Scoters. The winter mix of ducks have begun arriving in Illahee. The Surf Scoter is a deep diving sea duck that eats shellfish whole which is probably why they are around here every winter. These were sighted off the Illahee State Park dock last week.
Preserve Work Party. We had a very productive work party on Saturday (10/19/13) at the Illahee Preserve. Rain garden plot #1 was full of weeds and native roses that went wild and a group of volunteers from the Family of God Lutheran Church came to help rectify the problem. Wheel barrow loads of weeds were pulled and two areas were planted with native coastal or beach strawberries (fragaria chiloensis). We selected some photos of the event that show the group and the before and after status.
Illahee Film Showing. The film “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time” will be part of a series of salmon films to be shown on Saturday, November 2nd, in Tacoma at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. We just heard nearly 100 tickets have already been sold and at that rate it will likely be a sell out, so if you haven’t seen the film this is another opportunity. Discount tickets are available. See the attached flyer for all the details.
Please advise them not to every touch or approach a stranded or dead seal. They can carry disease, and if alive, it is illegal to disturb them. Report any dead seals to
WDFW/ Marine Mammal Investigations
There are just as many poisonous mushrooms as there are delicious species of mushrooms. Use caution when picking mushrooms. Use guidebooks and pamphlets for identification.
Proper harvesting techniques provide the best possible recovery of mushrooms sites year after year. Mushrooms stems are to be cut at or above ground level, keeping the growing site as undisturbed as possible. Use only a knife or scissors to harvest mushrooms.
Kitsap County does not permit commercial harvesting of any products in County Parks unless a County Park permit has been issued.”
Coho Fingerling. Thanks to those who responded identifying the salmonids in the last Update.
The first photo is a coho salmon (parr stage).
The other photos are cutthroat trout. You can tell by the red slit on the underside of their jaw hence the ‘cut-throat’ name.