VIEW FROM TURTLEHEAD PRESERVE | KURT THORSON
May 2020
Postcard from the Islands
Help us protect the islands you love!
NEWS FROM THE PRESERVATION TRUST
NOTE FROM ANGELA:
Our Need for Nature
As San Juan County begins Phase 2 of our state’s re-opening process, I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Excitement because it’s now possible to gather with a handful of Preservation Trust supporters, staff, and partners (albeit with many limitations). The novelty of virtual meetings wore off long ago, so even this small foretaste of seeing members and friends of the SJPT family in person is a joyful prospect.

In the midst of this fragile budding of joy, however, I’m apprehensive about the potential effects of overcrowding in our public parks and nature preserves. There is such a palpable, pent-up need for outdoor places where people can find recreation and renewal. ...
AN SJPT GATHERING IN THE "BEFORE TIMES"


OUR 41ST ANNUAL MEETING GOES VIRTUAL
It's clear now that the need to maintain physical distance and limit group sizes will remain in effect for some time. As a result, we've decided to turn our 2020 Annual Meeting into a virtual event.

When: June 25 at 5:00pm
(Tune in as early as 4:30)

How: Sign up in advance by clicking the "Register" button. You will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the meeting.
RACHEL SNOW (FHHS) | ARLA SUTTON (OIHS)
MEET OUR CLIMATE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
The San Juan Preservation Trust is pleased to announce the winners of its first-ever, board-sponsored Climate Leadership Scholarships.
Congratulations to  Rachel Snow  (Friday Harbor High School) and  Arla Sutton  (Orcas Island High School)! Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
NORTH COVE LOOKING WEST | STAFF PHOTO
VENDOVI ISLAND IS OPEN
Vendovi Island Preserve opened late this year, on May 8—a few days after Governor Jay Inslee ended the closure of boat ramps and limited recreational boating in Washington waters. If you're planning to visit Vendovi, please keep in mind that the public restroom is closed, so hit the head before you hit the island! We also ask that you observestate guidelines on physical distancing, etc. Open hours are 10am–6pm, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
ISLAND MARBLE ON MUSTARD | JEFF BRENNAN
ISLAND MARBLE BUTTERFLY NEWS
On May 5, the Island Marble Butterfly received official federal protected status under the Endangered Species Act. The San Juan Preservation Trust has been working to aid recovery of this beautiful little butterfly, currently only found on the south end of San Juan Island. With your continued support, we will be able to continue this work into the future.
PARTNERS IN PERPETUITY
OLYMPIC SUNSET | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Names: Janice Sears and Thomas Brown

Gann Society Member since: 2020

Favorite Island Place: It’s so hard to pick just one! Hogback Mountain Preserve on Orcas is one favorite place. The spectacular view from the open grassy knoll looks out over the Pea Pods to Vendovi and Cypress Islands. Every time we walk up to the Preserve, from either the Doe Bay or Moran State Park side, we are so grateful that it was “saved” by the neighborhood and given to SJPT to preserve.
The Wasp Islands (Yellow, Cliff, Coon, McConnell, and others) are another favorite place. There's nothing much better than launching our kayaks in Deer Harbor and paddling out and around these semi-sheltered islands while exploring their shorelines and sea life and taking in the marine views.

Quote: " As a native Washingtonian and decades-long kayaker in the San Juan Islands," Janice says, "I have become an active Salish Sea conservationist. Tom, a Colorado transplant, loves hiking and plants/wildflowers. The Salish Sea ecosystem and the San Juan Islands are such a special place in this world. We can’t think of a better legacy than preserving, maintaining and sharing the Islands with and for future generations to enjoy!"
The Gann Society is a group of individuals who have notified us that they have provided for the San Juan Preservation Trust in their estate plans.

Protect these islands for generations to come with a bequest to the San Juan Preservation Trust. 
UPCOMING EVENT
JUNE 25 Virtual Annual Meeting (Online Only) [
Please join us as we try something different: an all-virtual annual meeting. We'll keep it short and, most of all, sweet!

5:00pm–6:00pm (Join as early as 4:30 to test your connection)
LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THIS AGAIN! A
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
OTTER WITH A ROCKWEED SNACK | MICHAEL NOONAN
Photographer and videographer Michael Noonan writes: "This handsome river otter popped up right in front of me while I was kayaking along the west side of San Juan Island. He looked as interested in me as I was in him. It was a brief encounter, but I had my camera at the ready. (Canon camera, 400mm lens, AV, ISO 2000, 1/4000 sec)

PS: Isn't it dumb to take a nice camera in a kayak? Yes—but I'm glad I got this picture!"
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