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General News · 13th April 2011
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SPRING IS BURSTING on beautiful MITLENATCH ISLAND -- cruise aboard MISTY ISLES to this wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the Salish Sea. Walk meadows ablaze with Chocolate, Death Camas & Columbia Lilies plus Sea Blush, Monkey Flowers & Field Chickweed. Search for owl pellets as you hike.

Watch territorial & nesting activities of many gulls, cormorants, pigeon guillemots & oyster catchers (black birds with pink gumboots & carrot beaks). Ride a zodiac around Mitlenatch to experience noisy seabird cliff rookeries, impressive Steller & California sea lions. Keep a lookout for eagles, river otters, dolphins & orcas. Skipper/naturalist Mike Moore & wife Samantha have a wealth of information & stories about this gem in the gulf.

Sponsored by CORTES MUSEUM, this day trip leaves Cortes Bay at 10:30 am, Sat., May 14, returning about 5 pm. Cost is $115. Shuttle service is available between ferry & Cortes Bay. Pack your lunch & binoculars. For details & registration phone Lynne (250-935-6472) or e-mail Museum at: