The Orcas Animal Protection Society will offer free spaying/neutering for cats of Orcas Island residents.
A grant from the Bernice Barbour Foundation provides the funding to cover surgical costs with qualified volunteers providing the necessary pre- and post-operative care.
The trio of young naturalists caught some of the miniature shrimp for further inspection, but no one could positively identify them. After posting a photo on Facebook, a family friend in California provided the answer: fairy shrimp.
It turned out to be a notable discovery, as only one species of fairy shrimp has been identified in San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. It may be that this single species is actually several genetically isolated populations. As new research on fairy shrimp genetics gets underway, more “cryptic” species are being discovered that look alike, but are genetically different from each other.