On February 17, 2018, the Natural History Society group walked onto the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry for an outing
across the Salish Sea and a hike on Whidbey Island. Naturalist Cheryl Lowe led us as we explored a diversity of habitats near Crockett Lake and Fort Casey.
We practiced identifying winter twigs, got an introduction to the DNR Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve, and learned something about the geologic history of Crockett Lake/Keystone Spit, and how it’s managed today.
There was an active Bald Eagle nest nearby, and we saw many birds. A year ago we counted 40 species in this area, including Black Oystercatchers, Surf Scoters, Red-necked Grebes, Ancient Murrelets, and a Northern Harrier.
We brought binoculars and field guides, and prepared for whatever the weather might blow our way. Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org was the contact for timing, location, and details.