April 2020
Spring Into Nature
in Your Own Backyard
BUT FIRST—HOW ARE YOU DOING?

We (the staff and board of the San Juan Preservation Trust) are, collectively, doing okay, and each one of us hopes you are, too. Above all, we wish to extend our sympathy and send virtual hugs to all those in our community whose lives have been directly affected by COVID-19.

In particular, we want to express gratitude and admiration for those in our communities who are working valiantly on the front lines: nurses, doctors, and supporting healthcare staff; emergency responders in our fire, EMT, and sheriff's departments; grocery and drug store employees; farmers, food preparers, and food-delivery workers and volunteers; and all other owners, employees, and volunteers of essential business and nonprofit organizations who are putting their own health at risk in service to others and the community at large.

Our three largest islands have each set up community-response hubs to serve as online portals for local resources and funding needs. Additional resources and ways to donate to emergency-response funds can be found on the islands' community foundation and/or community resource center websites. Here's a brief directory:

Lopez Island:

Orcas Island:

San Juan Island:

We at the Preservation Trust feel fortunate that, thanks to you and other faithful supporters, our funding is adequate to see us through the worst of this crisis. At this time of unprecedented need, we would like to call attention to other charitable organizations that are delivering direct relief to those adversely affected—many of which are included in the listings above.

While we're all still staying at home and avoiding most personal interactions, it's more important than ever for us all to savor some time outdoors each day. Take some deep breaths, listen to the birds and frogs, and take advantage of these dark, clear nights to stare in wonder at the stars.

To help you get your daily dose of nature's Rx, we offer the following ideas and invitations from Preservation Trust staff members, from our backyards to yours.
WATCH OUR 60-SECOND SERIES

We've been busy expanding our collection of "Just a Minute (from the Islands)" videos, in which we highlight signs of spring in the San Juans. Please drop us a line to tell us what you think!
QUICKEST BINGE-WATCH EVER: KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR MORE OF OUR 60-SECOND SHOWS
FROM EARTH DAY TO EARTH MONTH

We planned to go big in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this year, and although we canceled our two beach clean-up events, we are more charged than ever to help build a digital community movement revolving around individual responsibility and dedication to the health of our planet. We are taking Earth Day and raising it to Earth Month by asking you to join us in committing to an  #EarthMonthPledge .
RED MILL FARM CARETAKER THOM PENCE VOLUNTEERS AT THE SALISH SEEDS NURSERY
HAIKU CHALLENGE

Have you taken some time recently to clear your mind from the weight of the world and reflect upon nature in a creative way? The Preservation Trust is offering you the perfect excuse to lean into the natural world and art for inspiration. Join us outside on Friday, April 17, to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day!
GRAB A SIT SPOT AND DO SOME HAIKU!
BACKYARD BINGO

There's been a lot of virtual Bingo going around lately. We decided to follow the trend with our own Bingo card—this one featuring springtime birds of the San Juan Islands. Click here , or on the card below, to download a PDF that you can print out. Then go outside and start checking off squares as you spot each bird.

For help identifying the birds you see, check out our Just A Minute video on using the Merlin bird ID app. Happy birding!