Preserve Work Party. Last Friday (10/10/14) there was a major work party at the Illahee Preserve with the Washington Youth Academy (48 cadets and 4 support staff) and a small group from the aircraft carrier John C Stennis (CVN 74) that took care of all the wood chips at the Almira and Thompson Lane parking lots.
Back Home. Some have asked what happened to the Illahee Updates. We have been looking for another reporter to help with the updates and to cover when we are out of town as we were for most of September and part of October, but no one has come forward yet. So we will try to catch up beginning with a couple of items from yesterday.
Swallows. Watched the two young swallows on the end on the gangway getting fed by their parents who were flying over the water catching bugs.
Illahee Day. We noticed the sign just went up advertising Illahee Day for this Saturday, 8/16/14, and all are invited.
Culvert Cleaned. It was a busy week in Illahee beginning with the Illahee Creek culvert cleaned out on August 1st. 50 cubic yards of sand and gravel, plus some golf balls from Rolling Hills Golf Course, were removed from downstream of the culvert and deposited at the Almira parking lot area of the Illahee Preserve, where on Sunday Rotary volunteers spread and graded it. Despite the continued cleanout of the downstream end of the culvert, the upstream cleanance continues to decrease, which is why some think it will eventually plug up and result in a road washout. This is the reason stormwater projects are in progress to decrease the storm surges and the excessive sedimentation. An upstream storm pond is currently being enlarged and more pond enlargement work is planned at the golf course in 2015.
Flycatchers. We were not aware of flycatchers until we received the email below showing photos of 4 babies. Wikipedia notes its diet “As a flycatcher it will wait on a perch and when it sees a flying insect it will chase it without any apparent effort. They also enter swarms of gnats, mosquitoes and wherever such insects congregate. They fulfill an important role in keeping insect populations in check, particularly mosquitoes. and they also eat caterpillars and spiders.”
Illahee Flags. Nice to see flags flying in Illahee on the 4th of July.
That was clearly your favorite name for the new boat that’s coming to Bremerton in a couple years. Now I have to usher the name through the bureaucracy and get it picked by the state Transportation Commission.
The first Illahee served the state for 59 years before being abruptly yanked in 2007 because it was rusting away. It was scrapped in 2009.
Over the past couple months, you sent in dozens of names. They were whittled to three most popular — Illahee, Suquamish and Radulescu. In final voting last week, Illahee received more than half (179), though Suquamish (87) and Radulescu (84) also showed solid support.
It might’ve been more fun to crusade for Tony Radulescu, the state trooper shot to death during a traffic stop near Gorst in 2012. Many of you realized that would probably be in vain, however. The guidelines state that names honoring individuals should be avoided, but will be considered it the person has been dead for at least 20 years and has enduring fame. As beloved as Tony was, he doesn’t meet those criteria.
Several of you mentioned he deserved to be memorialized, but in a different way. Tony got more support from you than the votes indicate.
Radulescu also bucked the guideline that the name be consistent with existing fleet names. With the imminent retirement of the Evergreen State, they’ll all be tribal words.
Illahee fits. It means “land,” “country” or “place where one lives” in the Chinook language.
It’s also a pretty community three miles north of Bremerton overlooking Port Orchard Passage that was a former Mosquito Fleet stop. A nearby state park also adopted the name.
The naming process hasn’t officially begun. Washington State Ferries first has to sent the Transportation Commission a schedule for when it needs one. Then the commission will formally solicit names.
It’ll be up to me to build a case. I have to show how Illahee conforms to the ferry-naming guidelines, provide background, and get letters of support from local, regional and state bodies and officials. I’ll be pushing this as the people’s choice, so it would be great if you want to write up your thoughts and send them to me.
The proposals first go to the Transportation Commission’s ferry team, which reviews them for compliance. Eligible ones advance to the full commission, the ferry advisory committee executive council and Washington State Ferries for review and input. They’ll be posted on the Transportation Commission’s website for public comment. The full commission looks at all the input and the ferry team recommendation and makes its decision.
…the bear actually returned that same night for about 45 minutes. I think he took a nap after his initial feeding that afternoon. I added a couple of pics showing the height of the feeders and him easily reaching them.
My feeders have been down since the bear was here, but I have repaired them and intend to put them up again. They have suet cages on them in addition to the sunflower seeds. We really enjoy the variety of birds and mammals that feed on them. Next time they will be higher and further from the tree trunk
I think this bear was here two years ago, but we didn’t see him. I had different feeders then and he really mangled them. I first thought some raccoons were the culprits, but the tree had claw marks that were a full hand span wide. Obviously no raccoon. Probably this same bear and he is getting bigger!
On May 22, 2014, the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program officially became Clean Water Kitsap. This program collects stormwater fees from properties in unincorporated Kitsap County in order to fund efforts to reduce pollution, specifically through reducing polluted runoff.
Jim, this big guy came to our back yard this afternoon. I had bird feeders that were suspended about 10-11 feet above the ground. He ripped the bottoms out of both and sat eating the black oil sunflower seeds for about 15 minutes. This is about 3 blocks south of the Brownsville elementary school. I called WILDCOM and reported the sighting. They said to remove the feeders when safe.
The guy said he may or may not stop by so I told him I would print out a few pictures for him and have them here if he does show, This was the biggest black bear I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot in Montana.
Coyotes. Thanks to those who remember we are always looking for wildlife reports and especially photos to go with them. Coyotes are some of the hardest for us to see, much less get a photo of them. Below is part of the note we received with the two coyote photos.
Help Needed for Friday/Saturday Work Parties. On Friday (5/30) evening and Saturday (5/31) morning work parties have been scheduled at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot. Past work parties have been with groups interested in helping, but this time it is being opened up to whoever wants to volunteer to help. The Go-Mini container loaded with wheelbarrows and some tools will be delivered on Friday. There are wood chips to be moved and weeding of the rain gardens, and other work. Come at whatever day or time works out best for you.