Film Event Report. For those unable to attend the Premier showing of “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time”, you missed a great celebration. When we added the children who were present, the attendance was at or just over 100. The showing of three short films was a little ambitious, but as some said, they all were informative and built on each other. It was great to have Betsy Peabody from the Puget Sound Restoration Fund give an update on our native oysters. And the food and drinks at the reception following were a great way to end the evening.
Special Recognitions. A special thanks to Taylor Shellfish for the delicious clams and mussels, and for Marco, Jennifer, and Betsy for serving and shucking all the oysters. And a special thanks to Ron Muhlman for supplying some alternative food for those who don’t eat shellfish. Thanks to Kay and Elysa Aho for making and serving the muffins, brownies, and punch. And thanks to all those who appeared in the film and to those who provided funds: the Department of Ecology, the Port of Illahee, the Illahee Forest Preserve, the Illahee Community, and others in Kitsap County. It was a cooperative effort by all. Thank you!!
Filmmaker Congratulated. It was also great to have an especially talented filmmaker there, Shelly Solomon of Leaping Frog Films. The Olympia Oyster film and the Illahee film were both produced by her. The ability to create an educational, entertaining, and compelling story is truly an art that Shelly has mastered. The Illahee film will be around for some time and will likely be shown at environmental film festivals to demonstrate what great things a community can do. What was amazing is how Shelly weaves many stories together, including in the Illahee film a brief history of Illahee and the Illahee Preserve. During the event we moved so fast from film to film we forgot to have Shelly comment on the film and respond to questions. We have been asked to make sure we ask her to do so at the next showing.
Other Reviews? We received many compliments on the film and the event. We would like to solicit reviews from others, so let us know what you thought of the Illahee film.
Injured Goose Report. Thanks to those sending in the following reports.
An Illahee resident knocked at our door this morning to inform us that she was very concerned about a goose which was obviously injured and sitting on the side of the road by one of our Port Commissioner’s house at 5500 block of Illahee Road NE. She covered and lifted the goose into a large container which we provided. The good samaritan took the injured goose to the wildlife shelter on Bainbridge Island. Their efforts probably saved another one of our communities wildlife and we appreciate her concern and willingness to take this injured bird to a better place. Thank You!
This is an up-date regarding what we have found out was a Cackling Goose found injured on Illahee Road today.
After X-Rays taken at the Northwest Wildlife Sanctuary this afternoon on Bainbridge Island it is unfortunate to have to report that this beautiful goose had to be euthanized. In addition to a broken wing, infected foot, it was found that this goose had taken buckshot. Despite the desire to have this wildlife return to the wild well healed, in this instance it could not happen.
The good samaritan of Illahee is thanked for a day of rescue, good intentions, and a job well done.
Thank You from your neighbors!
Signs of Spring. Lots of signs that Spring is right around the corner. Thought we would post some photos we took recently, including one of a kayaker/jogger. This person kayaked to Bainbridge Island’s Gazzam Lake Park and Wildlife Preserve Trails, and then jogged along Crystal Springs and back to his kayak, and then kayaked back to Illahee. While we were in our winter coat because of the cool day, he was in shorts and jogging gear. It must be spring!
Crocus. According to Wikipedia the crocus is a genus in the iris family and there are about 80 species. Shown here are two common colors.
Map of Gazzam Lake Park and Wildlife Preserve Trails.