January/February Outings

A Winter Hike for the New Year

Whidbey Stones

Join the Natural History Society on Friday, January 4,  from 8:45 am –
5:00 pm for a winter hike at Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island. Named
after the first European settler on Whidbey, Ebey’s Landing is
comprised of state, national, and private parcels totaling 17,400
acres. We’ll walk across fields to golden bluffs that tower above the
surf, then drop down (a bit steeply) to wander along a beautiful beach
and gaze at the snowcapped Olympic Mountains.

Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp)

We will take the ferry
(reservations required) and begin at the Prairie Overlook for a
5.2-mile lollipop loop-hike with about 300 feet of elevation gain and
loss. RSVP to Janell at JLTnatural@saveland.org. Please indicate
whether or not you are able to drive so carpools can be established.

If you are not driving, please plan to compensate your driver for the
ferry fee plus $5 for gas.

Walk the Wildlife Corridor

Male Pileated Woodpecker

Walk four miles with the Natural History Society on Friday, January
25, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm between North Beach and Middlepoint through the Quimper Wildlife Corridor (QWC). The QWC is a conservation partnership led by Jefferson Land Trust. Lands within the corridor are owned and protected by the Land Trust, the state, county, city, and private landowners.

Licorice Ferns

According to Sarah Spaeth at the Land Trust, QWC “is important for managing storm-water and keeping our local water clean. It also creates an urban wildlife refuge that provides natural habitat and safe passage for mammals, birds, and amphibians. For Port Townsend’s growing population, it provides open space and recreational trails.” RSVP to Lee: JLTnatural@saveland.org.