Illahee 1/6/16 Squid Fishing, Mail Theft Reports, Illahee Outfall Changes Approved, Port Meeting Next Wednesday, Lost Dog, Illegal Preserve Cutting

Squid Fishing.  Only one squid was caught when we stopped to check on how the fishing was tonight.  Wish we had gotten a better photo of it.  Evidently the fishing is good until seals show up later in the evening.

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Mail Theft Reports.  We noticed lots of scattered mail in the center part of Illahee, and evidently it is widespread, as one of the reports is from the north part of Illahee and the other from the south part.
Interesting about the mail information.  Just had KCSO out to give them a pile of mail I found this morning on Grahns Ln. Was from Varsity Lane, different addresses.     Later I find more from Utah Street.   Looks like the mail thieves are in the area.
Mail was stolen from mailboxes on Sylvan Way and Ridgeview on the 24th of December. Discarded mail including opened Christmas cards were picked off the ground. We attempted to alert those involved. There are six mail boxes located in front of our home. Of the six, three are locking and three are standard issue. Mail is stolen on the average of twice a year from the non-locking boxes. Each time a theft happens the involved homes are notified. Open packages, bank statements, credit card applications, University acceptance letters, etc. have been returned to the home owners affected. After 18 years the unlocked boxes remain. I really am baffled. We have had a locking mail box for 18 years. 
Illahee Outfall Changes Approved.  Remember the outfall pipe that extended out some distance and the concerns it raised?  We were informed by the developer’s engineer that it will be moved back, along with the catch basin, but they don’t know when.  Below is the letter approving the changes, but note that the county did not copy the Illahee Community or the Port of Illahee, who are supposed to be kept informed as part of a Settlement Agreement.
Port Meeting Next Wednesday.  The Port of Illahee commissioners meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 pm at 5500 Illahee Road, lower level.  This is a public meeting and anyone interested is invited to attend.  There is a public comment time at the beginning of the meeting and also at the end should residents have suggestions or issues for the commissioners.
Lost Dog.  We saw another lost dog sign posted at the stop sign at the vacant Illahee Store.
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Illegal Preserve Cutting.  We heard someone was cutting brush on Illahee Preserve property and took this photo.  This is the same area where a few years ago “keep out” signs were posted on Preserve property. Let us know if you know who is doing this so we can pass the information on.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 1/4/16 Wildlife Photos, Illahee Preserve, Illahee Dock, Illahee Store, Parked Cars, Lost Dog, Lost Mail

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.  

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Illahee Preserve.  A new garbage can has been added at the Thompson Lane entrance to help with pet waste bags.
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Illahee Dock.  In addition to squid fisherman in the evening, the dock gets some use during the day.  This family was finding crabbing somewhat successful.
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Illahee Store.  Concerns about the condition of the Illahee Store remain, especially with the glass broken out of one of the doors and the fact that blue paint was splashed around inside the store and was used to also paint the inside of the windows.
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Parked Cars.  Some longterm parked cars by the store and dock.  The first photo shows an attempt to fix one of them.  The second photo shows the other one taking a dock parking spot and has been there for a number of weeks.
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Lost Dog.  We are a little late posting this notice and hope the dog has been found by now.
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Lost Christmas Mail.  We are also late in posting this photo of what looks like stolen Christmas mail that was open and tossed.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 8/18/13 Passing Ships, Illahee Day, Preserve Garbage, Kiosk Postings, Illahee Preserve Meeting on Tuesday, Noisy Seal Response, Lost Dog

Passing Ships.  The Lady Washington has been in the area and passed through Illahee to Brownsville, and then again on its way to Port Orchard.  The first two photos were sent to us with the note below. 

My idea of how it might have been for the first natives to see a ship… .  
In our last Update we had a photo of a ship obviously going to the shipyard and got this response:

The ship is a civilian manned underway replenishment ship operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC)  There are a couple of them at the shipyard, possibly for work, maybe something else, but they don’t have numbers, just names – painted on the bow and stern.  They are for all intents and purposes ‘merchant ships’ but they do often carry a communications group of active Navy personnel.  They are owned and operated by the Navy. Note the gold band on the funnel and the orange lifeboats on each side.

Illahee Day.  Thanks to the Port of Illahee commissioners for what we thought was a very successful Illahee Day!  Lots of good comments about being able to meet old and new neighbors.
Preserve Garbage.  We received lots of questions today (8/18) as to whether someone dumped their garbage next to the new garbage can at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot.  It turns out this was the remains of an old homeless camp well hidden back in the Preserve.  We don’t know who did all the work to haul it out, but we thank them!!!!   Let us know if you know who we should be recognizing for accomplishing a dirty and difficult task.
Kiosk Postings.  Some new posting went up on Sunday on the kiosk at the Almira parking lot, including an “intersection marker number map” pending a new Preserve trail map that is in the works, but slow as it being planned by already busy volunteers.
Illahee Preserve Meeting on Tuesday.  The Illahee Preserves group meets on the third Tuesday of each month, which is this Tuesday (8/20) and their agenda for this meeting is to go over what they would like to see in a 2014 grant, that will be prepared soon.  Visitors are always welcome.  They meet at 6:30 pm in the Port of Illahee meeting room which is the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road (the same location where Illahee Day was held). 

Noisy Seal Response.  We had a great response, and follow-up to the “noisy seal” report.

Jim, really?  Waterfront owners complain about noisy seals?

