Hikes, outings

March Brings Spring!

Dunlin & Black Turnstone & Sanderling

We are sad that it’s now been a year without our monthly Natural History Society outings. However… in this month’s attached newsletter, our readers share joyful signs of spring.

Ribes sanguineum (Red-flowering Currant)

Polygonia satyrus (Satyr Anglewing)

Our Guiding Committee has compiled the following list of websites, recorded lectures, and other suggestions to inspire you this spring.

  1. You can access the Land Trust’s past recordings of lectures from “Nature in Your Neighborhood” and “Discovering the Forest:”
    https://saveland.org/discovering-the-forest/
  2. For free weekly presentations about “Great Rivers of the West” during March, with Washington rivers featured on March 31: https://www.westernrivers.org
  3. From UW’s Nature & Health a Zoom lecture on March 3 called “Hiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature:” https://natureandhealth.uw.edu/news-and-events/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D150146786
  4. Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island has created a series of free personal nature explorations: https://bloedelreserve.org/strolls-at-home/
  5. The Natural History Society’s book club just read (and loved!) Kelly Brenner’s Seattle-based Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World. Her website is fun to explore: http://www.metrofieldguide.com
  6. If you missed Nature Now on KPTZ, you can listen to podcasts on Nature Now Archives – KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend, here: https://kptz.org/podcasts/nature-now/
  7. A few local organizations offer outings and classes, which we encourage people to support by joining!:
  8. And last… Here’s a video of Dunlin fleeing from a Peregrine Falcon in the Skagit Valley, set to music:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=n1Wq9WkAwrQ&feature=emb_logo

Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

Dosewallips River

Happy Spring!

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Rain doesn’t stop intrepid naturalists from looking for insects at Gibbs Lake in September 2018.

Hooded Merganser

Dungeness Spit driftwood and stones

Surf Scoter

Usnea lichen in the wind