SUSAN VERNON - author and naturalist

RAINSHADOW WORLD - A Naturalist's Year in the San Juan Islands


Susan Vernon has lived in the San Juan Islands over twenty-five years.  She was executive director of The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and co-founder of the San Juan Nature Institute.  She has conducted wildlife surveys and consulted with the National Park Service, the Washington Department of Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the San Juan Preservation Trust. She  writes a wildlife column, San Juan Nature Notebook, is an award-winning interpretive specialist, and has published numerous checklists and guides to the wildlife of the San Juan Islands.    Susan continues her field studies in the archipelago conducting  surveys, most notably for the rare island marble butterfly. 



The illustrations for Rainshadow World come from Nancy McDonnell Spaulding’s  30-year archive of field drawings  that are impressions of plants, animals, and landscapes in and around  the San Juan Islands.  Some of these drawings were inspired by the explorations Nancy and Susan enjoyed together.  Nancy and Lewis Spaulding, well-known Northwest artists, own Spaulding Studios on San Juan Island.


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Illustrations on this website copyright  by Nancy McDonnell Spaulding.

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