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.
Here are a quite a few nests that belong to great blue herons.
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.
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.
This frog was found crawling through the tall grass off of the gravel path. It was about 3 inches big.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A big leaf maple located off the trail in Pack Forest. It appears to have some sapsucker holes in it.
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.
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.
This edible mushroom was found off of a pack forest trail amongst fallen leaves and branches.
This fern was found off of trail in Pack Forest. It's small leaflets gradually decrease in size from stem to tip.
This plant was found near the anthill(see observation) along side a bog in pack forest. It has long striped stalks with some flowers.
This little plant was found next to a river bed. Apparently, it can be made into a coffee substitute.
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.
This small plant has lobed leaves with serrated edges. It is common among moist forest regions such as Pack Forest.
With its glossy pointed leaves, Dull or cascade oregon grape can be found all over pack forest and the general northwest.
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.
This is the stem of a yarrow plant. Its bushy leaves typically lead to white flowers blossoming on the top depending on the season.
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
Tall cedar with scale-like leaves found exhibiting its signature red trunk and branches.
Small weed-like plant found in the meadow at Pack Forest.
Found in the open meadow near the pavilion at Pack forest.
This pine was located near the pavillion at pack forest. The branches come out in regular intervals with needles symmetrically around.
There were plenty of these stocky, nitrogen-fixing plants throughout the region. All of which exhibited buds but not flowers.