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Photography and Wildlife Musings by Monika Wieland
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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