Come experience the obvious and the less-than-obvious changes that occur with the emergence of a Pacific Northwest spring.
Join the Natural History Society on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:00 am to 4:00pm to observe a rich variety of life through the lens of ecological relationships as well as through the lens of the purely aesthetic.
Northern Alligator Lizard
This will be a day of discoveries, insights, and fun, as we visit both the Lyre Conservation Area and the mouth of the Elwha River, both on the Strait of Juan Fuca, west of Port Angeles.
Carpools will be organized. Non-drivers should be prepared to pay their driver $12 for gasoline. RSVP to Eileen at JLTnatural@saveland.orgfor additional information.
Join the Natural History Society on Saturday, March23, for a two-part outing exploring Fort Flagler. First, Biological Technician Willie Richards will lead a late morning tour of the USGS- Marrowstone Marine Field Station. He will explain their research on Pacific Herring and the focus on disease and pathology. Willie will also tell us about some of the highlights of his experience with USGS, including field sampling in Cordova, Alaska, and capturing wild Pacific Herring in the nearby waters of Puget Sound. For background on herring:
After our tour of the USGS Field Station, we will eat our picnic lunches and wander a bit in Fort Flagler to look for seabirds and other birds. Naturalist and expert birder Ken Wilson will lead our birding.
RSVP to Eileen at JLTnatural@saveland.orgfor details about when and where to meet, as well as information about disinfectants required before entering the USGS Field Station.
Join the Natural History Society on Saturday morning, April 13, for a bird walk focusing on birdsong. Expert naturalists Ken Wilson and Dave Rugh will lead an exhilarating outing teaching us to recognize some of our common birds by their songs. They will share insights on the functions and ecology of birdsong, and enhance our listening skills and appreciation of beautiful spring mornings.
We will walk through the North Beach neighborhood, mostly on level ground with some small hills. Be prepared for any weather by dressing in layers, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have one. Please RSVP to Nan at JLTnatural@saveland.orgfor details and to find out time and meeting location.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.