Hikes, outings

We hope you are all healthy and able to enjoy the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Once again this month, our Natural History Society won’t be able to lead an outdoor outing.

Where to Go in January

Where to go in January? When we led groups on walks, here are some of our favorites for this time of year:  

1. On a clear day, walk along the bluffs at Ebey’s Landing, with views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

Ebey’s Landing


2. Walk the Quimper Wildlife Corridor from North Beach through Cappy’s Trails: https://saveland.org/protected-properties/quimper-wildlife-corridor/

Polystichum munitum

3. Explore Fort Flagler’s beaches, bluffs, forests, and historical structures, keeping an eye out for the resident Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagle

4. Plan your own route for an “Urban Bestiary Neighborhood Nature Walk” in Port Townsend, definitely including Point Hudson, Kah Tai Lagoon, and Chetzemoka Park.

5. Take your binoculars to Gardiner Lagoon, down by the Gardiner boat launch, an overwintering site for a variety of ducks and geese.

Northern Pintail






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