Illahee 1/16/16 Illahee Photos, Deer, Illegal Cutting, TE Phase 2 Map, Cormorants, Barred Owl

Illahee Photos.  Some photos from and around Illahee.

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Deer.  Just happened on lots of deer this week, some in The Lost Continent area and the last one (two photos) in the Old Growth area of the Preserve.  
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Illegal Cutting.  The illegal cutting on Preserve property on Rest Place was posted with a stop work sign.  
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TE Phase 2 Map.  A new map of Illahee Preserve 2016 projects was sent out today.  Part of the map shows the TE Phase 2 targeted acquisition for a proposed south entrance to the Preserve.
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Cormorants.  With so many cormorants around we have been ignoring them until now.
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Barred Owl.  A late afternoon walk near the Preserve found an owl following us.  Not a very good shot because of the lighting, but enough to tell it was a barred owl.
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Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 9-7-11 Docks, Moles, Flyover, Barred Owl

New Dock at University Point? We received the following email regarding the relatively new dock at University Point:


Do you have any information about the new (and huge) dock that is down the beach “north” towards University Pt.? 

Many of us were surprised…and confused about how this was allowed.  One of our neighbors was told that there was absolutely no reason to pursue putting in a “small” dock as it would never be allowed.  Now we see this.

Does this mean that the process has changed in some way?  Should my neighbor try again to put in his small little dock?

Any info. you have on this would be helpful.


Dock Installed Last Year. While some did not notice the dock until recently, it was installed last year.  While on a boat ride we took pictures last year after the pilings were put in and again this year which shows the completed dock.  Though technically not within the Illahee community boundary, a number of Illahee residents attended the hearing before the Hearing Examiner because of the close proximity to Illahee’s northern border.

Are More Docks Being Planned? We don’t know if more docks are being planned in Illahee, though we have heard from those who were considering one, and evidently from the above email others are interested.  The Shoreline Master Program is being updated and docks, floats, etc requirements will likely be spelled out.

Moles. We discovered a dead mole this morning on our driveway.  These animals have powerful paws and claws for digging through soil and small eyes since they very rarely are seen above ground.  Their fur is soft like a mountain beaver.  This one had darker fur than we remember of other moles we have seen.

Wednesday Flyover. Today (Wednesday 9/7/11) a helicopter filmed Illahee, the shoreline areas, Illahee Creek, and portions of the Illahee Creek watershed.  The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group was collecting to help fund the flyover and reported they were just a little shy of the $600 goal, and wanted to thank the nearly 15 people who promised to contribute.

Email Updates Garbled? When we switched website software we started posting the Updates on our website, and then copying them for sending out via Gmail.  We had the following report that some of the emails have been garbled and are wondering how prevalent the problem is:

The last few Email messages have come to us unreadable.  On each line, the top half of the letters show, but not the bottom.  I did notice when I went to the reply mode, the lettering was fine, as you can see below.  I’m not too sure what the problem might be, but thought I’d let you know just in case others have the same thing happening and you’d like to see how many are involved.

If you are having problems like this please let us know.

Barred Owl Picture. Lots of Barred owls in the area and another great picture and email from a recent sighting.

I took this picture this morning (Sat Sep 3). I was at the kitchen sink, glanced up and saw this owl in the trees behind my house on Roosevelt St NE.
Thanks! Thanks for giving us feedback on the Updates and for continuing to send in items and pictures.
Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-9-11 Rock Cod, Owl, Illahee Film&Illahee Day

Rock Cod.  The other day we stopped at the Illahee community dock and asked like usual asked how fishing was. We were surprised that they said it was great and one person showed us three rock cod he caught.

Barred Owl.  There are a number of barred owls in the area (notice the vertical strips on the chest area which look like bars – a spotted owl looks nearly the same but has horizontal strips across its chest area) and attached are two pictures and the email we received recently.
We had a great surprise tonight. My son was taking out the trash (no that’s not the surprise) and he saw an owl in the tree in our front yard.  The owl sat for pictures which was great.  We have been hearing the call of this owl in the morning (usually around 0445).  At first we thought we were hearing voices, then we moved to Beatles music (Goo-goo-g’joob), then we finally woke up enough to realize it was an owl. All attempts to locate the bird had failed, but tonight the bird posed for us!  
Illahee Film.  The Illahee film project is progressing and the film maker would like to include a flyover of Illahee as part of the story.  If anyone knows of a pilot who might be willing to take our film maker up to film Illahee, or if you have other ideas on how we could do this please let us know.
Port of Illahee Meeting.  We have been asked to let residents know when the Port of Illahee meets and they meet the same time each month, at 5 pm on the second Wednesday.  They meet at the Port facility at 5560 Ocean View Blvd and the meeting is open to the public.
Illahee Day in Less Than Two Weeks.  On Saturday morning, August 20th, will be the fourth annual Illahee Day, if our memory is correct.
Sponsored by the Port of Illahee.  This event is sponsored by the Port of Illahee and we hear there will be several options to participate.
Option 1 – Meet Your Neighbors.  This option is for those who would just like an opportunity to meet their neighbors over a cup of coffee at the dock between 8;30 and 11:30 am.  The local Starbucks on State Highway 303 across the road from Walmart, will be donating coffee for the occasion.
Option 2 – Work Parties.  There are a number of work items being planned for the Port properties and the Illahee Preserve.  The Port is looking at stripping the parking lot (weather permitting), pressure washing the dock, and cleaning up around the Port office building at 5560 Ocean View Blvd and the newly acquired Deitch property. At the Illahee Preserve they will be working around the rain garden, and possibly on trails.  For work party participants the Port will provide a lunch between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Afternoon Garden Tour.  So far we have Carol Henning and Jim Aho, both Master Gardeners, who have agreed to show anyone interested, their gardens.  They will be at their gardens between 1 – 3 pm.  They live next door to each other and their addresses are 5934 and 5940 Illahee Road.
Jim Aho