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Coastal Prairie Restoration in San Juan Island National Historical Park

Program Number: 21270RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 5/11/2015 - 5/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Price starting at: $968.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; National Parks; Natural History
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

The fragile coastal areas of the San Juan Islands are among the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. As Europeans settled in the Pacific Northwest, most coastal prairies were converted into farms and homesteads. Today in San Juan Island National Historical Park, resource managers are attempting to restore these areas to pre-settlement condition by replacing exotic plant species with native vegetation. Supervised by National Park Service staff, support ongoing efforts to preserve an imperiled ecosystem and learn about the natural and human history of the islands while enveloped in a sweeping, unspoiled panorama of Puget Sound as it existed centuries ago.




Highlights

• Preserve a rare and endangered ecosystem by aiding in seed collection and propagation, the replanting of native grasses and the removal of nonnative species.
• Observe a diversity of local wildlife, including salmon and orca in reef areas off-shore and nesting pairs of bald eagles known to reside in the park.
• Study the cultural history of the Coast Salish peoples with an expert researcher, and get a glimpse of 150 years of European settlement at English Camp.



Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.




San Juan Islands

More than 200 individual islands comprise this archipelago off the upper northwest coast of Washington state. Only a handful are home to permanent residents, many of whom stay for the close-knit community unique to Island living.



Accommodations
Stylish inn in the heart of Friday Harbor with heated indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary bikes.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Michael Vouri

Michael Vouri is chief park interpreter and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration. He is the author of "The Pig War," and co-author of "Images of America – Friday Harbor." Michael is well known regionally for “An Evening with George Pickett,” a critically acclaimed stage play based on a local historical figure. Mike is a long-time and very popular Road Scholar instructor.
 
Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen is education curator for The Whale Museum. Born in Gary, Ind., she earned a degree in zoology with a focus on marine mammals at the University of Washington in Seattle. While working as a naturalist onboard a whale-watching fleet, she fell in love with the San Juan Islands and the Orcas who live in the surrounding waters. Cindy has also worked with Orca Network for several years as a naturalist onboard the Washington State Ferries.
 
Kevin Loftus

Kevin Loftus is the executive director of the San Juan Historical Museum. He grew up in Chicago before attending college at Northern Arizona University. A love of cycling led Kevin to begin visiting the San Juan Islands, and after five years and many adventures, the beauty of the islands inspired him to move there. In 2008, Kevin found his dream job as director of the museum. He says he feels very fortunate to be able to share the unique history of the San Juan Islands with others.
 
Erin Corra

Erin Corra has been an experienced environmental educator and interpreter in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. From one of the most iconic land-based whale watching locations in the world, she is now operating Lime Kiln Point State Park’s volunteer programs under the auspices of Center for Whale Research in a unique partnership with the Washington State Parks Department. Erin's expertise in the Salish Sea ecosystem and cultural history on the will inform and inspire folks of all ages!
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Earthbox Inn & Spa
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 5 nights
 Earthbox Inn & Spa
Type: Inn
  Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).
  Contact info: 410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking. Note: second floor accommodations at the Earthbox Inn & Spa are accessible by stairs only. If you require a ground floor room, please contact our Friday Harbor office approximately 30 days prior to the start of your program. We can be reached at 360-378-3265 or at roadscholar@skagit.edu and are available M-F (8am-5pm PST). All ground floor requests will be accommodated based on availability.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$8.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies by season. Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies by season. Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room. You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will at conclude after breakfast (approximately 8:30am) to allow ample travel time for those returning to the greater Seattle area and points beyond You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary off street parking readily available at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  Nearest city or town:  Friday Harbor
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5, 30 miles
  Nearest airport:  Major: SeaTac Airport, Seattle. Small: Friday Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sea-Tac Airport Seattle

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bellair Airporter Shuttle
phone: 866-235-5247
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior fare approx $35/OW or $65/RT
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 3 hours to ferry terminal (including transfer) 

   

This service runs 7 days a week throughout the year except on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Select route from Sea-Tac Airport to Anacortes Ferry Terminal (www.airporter.com)

 

Anacortes Ferry Terminal

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington State Ferry
phone: 206-464-6400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Foot passengers approx $10-15 round trip varies by day of week and season.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Just over 1 hour ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island 

   

Select Anacortes to Friday Harbor/San Juan Island route. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for the most current information.

