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Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon
This notice comes from Connie Bowers, Assistant County Engineer:
Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon Road
Join us at a public meeting to learn about possible improvements to the end of Deer
Lagoon Road, and provide comments.
Thursday, September 12th at 5:30
Useless Bay Golf and Country Club: 5725 Country Club Drive
The focus of the discussion will be on the access to the trail on the dike at the end
of Deer Lagoon Road. Public Works needs to do some culvert work in the area and
relocate the current trail entrance onto public property. This work provides an
opportunity to look at potential access improvements to the dike.
Items being considered are;
> Replacing the chain link fence with bollards, providing an access on county
property instead of the existing route on private property.
> Various possible additional parking options from an ADA spot near the access
entrance to a few spots near the access entrance.
> Associated landscaping removal/installation.
Any improvements will maintain the emergency access function of the dike for
residents on Shore Drive / Double Bluff Road.
Conceptual Plan Options can be previewed through this link, although the file is
The meeting will include a comment activity, but for those not able to attend, here
is a link to a Deer Lagoon Comment Form:
Links to the power point presentation will be available after the meeting.
The conversation may touch on the Non-Motorized Trails Plan, but it is not the
subject of this meeting.
For more information contact Matthew Lander, Engineering Manager
South Whidbey Prefix (360) 321-5111 x 5545
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Birding in the Neighborhoods -
Weekly Field Trips
The trips are every other Thursday
and the meeting time
varies with the season.
If you would like to be notified of
the events, contact
Cathi Bower (email)
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday
of each month. If you
wish to be notified
of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff
Monday, Sept. 23: Field Trip
Jay Adams will lead a field trip to sites on Fir Island
including Wiley Sough, Hayton
Preserve and Channel Drive. The area is a shorebird haven with
many shorebirds and
other fall migrants. Leave Coupeville at 7:30 a.m. from the
parking lot behind the
Coupeville Library and pick up north Islanders at the north end
of the Home Depot
Store in Oak Harbor about 8:00 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. We will
be home late in the
afternoon. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by
Jay. Registration is first come, first served. No special
footwear is required.
Spotting scopes are recommended.
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at
the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer
Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get
much better than
October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns,
and gulls. Not a bad
time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and
perhaps a falcon or two and
maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should
still be present as well
as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons,
grebes, and scoters
and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a
pelican or two still
hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds
western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly
a phalarope or two.
All in all, October is a splendid time for birding! (email)