January bird walk at Gardiner Lagoon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABring your scopes, binoculars, cameras and field guides to the Gardiner Lagoon – a favorite overwintering site for many different types of birds. Join naturalist Kathe Cook at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 20 to observe a variety of ducks, geese and other birds at the lagoon and out in the bay.

This outing will last approximately two hours.  The terrain is easy, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for winter weather.

A light drizzle is okay, but if it’s raining we’ll postpone until the following Tuesday, January 27.

324From Port Townsend drive west on SR101 and turn right onto Gardiner Beach Road. (If you pass the Wild Bird Store, you’ve gone a bit too far.) Turn left into the parking area at the bottom of the hill.

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Kathe at jltnatural@saveland.org

December Book Club Selection

Jump offThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet on Monday, December 15, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm to discuss The Jump-Off Creek, by Molly Gloss.

This is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. The Jump-Off Creek gives readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and a courageous woman determined to survive.

For location and directions, contact Wendy at jltnatural@saveland.org


November Book Club Selection

untitledThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet on Monday, November 17, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm to discuss Of Men and Mountains: The Classic Memoir of Wilderness Adventure, by William O. Douglas.

William O. Douglas was one of that rare mix of man that helped define America, a judge of the supreme court and also a lifelong outdoorsman. This is his story in his words and conveys the joy he felt for the wild untouched vastness of the great forests and the high snow capped peaks which he pitted himself against.

For location and directions, please RSVP to Wendy at JLTnatural@saveland.org


An Autumn Walk at Indian Island

Gull landingJoin our Natural History Society on Friday, November 14, at 1:00 pm, for an autumn walk along the path at Indian Island. We’ll meet in the parking lot of the first County Park when you cross the bridge to Indian Island, just opposite the military entrance, and walk along the path to the Marrowstone and back.

Bring field guides, binoculars, and sturdy hiking boots and we’ll see what we can find!

Wolf Talk

D.Smith-WolfJoin the JLT Natural History Society and Western Wildlife Outreach on Thursday, October 16, for an entertaining evening of “Wolf Talk” with David Moskowitz, well-known wildlife tracker and author of Wolves in the Land of Salmon. Moskowitz will share stories, images, and video clips from the recent OR7 Expedition, which retraced the wanderings of a young male gray wolf, who traversed more than 1,200 miles through Oregon and into California.

The wolf dubbed OR7 was captured and outfitted with a GPS collar in 2011 by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, to follow his journey via satellite signals across multiple mountain ranges, a vast desert, and past numerous towns and cities along the way. OR7 made international news as he wandered to California, becoming the first wolf to be documented there in 90 years. In the spring of 2014 Moskowitz, along with a filmmaker and other stalwart participants, launched an expedition to follow the approximate path of OR7 on foot and by bicycle. The adventurous mission led the team to fresh insights on what it means to share the landscape with large carnivores in the contemporary world.

David will be joined by local carnivore experts, Lorna and Darrell Smith, of the non-profit Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO), who will discuss Washington’s recovering gray wolf population. WWO is a Port Townsend based organization dedicated to providing accurate, science-based information on bears, wolves, and cougars. The organization aims to promote wildlife-safe communities, at the same time striving to restore and maintain healthy populations of these iconic animals, whose roots in the Pacific Northwest extend to millions of years ago.

David Moskowitz is a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies, employing tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. Moscowitz helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, whose participants search for and observe rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands.

The Natural History Society is an offshoot organization of the Jefferson Land Trust. It was founded in 2012 to foster active exploration, appreciation, understanding, and conservation of the diverse natural environments of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.

The “Wolf Talk” program will take place at 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 16, at the Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend. This event is free and open to the public. A $5 donation will help defray the costs and support future programs.