Response to the Illahee State Park Email. In our last Update we included the text of an email expressing concerns about housing the homeless in a mothballed Illahee State park. We received comments on both sides, with many of them phone conversations. Most of those who live near the park and use it often have not experienced problems. We talked with Steve Ryder, one of the Park Rangers, who said in the four years he has been there that there have been very few incidents and that Illahee is a very quiet and peaceful park, specifically when compared with other parks he has worked in. He gave as an example this past Memorial Day weekend when the park was full and there was only one havesting citation issued at the beach. We had one person write us that after their hip surgery they started walking through the Park, but stopped when they saw some suspected drug people, which was the only other negative response. The consensus was that there will always probably be some incidents at any public facility, and that there needs to be some regulatory presence, which is what the email was getting at. Thank you to all for letting us know your thoughts!
Illahee Bird Watching. Attached is the results of a recent bird watching event, and an announcement of another one coming up.
Illahee Preserve Birding Tour
Idie Ulsh will be leading a bird walk thru Illahee Forest Preserve on Saturday, June 13th. The focus will be upon sounds of forest birds. Idie Ulsh is a Master Birder and past president of Seattle Audubon. Idie is remarkable with her abilities to bird by ear. Meet in the new parking lot located on Almira Drive at Illahee Forest Preserve. From the traffic light on Highway #303 at Lowe’s Hardware, take Fuson Road up-the-hill and follow the hard right hand turn onto Almira Drive. The parking lot is just ahead on your left. Space is limited to about 12, so advanced sign up is required. Bring binoculars. Bird books optional. Start time is 7AM. Questions or sign-up? Please contact Vic Ulsh at work (360) 479-6900 firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Otters. We have had two emails asking what to do about river otters. One has 5 of them living under their house and the other wasn’t specific. We used to have three of them living near us, but we have some small dogs that get loose now and then and are small enough to go through the brush to their den, and so we think they moved, and probably ended up at these other residents. It shouldn’t be too long before the otters will have their young and will hopefully move on.
Suggestion? Those with the otters are asking for suggestions on how to deal with them, other than contacting the Department of Fish and Wildlife. If you have any ideas, let us know and we will pass them on.