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.
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.