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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.

September 2018 Book Selection

The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club will meet on Monday, September 24, 3:30-5:00, to discuss The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future by Jim Robbins.  We will meet at the Ilahee Preserve just off of Prospect Avenue near Kala Point.

Author Jim Robbins believes that humans’ relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures.  They are found everywhere and are our most vital connection to nature.  Through various stories of interactions between birds and humans, Robbins illustrates just how valuable birds are to humans, both ecologically and spiritually.  This book brings birds from the background of our lives into the foreground, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live.

A Summer Hike

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, August 22, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, for a summer hike along the Upper Dungeness River trail.

This is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. The forest canopy is magnificent, with old growth Douglas-fir more than 200 feet high and hundreds of years old. The forest floor is a green, mossy carpet with an array of fascinating fungi. The trail crosses the river at 2.6 miles, and a junction at 3.2 miles takes you right to the Camp Handy shelter. This is a great turn-around spot for an easy day on the trail.

Please note that it is a 1 hour 45 minute drive to the trailhead, a good portion of which is on dirt road. RSVP to Eileen 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 $10 for gas due to the distance.

August 2018 Book Selection

When:             Monday, August 27, 2018

What time:     3:30-5:00

Where:            Ilahee Preserve



Todd McLeish, Return of the Sea Otter (2018)

Science journalist Todd McLeish journeyed along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters–-the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are making a comeback in California, Washington, and Alaska. McLeish writes of the sea otters as a keystone species in coastal areas, providing homes for a wide array of sealife.  Their comeback is an indicator of the health of the coastal ecosystem along the Pacific Ocean.

July 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, July 23, the JLT Natural History Society book club will meet to discuss Saving Tarboo Creek by Scott and Susan Leopold Freeman. We will meet at the Ilahee Preserve from 3:30-5:00.

This book is the story of the Freeman family’s efforts  to restore damaged Tarboo Creek on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon.  That story is interwoven with universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it.