40TH PAGE – PROTECTION ISLAND NAT’L WILDLIFE REFUGE 2009 & 2010 Peter A Davis Lori J Davis peterloridavis

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For a year, starting the end of March 2009, we lived on 364-acre Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge as volunteer caretakers for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  (As we noted in our photos on Page 23, Protection Island is in the Strait of Juan de Fuca 60 miles northwest of Seattle.  The Island is closed to the public, as it’s a sensitive seabird nesting and seal haulout refuge, and boaters may not approach the Island closer than 200 yards from shore--it must be closed as a measure to protect fragile seabird nesting and seal pupping.)  The Island is a wonderland.  Rhinoceros auklets, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, black oystercatchers, double-crested and pelagic cormorants and glaucous-winged gulls, in addition to bald eagles and other upland birds, nest on the Island.  The Island also has a large harbor seal haulout and small numbers of elephant seals.  About 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca nest on the island, which includes one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world and the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington.  It also has one of the last two nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area.  About 1,000 harbor seals depend on the Island for pupping and resting.  (For a short period during the summer months there is about 165,000 nesting and young birds on this lovely 364-acre Island.)  It's covered with grass and low brush and has a small timber area, high sandy bluffs for seabird nesting and low sand spits on its west and south-east ends.  During our year on the Island we were the only people permanently living there.

We started full-time for a year on the Island at the end of March 2009. We moved our clothes and supplies to the Island and U.S. Fish & Wildlife stored our truck and Casita travel trailer. In this photo, taken some time after we started, we’re standing at the Protection Island sign at the Island’s harbor. President Reagan designated the Island a National Wildlife Refuge in 1984. It was established in 1988.

03 Apr 09 Here’s a view of our Island cabin across a field from about the south center of the Island. The Island is about 2 miles from somewhat east to west, and about 1/2 mile at it’s widest point. It’s highest point is a little over 200 feet above sea level. It’s main structural feature is the old wood water tower on it’s highest point.

03 Apr 09 Adult nesting gulls had arrived in force by the time we arrived to the Island. We took this photo at the end of our front yard (south side of the cabin) a few days after we arrived. It looks across the south side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Discovery Bay.

07 Apr 09 This is the cliff bluff just south of the cabin. We’re looking west to the entrance of Sequim Bay. The Olympic Mountains are in the background.

08 Apr 09 Gulls at the south side of our lawn.

21 Apr 09 This is Lori and Adam, an FWS refuge officer, with our assigned boat at Sequim Bay. Adam visited us on the Island for a day.

25 Apr 09 We’re on Violet Spit looking northwest to the Island landmark water tower.

25 Apr 09 Even as island caretakers, we were restricted in our travels on the Island. Eventually, our maintenance and Island security duties would require us to have visited all parts of the Island. Here’s some gulls and cormorants on the east side of Violet Spit.

26 Apr 09 We took this photo from our cabin looking southsoutheast to the cliff-bluff edge. Unfortunately these cormorants only visited this spot and didn’t nest here this year--they did use these nests in 2008.

01 May 09 Lori with a star fish.

02 May 09 A new sign we installed at the harbor entrance. Peter’s brother John, and wife Marta visited us overnight and John helped Peter install this sign while Lori held us in position on the boat in the harbor entrance.

04 May 09 This pigeon guillemot paddles in the Island harbor. Guillemots are great divers--they catch their food on the seabed--rock eels, sculpin, crabs, shrimp, marine worms and mollusks.

04 May 09 We had the honor of having Aaron, our U.S. FWS boating safety instructor, visit us overnight on the Island. Aaron is a lot of fun and we treasured our time with him.

07 May 09 Here’s a pair of barn swallows--it looks like they’re having quite a discussion. We took this photo through the living room window of our cabin.

08 May 09 A chipmunk, again the photo was taken through our cabin window.

10 May 09 Peter caught this halibut off the northnorthwest side of the Island.

12 May 09 The Island landmark watertower. Peter climbed it to fix the water level indicator.

12 May 09 This view looks west from the water tower to our cabin in the upper center left.

12 May 09 Here’s Lori on the water tower. Victoria B.C. is far in the background, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

21 May 09 This elephant seal was on the east side of Violet Spit. I thought she was dead or injured and nosed the boat closer to shore. She moved her head as I photographed her.

21 May 09 Gull landing on the dock in the Island harbor.

21 May 09 Immature gull landing on the dock.

22 May 09 Mating tree swallows at the dock.

28 May 09 Bald eagle on the water tower. The eagles are “king” on the Island. They’re free to roam, terrorize and eat other birds on the Island. We’ve watched them drop from a low cruise over the Island, grab a gull and fly off to eat it somewhere else.

28 May 09 Tufted puffin off the south side of Protection Island.

30 May 09 View showing the water tower on the left and cabin on the right.

06 Jun 09 We helped Lee Robinson and her husband with research of the pigeon guillemots. In this photo Peter holds a guillemot as Lee puts FWS identification tags on it.

31 May 09 An immature bald eagle eating what we think might be a guillemot.

06 Jun 09 Guillemot eggs in a nest box.

06 Jun 09 We had opportunity to photograph black oystercatchers on the beach as we helped with the guillemots.

08 Jun 09 A pair of purple martins at the Island dock.