Join the Natural History Society on Friday, November 8, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm, for an exploration of the Quimper Lost Wilderness in our own Cape George backyard.
This outing will be led by Steve Grace – local naturalist, author, and educator – who happened upon this 30-acre stand of old growth forest and then spearheaded the effort to recognize its value and protect it. We will not only see this sacred place but also get to hear firsthand about the efforts to preserve it. We will be walking approximately one mile across some uneven ground.
RSVP to Eileen at JLTnatural@saveland.org for meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information.
Channel linking Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay
Join the Natural History Society on Friday, October 18, from 1:00-3:00 pm for a visit to Marrowstone Island. First, we will gather at the entrance to Marrowstone with oceanographer Peter Rhines to review the restoration of the channel linking Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay.
Then we will walk through a vernal pond and swamp system on a beautiful property owned by Kurt Steinbach, a recent graduate of the Land Trust’s Northwest Naturalist program. Kurt says these habitats are locally common but hold many secrets due to their inherent inaccessible nature.
Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail fungus) on Kindbergia praelonga (Slender Beaked Moss)
We have timed this outing to coincide with the end of the dry season for easier access, and to take advantage of walking paths he maintains. Expect to see lichens, mushrooms, and mosses revived by the returning rains. We will look for species that have evolved to thrive in a dynamic system with such a variable water table.
RSVP to Ken at JLTnatural@saveland.org for meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information about both projects.
Join the Natural History Society on Friday, September 27, for a walking tour of Port Townsend’s new čičməhán (Chetzemoka) Trail. Lys Burden and Luzi Pfenninger, Trail Team members, will lead us on a specially designed 4.5 mile loop, following parts of the designated interpretive trail, but also neighborhood shortcuts and sections of Port Townsend’s off-road trail system.
As we visit seven sights, including čičməhán’s grave site, Kah Tai Lagoon, and Kah Tai Prairie, Lys and Luzi will share stories of the tribal signs. We will learn about the ethnographic, hydrologic, and glacial history of the San Juan (qatay) Valley.
RSVP to Nan at JLTnatural@saveland.org for meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information.
Great Blue Heron
On August 20, 2019, the Natural History Society took an all-day tour of the Tarboo Watershed with Peter Bahls, biologist and Director of Northwest Watershed Institute. The Institute and many project partners have been implementing one of the largest landscape-scale conservation projects in Puget Sound.
We explored from the headwaters of Tarboo Creek to spectacular Dabob Bay, and stopped to take short walks to see a diversity of wildlife, stream, forest, and shoreline habitats, and a full spectrum of land protection and restoration projects.
Thuja plicata (Western Redcedar)
Janell at JLTnatural@saveland.org coordinated meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information.
Eriophyllum lanatum (Oregon Sunshine)
On July, 17, 2019, the Natural History Society joined for a summer hike up rocky Mt. Ellinor. We were fortunate that botanist Coca Sanchez led us on her annual wildflower walk for the Natural History Society. She took us up a steep mountain to seek endemic wildflowers. Coca also discussed some of our most common flower families, and pointed out blooming species.
Chamaenerion angustifolium (Fireweed), Eriophyllum lanatum (Oregon Sunshine), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Mt. Ellinor is known for its wildflower meadows and spectacular views from rocky ridges. We hiked from the upper trailhead to the summit for views of Lake Cushman and the surrounding Olympic peaks.
Eileen at JLTnatural@saveland.org arranged meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information.