Tag Archives: Birding

Duckabush Outing

duckabush-1On October 13, 2016, the Natural History Society joined for an autumn hike on the Jefferson Land Trust property along the Duckabush River. It was an easy hike over uneven terrain.

The Duckabush River provides spawning and rearing habitat for trout and salmon of several species. Many large and small mammals and birds inhabit this rich forest, such as elk, beaver, owls, dippers, ducks, and woodpeckers.

duckabush-2We suggested: hiking shoes, dressing in layers, a field guide to plants or birds,  binoculars, food, and water. There was no limit to the size of this group.

duckabush-3Janell at  jltnatural@saveland.org was the contact for carpool information and other details.


The Hoh River Trust – Preserving a Last Great American River and its Corridor

hoh-river-1On October 6, 2016, the JLT Natural History Society sponsored a presentation on the remarkable history and stewardship efforts of the Hoh River Trust. Executive Director Mike Hagen explained how the trust was formed to obtain and manage lands along the Hoh between the Olympic National Park and the Pacific Ocean.

Of the roughly 250,000 rivers across the continental US, the Hoh is arguably one of the most unspoiled. It flows virtually intact for 56 miles from its source high in the Olympic Mountain range down to the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary. The river corridor contains what many consider the world’s richest old-growth and temperate rainforests. These ecosystems provide critical habitat for endangered and threatened species including marbled murrelet, spotted owl, and bull trout, along with diverse other wildlife, such as elk, black bear, and cougar. The river itself supports some of the healthiest native salmon and steelhead runs in the “Lower 48.”

hoh-river-2Within the lower reaches of the river, 30 miles beyond the Olympic National Park boundary, some 10,000 acres encompassing a mile on either side of the river are designated “at risk.” Over the last century, much of this area was managed for commercial timber harvest, and it is now in various stages of regeneration. Restoring the vitality and resilience of these lands for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and humans is the mission of the trust. In its short, twelve-year history, the trust has already acquired nearly 7,000 acres.

Spruce Railroad Trail

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn September 13, 2016, all were welcome to Join the Natural History Society for an autumn hike along the Spruce Railroad Trail, hugging the far side of Lake Crescent.

We were gone most of the day, hiking eight miles round trip, looking for signs of autumn.

We suggested: hiking shoes, layers, food, water, and field guides to plants or birds. There was no limit to the size of the group. Janell at jltnatural@saveland.org was the contact for carpool information and other details.

Gibbs Lake Hike and Picnic

On June 29, 2016, we joined for a summer hike at Gibbs Lake County Park, a peaceful spot with lots of fir and mature cedars. The trail around the lake is approximately 1.75 miles and offers intermittent views of the lake.

Northern Pintails

IMG_4692At different times of the year, trilliums and rhododendrons bloom, ducks float on the tranquil lake, and songbirds nest along the shoreline.

We hiked around the lake and then had a wonderful picnic lunch together at the beach. Those brave enough to manage the cool waters, took a swim. Often the water is clear, clean and beautiful.

Ken at jltnatural@saveland.org was the contact for details.

Birding the Dungeness

347On August 26, 2015, naturalist and birder extraordinaire Ken Wilson led our trip to Dungeness, an area with a rich diversity of birds, some of which are scarce in the Port Townsend area.

This is a time of fall migration for numerous species of shorebirds. Recommended were clothing layers to accommodate our unpredictable weather, lunch, beverage, binoculars, and perhaps a bird field guide.