Good response!!! —  but if you heard this one seal you might understand why the post.  I/we heard him last year and he makes a constant whining/crying sound that the other night went on for over two hours – imagine the sounds of a baby crying for two hours outside your open bedroom window.  He/it definitely is not your average seal as we enjoy the wildlife and generally all their sounds.  This one just carries on a little too long and too loud.  But, I like your response.  We are blessed to have this be our only complaint, when across the Sound they are dealing with urban noises, including sometimes gun shots.

Lost Dog.  We like to post photos of those missing pets – this one being of a lost dog.
Jim Aho

Illahee 2/24/13 Skunk Cabbage, Coyotes & Cats, Preserve Riparian Cedar Planting, Treatment Plant Open House, Lost Dog

Skunk Cabbage.  While some of us think spring is here when the daffodils bloom, wetland biologists will tell you it is when the skunk cabbage begin to emerge, which is what we found in the Preserve on Sunday afternoon, when checking out an area for planting some cedar saplings.  As you can gather from the name, the plant has a distinct odor, but another fact is its roots are sometimes dug up by bears coming out of hibernation for its laxative effect.

Coyotes & Cats.  One of our email recipients is a wildlife biologist who responded to the coyote carrying the cat story with this information.


Another reason to keep cats indoors is to avoid attracting coyotes into urban areas.  In a study I read several years ago up to 80% of an urban coyotes diet was cats.

Disappearance Question?  The recent story of a missing cat has some thinking the missing cat was not taken by the coyote because the coyote was sighted on a Friday morning a week prior.  Others think the cat went missing on the same Friday as the coyote report came in.  We heard the cat owner and the coyote spotter talked by phone and think the dates matched, but decided to leave their flyers up, just in case it was another black cat.
Preserve Riparian Cedar Planting.  On Wednesday (2/27/13) a team of volunteers (currently being assembled) will be planting Western Red Cedar saplings in a riparian area in the Illahee Preserve, probably the headwaters to Steele Creek, which is in the northwest corner of the Illahee Preserve.  They will be meeting at the Almira parking lot at 9 am and word has it they will be trying to plant 1500 saplings.  If you want to help, just show up at the parking lot, as we are sure they would appreciate help.  We plan on being there to help and take photos of the event.

Treatment Plant Open House.  Also on Wednesday (2/27/13) in the evening is an open house to discuss the plans for a new treatment plant to be installed between Brownsville and Keyport.  Some of the questions for the recent Health District meeting had to do with the fact that the current treatment plant discharges were being dumped into Puget Sound in the area north of Brownsville, and how was that affecting water quality?  The open house will hopefully provide some of the answers to those Illahee resident’s questions.  The link to the open house is:

Lost Dog.  A few days ago we got the request to let residents know about this lost dog.  This is what was sent to us.

Is A Missing DOG Near You!

Illahee Preserve or Illahee Stories?  If you have ideas for Illahee stories, or would be willing to write-up a story, let us know.  We would love to have more contributors.

Jim Aho

Illahee 2/10/13 Illahee Meeting Monday, Lost Dog, Otter, Baby Seal, Signs of Spring

Illahee Meeting Monday.  We noticed lots of signs around the Illahee area reminding residents of the Health District’s presentation on shoreline pollution findings on Monday evening (2/11/13) at the Sylvan Way library beginning at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is invited.   

Lost Dog Fliers.  Lots of fliers went up recently.  We took this photo of a flier on a power pole near the end of 3rd Street.
Otters.  We see river otters regularly along the Illahee shoreline.  Thankfully, even though we are in an area designated as urban, there are enough natural beach and upland areas along the Illahee shoreline for them to build dens.  River otters are reported to have birthing dens in addition to permanent dens.  Otters normally have 2 to 4 pups born from March to May.
Baby Seal.  We don’t see many baby seals along the Illahee shoreline, but every few years we see them on the beach and this one was on a local float.
Signs of Spring.  In addition to longer daylight hours the crocus, daffodils, and tulips are emerging, which are clear signs spring is soon to arrive.  We welcome more ‘signs of spring’ photos.

Jim Aho

Illahee Update 3/19/12 Lost Dog, Illahee Preserve Meeting, More Tents, Wildlife Meadow Restoration Project

Lost Dog. We just heard about a dog that has been lost for a month and was last seen in the Illahee area.  The dog “Sooner” is very shy and will not go to strangers.  There were two dogs that were let out during a breakin in the Manette area, and one came back home, but not this one.  If you see this medium sized basically black dog with a white nose and chest, and brown feet, please call its owner at (360) 286-5966, and they will try to coax him in.  We have requested a photo and will send it out in the next update.

Tuesday Illahee Preserve Meeting. The Illahee Preserve groups will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday (3/20/12) evening from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Port of Illahee meeting room at 5500B Illahee Road (the lower level next to the dock entrance).  We just saw the agenda and there are some exciting things going on with the Preserve.  We have been asked to invite anyone interested in becoming involved or just wanting to learn more.  The meeting is open to the public and visitors are always welcome.  If you want more information call 479-1049.

More Tents. We heard we only reported on some of the tents in the Illahee Preserve, so we decided to check it out this afternoon, and followed a trail further up a hill where we found two more tents.  We understand there are discussions regarding where the homeless can go, so we will see what happens.  We have been told that everyone agrees that the Preserve is not an option.

Wildlife Meadow Restoration Project. One of the projects that will happening soon is the Compass Circle Wildlife Meadow Restoration effort.  In preparation for the work a perimeter trail was established that includes a viewing bench, which were part of an Eagle Scout project.  A couple of the trail signs have already been removed from the sign boards, but the project is moving forward and should be somewhat complete by the May 5th “Walk in the Park” celebration.  We have attached a photo showing the bench and the sign.

Jim Aho