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Winter ID—Appreciating Plants All Year Long

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, November 28, for a
morning exploring Fort Worden with botanist Cheryl Lowe.

Identifying plants in the winter involves looking for different clues than at other times of year. These clues also give us an increased
appreciation for things that we might not notice when flowers or fruits are so obvious. Bark patterns, bud scales, prickles or spines,
branching patterns, or maybe a few lingering berries are the winter characteristics we notice now. Please bring your binoculars and a hand lens, as well as a field guide, if you have them. Trails are in good shape, but there may be some wet sections.

RSVP to Lee at and she will provide details about when and where to meet.

November/December 2018 Book Selection

The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club will gather for its final 2018 session on Monday, December 3, 2018. We will meet at the Pink House next to the Carnegie Library in Port Townsend, from 3:30-5:00.
The book selected for November/December is Upstream: Searching for the Wild Salmon, from River to Table by Langdon Cook. Upstream is a look at the intersection of man, food, and nature. Cook takes us on a tour of the areas where salmon live, from Alaska to the Pacific Northwest to the Central Valley of California. He covers all sides of the debate over salmon: the legacy of overfishing and industrial development; the conflicts between fishermen, environmentalists, and Native Americans; the modern proliferation of fish hatcheries and farms; and the longstanding battle lines of science versus politics, wilderness versus civilization. Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters, wh

A Natural and Un-Natural History of Cappy’s Trails


Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, October 10, from 9:00
am to 12:00 noon
for a morning exploring the wild and re-wilding pathways of Cappy’s Trails in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor (QWC). We will investigate Jefferson Land Trust’s flagship conservation project with Preserve Steward Kathy Darrow. She will guide us, focusing on how the landscape is restoring itself, with some help from Land Trust
volunteers, after 100+ years of colonization.

Pileated Woodpeckers, vintage vehicles, terrestrial orchids, English holly, natural wetlands, and sewer lines are all part of this complex blend of mixed coniferous forest and 20th century human influences.

RSVP to Nan at

October 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, October 22, the Natural History Society book club will discuss Thor Hanson‘s new book, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.

We will meet at the Pink House (next to the library in Port Townsend),   3:30 -5:00.

Buzz is a natural and cultural history of bees.   Amazon’s description of this book states that “bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and for the most part unseen. Yet they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. Alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.  Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect.  Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.”

NHS book club has read two previous books by Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers. Hanson delivered this year’s Huntingford Lecture on Thursday, September 27, at Chimacum High School.  His slides presented an overview of some of the beautiful species of bees, and during the question and answer period at the end of the lecture, he answered questions from the audience about bees.

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.