Website. As we continue to add to our email list, it is good to remind everyone that updates are posted on the illaheecommunity.com website, where they are archived and can be accessed in various ways (chronological order, or by date, or subject matter). We like having the website for the archiving feature, which provides a history of events, but also because we can correct obvious grammatical and other errors (which are not done with emailed updates).
Eurasian Wigeon. We observed more Eurasian wigeon today (Saturday) with a flock of American wigeon.
Stream Steward’s Class Visits the Preserve. On Friday (1/25/13) the WSU Stream Steward class had a field trip to the Illahee Preserve, to learn about forest ecology. The photo below shows the class learning about Red Alders.
Old Tree Spotted. We went of the field trip and were especially happy when a very old Douglas fir tree was pointed out. It didn’t look that old, but it was described as a “runt” in the world of trees. In this case its stunted growth likely saved in from being logged with the rest of the marketable trees that were harvested in the 1930;s. And more interesting it survived the fire that went through area forests in the 1700’s. So how old is it? It was discovered last year when the same class met and they took a core sample. A student from last year’s class remembered it being over 500 years old, but they had to take the sample to the lab, where it was analyzed. We will check on this and get as exact of an age is possible.
Shots Fired? We were surprised to read in Friday’s Kitsap Sun that gun shots were fired “at a group of people early Thursday at the Almira Drive parking lot for the Illahee Preserve” around 2 am. No one was hurt and eventually three people were arrested.
Stormwater Effects on Salmon. The opening sentence of a recent Kitsap Sun article notes “Stormwater runoff from highways appears to contain one or more unidentified compounds shown to be highly toxic to coho salmon and perhaps other salmon as well.”
Mystery compound found to kill coho salmon
Shortly after reading the article we jogged to view the well drilling rig at Troy Lane (see 1/24/13 Update) and noticed stormwater runoff from McWilliams that appeared to be a dirty black and took the following photos. With two weeks without rain and the 0.3 inches we received that day, there was more than enough to clean off the pavement into the puddles alongside the roadway. If it wasn’t for the article we would not have paid any attention to the dark colored puddles along side the road.