 

From Friday Harbor Ferry Landing to Hotel

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Earthbox Inn & Spa Shuttle
phone: 800-793-4756
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes or less 

 

Distance:

 

3 blocks

   

Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

 

To Hotel when Shuttle is not Available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Bob's Taxi
phone: 360-378-8388

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-8 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 

To Hotel via taxi when shuttle not available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
San Juan Taxi
phone: 360-378-3550

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-$8 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 

From Seattle To Friday Harbor via air

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Kenmore Airlines
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

*Approx $125-145 (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

80-90 miles

   

Regional airline carrier, offering small plane flights from Seattle's Boeing Field (King County Airport) to Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. Baggage and weight limits apply. *Ask for courtesy shuttle from SeaTac International airport to King Co. airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Arrivals from Seattle Area to Anacortes Ferry Terminal From Seattle, drive north on I-5, about 60 miles to Burlington/Mt. Vernon. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal for approximately 3 miles. The Anacortes terminal of the Washington state ferry is located about 3 miles from downtown Anacortes.
  Arriving from Bellingham Area to Anacortes Ferry Terminal From Bellingham, drive south on I-5. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal for approximately 3 miles. The Anacortes terminal of the Washington state ferry is located about 3 miles from downtown Anacortes.
  Getting to the Earthbox Inn & Spa from the Friday Harbor Ferry Landing Drive off ferry, turn right and follow Spring Street up the hill. The Earthbox Inn & Spa is about 3-4 blocks up on the right. The address is 410 Spring Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome & Orientation Program
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: San Juan Island National Historic Park Overview / Service Project Overview / Getting Started!
(Monday, May 5)

Note: Gardening or horticulture experience a plus, but not required. Ability to bend, kneel, use simple small gardening hand tools for several hours at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: We'll begin with a presentation from National Park staff detailing the rich cultural history and ecology of San Juan Island National Historic Parks. After a quick break, we'll continue with an overview of the "Prairie Restoration" project and detail the project goals and and how we will help in the project completion goals.
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: We're off to the South End of the island and San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) with it's rare coastal prairie, marine views, and unique history. Savor the views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from South Beach, the longest stretch of beach in the Islands, as we roll up our sleeves and dig into prairie restoration!
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Presentation "Views from the Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands, and explores issues affecting Island life.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Prairie Restoration Project Continues / Limekiln Lighthouse / Conservation in the Islands
(Tuesday, May 6)

Note: Gardening or horticulture experience a plus, but not required. Ability to bend, kneel, use simple small gardening hand tools for several hours at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry.
 Morning: We're off to the South End of the island and San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) to continue our efforts in Prairie restoration. Activities may vary between seeding, planting, plant protection, and invasion plant species control.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out in the prairie land, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our efforts in Prairie restoration a bit longer. Restoration activities may vary between seeding, planting, plant protection, and invasion plant species control. Then, we're off on a field trip to the West side of the island for a stop at the scenic Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park. Learn about this historic state park and enjoy an easy coastal walk along the shore to the Lighthouse.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Presentation on Conservation and Land Management in the Islands.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Prairie Restoration Project Continues / Salish Sea Overview / Visit to the Whale Museum
(Wednesday, May 7)

Note: Gardening or horticulture experience a plus, but not required. Ability to bend, kneel, use simple small gardening hand tools for several hours at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Service work in the National Park continues.
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style back at the hotel and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: Small group walking field trips to the San Juan Island Historical Museum and the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. Docent guided expert program at both museums. Afterwards, enjoy a little free-time in Friday Harbor.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own...to choose from local fare! (Group leader will have restaurant listings available.)
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax, or stroll the seaside town of Friday Harbor.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Prairie Restoration Project Continues / American Camp Hike / Afternoon free time in Friday Harbor
(Thursday, May 8)

Note: Gardening or horticulture experience a plus, but not required. Ability to bend, kneel, use simple small gardening hand tools for several hours at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry.
 Morning: We're off to the South End of the island and San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) to continue our efforts in Prairie restoration. Activities may vary between seeding, planting, plant protection, and invasion plant species control.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out in the prairie land, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.
 Afternoon: Naturalist guide leads us on a hike the coastal prairie and bluffs in the San Juan Island National Historic Park at American Camp, featuring views of the Haro Strait, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains, and Vancouver Island. Don't forget to stop and smell the wildflowers along the way! Following, we'll get a brief overview of restorative efforts of the Cattle Point Lighthouse and National Monument lands. We'll finish up in the early afternoon, in time to return to Friday Harbor and enjoy some time on your own.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Celebrate your hard work! Enjoy an evening presentation to wrap up the week's events as we reflect upon San Juan Island's inspiration through a writer's observations of the Islands beauty and unique local culture in a special farewell "Sense of Place" closing program.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell and Departure
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Program concludes following breakfast to allow time to return via ferry to mainland and return to greater Seattle area by late afternoon. Breakfast available early for those wishing to depart on 8:00 AM ferry.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island San Juan Island Activities
Among the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands. For additional information, visit www.sanjuanisland.org
  San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands. For additional information, visit www.visitsanjuans.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Field Guide to Coastal Flowers of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Phillipa Hudson


Description: With gorgeous full-colour photos arranged in an easy-to-use colour coded chart for quick identification, the pocket-sized format is perfect for taking along on walks and hikes through both the Pacific Northwest countryside as well as the urban wilds of West Coast cities. Supplying English and Latin names, the distribution range of each species and average plant height and flower size, Phillipa Hudson shares her knowledge of coast flora gained through over 30 years as an active amateur botanist.



