Illahee 5/6/17 Photo, Class Visit to Preserve, Comcast Work Party, Rotary Shelter Progress, Port Meeting on Wednesday, New Forage Fish Maps

Photo.  Thanks to Chris for this great photo. 

Towhee as shot
From yesterday’s walk, here is a Spotted Towhee in some huckleberry right next to the trail around the Compass Circle area. The Robins, Song Sparrows, Juncos and White-crowned Sparrows are everywhere right now. I even caught a glimpse of an adult Bald Eagle flying low through the trees this morning near the Almira parking lot! 

Class Visit to Preserve.  Several weeks ago a class of 2nd and 3rd graders visited the Illahee Preserve.  
An unexpected surprise was two Barred Owls who greated the children.  The students each sent a thankyou note with hand colored covers like the one shown below.  
In addition to the owls another favorite was the ~500 year old Douglas Fir.
Comcast Work Party.  On Earth Day Comcast employees gathered for an all day work party at the Illahee Preserve.  We are waiting for their official photos as they accomplished many great projects. 
Rotary Shelter Progress.  The Comcast Care work party coincided well with the work being done on the Rotary Shelter being installed at the Almira parking lot.  With the footings in the work can begin above ground.
Port Meeting on Wednesday.  Just a reminder that the Port of Illahee will be meeting on Wednesday at 5 pm.  The Port’s lawyer is scheduled to give an update on the Illahee Store, which the Port is attempting to purchase.
New Forage Fish Maps.  Who knew we had such a diversity of forage fish spawning sites in the area?  The newly released maps show documented spawing locations of Pacific Sand Lance, Surf Smelt, and Pacific Herring, and there are likely more as these are just the documented sites.
Spawning Map
Forage Smelt Illahee
Forage Details
Jim Aho

Illahee 4/7/13 Road Work Signs, Spring Blooms, WYA Work Party, Rain Garden Progress, Illahee Webcam, Port Meeting on Wednesday, Timbers Edge, Wildlife Photos

Road Work Signs.  On Monday (4/8/13) the road work begins from the Illahee community dock to Illahee North.

Spring Blooms.  Just some of the beautiful blooms as one walks through Illahee this spring.
WYA Work Party.  On Saturday morning (4/6/13) the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot was full to overflowing as Washington Youth Academy (WYA) cadets and their mentors comprised one of the largest work parties we have seen.  There were at least 64, and probably more, we lost count as they all jumped in to haul wood chips, build trails, move logs, plant trees, haul rocks, etc.  Thanks to the Rotary again for their contacts with the WYA and for their members bringing 25 wheel borrows and tools. We picked the photo below as the WYA program is administered by the Washington State National Guard.  The second photo shows how the logs were placed to better define the perimeter of the rain garden.
Rain Garden Progress.  We are reworking the rain garden to better show off the different kinds of native plants that can be used in rain gardens.  The first plot will be devoted to mostly ground cover plants such as rushes, sedges, Oregon grape, kinnikinnick, wild strawberries, etc.  Since these plants spread we decided to use logs in the interior to keep some semblance of order.  However, we just planted some of these and have yet to find more plants, so it may be another year before the plots fill out.
We were asked what the purpose of a rain garden was and essentially responded with what the sign below said.

Illahee Webcam.  There has been some interest in learning more about how an Illahee webcam would work and what the costs would be.  We were able to get a copy of an email from the developer of the software and seller of the system.  It will require a computer to run it 24/7 and they are wondering if anyone has a netbook they aren’t using that they would be able to contribute to the project.  The thought is the time lapsed coverage of this webcam would be more dynamic than others in that it would, in addition to picking up the changes in weather, it would pick up the tides going in and out and the boat traffic.
The price for an indoor camera setup is $499 + shipping.  This includes the following:
  • Olympus SP-500UZ camera configured for remote control
  • SebecTec webcam software with weather and time-lapse
  • SebecTec custom relay (helps keep the camera running all the time)
  • Pan/tilt camera bracket
  • 30ft USB active extension cable 
  • 6.5v camera power adapter
Attached is a photo of the components.  You will also see a nettop computer used to control the camera with this setup.
This particular camera was shipped to Iceland –

If you have any questions please let me know.  If you will like to order I can send you a PayPal invoice.

