Illahee Preserve Downed Trees. Recent winds have caused a number of trees to come down in the Illahee Preserve, with some of them blocking trails. Several Illahee Preserve volunteers have gone through the county’s chain saw training class and have been doing an amazing job of keeping the trails open. While walking the trails on Saturday afternoon, after the Saturday morning wind storm, we encountered Jon and Vic (two East Bremerton Rotary volunteers who went through the training) who had just taken care of 14 blocking trees and were starting to work on #15. These are the type of amazing people we are fortunate to have working in the Preserve, and reinforces again and again that volunteers, and volunteer organizations like the Rotary, can keep a major Kitsap County Heritage Park’s trails open and the Preserve well maintained.
(For those wondering about the trash bags by the Mutt Mit Station (see attached photo), they were left by the County’s Alternative to Detention crew several weeks ago, and they must have forgotten to call someone to pick them up.)
Pheasant. We have been trying to get a picture of a roster pheasant in the area that is pretty skittish. This is the best we can do at this time and appreciate photographers who can capture good poses of these birds.
Black Turnstone. These are small shore birds we noticed just south of the Illahee Community Dock. We included a picture with a pigeon in it to give you an idea just how small these birds are.
Spring Flowers. We took the pictures of flowers on Friday and have noticed more flowers blooming each day, including a bunch of daffodils today (Monday). We didn’t have our camera today, so those pictures will come later. We also noticed the Canada Geese have paired up, another sign that Spring is nearly here.