Red-Tailed Eyas

Greetings RED-TAILED EYAS and families thank you for the powerful season we had together last Fall! Over the course of the Fall season we had many adventures together and furthered our bond and commitment as a group. We worked on the art of tracking animals and furthered our skill and knowledge of the natural world. You have answered our call to Stretch your Edge. We are excited to continue our explorations into the Spring and see how you will grow as a group. Before we look ahead, let's look behind and see where we've been. Please take a moment and revisit the Red Tailed Eyas' Blog Posts from last season.

We will kick our season off with a exploration of North Galbraith Mountain. We will explore a series of ravines and ridges that lead us through a diverse forest of mixed growth Doug fir, Cedar, and even a handful of Yew trees! This landscape will give us the perfect opportunity to practice our camping skills. Our second outing will be at Lizard Lake. We will revisit this site with the intention of making it all the way to the lake this time. we will explore the lake, find amphibians and spend some peaceful moments along the edge of the lake.

For our third Outing of the season, we'll join with the larger EC community by continuing service at our adopted site at Connelly Creek. This is a great opportunity to connect to the land and to our community by putting our energy into restoring balance to the plant-life in the area and creating suitable salmon habitat. Please, take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site. Our Final outing of the season  will be at Clayton Beach. We will explore the upland forest as we make our way down toward the shoreline. We might even be lucky enough to have a low tide offering us opportunities to explore the mysteries of intertidal life.

The Red-Tailed Eya's skill for this season is the Art of Camping. This Spring our Explorers will continue our newly developed Boys EC Skills Progression. This progression will lead the Explorers on a Earth Skills Journey that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection. To read more about our new Boys EC Skills Progression please click here. Being Prepared is also a vital skill.  Fall weather can be mild and warm one minute and cold and rainy the next. Click here for a link to the EC Equipment List. 

Red-Tailed Eyas Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Peter & Conor

Sunday, March 6th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: North Galbraith Mountain Trailhead

Galbraith isn’t just good for mountain biking, but exploring as well! Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through this local forestland. Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration. Let’s see what we can find out there!

Driving Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, March 26th, 9:00-4:00pm
Skill: Alternate Incline to Lizard Lake

We will meet at Cascades head out on our faithful bus Moose to the Eastern Foothills of Blanchard Mountain. Blanchard's Alternate Incline trail climbs through a beautiful second growth forest of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock until it reaches Lizard Lake. From Lizard Lake we can climb up Blanchard's north butte to a lookout, explore a series of caves near the lake, or test our navigation skills with endless off-trail exploration.

Driving Directions: Heading South on I-5 take exit 250 for State 11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Dr. Turn right onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile. Destination will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Saturday, May 7th, 10:00-2:00pm
Service: Boys E.C. Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our Official Explorers Club Restoration Site has changed dramatically in the last two and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing, and many of their persistent roots have been dug out; hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed (including large car parts and a jungle gym); a 6-foot cedar fence was “discovered” and liberated from the blackberries; the Reed Canary Grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the Alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. The most exciting news is that, for the first time in about 80 years, the salmon have returned. Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, we are making a real positive impact on our land.

New this Season! Drop-off and Pick-up
will now be at the Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside as per the request for the residents on Wilson Street. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Driving Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, June 12th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Clayton Beach

Clayton Beach is an area filled with mystery. Its sandstone coastline offers endless exploration of vast intertidal zones and Eelgrass meadows teeming with life. The beach however is not the only treasure this location has to offer. There are waterfalls and creeks to roam, Madrona and Salal laden bluffs to lookout from, and great locations for games of Spider's Web! 

Driving Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.