January 2019 Book Selection

On Monday, January 28, 2019, the Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club will discuss Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old Growth Forests by Joan Maloof.  We will meet at the Charles Pink House next to the Port Townsend Carnegie Library from 3:30-5:00.


Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a case for the importance of old-growth forests. She describes the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals—and contrasts them to the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. These fragile ecosystems exist only in scattered fragments, and Maloof urges us to cherish those that still exist.

Winter ID—Appreciating Plants All Year Long

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.

RSVP to Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org and she will provide details about when and where to meet.

November/December 2018 Book Selection

The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club will gather for its final 2018 session on Monday, December 3, 2018. We will meet at the Pink House next to the Carnegie Library in Port Townsend, from 3:30-5:00.

The book selected for November/December is Upstream: Searching for the Wild Salmon, from River to Table by Langdon Cook.

Upstream is a look at the intersection of man, food, and nature. Cook takes us on a tour of the areas where salmon live, from Alaska to the Pacific Northwest to the Central Valley of California. He covers all sides of the debate over salmon: the legacy of overfishing and industrial development; the conflicts between fishermen, environmentalists, and Native Americans; the modern proliferation of fish hatcheries and farms; and the longstanding battle lines of science versus politics, wilderness versus civilization.

Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters, which we read in October 2016.

A Natural and Un-Natural History of Cappy’s Trails


Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, October 10, from 9:00
am to 12:00 noon
for a morning exploring the wild and re-wilding pathways of Cappy’s Trails in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor (QWC). We will investigate Jefferson Land Trust’s flagship conservation project with Preserve Steward Kathy Darrow. She will guide us, focusing on how the landscape is restoring itself, with some help from Land Trust
volunteers, after 100+ years of colonization.

Pileated Woodpeckers, vintage vehicles, terrestrial orchids, English holly, natural wetlands, and sewer lines are all part of this complex blend of mixed coniferous forest and 20th century human influences.

RSVP to Nan at JLTnatural@saveland.org.

October 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, October 22, the Natural History Society book club will discuss Thor Hanson‘s new book, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.

We will meet at the Pink House (next to the library in Port Townsend),   3:30 -5:00.

Buzz is a natural and cultural history of bees.   Amazon’s description of this book states that “bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and for the most part unseen. Yet they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. Alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.  Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect.  Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.”

NHS book club has read two previous books by Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers. Hanson delivered this year’s Huntingford Lecture on Thursday, September 27, at Chimacum High School.  His slides presented an overview of some of the beautiful species of bees, and during the question and answer period at the end of the lecture, he answered questions from the audience about bees.