A Summer Hike

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, August 22, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, for a summer hike along the Upper Dungeness River trail.

This is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. The forest canopy is magnificent, with old growth Douglas-fir more than 200 feet high and hundreds of years old. The forest floor is a green, mossy carpet with an array of fascinating fungi. The trail crosses the river at 2.6 miles, and a junction at 3.2 miles takes you right to the Camp Handy shelter. This is a great turn-around spot for an easy day on the trail.

Please note that it is a 1 hour 45 minute drive to the trailhead, a good portion of which is on dirt road. RSVP to Eileen
JLTnatural@saveland.org. Please say whether or not you are able to drive so carpools can be established. If you are not driving, please plan to pay the driver $10 for gas due to the distance.

August 2018 Book Selection

When:             Monday, August 27, 2018

What time:     3:30-5:00

Where:            Ilahee Preserve



Todd McLeish, Return of the Sea Otter (2018)

Science journalist Todd McLeish journeyed along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters–-the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are making a comeback in California, Washington, and Alaska. McLeish writes of the sea otters as a keystone species in coastal areas, providing homes for a wide array of sealife.  Their comeback is an indicator of the health of the coastal ecosystem along the Pacific Ocean.

July 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, July 23, the JLT Natural History Society book club will meet to discuss Saving Tarboo Creek by Scott and Susan Leopold Freeman. We will meet at the Ilahee Preserve from 3:30-5:00.

This book is the story of the Freeman family’s efforts  to restore damaged Tarboo Creek on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon.  That story is interwoven with universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it.

June 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, June 25, 2018, the Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club will discuss John Steinbeck’s classic The Log from the Sea of Cortez.  We will meet at Ilahee Preserve at 3:30-5:00.

(Directions to Ilahee Preserve — From Highway 19 near Port Hadlock, turn on Prospect Avenue toward Kala Point.  Then turn right on Creek View Lane.  Preserve and parking lot are at end of dirt road.)


This book is a day-by-day account of the specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California taken by John Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts in 1940.  The book is a  blend of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure. The boat used for this journey was the Western Flyer,  now being restored in the boatyard in Port Townsend.

Birding and Beaches in Port Townsend

Join the Natural History Society on Thursday, May 17, for a two-part day of birds and beaches at North Beach, first experiencing songbirds and then exploring the intertidal zone during a minus tide. You may  choose to join one part or both!

We’ll meet at 9:00 am at Port Townsend’s North Beach parking lot.

Naturalist extraordinaire Ken Wilson will lead an enjoyable two-hour  saunter in North Beach neighborhood and adjacent Chinese Gardens
Lagoon (Fort Worden) to closely observe and interpret the spring  activity of our common songbirds as they establish their breeding  territories. He will also will teach us some easy ways to identify  birds by their songs.

At 11:00 am, beach naturalists Nan Evans and  Wendy Feltham will lead a two-hour search for marine invertebrates. We  hope to find nudibranchs, crabs, anemones, and chitons.

Bring your cameras, binoculars, field guides, appropriate footwear and  clothing, and your lunch.  Please contact Eileen at  JLTnatural@saveland.org to RSVP and with any questions.