Illahee 4/7/13 Road Work Signs, Spring Blooms, WYA Work Party, Rain Garden Progress, Illahee Webcam, Port Meeting on Wednesday, Timbers Edge, Wildlife Photos

Road Work Signs.  On Monday (4/8/13) the road work begins from the Illahee community dock to Illahee North.

Spring Blooms.  Just some of the beautiful blooms as one walks through Illahee this spring.
WYA Work Party.  On Saturday morning (4/6/13) the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot was full to overflowing as Washington Youth Academy (WYA) cadets and their mentors comprised one of the largest work parties we have seen.  There were at least 64, and probably more, we lost count as they all jumped in to haul wood chips, build trails, move logs, plant trees, haul rocks, etc.  Thanks to the Rotary again for their contacts with the WYA and for their members bringing 25 wheel borrows and tools. We picked the photo below as the WYA program is administered by the Washington State National Guard.  The second photo shows how the logs were placed to better define the perimeter of the rain garden.
Rain Garden Progress.  We are reworking the rain garden to better show off the different kinds of native plants that can be used in rain gardens.  The first plot will be devoted to mostly ground cover plants such as rushes, sedges, Oregon grape, kinnikinnick, wild strawberries, etc.  Since these plants spread we decided to use logs in the interior to keep some semblance of order.  However, we just planted some of these and have yet to find more plants, so it may be another year before the plots fill out.
We were asked what the purpose of a rain garden was and essentially responded with what the sign below said.

Illahee Webcam.  There has been some interest in learning more about how an Illahee webcam would work and what the costs would be.  We were able to get a copy of an email from the developer of the software and seller of the system.  It will require a computer to run it 24/7 and they are wondering if anyone has a netbook they aren’t using that they would be able to contribute to the project.  The thought is the time lapsed coverage of this webcam would be more dynamic than others in that it would, in addition to picking up the changes in weather, it would pick up the tides going in and out and the boat traffic.
The price for an indoor camera setup is $499 + shipping.  This includes the following:
  • Olympus SP-500UZ camera configured for remote control
  • SebecTec webcam software with weather and time-lapse
  • SebecTec custom relay (helps keep the camera running all the time)
  • Pan/tilt camera bracket
  • 30ft USB active extension cable 
  • 6.5v camera power adapter
Attached is a photo of the components.  You will also see a nettop computer used to control the camera with this setup.
This particular camera was shipped to Iceland –

If you have any questions please let me know.  If you will like to order I can send you a PayPal invoice.

Thank you,


Michael McCormack
SebecTec LLC
Derry, NH
In addition to the above equipment, a special plexiglass housing would need to be made for the camera.
Port Meeting on Wednesday.  Just a reminder that the Port of Illahee meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm, which is this week (4/10/13), and the meetings are open to the public.

Timbers Edge.  No new information regarding what is happening with the Timbers Edge development.
Wildlife photos.  We think this eagle discovered a Canada goose nest and is eating the eggs.  The next photo is of a young seal.  And the flower is a trillium in the Illahee Preserve.  And the last photo was sent to us of a large and tall big leaf maple tree along the shoreline behind the flag that is covered by English ivy which will someday overwhelm the tree if the ivy vines aren’t cut. 
Jim Aho