A Walk through the Tarboo

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, September 10, for a walk with naturalists on private property in the lovely Tarboo Valley north of Dabob Bay. We will follow a mile of well-groomed trails through 28 acres of recovering woodland with some trees more than 150 years old. The trails wind through classic Olympic forest, descending to a creek in a steep ravine and rising up to a meadow with views across the valley.

256Bring a snack and water and field guides for plants and animals.

RSVP to Dave and get details about when and where to meet via JLTnatural@saveland.org Restricted to 12 hikers.

September Book Club Selection

Crow PlanetThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, September 22, to discuss Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both a sign of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. Crow Planet is a call to experience the wildlife in our midst, reminding us that we don’t have to head to faraway places to encounter “nature.” Even in the cities and suburbs where we live we are surrounded by wildlife such as crows. Through observing them we enhance our appreciation of the world’s natural order, and find our own place in it.

Haupt, a trained naturalist, uses science, scholarly research, myth, and personal observation to draw readers into the “crow stories” that unfold around us every day, culminating in book that transforms the way we experience our neighborhoods and our world.

Please RSVP to Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for location.

August hike to Lake Angeles

Join the members of the Natural History Society on Friday, August 15, for a hike to an alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains.

The Lake Angeles trail is a 7.4 mile round-trip, with an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. The trail starts just before the entrance to the Olympic National Park on the Hurricane Ridge Road.

Lake AngelesThis hike is limited to 12 people.  Please contact Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for meeting time and place.

The Lake Angeles trail is a moderate to strenuous hike, so be prepared with plenty of water, food, good footwear, layers of clothes and sunscreen.

To read more about the trail go to: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/hikes/lake-angeles?b_start:int=10

 

August Book Club Selection

MooreThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, August 25, to discuss Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, by Kathleen Dean Moore.

In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain.

This book is the record of her experiences. It’s a stunning collection of carefully observed accounts of her life—tracking otters on the beach, cooking breakfast in the desert, canoeing in a snow squall, wading among migrating salmon in the dark—but it is also a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

Please RSVP to Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for location.

A challenging summer hike

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us on Friday, July 18, for an all-day hike up to Marmot Pass. Our intrepid leader, Sally, reminds us that this challenging hike is 10.6 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 3,500 feet. Sally suggests we come prepared for cooler weather, wear good hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water and food, as conditions in the mountains can change quickly. The scenery will be spectacular and there should be many wildflowers in bloom at that time, so you might also want to bring cameras and field guides.

This hike will be limited to 12 participants, due to Buckhorn Wilderness regulations. To sign up, contact Pat at JLTnatural@saveland.org

For more information about the trail to Marmot Pass go to http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/marmot-pass-upper-big-quilcene

A Forest Service pass is required at the trailhead.