Cappy’s Trails Nature Walk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin our Natural History Society and JLT Land Stewards, Cheryl Wallace  and Lee Merrill, for a winter walk through the heart of Quimper Wildlife Corridor in a special area known as Cappy’s Trails.

This will  be an easy walk on well maintained forested trails (approximately 3.5  miles) through mostly undeveloped land, open space, and wetlands,  where the lives of people and wildlife overlap within the city of Port  Townsend. Complimentary maps will be provided by JLT.

Meet at the Cook Avenue Cappy’s trailhead on Wednesday, February 15, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Park on Elmira Street, just off Cook Avenue, about 1/2 mile from Hastings. Wear light hiking boots and dress for weather. Bring water, snack, binoculars, and field guides
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There is no limit to the size of this group. For carpool information, other details, and to RSVP, please contact Lee at

February 2017 Book Selection


Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark is the book selection for February 2017.  The Natural History Society book club will meet on Monday, February 27, from 3:30-5:00.  Contact Jean at for location.

Astoria, a true adventure tale of the establishment of Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River,  describes incredible hardships experienced in the wilderness and at sea over the course of three years, 1810 to 1813.  John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson were attempting to found a colony like Jamestown on the West Coast, to transform the United States into a Pacific trading power.  The members of the Astor Expeditions battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest.  The colony opened American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders helped blaze the Oregon Trail.



Urban Bestiary Neighborhood Nature Walk

deerJoin the Natural History Society for an Urban Bestiary Neighborhood  Nature Walk from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 12.

Naturalist extraordinaire Ken Wilson will lead a search for squirrels  in treetops, hummingbirds and woodpeckers at feeders, seabirds in the  marina, and other animals dwelling in urban Port Townsend.

We will walk a short loop to include Chetzemoka Park, Point Hudson, and maybe  a bit of Uptown.

goldeneyeDress for the weather, bring binoculars, and meet us  at 10:00 am in the parking lot in front of Chetzemoka Park. To RSVP and if you have any questions, please contact Michele at

January 2017 Book Selection

The Natural History Society Book Club will read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book The Signature of All Things in the month of January 2017.  We will meet on Monday, January 23, from 3:30 – 5:00. Contact Jean at for location.


The Signature of All Things is a fictional tale of Alma Whittaker, daughter of the richest man in Philadelphia in the early 1800s.  Alma becomes a gifted botanist who investigates the mysteries of evolution.  She falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a talented painter of orchids.  The book takes place all over the globe, from Philadelphia to Amsterdam to Tahiti to Peru.  It is set in that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce and class were being challenged by new ideas.


Winter Whidbey Walk

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Join the Natural History Society for a hike on Whidbey Island on
Tuesday, December 6. We will walk on the 9:30 am ferry in Port

Please carpool together to park along Washington St. or wherever you can leave a car for the day.

Naturalist Ken Wilson will accompany us, and he recommends bringing binoculars to watch for seabirds from the ferry. He says, “One of the treats of the day is the ferry crossing across Admiralty Inlet. Especially in the middle of the channel there are sometimes many hundreds of birds of numerous waterbird species.”

We will explore the Fort Casey campus and look for interesting plants, check out the marshes for birds, find a warm place for lunch, and walk down the beach back toward the ferry. Ken says, “Within the forests, along the shores, and in the wetlands are quite a diversity of species of birds and plants.” Depending on how things go, we will take the 1:15 pm or the 2:45 pm ferry to return to Port Townsend. This is a fun-filled day outing and unlimited in number to share the time together. It’s a delightful opportunity to travel just a short distance from Port Townsend to experience some new scenery.

What to bring: hiking boots, warm jacket, rain gear, backpack with lunch and drinks, ferry fare, binoculars, camera, reference guides such as the trusty Plants of the Pacific NW Coast. To RSVP and if you have any questions, please contact Oma at