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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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lisettealbert

Date

March 26, 2012

Description

These birds have a distinctive call that is unmistakable. They are sexual dimorphic, with the males being black with red wing tips and the females being brown. On this day, the red winged blackbirds were feeding on the seeds from some cattails at the Union Bay Natural Area.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 29, 2012

Description

Here are a quite a few nests that belong to great blue herons.

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salmonberry Rubus spectabilis

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Salmon berry typically is found in temperate regions. Though the berries weren't present during the time this photo was taken, their appearance is very similar to bunches of salmon eggs. The plant didn't have many leaves at the time, but did exhibit thorns on the branches and small pink flower buds. The 5 feet tall plant was surrounded by a nookta rose.

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Nootka rose Rosa nutkana

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

These are the remaining berries of a Nootka rose plant. It was found off of a pond inhabited various water foul. The plant was found intertwined with other thorned plants such a salmonberry. It was void of any leaves but had noticeable thorns throughout. The plant was about 5 feet tall.

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Pacific Chorus Frog Pseudacris regilla

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This frog was found crawling through the tall grass off of the gravel path. It was about 3 inches big.

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Northwestern Garter Snake Thamnophis ordinoides

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A garter snake was found slithering through the brush off of the gravel trail. It was hiding underneath patches of tall grass when it was caught by one of the students. It was about 1.5 feet long.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Juvenile red-tailed hawk perched above the boardwalk in a tree. It didn't seem too concerned with the presence of people but was noticeably aware of us. It was perched observing the vast landscape of plains and various, though mostly leaf-less, trees.

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Two canada geese were spotted off the boardwalk at the Nisqually estuary. They were walking on a grassy patch surrounded by various leaf-less trees.

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deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Deer fern found in deep crevices found under fallen trees. The temperatures were in the low 40s with snow still present on the ground. Small streams were flowing nearby providing a moist environment.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Western Yew found off of The Trail of Shadows. Temperatures were in the low 40s with snow still visible on the ground. The bark of the tree was a vibrant red color. The branches of the yew were covered in what appeared to be witch's hair lichen.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

Mossy bog off of the trail in Pack first. It water seems to be covered by some algae turning the entire bog an light green color.

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Big Leaf Maple Acer macrophyllum

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

A big leaf maple located off the trail in Pack Forest. It appears to have some sapsucker holes in it.

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western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Western Hemlock found off of the trail of shadows. The temperature was in the low 40s with snow still present on the ground. The needles on the hemlock were planar and variable in length.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Gold dust lichen spotted on fallen trees in Pack Forest. The ground that surrounded it was fairly damp with small plants and lichen growing on most of the logs and trees.

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Morel Morchella esculenta

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This edible mushroom was found off of a pack forest trail amongst fallen leaves and branches.

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western swordfern (Polystichum munitum) Polystichum munitum

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This fern was found off of trail in Pack Forest. It's small leaflets gradually decrease in size from stem to tip.

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Horsetails Genus Equisetum

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This plant was found near the anthill(see observation) along side a bog in pack forest. It has long striped stalks with some flowers.

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Cleavers (Galium aparine) Galium aparine

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This little plant was found next to a river bed. Apparently, it can be made into a coffee substitute.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Shaded ant hill found off the trail next to a bog. I'm not entirely sure what type of ants these are but there are certainly a lot of them.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This small plant has lobed leaves with serrated edges. It is common among moist forest regions such as Pack Forest.

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Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

With its glossy pointed leaves, Dull or cascade oregon grape can be found all over pack forest and the general northwest.

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long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus) Microtus longicaudus

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This little guy was spotted underneath the leaves and branches off of a trail in Pack Forest. It was about 4 inches long with a small tail. It ate primarily by grabbing plants with its paws and bringing them into its mouth. The vole was casually eating some of the vegetation around him and didn't seem to be too concerned with the large group of college students taking picture within inches of him.

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Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This is the stem of a yarrow plant. Its bushy leaves typically lead to white flowers blossoming on the top depending on the season.

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western sweet coltsfoot Petasites frigidus ssp. palmatus

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This plant was found off of a trail in Pack Forest. The triangular leaves surrounded a single stem leading to a group of white flowers at the top

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Western red cedar Thuja plicata

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Tall cedar with scale-like leaves found exhibiting its signature red trunk and branches.

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lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Small weed-like plant found in the meadow at Pack Forest.

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Fungi (Kingdom Fungi) Kingdom Fungi

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Found in the open meadow near the pavilion at Pack forest.

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Western White Pine Pinus monticola

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This pine was located near the pavillion at pack forest. The branches come out in regular intervals with needles symmetrically around.

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Scotch broom Cytisus scoparius

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

There were plenty of these stocky, nitrogen-fixing plants throughout the region. All of which exhibited buds but not flowers.

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osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) Oemleria cerasiformis

Observer

lisettealbert

Date

March 31, 2012
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