Short Nesting Time for Local Canada Goose. Four days and two eggs was all a local Canada Goose had for her nesting effort before some animal, probably a raccoon or possum, found her nest. We heard the commotion at 2 am and in the morning found the two broken egg shells on the grass the next morning, along with a sad looking female goose.
Young Eagle Thinks Twice About Taking on One of the Geese. A few days after the above event a young bald eagle started to swoop down on one of the Canada Geese, and only backed off when the goose flared its wings. We have watched eagles attach Canada geese before but they are usually just a lone goose on the beach.
Deer Reports. When their raspberry bed looked like a bunch of sticks sticking up out of the ground, one resident put up a new 7′ high fence around the area. He said three deer were visiting the bed every night until they had decimated nearly all the raspberries. A neighbor tried to shoo the deer away and found them reluctant to leave the area. So far the netting has worked and they said they found the netting at Lowes for $12 something and it was 7′ by 100′ which is reported to be a good price.
Rainy Day for Rain Garden Mulching. There were 6 brave souls who weeded and mulched two of the Illahee Preserve Almira parking lot rain garden plots on Saturday, April 17th. It was suggested that a week day after-work evening be scheduled for finishing the mulching as many have their Saturdays already booked.
Red Elderberry Being Pulled Up. We have has several people concerned that someone is going through the Preserve pulling out Red Elderberry plants. These are good native plants and we are wondering if someone might be thinking they are invasive species, as there doesn’t seem to be any other explanation for their actions. If you see anyone pulling these plants out, please let us know by calling 479-1049.
Brush Pickers. There have been reports that there are brush pickers in the Preserve recently and specifically the last two days. This is illegal activity and they need to be reported by calling 911 or by calling us at 479-1049.
Rogue Trail Makers. We have also heard that there are rogue trails being cut through the Preserve. Any new trail needs to be approved by the Stewardship Committee and the Parks Department. There are no new trails being established at this time. If you see someone cutting a trail, please call the Park’s Department or 479-1049.
Illahee Preserve Stewardship Meeting Tonight (4/20/10). The Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee meets the third Tuesday of each Month at the Port of Illahee office at 5560 Ocean View Boulevard, between 6:30 and 8:00 pm, and anyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 479-1049 or 792-6934.
Gutter System? We have been asked by someone who is considering having a gutter system installed, if there are any happy residents out there who have a recommendation. Let us know and we will pass the information on.