See sketch in yellow notebook for more details.
A female white-tailed deer in the backyard of my cousins house. Though there is a natural forest behind these houses I was told many of the deer are comfortable with the people because they feed them so much.
A beekeeper at the UW farm is checking up on the UW honey bee hives. The bees at the farm are used for numerous studies and project, such as an urban pollination project. The honey bees are fairly mild and did not seem to bee aggressive even as I got closer. However I was told that if I got too close to their hive/nest they may get a bit defensive.
Hypochaeris Radicata found by the street side on 11th Ave NE on my walk home after a day of class. Initially I immediately assumed that this was dandelion, but after some helpful comments and further inspection, I decided it was Hypochaeris, or commonly known as false dandelion or catsear. Some features that helped me decide that this was false dandelion has the fuzzy base leafs, and also the "non-waxy" stem.
On memorial weekend I went back down home to Olympia and I live right next to the Grass Lake Nature Park and there is a small patch of the park right next to my neighborhood which is just a small forested area, but has has been fragmented due to the road built there and also a part of my neighborhood. This plant had a minted aroma, that's not too strong unless up close. The mountain mint was found in patches sort of in a bush-like form off of the trail at Grass Lake Nature Park.
Canada goldenrod spotted in the Medicinal garden at the University of Washington. After further research the plant observed at the medicinal garden doesn't seem like a Canada goldenrod at first, but this plant is apparently young and hasn't developed its flowers yet.
Wax current observed at the Grass Lake Nature park. The leaves on the wax current are slightly rounded and are jagged on the edged (but not sharp). About a meter in height and the stem of the currant was also fuzzy.
Garrya observed near Grass Lake at the Grass lake Nature park in Olympia. Garrya (commonly known as the silk tassel) is a shrub like plant and this one was a little over a meter tall.
Cedar Waxwing observed in the Union Bay Natural Area during the birds tour. It was perched on the tree pictured with this observation, and I could see that the bird was a brownish-grey mix and had a very distinct yellow end near the tip of its tail, as well as a yellowish underside.
Numerous Barn Swallows found near a small pond in the Union Bay Natural Area. The Barn Swallows are small and difficult to capture on camera, but it was observed that the Barn Swallows here were near this particular water body for drinking water and also the fly around and feed on the numerous insects in the air.
Found on top of a wooden fence on the fungi tour at the Union Bay Natural area. Dacrymyces stillatus is also known as the Common Jellyspot mushroom with body of 1–5mm across. It is gelatinous, and orange-yellow and it was said that it becomes darker and wrinkled with age. Non edible mushroom.
An English elm observed during the trees tour on the roadside of Stevens Way at the University of Washington. It is a broadleaf, deciduous tree with dark green leafs, and is a tree primarily used for its sturdy timber.
Horse-chestnut spotted near Rainier Vista at the University of Washington. A deciduous tree with fairly large leafs and have these flowers which are white mixed with a little bit of red, and also have these spiky balls which have the seeds in them.
Pleated inkcap or Japanese parasol observed at the Union Bay Natural area during the fungi tour. The pleated inkcap has a very thin structure, the cap only being about 2-3 cm in diameter. The gills are easily noticeable, and the color formation of the mushroom is mostly greyish-brown, with a darker brown in the center.
Western red cedar observed near a small forested area near Rainier vista at the University of Washington. The western red cedar was easily identifiable with its dark red bark, and also the fact that many cones are drop near its base gives it an indication that it's a coniferous tree, and also helps people narrow down there options when trying to identify the tree.
Giant sequoia introduced during the trees tour. The giant sequoia has a very rich dark red bark color, much like the western red cedar. Although, unlike the western red cedar the bark on the sequoia is actually somewhat soft and would not make very good lumber. The large girth of the tree trunk is also a characteristic that can be used to help identify the giant sequoia.
Observed during the forbs/wildflower tour at the Union Bay natural area. The common vetch is a small forb that is actually used as a nitrogen fixing plant. There are many scattered throughout UBNA near the trails, but is actually considered a weed rather than a flower.
A single camas was observed during the forbs/wildflower tour. It was found off of the trail by a fellow classmate at the Union Bay Natural area. The flower of the camas observed was a light blue, and the stem of the plant was very thin. It blends very well with the grass, besides the flower, and was noted that it is sometimes confused with the death camas, a highly poisonous plant.
Buttercups observed at the Union Bay Natural area during the forbs/wildflower tour. Each buttercup has 5 pedals and with a frilly center.
Two pigeons spotted on the University of Washington campus. The darker one male and perhaps the white one is female. Both pigeons were observed rummaging in the area for food.
A certain species of the genus iris found near a pond at the Union bay natural area while scouting out station locations with group project members. All of the irises in the area were found to be near a body of water, and also have thick foliage.
Queen Anne's lace found sprouting up all around the Union bay natural area. They seem to be a larger population of them away from the trials and deeper into the fields. Most of them in this area were about half a meter in height and half very thin stems that manage the top heavy foliage at the top of the plant.
Lupines found at the Union bay natural area during our group scouting trip out into the area. This lupine has not bloomed its recognizable tower of light purple flowers.
A lot of horse-tails found near the water at the Union bay natural area. The horse tails are very sturdy and symmetrical structure of how the foliage extends out of the stem. The stem also has these rings to reinforce the "brushes" the extend from the stem.
A male and female mallard taking a swim near the coast of the Union Bay Natural area at the University of Washington. As observed from a nearby trail the female duck also began to dive for food in the water as the male mallard casually floated in the water doing nothing on this marvelous, sunny day.
Pacific willow found growing in the shallow waters of a pond at the Union bay natural area. Though it seems like it is a tree, it rather looks more like a giant shrub about 5-6 meters in height.
Sorry picture is sideways. Pacific flowering dogwood found on the edge of the land at the Union bay natural area while looking for stations for our group tour. A deciduous tree that blooms small white flowers that also have nice oval leafs.
Cattail found in numerous locations at the Union bay natural area. The cattail at UBNA were all this crispy brown color and were located near some sort of body of water (small or big). The cattail at UBNA also seemed to be group together and not scattered individually across the area.
American robin spotted near the Burke-Gilman trail at the University of Washington campus. From a far it was difficult to tell what the color of the bird, but the shape and beak distinction of the robin helped in its identification.
Eastern Gray squirrel spotted near Johnson hall after a class session with insects. It was a rainy day, but this particular squirrel was out near a round-a-bout with a small vegetation patch and was digging around in a UW garbage can for food.