March Brings Spring!

Geum triflorum v. campanulatum (Prairie Smoke aka Old Man’s Whiskers) Camassia quamash (Common Camas)

We are sad that it’s now been a year without our monthly Natural History Society outings. However… in this month’s attached newsletter, our readers share joyful signs of spring, along with the following:

• Kathleen Waldron wrote, “Am enjoying the kronking Brants! I watch them in April, eating lots of eelgrass & flying in larger and larger groups, as they prepare for their marathon migration flight! Fascinating… ”

• Sym Sebastian sent the attached video with this explanation: “Duckabush trail January 27th. Snow melting into rain. I call it snoraining.”

The Natural History Society Book Club’s discussion of Passings by local poet Holly Hughes will be held by Zoom on Monday, March 22, from 3:30-5:00 pm. For updates, please see:

Our Guiding Committee has compiled the following list of websites, recorded lectures, and other suggestions to inspire you this spring.

1. You can access the Land Trust’s past recordings of lectures from “Nature in Your Neighborhood” and “Discovering the Forest:”

2. For free weekly presentations about “Great Rivers of the West” during March, with Washington rivers featured on March 31:

3. From UW’s Nature & Health a Zoom lecture on March 3 called “Hiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature:”

4. Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island has created a series of free personal nature explorations:

5. The Natural History Society’s book club just read (and loved!) Kelly Brenner’s Seattle-based Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World. Her website is fun to explore:

6. If you missed Nature Now on KPTZ, you can listen to podcasts on Nature Now Archives – KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend, here: