January Book Club Selection

Highest Tide

The Natural History Society Book Club will meet on Monday, January 26, 3:30 to 5:00 pm to discuss The Highest Tide, by Jim Lynch.

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O’Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon shadowed by people curious as to whether this speed-reading, Rachel Carson obsessed teenager is just an observant boy or an unlikely prophet.

The Highest Tide is a poignant coming-of-age story and a gripping novel of natural wonder about one boy’s enchantment with the sea during a summer that will change his life, and the lives around him.

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






February Book Club Selection

Big burn

The Natural History Society Book Club will meet on Monday, February 23, 3:30 to 5:00 pm to discuss The Big Burn, by Timothy Egan.

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men—college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps—to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.

Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

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

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