July 25, 2018
Summer Greetings! So far Westwind has held three Youth camp sessions (with Teen Leadership, Adventure and Trekkers programs overlapping), as well as one Friends and Family and two Mother Child camp sessions. That’s 694 campers so far! Check out the incredible videos and photos from these sessions, and more will be available as the season continues.
The summer has been a bonanza for wildlife viewing, too, with an exceptional number of Bald eagle sightings, including a few showy appearances by the two juveniles nesting close to camp. Guests and campers have been lucky to catch glimpses of Westwind’s resident herd of Roosevelt Elk (as well as the larger herd on Cascade Head!), roving Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals (at the spit and swimming in the estuary), and even North American river otters (spotted on the beach and swimming in the ocean)! The tide pools remain a highlight, with anemone, sea stars, barnacles, mussels, and various other invertebrates in the mix. Westwind is also currently hosting a small mammal survey at the farm and High Meadow (conducted by the U.S. Forest Service), with a focus on prey for owls and other raptors.
Thank you to all who came to camp for Visitors’ Day on June 17 as well as those who came to the Stewardship Appreciation Luncheon on June 30th. If you haven’t already, please take some time to read our recently released 2017 Annual Report and 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
Looking ahead, we have an exciting schedule of events for the remainder of 2018, and we hope to see you at Westwind soon!
And thank you for being a dear friend of Westwind!
Matthew Taylor, Executive Director