Duckabush outing

duckabush-1Join the Natural History Society for an autumn hike on Thursday, October 13, on the Jefferson Land Trust property along the Duckabush River.

This will be an easy hike over uneven terrain.

The Duckabush River provides spawning and rearing habitat for trout and salmon of several species. Many large and small mammals and birds inhabit this rich forest, such as elk, beaver, owls, dippers, woodpeckers and ducks.

duckabush-2Wear hiking shoes and dress in layers for changing weather. Bring a field guide to plants or birds and binoculars (if you have them), and food and water. There is no limit to the size of this group.

duckabush-3For carpool information, details, and to RSVP, please contact Janell at


October 2016 Book Selection

mushroom-huntersThe Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook is the book selected for October.  We will meet on Monday, October 24, from 3:30 – 5:00.  Contact Jean at to RSVP and find out location.

A timely book, as fall is “mushroom season” in the Northwest, when the rains begin.

Author Langdon Cook embeds himself in the underground world of “frontier-style capitalism” to reveal the shadowy subculture that brings the highly valued culinary ingredient–-wild mushrooms–-to the tables and restaurants of modern America.  Part science, part suspense, part culinary history–-who would have ever thought an adventure book could be written about wild fungi?  The setting of the book is the Pacific Northwest, including the Olympic Peninsula.

The Hoh River Trust – preserving a last great American river and its corridor

hoh-river-1On Thursday, October 6, the JLT Natural History Society will sponsor a presentation on the remarkable history and stewardship efforts of the Hoh River Trust. Executive Director Mike Hagen will explain how the trust was formed to obtain and manage lands along the Hoh between the Olympic National Park and the Pacific Ocean.

Of the roughly 250,000 rivers across the continental US, the Hoh is arguably one of the most unspoiled. It flows virtually intact for 56 miles from its source high in the Olympic Mountain range down to the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary. The river corridor contains what many consider the world’s richest old-growth and temperate rainforests. These ecosystems provide critical habitat for endangered and threatened species including marbled murrelet, spotted owl, and bull trout, along with diverse other wildlife, such as elk, black bear, cougar. The river itself supports some of the healthiest native salmon and steelhead runs in the “Lower 48.”

hoh-river-2Within the lower reaches of the river, 30 miles beyond the Olympic National Park boundary, some 10,000 acres encompassing a mile on either side of the river are designated “at risk.” Over the last century, much of this area was managed for commercial timber harvest, and it is now in various stages of regeneration. Restoring the vitality and resilience of these lands for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and humans is the mission of the trust. In its short, twelve-year history, the trust has already acquired nearly 7,000 acres.

Join us for this exciting program at 7 pm in the Sanctuary Hall of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, at 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of five dollars.

Spruce Railroad Trail

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin the Natural History Society for an autumn hike on Tuesday, September 13, along the Spruce Railroad Trail, hugging the far side of
Lake Crescent.


We will be gone most of the day to hike eight miles round trip, with an elevation gain of only 250 feet, looking for signs of autumn.

Wear hiking shoes and dress in layers for changing weather.
Bring a field guide to plants or birds and binoculars (if you have
them), and food and water.

There is no limit to the size of this group. For carpool information, other details, and to RSVP, please contact Janell at

September 2016 Selection

humboldt coverThe Natural History Society book club will read The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf in September.  We will meet on Monday, September 26, from 3:30-5:00. For location, contact Jean at 

Andrea Wulf,  the acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners , “reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism” (quote from Amazon).  Although Americans may have heard of Humboldt, through such names as the “Humboldt current” or other place names, few know that he was a celebrity scientist in his time.  Wulf writes of his extraordinary accomplishments and travels, and details his interactions and influence on Thomas Jefferson, Simon Bolivar, Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and others.