Great Islands Clean-up on April 18!

March 11, 2020

Help make the San Juan Islands “Plastic Free by the Sea”! This year’s Great Islands Clean-up is on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Join the county-wide greening event and collect litter from public beaches and roadways. There will be litter clean-up events happening on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands this year. Stay tuned for ... read more

Vacation Rentals in San Juan County

February 20, 2020

As of summer 2019, there are currently over 1,000 permitted vacation rentals in San Juan County, WA. Currently there is no limit on the number of vacation rentals in the county, and permits convey with the sale of a property. Unlike official businesses like bed and breakfasts, hotels and resorts, licensing constraints are minimal for ... read more

Invasive Species Alert: We Need Your Help with Italian Arum!

February 19, 2020

Winter is here and the Italian Arum invaders are coming. We need your help to get rid of this invasive plant on Lopez Island!  Starting as early as December, Arum sent up single leaves. Take a look at the first two photos to see what you should be looking for. You may find just one, which indicates that it is a ... read more

Help us see the future during this year’s king tides!

January 8, 2020

Do you have a digital camera or camera phone? If so, you can help local and regional researchers capture this year’s king tides! Join Friends and King Tide volunteers from your community and across the globe to document the year’s highest tides by taking photos of your favorite local shorelines. A “king tide” is the highest predicted high tide of the year ... read more

BREAKING: Xylene Manufacture and Export in Anacortes Stopped!

January 4, 2020

Victory in the Salish Sea! Xylene will NOT be manufactured and exported from the Anacortes refinery! An additional 120 tank vessel transits will NOT impact Southern Resident orcas, our economy, our marine ecosystem, and shoreline communities with increased vessel noise and the increased risk of accidents and spills. [NOTE: not just oil spills – xylene spills ... read more

Thank you for celebrating with us at our 40th anniversary events!

November 13, 2019

We finished our fourth and final 40th anniversary celebration in Seattle on November 8! We are honored to protect what we all love about the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea with the help of our awesome community! Thank you for your continued support!

The Friends of the San Juans do such a wonderful job of keeping on top of things like the transit of freighters through the Straits and their impact on whales as well as protecting our environment. Jim and I fell in love with the islands, the wildlife, and fishing. We hope to preserve it, not only for our family but for other families, well into the future.

Glen and Deb Bruels

members, San Juan Island