Thank you,


Michael McCormack
SebecTec LLC
Derry, NH
In addition to the above equipment, a special plexiglass housing would need to be made for the camera.
Port Meeting on Wednesday.  Just a reminder that the Port of Illahee meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm, which is this week (4/10/13), and the meetings are open to the public.

Timbers Edge.  No new information regarding what is happening with the Timbers Edge development.
Wildlife photos.  We think this eagle discovered a Canada goose nest and is eating the eggs.  The next photo is of a young seal.  And the flower is a trillium in the Illahee Preserve.  And the last photo was sent to us of a large and tall big leaf maple tree along the shoreline behind the flag that is covered by English ivy which will someday overwhelm the tree if the ivy vines aren’t cut. 
Jim Aho

Illahee 8/7/12 Another New Sign, Storm Water Work at Rolling Hills, Deer Photos, Dove Photos, Illahee Day Preserve Opportunities, Port Meeting on Wednesday

Another New Sign.  We noticed another new sign, this one at the Illahee Preserve at its Almira parking lot.  Evidently it was to be part of the other signs installed at the Preserve on May 5th, but had some problems because of its portrait orientation, where the other signs were done in a landscape orientation.  There are still some issues but it was decided it needed to be installed in time for Illahee Day on Saturday.

Storm Water Work at Rolling Hills.  So what is going on with all the work at Rolling Hills Golf Course?  It is all part of a plan to control the stormwater surges that are ravaging Illahee Creek and polluting Puget Sound.  We talked with Kitsap County Public Works the other day and received the following information from Chris May:

Here’s a summary of what we are doing:

1.    Along McWilliams we will be adding bioretention soil and reconfiguring the ditch to encourage more infiltration of road runoff and a reduce flows to the creek

2.    We are constructing a stormwater wetland pond system on the GC property to treat water from the clubhouse and driving range area prior to it flowing into the creek tributary – this will also have bioretention features

3.    We will be retrofitting the existing stormwater pond located in the Kariotis neighborhood  so it performs better for both WQ treatment and flow control

4.    KCD is focusing their residential rain garden efforts in the headwater areas of Illahee Creek this summer and next.

5.    We will be hiring a consultant to design (2013) a new regional stormwater facility to be located at the GC and/or off McWilliams to deal with the flows entering the creek at the ravine – this will be constructed using Ecology Grant funds in 2014. 


Christopher W. May PhD

Senior Program Director

Kitsap County Public Works

Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM)

There has been some major work done on the golf course as can be seen from these photos.
For those traveling along McWillams Road on Monday and Tuesday they likely saw the ditch work done which also helps to control and infiltrate stormwater.
Thanks to Chris and Public Works for all their help, the staff at Rolling Hills, and we need to thank the Port of Illahee for initiating the project with the Department of Ecology grant to study the Illahee Creek watershed!
Deer Photos.  The other day we asked for photos of some big bucks, and started receiving some emailed pictures right away.  
Dove Photos.  When we mentioned wanting to get photos of the white pigeons or doves we periodically see flying around Illahee, we received an email commenting about Eurasian Collared Doves.  This was a new species to us so we thought we would pass their comments on.  We took the picture below of what we think is a family of mourning doves.  So now we are confused.  Is the picture of morning doves or the Eurasian Collared Doves?  Just so no one gets further confused the flock of white birds we sometimes see are definitely pigeons.
I’m guessing the bird folks are talking about is the Eurasian Collared Dove – seems to have moved in to our area this year.  The new bird call is what got me researching initially.  Here’s a link to both the description and the call.  

Illahee Day – Preserve Opportunities.  We are often asked about what people can do to help in the Preserve.  Hauling trash is one item that can be problematic as we don’t have garbage service.  When volunteers were clearing and preparing the Compass Circle meadow area, they dug up lots of trash as it once was a popular area for dumping.  There is a pile of trash in one corner of the meadow  that needs to be moved to the Petersville entrance and eventually brought to a dumpster.  This seems like a prime opportunity for anyone wanting to help and could be done anytime before or on Saturday.  There is also a small amount of trash, mostly wood, that could be hauled from the Almira parking lot to the dumpster.  If you want to help in the Illahee Preserve and have other ideas, please drop us an email.

Port Meeting on Wednesday.  The Port of Illahee’s regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday (8/8/12) at 5 pm and we hope to find out about other cleanup opportunities the Port has in mind for its Illahee Day cleanup party so we can pass them on.

Jim Aho