>Miscellaneous Items – 2/9/09

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Illahee Website. The Illahee website was established for the Illahee community to have ready access to local issues and events, and to be able to communicate with each other.

Blog Site Established. The communication vehical is via a blog site, which is something the younger generation is more familar. We have had the blog site up for some time but the useage has been limited.

Website Advisory Committee Decision. There is an Illahee Community Website Advisory Committee that met last fall and suggested the Community Updates be linked to the blog site.

Why Do This? That was the question and the answer is that it allows others to quickly respond to any of the Updates and everyone can see the responses.

How Does It Work? The other day we put out an Update mentioning owls, and we ended up getting two great responses back. We haven’t gotten them back out in an Update, but if they had sent them in as comments to the Update, they would have been available to anyone who wanted to look at them right away.

Illahee Community Club Meeting on Valentines Day. The Illahee Community Club will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2009 on Valentines Day, February 14, 2009 from 1:30 – 3 pm, at the Sylvan Way library. This is an important meeting as they discuss an Illahee Community Advisory Council that would report to the Kitsap County Commissioners, the status of the Replacement Illahee Outfall, whether to appeal the anticipated appeal rejection by the Hearing Examiner of the Timbers Edge project, and the status of the Illahee Creek culvert that continues to fill with sediment, and possibly other issues.

Illahee Owls. We received the following report of Illahee owls a few weeks ago:

Last night around 6:15, during our weekly pickle ball match, we heard this continuous very loud high pitched hooting to the Southwest near Sunset Ave or Hicks Street. Then we all noticed the back and forth series of hooting coming closer and to our amazement two Barred Owls flew right over the house and pickle ball court, 20-25 feet off the ground, hooting at each other as they flew. One was trailing the other by about 12 feet. At first, I thought there may have been more than just the two, but this is all we clearly viewed. The two owls flew toward the east and perched in some trees near East Blvd. They continued their hooting for another 45 minutes. Last year a barred owl perched in an alder tree watching our pickle ball match for nearly three hours in the bright court light. The owls seemed to be curious of the fast moving pickle ball.

March 12th Owl Presentation. Kitsap Audubon speaker for March 12th was covered in the following Seattle Time’s article on Jan 29, 2009:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2008682771_nwwowls290.html

>Miscellaneous Items – 1/7/09

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Vic Ulsh. We received the following information from Vic Ulsh. Vic is an amazing guy who wears many hats. Vic heads up the East Bremerton Rotary work parties in the Illahee Preserve. The Rotary is instrumental in much of the volunteer work in the Preserve including paying for signs and picnic tables. Vic is also one of the co-chairs of the Illahee Preserve Stewardship committee and if anyone wants to help in the next work party, the information is available below. As you will gather from his writeup below, he is an Audubon member and leads bird outings.

KITSAP AUDUBON: Schedule change for Kitsap Audubon. The Kitsap Audubon meeting is tonight, Wednesday, January 7th starting at 7PM in the lower level of Poulsbo Library. Award winning nature photographer and conservationist Paul Bannick will talk about his recent book “The Owl and The Woodpecker” in a presentation which promises to be woven with spectacular photography, stories, and good information about these two fascinating types of birds. Public is welcome. No charge.

Note: Wednesday’s Kitsap Sun noted the Audubon meeting was on Thursday rather than Wednesday. Evidently there was a scheduling problem at the Library and the Audubon meeting was moved up to Wednesday. Pass the word to any who might might interested.

WORK PARTY: We are having a work party this Saturday, January 10th at Illahee Forest Preserve to move wood chips onto trails. Meeting time this Saturday is 8:30 AM at the Thompson Lane entry into Illahee Forest Preserve, located “at the top” of Riddell Road. Parking is available on Riddell Road or Olympus Drive. Wheelbarrows, gloves and pitchforks are most helpful. Members of East Bremerton Rotary will be in attendance. We are excited about putting wood chips onto a new trail section at the north end of Thompson Lane. This will connect Thompson Lane to the Fuson Road Trail. Anyone who cares to join the fun is welcome. Call Vic Ulsh with questions daytime 479-6900 or evenings 373-4824 or vic@bradleyscottinc.com.

BIRD COUNT: First, we completed the Audubon bird count for Kitsap yesterday. Rather difficult conditions for man and bird. Attached is the rough summary prepared for East Bremerton. A few of the viewing points included Illahee State Park – dock and forest, Illahee Community Dock, Illahee Forest Preserve, and Brownsville Marina. Highlights included hermit thrush, varied thrush, ruby crowned kinglets, and a flock of golden crowned kinglets, all on the ground in one parking lot at Illahee State Park. It was magical. The cold weather seems to have brought the kinglets out of the treetops and down to the ground searching for food.

GATE MALFUNCTION: The gate into Thompson Lane at Illahee Forest Preserve was inoperable on Saturday when I visited to do some advance work in preparation for next week’s work party with East Bremerton Rotary. The gate was stuck wide open. It would not respond to a gate key. I reported the malfunction via voice mail to County Maintenance supervisor Jim Stoll and to Lori Raymaker. It appears a repairman will be visiting the site this week, but not sure of the date.

PEACOCK: About half way down the Thompson Lane driveway in to Illahee Forest Preserve I encountered a peacock walking toward me on the road. What a dumbfounding experience that was. I parked my car and walked along with it for 100 yards. Very tame. Very docile. I called several area folks to see if anyone knew anything about someone with a missing peacock. I also tried to call you, but no answer. Finally I called Kitsap Humane Society, but they had no thoughts or suggestions other than for me to take the peacock home for the weekend until a KHS officer was available to assist. They were very cordial, but under-staffed and under-equipped for such an inquiry. The peacock finally went into the woods. I fear a coyote or one of the multitude of off-leash dogs will be the demise of this beautiful bird. I’m still struggling to believe what I saw. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the peacock on Sunday to include it within the Audubon bird count.

Keep the Information Coming. Thank you for providing us with information we can pass on.

Jim Aho