wildlife Archives - Salish Current

Management plan in place as San Juan Islands monument turns 10

March 15, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

A celebration of the San Juan Islands National Monument 10th anniversary by federal officials and locals is planned for March 25 at Friday Harbor Grange Hall.

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Determined Flight

February 16, 2023
Tony Angell

One of the larger terns — the Caspian — migrates throughout the world and now resides in the Salish Sea.

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Winter leaves hummingbirds in the cold: dead, alive … or in torpor?

January 27, 2022
Chris O'Neill

Is that lifeless-looking hummingbird lying on the frozen ground really dead … or in torpor? Wildlife rescue professionals say it’s not uncommon to see Anna’s hummingbirds at their centers during the winter months, as the birds have moved farther north with climate change. Inert-seeming hummingbirds may in fact be alive but conserving energy, and experts advise contacting professionals to find out how to help.

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Talking turkey in the San Juans: strutting the line between welcome wildlife and pest

December 10, 2021
Gretchen K. Wing

The American wild turkey, introduced for hunting in the San Juan Islands around 1980, seems to have learned well how to live near humans — to the extent of unwelcome encroachment, in the minds of some. Given mixed responses in human-dominated environs, what makes a wild creature a charming neighbor to some and a pest to others?

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