September Outings

Explore Miller Peninsula

Join the Natural History Society on Monday, September 10, from 9:00am-4:00 pm, for a hike through a lush ravine to a remote beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is a 7.7-mile walk with 590’ of elevation change on the Miller Peninsula off of Diamond Point Road near Sequim.

We will arrive at the beach in time to enjoy a minus tide, exploration of the spit, lunch, and views of Protection Island.

RSVP to Michele at Please say whether or not you are able to drive so carpools can be established. If you are not driving, please plan to pay the driver $3 for gas.


An Insect Afternoon

Harpaphe haydeniana (Yellow-spotted millipede)

Join entomologist Richard Lewis and the Natural History Society on Saturday, September 22, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, for a two-mile insect exploration around Gibbs Lake. We will walk through an evergreen forest, beside the lake, and into areas of understory growth and deciduous trees, which all provide habitat for different insects.

Richard expects to catch and identify insects in/under fallen wood, flying around, in the water, and on trees/leaves. He hopes to find common insects like beetles, butterflies, ants, bees, wasps, dragonflies, and flies, as well as lesser known springtails, crane flies, and water bugs. We will also look for signs of insects, discuss insect biology, morphology, and diversity, and the role insects play in forest health.

Rhionaeschna multicolor (Blue-eyed Darner) dragonfly

Richard Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the University of Delaware and a master’s from WSU. He works part time with WSU extension doing talks, insect ID’s, and raising honey bees.

RSVP to Lee at Please say whether or not you are able to drive so carpools can be established. If you are not driving, please plan to pay the driver $2 for gas.