We had a perfect day for the Shad Bake this year. Weather wasn’t too hot and the water wasn’t too high. We are almost back to normal after 2 years of COVID19 social restrictions. We had both Shad and Salmon for the grill and lots of our standard fair.
At the Shad Bake on Plummers Island on Saturday, April 30, 2022, Ralph Eckerlin and George Watson remembered the lives of Walt Bulmer and Bill Stern. Walt and Bill were long-time members of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club, and both passed away recently.
Walt Bulmer passed away early on the morning of November 29, 2021. He was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1998 and served as Secretary and President of the Club. Walt regularly participated in work days and field outings on Plummers Island. We all enjoyed seeing him at WBFC outings and ASM meetings and catching up with him about mammal trapping and other field adventures. He will be remembered for the signature Schaefer beer he always brought with him to the WBFC events. He will be sincerely missed.
Thanks to all the heavy lifters for a wonderful fall island outing. Everything worked out perfectly despite my Chicken Little predictions. While I missed the oysters and associated food and fuss that goes with the typical fall event, the sandwiches were great (and simple) and allowed much more time for hanging out and catching up. I’m looking forward to returning to the real shad bake and real oyster roast next year but I think we should consider adding a summer sandwich event to our yearly club calendar. Maybe we could discuss this at next spring’s annual meeting?
Due to the high water, a boat bridge was used to get to the island.
The COVID pandemic has limited all the in person activities of the WBFC. We were able to have our spring social event with all the participants being fully vaccinated. The club decided to bring in Italian subs instead of the traditional Shad Bake. We hope to have a regular Oyster roast in the fall.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the recent passing of a Forest Service trailblazer. Robert (Bob) Nelson was born on January 22, 1933, in Menlo, Washington. Bob passed away February 24, 2021 at home at the age of 88.