Tag Archives: Gibbs Lake

September Outings

Explore Miller Peninsula

On September 10, 2018, the Natural History Society led a hike through a lush ravine to a remote beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is a 7.7-mile walk with 590’ of elevation change on the Miller Peninsula off of Diamond Point Road near Sequim.

We arrived at the beach in time to explore the spit during a minus tide, and enjoy lunch and views of Protection Island.

Michele at JLTnatural@saveland.org was the contact person for trip details and carpool arrangements. Non-drivers paid $3 for gas.

 

An Insect Afternoon

Harpaphe haydeniana (Yellow-spotted millipede)

Entomologist Richard Lewis joined the Natural History Society on September 22, 2018, for a two-mile insect exploration around Gibbs Lake. We walked through an evergreen forest, beside the lake, and into areas of understory growth and deciduous trees, which all provide habitat for different insects.

Richard caught and identified insects in/under fallen wood, flying around, in the water, and on trees/leaves. He found common insects like beetles, butterflies, ants, bees, wasps, dragonflies, and flies, as well as lesser known springtails, crane flies, and water bugs. We also looked for signs of insects, discussed insect biology, morphology, and diversity, and the role insects play in forest health.

Rhionaeschna multicolor (Blue-eyed Darner) dragonfly

Richard Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the University of Delaware and a master’s from WSU. He works part time with WSU extension doing talks, insect ID’s, and raising honey bees.

Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org organized carpools. Non-drivers paid $2 for gas.

Gibbs Lake Hike and Picnic

On June 29, 2016, we joined for a summer hike at Gibbs Lake County Park, a peaceful spot with lots of fir and mature cedars. The trail around the lake is approximately 1.75 miles and offers intermittent views of the lake.

Northern Pintails

IMG_4692At different times of the year, trilliums and rhododendrons bloom, ducks float on the tranquil lake, and songbirds nest along the shoreline.

We hiked around the lake and then had a wonderful picnic lunch together at the beach. Those brave enough to manage the cool waters, took a swim. Often the water is clear, clean and beautiful.

Ken at jltnatural@saveland.org was the contact for details.