Deer Haven is what I call the property I live on here in northwestern Olympia, Washington. The land is very close to Eld Inlet on the eastern shores of Steamboat Peninsula at the south end of Puget Sound, known to some as the Salishan Sea.

There are many species of wildlife that inhabit Deer Haven.  The most frequently seen are Columbian Whitetailed Deer (designated a threatened species), Brown Squirrels, Robins, Blue Jays, Crows, Owls, Sea Gulls, Bald Eagles, Sparrows, Wood Peckers, Opossums, Raccoons, and Monarch butterflies just to name a few.  The longer I live here, the longer the list grows as I learn to recognize more of them.

Botanicals that dominate the property are redwood, cedar, holly, wild cherry, rhododendrun, ferns, wild rhubarb and blackberries.

When I moved here I was advised by neighbors to put out yellow jacket traps at the beginning of summer and have caught more than a dozen of the insects so far. Definitely not an activity I needed to participate in while residing in Ventura county!