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


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.


An outing on the Elwha River

Once again the Elwha flows freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Join us for a walking tour on Tuesday, October 7 at 9:00 am to witness the changes along the river and the awesome delta that was created from the sediment behind the dams. Already the Elwha River has replenished the coast, restored the ecosystem and diversity of plants and animals, allowed the migration of spawning salmon, and is restoring the traditional culture of the Elwha Tribe.

Our leader on this walking tour will be Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist, Washington Sea Grant. The tour will be limited to 12 people.

For reservation, directions, and carpooling information contact Dick Stockment at: 360-775-4790 or


October Book Club Selection

In earshot of waterThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, October 27, to discuss In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau, by Paul Lindholdt.

Whether the subject is the plants that grow there, the animals that live there, the rivers that run there, or the people he has known there, Paul Lindholdt’s In Earshot of Water illuminates the Pacific Northwest in vivid detail. Lindholdt writes with the precision of a naturalist, the critical eye of an ecologist, the affection of an apologist, and  the self-revelation and self-awareness of a personal essayist in the manner of Annie Dillard, Loren Eiseley, Derrick Jensen, John McPhee, Robert Michael Pyle, and Kathleen Dean Moore.

Exploring both the literal and literary sense of place, with particular emphasis on environmental issues and politics in the Northwest, Lindholdt weds passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark, the log of Captain James Cook, the novelized memoir of Theodore Winthrop, and Bureau of Reclamation records growing from the paintings that the agency commissioned to publicize its dams in the 1960s and 1970s, to tell ecological and personal histories of the region he knows and loves.

In Lindholdt’s beautiful prose, America’s environmental legacies—those inherited from his blood relatives as well as those from the influences of mass culture—and illuminations of  the hazards of neglecting nature’s warning signs blur and merge and reemerge in new forms. Themes of fathers and sons layer the book, as well—the narrator as father and as son—interwoven with a call to responsible social activism with appeals to reason and emotion. Like water itself, In Earshot of Water cascades across boundaries and blends genres, at once learned and literary.

RSVP to Chris for location at