Birding in the San Juan Islands


Author: Mark G. Lewis and Fred A. Sharpe


Description: Handy guide for visitor's and residents alike to learn more about Island birds, seasonality, local "hot spots", and how the insular ecosystems affects bird behavior.



Flickers Round Trip


Author: Ann Hanson


Description: The true story of a young flicker, rescued by the author at Mountain Lake on Orcas Island. The story recounts the bird's adventures as it is nursed back to health and ultimately returned to its Mountain Lake home.



Friday Harbor


Author: Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri


Description: A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.



Hiking the San Juan Islands


Author: Ken Wilcox


Description: The famed San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington State offer some of the most charming, scenic and naturally diverse landscapes and seascapes anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. A host of parks, trails, beaches, and protected wildlands are available to enjoy for hiking. This guide includes listings and maps for the surround archipelago, including Whidbey, Camano, Fidalgo, Cypress, and land-based counties near the San Juan Islands.



Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography


Author: June Burn


Description: This autobiography chronicles Farrar and June Burns travels around the United States and their experience homesteading in the San Juan Islands, teaching Eskimos and traveling across the United States in a covered wagon. She wrote extensively for various periodicals and wrote several books. Burn's autobiography Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography (1941) documents much of her early life story, particularly her time on Sentinel and Waldron Islands in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The book has been republished several times.



North Puget Sound: Afoot and Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: An insiders guide to the North Puget Sound region of Washington State.



Plants Of The Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska


Author: Jim Pojar


Description: This easy-to-use field guide features 794 species of plants commonly found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens. PLANTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST covers the coastal region from shoreline to alpine, including the western Cascades. Includes wonder photos, range maps, and more! Rich and engaging notes on each species describe aboriginal and other local uses of plants for food, medicine and implements, along with unique characteristics of the plants and the origins of their names. For both amateurs and professionals, this is the best, most accessible, most up-to-date guide of its kind.



Rainshadow World: A Naturalist's Year in the San Juan Islands


Author: Susan Vernon


Description: The San Juan Archipelago of Washington State is a wondrous place where the land meets the sea. In Rainshadow World, naturalist Susan Vernon explores the fascinating world of wildlife in one of the earth's richest biological realms. From rocky shores and tall grass prairies, to forests draped with mosses and lichens and resonating to the drumbeat of pileated woodpeckers, she encounters the first wildflowers of spring, watches a bald eagle's first flight, surveys rare island marble butterflies, and wonders at whales playing in the moonlight. Susan knows the secret places to explore and takes readers on a compelling journey through an island year.



San Juan Islands Wildlife: A Handbook for Exploring Nature


Author: Evelyn Adams


Description: Natural beauty and a rich diversity of wildlife draw thousands of visitors annually to Washington's San Juan Islands. Until now, there has never been a book that provides an overview of natural life in this beautiful archipelago. San Juan Islands Wildlife is an informative and affectionate look at the habits and habitats of the flora and fauna found within the unique environment of the region.



San Juan Islands, Afoot and Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: Thousands of visitors are drawn annually to the San Juan Islands, which are famed for their safe, scenic boating, lush meadows and dense forests, abundant bird life, and fascinating bits of history. Most of those visitors (and residents alike) have relied on this best-selling guide to outdoor recreation in the Islands. Now in a fully revised third edition, the book covers everything you want to know about park and marina facilities, beaches, shorelines, historic sites, natural science, and marine life. Whether you arrive by land, sea, or air, this fact-filled guide is a must for enjoying the best of the San Juans.



Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Dennis Paulson


Description: A well-researched and superbly illustrated publication on the identification and general biology of shorebirds. The author has successfully developed a new model for guides to other groups of birds by skilfully blending technical and popular information with field and teaching experience. This guide will be extraordinarily useful to ornithologists, biologists, enforcement officials, environmentalists, and birdwatchers at all levels.



Trees and Shrubs for Pacific Northwest Gardens


Author: John A. Grant, Carol L. Grant


Description: Northwest gardeners have relied on the solid information found in various editions of this book for more than 50 years. This greatly enlarged 1990 edition reflects the vast increase in suitable plants for the region now available from area nurseries



Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands (second edition)


Author: Scott Atkinson & Fred Sharpe


Description: This wonderful field guide illustrates and describes more than 190 species of wildflowers, shrubs, trees and weeds that occur commonly throughout the San Juan Islands as well as the Gulf Islands of near Vancouver Island, Canada. The text also includes information on how the climate, topography and geology of the Islands affect plant life.





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