Update Frequency. It has been awhile since the last update and the inquiries as to why are continuing. We have been busy with other things and also there has not been any email inputs received that could be passed on, except for some photos and a verbal report on some owl activity. That situation is changing as you will note below.
Grant Report Distributed. The Port of Illahee has distributed the “Illahee Creek Watershed Surface Water Management Plan” that was prepared by Parametrix and funded primarily by the Department of Ecology. We have received a copy of Port distribution letter, and the report itself, and will try to get them to you and on the website soon.
Illahee Outfall Settlement. We also found out the Illahee Community Club has completed a “Settlement Support Statement” letter that describes the benefits of the outfall settlement to the community and to the developer. Once it is signed we will obtain a copy and send it out to all our our email list, which was one of the stipulations of the settlement.
Puget Sound Partnership Reps in Illahee. We have received information that several representatives from the Puget Sound Partnership will be looking at various sites in Kitsap County on Sunday (3/1/09) and one of those sites will be Illahee. They will be meeting at the Illahee Preserve for a quick tour of Illahee and are evidently interested in what is happening with Illahee Creek and the impact of the creek on the Sound.
Missed Meeting Reports. We have been asked to keep up with reporting on recent Illahee meetings as many have advised us they have other obligations and can’t make all the meetings. We understand and will try to get reports out on the January and February meetings.
Short Update. Look for more information on each of these items soon. We will likely send a separate Update out on each one with a link to the actual document so you can comment on them if you want.
Illahee Information. Please send us any information you think the community should be aware of and we will pass it on.
ps The photos are of the new Preserve parking lot being installed and are from John Lind.
Seattle PI Guest Columnist. We were forwarded the attached article from the Dec 14th Seattle PI and asked why we have not passed it on. The column appear first in the Olympian and then in the Post Intelligencer. The link to the article is http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/392115_firstperson15.html
Robins Here are Not Local. We sent out an Update yesterday that stated the robins being observed this winter were local. We were wrong. According to the Audubon experts, they are not local Robins as noted in the attached response received, but rather migrants.
By the way, an interesting note from my aunt. The robins we have here in the summer are not the same as the ones we have here in the winter. They all migrate north/south during those seasons. Our winter robins spend summer season nesting further north of here. Our summer nesting robins spend winter further south. Robin behavior dictates they flock-up during winter, then pair up for nesting activity in spring.
Other Wildlife Notes. We were also remiss in not noting that one of the local ravens appears to have a cold or something because of his strange cawing. They are mostly heard around the Illahee Preserve.
Some seals were reported working the shoreline after corralling some kind of fish and one of the bald eagles was able to get a fish in the process. There were even a river otter trying to get in on the action.
A red breasted sapsucker was sighted when the persons cat became interested in a nearby tree. One of the sounds made by the red-breasted sapsucker is a meow like a cat. They didn’t hear the “meow” sound but surmised that something attracted the cat to the tree.
More Snowbrush Bush Information. Attached are two websites with more information on Snowbrush bushes, which are native plants in this area.
Thank you for keeping us informed. We get a number of emails everyday and sometimes get behind. We don’t mind reminders. We especially like emails where can simply paste your comments.
>This is a TRANSITION update.
Kitsap County is now the official source of information regarding the Illahee Community Plan. Any further reference to the Plan in these Illahee Community Updates is unofficial.
Email Katrina. To get on the Kitsap County email list simply email Katrina Knutson at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will need to know if you want to be on the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) list or the Interested Party list.
Note: When we started issuing updates we were careful to guard your email addresses by sending out “blind copies” unless the addresses or people were in the public domain. Therefore, we have not provided your email address to the county, so if you want to be notified by the county you will need to give them your information.
CAG Meeting on Monday (3/3/08). That said, we want to remind Illahee residents that the first CAG meeting will be held Monday evening (3/3/08) from 6-8 pm at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church on Perry Ave.
Get a copy of the draft Plan. Even if you can’t commit to the CAG for the 8 meetings held every other week, you will want to drop by and pick up a copy of the draft Plan and the handout maps.
Puget Sound Partnership Meeting (2/28/08). It was good to see a number of Illahee residents at the Puget Sound Partnership meeting on Thursday at the Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside. We will be inputting information on our National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant and our Port of Illahee / Department of Ecology grant into the Partnership’s “Program Inventory Record” as what we are doing in Illahee fits the PSP goals to restore and protect Puget Sound.