Preserve Photo. Thanks again to Chris for the following photo and comment:
Photos. Spring flowers emerging and ducks returning to the Preserve detention pond.
I had an amazing walk today. I counted at least 11 different species surviving the winter in the Illahee Preserve:
Snow Photos. A great snow day to capture some Illahee scenes. Please send any favorites you might want to share.
Preserve Fire. CK Fire Fighters responded at 12:50 today (2/2/17) to a Preserve fire somewhere between the Amphitheater and Compass Circle. We will be checking the area out tomorrow. This is likely the same area where other fires have been set and has become a major concern. Any ideas on catching the person? The photo below is of last summer’s fire.
Photos. The first flowers of the season and other recent Illahee scenes.
Stream Stewards Class. This is a highly recommended class by nearly all who have taken it. It was nearly filled up at the end of last week so act quickly.
Do you want to learn about and explore forests and streams? On the Kitsap Peninsula, beautiful forests and small streams abound, making it the ideal place to learn about native plants, forests, wetlands, aquatic insects, and more. We also discuss our interaction with these resources and their protection, conservation, and restoration. We’ll spend plenty of time exploring outdoors.
During the training and field sessions you’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts and other local people who share your interests. We also provide opportunities for continuing education and involvement in volunteer activities around the county, including tree planting, streamside restoration, stream sampling, and teaching others at events like Salmon in the Classroom. This 6 week non-credit training is open to the public and taught by local and regional experts.
When: Thursdays, February 2 through March 9 from 9:00 to 3:00
Where: Island Lake John Horsley Center (Poulsbo, WA)
Cost: $45, which includes class materials; scholarships are available
Register online at http://stream2017.bpt.me/
Mail Thefts. Mail was seen scattered throughout Illahee today. Early Sunday morning it seemed like nearly every mail box lid was open, up and down Illahee Road.
Illahee Preserve Photos. In the old growth area not open to the public, and a local sign over concerns about poaching.
Photos. The following photos are of common mergansers. A flock of several hundred landed in Illahee on Thursday afternoon and quickly found a school of fish to chase toward shore where they are easier to contain and consume.
Photos. Thanks to Chris for the photos below “from yesterday’s walk, a Brown Creeper and a Hairy Woodpecker! Other species observed included a Golden-crowned Kinglet and several chickadees. Even in a slow time of the year there are many forest residents making their way in the Preserve.”
Photos. Thanks to Chris for the following photos taken in the Preserve last week. We need help coming up with wildlife photos and really appreciate contributions like these!
Preserve Garbage Dumping. This was found at the Thompson Lane parking lot on Friday. Volunteers usually find a way to take care of most dumping, but this was about 20 big bags so a call was made to the Park’s Department to see if they could help. The second photo was some dumping along side another road in the Illahee area.
Guard Rail Damage. We saw some questions about a guard rail that was damaged near the Illahee Creek culvert so we took some photos. The guard rail is designed to absorb the energy when impacted and that is what it did. It sheared off two posts at it’s base, and then folded the steel rail like an accordion. In the old days the old style of guard rails would have caused major damage to a vehicle and anyone inside. It appears the people must have driven off after the accident based on the input below from the property owners.
We’re not aware of any one being hurt, or what caused the damage. The police do not have a report in their records. We were gone between 12:30 – 2:00 PM on Thursday, 12/22/16. Surprised when we returned home.
Mail Theft Chase. We came across the scene below on Saturday and found it had just happened during an attempt to catch someone stealing mail on School Street. They said they were chasing a gray Mazda 3 hatchback when they lost control going around the corner. They were disappointed when a deputy said he couldn’t help them despite their seeing the person going through mail boxes and stealing the mail.
Goose Road Crossing? There are a number of Canada geese in the area north of the Illahee Community Dock and as they consume more and more grass they are crossing Illahee Road. There were residents who at one time wanted deer crossing signs along Illahee Road, and may now want goose crossing signs?
Photos. The last ones being of Illahee Creek and the culvert.