I saw these small, bright orange jelly fungi on a log growing over the stream at Carkeek Park.
I saw these barnacles at South Beach on San Juan Island. They are pretty large (about 1.5 in. diameter) and are found on most large rocks and the balsaltic rock formations, especially near the water and tide pools. Barnacles are sessile and attach themselves permanently to hard substrate. They use feather-like appendages to draw in plankton.
I saw this Gadwall floating at UBNA after my class. I was really stumped when I saw this bird! At first I thought it was a female Cinnamon Teal, but then I saw that it has bright white speculum feathers, while the Cinnamon teal's are edged with blue/black. The beak is also too small to be a Cinnamon Teal. Fortunately, someone knew it was a Gadwall! I will have to add this species to the waterfowl website.
This deciduous tree is very common in the Seattle area. It has large, 5 point leaves and smooth bark. It can grow to be quite tall and is found in moist, temperate forests. It does especially well in close proximity to streams.
I saw this weed at Discovery Park. I see it everywhere, but I don't know what it is! It has a limp stem and it is very sticky.
This is Mona the camel. She lives at the farm down the road. I know this isn't a wild species, but it is pretty unique to see a camel in the PNW! She has one hump, shaggy fur, and if you get to close she will mistake your hair for food and try to eat it.
Finally, a seaweed that I recognize! Bullwhip kelp has a green, long (many feet) tail that ends in a round, hollow (sometimes whitish) bulb. Attached to the bulb is a cluster of long ribbon-like seaweed. This kelp is edible and I actually ate it in a chutney last week during a lesson about foraging.
This seaweed is found all over San Juan Island. It has semi-transparent ribbon-like pieces attached to 2 lobed pouched filled with air. I imagine these make the seaweed somewhat buoyant, assisting it in some way. I wish I knew of a better resource for identifying seaweed!
This little crab was dead when I found it on the beach. It is very small (2 in) and the coloration is white and orange, although I don't know if the colors faded after it died. These small crabs are commonly found under rocks on the beach, especially when the tide is out at the bay.
I saw these sea anemone in a tide pool at south beach. They have little "feelers" around the perimeter of their mouths that respond to movement. If you brush them with your finger they suction closed around it. This is somewhat similar to the terrestrial venus flytrap.
I'm not sure what species this seaweed is, but it is thin and stringy like hair.
I am not sure what to make of this plant. It is brown and kind of spiky, which reminds me of burdock...but I do not think this is the same thing. Any ideas?
This picture is a little blurry because the chinese hats are underwater in the tide pool. They are too difficult to remove because they suction to the rock. I have always called these organisms chinese hats, as that was what I was taught when I was young. Their shell is shaped, predictably, like a chinese hat!
From the shell, this little guy looks exactly like a hermit crab except smaller. However, rather than a crab body, a little snail lives inside! I found this one in a tide pool in the balsaltic rock formations.
I found these hermit crabs in a tidepool at South beach. They have iridescent, colorful shells and go into their shell when they are disturbed.
This slug was much skinnier than the robust brown slug and had a smoother body with more distinct antennae. It was a honey color rather than dark brown. See journal entry for carkeek park for more info on slug comparison.
I see these horsetails everywhere! They have a hollow stalk with tiers of branches sticking out in a circle around the stalk. If you break one, it separates into distinct sections.
This tree was smaller with relatively thin branches and trunk. The leaves are almond shaped and have distinct veins. It also has upward facing bunches of tiny white flowers.
I saw this fungi on a decomposing log at Carkeek Park. It is black and dark gray. It resembles a fungus we saw on a campus fungi tour (Genus Hypoxylon) but I am definitely not certain of this. Any suggestions are welcome!
I saw this mossy log lying across the stream and notices globs of bright orange fungus growing on the side. It was difficult to get close, otherwise I would have gotten a better picture.
I saw this European Holly in Carkeek park. I identified it by the shiny, dark green leaves that have several sharp points. This specimen was about 4 feet tall.
Check out these awesome shelf fungi growing on a mossy log in Carkeek Park! They were quite large, about 6 inches across. At first I thought they were Artist's Conk, but considering the coloration I am not sure.
I saw these three turkey tail fungi growing on a log. They always grow horizontally, parallel to the ground. They are each about 3 inches long and have a striped variation in color.
I saw this log on the ground near the stream. It is absolutely covered in various lichens and fungi! I believe I see some parmelia sulcata in there, as well as evernia prunastri.
I saw this brown slug beside the trail in a pile of wet, dead leaves. It has a rounded body with a flat underside and a ridged, slimy brown body. It is about 2 in long.
Although there were no pink flowers, I recognized this plant by the brightly colored berries and leaf shape.
I do not recognize this fern. At first I thought it was lady fern, but now I think it is too large and the fronds look different. Anyone know what this species is?
I saw this specimen off the trail at Carkeek Park. The leaves are opposite and oval shaped, coming to a point at the end. They are serrated in ridges on the edges. I distinguished it from dull oregon grape by the tall woody stalk and shiny dark green leaves.
This western sword fern was seen in Carkeek Park off the side of the trail. It has dark green fronds that are shiny on top and have round, yellow sori on the bottom in rows of 2.