>Illahee Area Search on Sunday for Missing Woman. On Sunday morning (8/1/10) the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) unit will conduct a second ground search for 19 year old Kara Lynn Radabah. The news release for the search is attached. We wanted to let those in the Illahee area know that starting sometime after 7 am on Sunday the SAR personnel will be on foot going through the area.
>8/4 Illahee Preserve Work Party. The East Bremerton Rotary has scheduled an Illahee Preserve work party for Wednesday (8/4/10) starting at 5:30 pm. Also at this work party will be personnel from the aircraft carrier the USS John C Stennis. The Illahee community volunteers are needed and will be finishing up on work on th Rain Gardens and they hope to use some of the Stennis personnel to help line the rain garden walkways with logs and create simulated rock streams in the rain garden. It should prove to be one exciting and productive evening.
>We were out of town for awhile and missed a number of events.
>More Deer Responses. We received some more responses to the question of whether there were so many deer in the area that they should be thinned. Thank you for all your responses!
>Deer Thinning Question. We were asked to question whether there were any in the community who thought our deer numbers were so high that they should be thinned. We heard from a number of you who said no and several who said yes. The comments that have come in so far are printed below:
Landscape modification is one of the most effective and environmentally sound methods for reducing goose populations and/or damage to lawns and yards.
This can be accomplished by:
1. Planting shrubs, hedges or replacing lawn with unpalatable ground cover (no english ivy please….).
a. Mowing and fertilizing the lawn as infrequently as possible (think of it as one less “honey-do”). It is difficult for geese to access the young shoots if the grass is tall and older stems are not as appealing as young shoots.
b. Planting a less-palatable grass species (not guaranteed to get rid of your problem if there are limited feeding areas as a less appealing feeding area is better than no feeding area). Although geese will feed on almost any grass, they exhibit a feeding preference for Kentucky bluegrass. They dislike tall fescue, especially certain varieties which contain an endophytic fungus (be careful as this endophytic fungus is not good for goats, sheep or horses and can make them sick).
3. Geese avoid sites with bushes, hedges, or other objects that would allow a predator to approach without being seen. Other methods that make a lawn appear less safe to geese include:
a. Placing shrubs or boulders close to foraging areas. The obstacles should be large enough for other animals or predators, such as a dog, to hide behind.
b. Planting tall-growing trees or not removing tall trees in the area. Geese prefer not to use areas where trees obstruct their ability to fly. Geese are so heavy that they gain altitude slowly when flying–they require a low flight angle of about 13° to take flight.
A big thank you to the Kitsap County Park’s Department personnel who took care of moving the chips out of the handicapped parking spaces and putting back the sign that had been either taken out or knocked down!!!!!! When we ask for free chips for use on the Preserve trails the landscaping and tree removal companies are generally really good about placing them back in to woods where they don’t interfere with anything and especially parking. This time we got so many loads of chips that they spilled over into the handicapped parking stalls faster than we could organize work parties to take care of them. When we went out there this morning (Thursday) to see what we could do we found that the Park’s Department had already been there and had taken care of the situation. See the attached photos. While we like to think that the Preserve is being primarily taken care of by volunteers, it is really nice to have the support of Parks when situations like this arise. Bravo Zulu and Thank You to the Park’s Department!!!!
It has been a difficult year for growing crops like tomatoes and peppers because of the unseasonably cool weather earlier this gowning season, not to mention the slug problems that came with the cool damp weather. Another garden problem for Illahee residents is the deer foraging on everything from roses to raspberries. We have had reports of deer munching most everything from apple trees, vegetables, and even geraniums in pots on peoples decks, not to mention rose bushes. We have attached a picture of an eaten raspberry stem.