Wildlife Viewing

ucky Mud sits in the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington. The Willapa Hills lie between the Olympic Peninsula and the Oregon Coast Range. Lucky Mud got 154 inches of rain in 1998 in an area of big red cedars, hemlock, Sitka spruce, fir, red alder, maple, and cascara. Underneath grow hazelnuts, salmonberries, red huckleberries, vine maple, devils club, and many ferns from large sword ferns to arboreal licorice ferns. On the ground grow oxalis shamrock, yellow violet, skunk cabbage, dewberry, salal, miners lettuce, and a wide diversity of mushrooms.

The homestead rests on a south slope with 20 acres of upland pasture surrounded by 20 acres of woods, looking across a small forested valley. A half acre pond is centrally reposed, with many springs, a year round stream supporting runs of sea run cutthroat trout, which feeds a nearby creek supporting Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead trout. This creek wanders seven miles down East Valley to the estuary of the Columbia River at Skamokawa. The estuary is protected as wildlife refuges, and is one of the few non industrialized estuaries of a major river, with its attendant wealth of biological activity.

Animal friends on luckymud include friendly blacktail deer, ravens, pileated woodpeckers (see Wahkiakum Bird List), and several cats. Tolerant animals include elk, kingfisher, wild turkey, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, blue heron, crow, and hummingbird. Shy animals include black bear, cougar, bobcat, coyote, porcupine, skunk, raccoon, beaver (nearby), possum, large and small brown bat, mole, vole, and shrew, mouse, rat, chipmunk, flying squirrel, mountain beaver, nutria, barn owl, screech owl, bantail pigeon, grouse, spring peeper, newt, garter snake, alligator lizard, and banana slug.

All these grow on, live on, or have been seen on Lucky Mud Farm (except beaver).

We also have a whimsical, hand-built 3-bedroom cottage tucked away at the edge of the forest. Curious? Click here.