Illahee Store. Lots of action this past Wednesday and Thursday at the former Illahee Store site.
Deer. Looking for photos of fawns. This is a yearling buck.
Illahee Store. Lots of work going on around the former Illahee Store, thanks to Mark Moshay. The Krick’s, owners of record, have given permission to clean up the area.
State Park Dock. We saw the boat hauling a long dock passing through Illahee and wondered where it was going. Seems it was going the Illahee State Park, thanks to Dennis who sent us the following photos:
Illahee Facebook Page. We forgot there was an Illahee Community Facebook page until we received the following:
The Illahee Community is looking to obtain a building, that may soon be available, for a Community Center.
Illahee is a long time recognized community in Kitsap County and is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year.
Photos. It is good to be back after being gone most of June and realize again what a beautiful area we live in. We were alerted today about what looked like a house moving down the bay, which was actually a boat house being moved by the boat inside.
Photos. Some photos around the community.
Options Agreement Ends. The Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge project ended on May 15, 2016. This was reported earlier as it was known in March that appropriation funding was not successful (the escrow process needed to begin in April to meet the May closing date).
Another Opportunity. The good news is that there is another opportunity to secure most of the necessary funding, through a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant, which the county is submitting. The property owner, Mr. Jim Tallman, has agreed to give the community and the county more time to see if they can secure a grant.
Grant Application. The grant application has been submitted and a technical review of the project occurred this past week, on Tuesday 5/17/16. We found the Power Point presentation on the RCO website: https://secure.rco.wa.gov/prism/search/ProjectSnapshotAttachmentData.aspx?id=263923&sid=4D060924-49B5-47DE-8C79-E7DDD25D410A. Below is a copy of their first slide. It turns out the presentation is just a preliminary one that is critiqued before a final one is presented in August that will be ranked with all the other projects in the state.
The Critique. The technical review was important because the briefing, though good, did not cover what the evaluators were wanting to see for a local park category grant, i.e., a more concentrated focus on the features to be in the park than on what has already been accomplished with previous Preserve acquisitions.
Park Needed. While the property provides the necessary public access, it is also ideal for a local park with features not provided anywhere else in the Preserve which is why the local park grant category was chosen.
Theme Ideas. One of the things being looked at is coming up with a theme for the 10.7 acre park. Only two theme suggestions so far: “Lost Continent Park” and “Homestead Park”. Natural features such as rocks and logs are what was envisioned for the play area so if anyone has theme ideas, let us know.
Timeline. The grant timeline now is to perfect the application and make changes to the presentation with the goal to have the project score high enough that funding will be essentially assured. Even with a high score the property will need to be purchased before funding is distributed (June 2017) possibly needing a bridge loan. We will try to keep track of the progress and keep everyone informed.
Illahee’s 100th Anniversary. The Illahee Community was established in 1916 so this is the 100th anniversary. The Port of Illahee has selected August 13th for Illahee Day, and Port Commissioner Cassie Magill is looking to the Illahee Community Club to help with ideas of how the celebrate the anniversary.
Illahee Store. Would the former Illahee Store building make a good Illahee Community Center? It is roughly 50′ by 32′ or 1600 square feet. Can the building be saved? What does the local community want?
Community Meeting Sunday 7 pm. The Illahee Community Club (ICC) would like to meet on the store property to look at it to see what would need to be done to make it a Community Center and they set a date and time to do so: Sunday (5/22/16) at 7 pm. Anyone interested in the idea is encouraged to come. If it is raining they will hold their discussion in the Port meeting room, lower level, across the street.
Photos. Evergreen clematis and flowers.
That is a nice side-by-side photo of the Eurasian and American wigeon in breeding plumage. The average life span of wigeon is low because of high mortality among ducklings, only about 1.5 years. However, the specimens you reference are mature birds. The primary source of mortality among mature wigeon is hunting. Banding records indicate maximum lifespans of wild American wigeon at about 21 years. There have been very few Eurasian wigeon banded in North America due to relative scarcity. USFW records indicate the oldest banded Eurasian wigeon when shot was eight years after banding, but their maximum lifespan is probably quite similar to the American wigeon, 20-25 years in the wild. There is a recorded age at death of 35 years for a male Eurasian wigeon in Europe where they are far more common. That one was probably a captive.
Most of the wigeon that winter in the Puget Sound area nest in northern Alaska. Consequently, they suffer relative light hunting mortality. They are not hunted heavily during the fall migration due to low human populations along their migration route. Once they reach the Illahee area, they are relatively safe. Interestingly, there were no wigeon at all in western Washington as of 1900. Untold thousands winter here now. They are the beneficiaries of human conversion of primeval forest to grassland. Wigeon are truly “cattle with wings.”
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Wildlife Photos. The first photo shows part of a flock of wigeon, three Canada geese, and a hen and drake mallard enjoying the sun on a cold day. The second photo is of some common goldeneye ducks.
Illahee Day. We noticed the sign just went up advertising Illahee Day for this Saturday, 8/16/14, and all are invited.
On Friday I was walking my dog and I heard and saw 3-4 pickers harvesting in Illahee Preserve @ about 1:30pm.
Walking north from Compass Circle it was on the ridge to the left and across from the first East path intersection.
I called 911 and a unit was dispatched. I received a call from the officer who said he was in the Almira parking lot. @that time I was at the Riddell lot and explained if he walked in to the 2nd main N/S path and travel S he would find them and I would approach from the other side. I ended up running into two of them on my way. Of course there were no police. So I was detaining them hoping the police would soon arrive. So after having a discussion that it was illegal to be harvesting in the Preserve, I left. I called dispatch who had the officer call me again to find out that he was still sitting in the lot waiting for back up. I met them in the lot and escorted them to the area but by this time they were nowhere to be found. You can see the paths and the reduction in vegetation.
Christmas Film Sales. We have had a number of residents purchasing Illahee DVDs for Christmas presents. One of the comments we received from those who saw the film at the Admiral Theater is the colors on the DVDs are much more vivid and bright than it was on the theater’s screen. The film was done in high definition (HD) which provides the great colors and is why there are also Blu-ray copies available. Simply call 479-1049 to have them delivered, or for more information about the film.