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Orca Watcher Photography and Wildlife Musings by Monika Wieland

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Orca Watcher · 2W ago

What's up with bluebirds on San Juan Island?

Last night the San Juan Preservation Trust held a fireside chat about their western bluebird reintroduction project, which is entering its 11th year. Some people may wonder why this project ...
Orca Watcher · 3W ago

February 20 and 21: Birding Across Washington

After our two day guided trip in the Walla Walla and Pendleton area, we took our time getting home and, of course, did some more birding. Our first stop wasn't too far away at the Walla Wall...
Orca Watcher · 3W ago

February 19: Finches Steal the Show

On Day 2 of our birding weekend we headed across the border into Oregon near Pendleton in search of some other new species. On a snowy back road we made several stops among the beautiful sce...
Orca Watcher · 3W ago

February 18: Owls, Owls, and More Owls

Last weekend my family and I went out on a birding trip in southeast Washington/ northeast Oregon with Khan Tran of KTBirding. It's a trip my dad and I have talked about taking for years, re...
Orca Watcher · 1M ago

Snowy San Juan Island

We don't get a lot of snow here at sea level in our temperate rainforest; some years we don't get any at all! This year has been quite different, although a lot of the snow has been at night...
Orca Watcher · 1M ago

Birding the Fraser River Delta

With friends turning up some fantastic bird sightings just north of the border, it was time for another weekend trip to the mainland and into BC to see what could be seen. First up was a sto...
Orca Watcher · 2M ago

Birding Skagit County

After several birding trips on San Juan Island didn't result in any new species to our year list efforts, it was time to head off island and take advantage of a sunny (if chilly) winter week...
Orca Watcher · 2M ago

Week One of 2017 Photo Year List

It's one week in to 2017, all of which so far for me has been spent on San Juan Island. Despite lots of wind, the birding has been great, and I've already managed to photograph 60 species! M...
Orca Watcher · 2M ago

End of 2016: One Year List Ends, Another Begins

On December 7th, I was grateful to have one final orca encounter for the year, and it was an extra special one because it was totally unexpected! We were out for a walk on Lime Kiln on a bea...
Orca Watcher · 4M ago

CALF IV Workshop

Last weekend we held our fourth CALF (Community Action - Look Forward) workshop on San Juan Island. The purpose of these workshops is to come together to brainstorm grassroots ways we as cit...