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Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus

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hfabian

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Near the Farallon Islands on the Continental Shelf.

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Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Accipiter cooperii

Observer

nfs

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

My buddy posted this on Facebook and was wondering what it was.

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Drosera rotundifolia

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 01:13 PM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 11:09 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Eriogonum ternatum

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 11:03 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Aquilegia formosa

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 09:46 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Rhododendron occidentale

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 09:10 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Spiny Lizards Genus Sceloporus

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 09:02 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Lilium bolanderi

Observer

abr

Date

July 6, 2014 08:22 AM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Lilium bolanderi

Observer

abr

Date

July 5, 2014 06:38 PM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

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Pinus jeffreyi

Observer

abr

Date

July 5, 2014 05:53 PM PDT

Place

Vulcan lake, or (Google, OSM)

Description

Can't tell pine species for sure, but it is on serpentine soils.

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Something...

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dominicrivetti

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

38.4473..., -122.64... (Google, OSM)

Description

Small scorpions found underneath large rocks in dry grassy area. Temp around 82 degrees fahrenheit.

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Damselflies Suborder Zygoptera

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metsa

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Google, OSM)

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

metsa

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Google, OSM)

Description

Mallard duckling ?

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Sedum spathulifolium

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This plant clinging to the sunny and rocky hillside is Sedum spathulifolium, or Broad-leaved Stonecrop. We saw hundreds of these plants, some only an inch or two across, and this one about 5" across, and all past their blooming period, so we missed the showy yellow flowers. They were growing on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation.

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common selfheal Prunella vulgaris

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This ubiquitous plant has puzzled me for a long time, and turns out to be Prunella vulgaris or Self-heal, a plant with many medicinal properties that grows on every continent. This low-growing plant with bright purple flowers, almost 1" across, is in the mint family. Here it's growing at 580' along the path beside Lake Crescent.

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Western Poison Oak Toxicodendron diversilobum

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

I was very disappointed to find Western Poison Oak, and quite a lot of it, growing along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. This was the first time I've found poison oak in Washington state.

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Redwood-sorrel Oxalis oregana

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

There were a few patches of Oxalis oregana or Redwood Sorrel along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. It was too late for the flowers. This was the first time I'd seen Oxalis oregana this far east in Washington state; before I'd only seen it along the west coast.

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Osmorhiza chilensis Osmorhiza berteroi

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

These leafy plants with tall shoots of flowers is Osmorhiza chilensis, or Mountain Sweet-cicely. There were just a few of these plants growing at 580' along a shady path close to Lake Crescent.

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Epipactus gigantea

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This beautiful plant is Epipactus gigantea, with stems of multiple peach-colored orchids. It's called Giant Hellborine. There were just a few patches of these plants with a total of about 40 stems growing near the path and close to Lake Crescent at 580' in semi-shade. Each stem reached about 12-18" tall.

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Circaea alpina

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This plant is Circaea alpina or Enchanter’s Nightshade, growing by the shady path alongside Lake Crescent at 580'.

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Rhytidiadelphus loreus

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This lovely moss is Rhytidiadelphus loreus, known as Lanky Moss, growing on an old nurse log at 580' close to Lake Crescent. The Douglas Fir cone is for scale.

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Oyster Mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This is a dried out patch of Oyster Mushrooms, growing on a dead Red Alder tree in a mixed mostly conifer forest at 580' close to Lake Crescent.

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Orthotrichum lyellii

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

The green moss on the top of this apple tree branch, Orthotrichum lyellii or Lyell’s Bristle Moss, was growing at 580' elevation close to the shore of Lake Crescent.

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Oplopanax horridus

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

The leaves of Oplopanax horridus, or Devil’s Club, have lines of sharp thorns, as do the stems. This fierce-looking plant grows over people's heads and was quite close to the trail near Marymere Falls. Each leaf grew to about 16" across.

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Neckera douglasii

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This moss is Neckera douglasii, with the common name of Douglas’ Neckera, named in honor of the amazing naturalist David Douglas. It was growing on Red Alder at 580' elevation.

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Metaneckera menziesii

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

Here's Metaneckera menziesii, a moss known as Menzies’ Neckera, growing on a Bigleaf Maple tree trunk. It's a thick greenish-orange moss. I like knowing it's named in honor of Vancouver's naturalist, Menzies.

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Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Lake Crescent, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This interesting lichen was growing on the branch of an old apple tree close to the shore of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation. It looks like a brown leaf lichen, possibly brown from age, covered in small clusters of yellow dots.

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Acorn woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

miroungazalophus

Date

July 6, 2014

Place

Orinda, CA (Google, OSM)

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Northern Elephant Seal Mirounga angustirostris

Observer

miroungazalophus

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

Año Nuevo State Park (Google, OSM)

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Western Scrub Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

bennet

Date

June 9, 2009

Place

Rose City Cemetery, Portland, OR (Google, OSM)

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Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Observer

bennet

Date

June 9, 2009

Place

Rose City Cemetery, Portland, OR (Google, OSM)

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Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Observer

bennet

Date

June 9, 2009

Place

Rose City Cemetery, Portland, OR (Google, OSM)

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

metsa

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, CA (Google, OSM)

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Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus

Observer

bennet

Date

June 8, 2009

Place

Sauvie Island, OR (Google, OSM)

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Observer

bennet

Date

June 8, 2009

Place

Sauvie Island, OR (Google, OSM)

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Western Spotted Skunk Spilogale gracilis

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 23, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

Another (possibly same animal as last week) spotted skunk visited my porch and left tracks on my computer case.

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Tribe Gnaphalieae

Observer

metsa

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

These might be planted, but I'm not sure.

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Black Bear Ursus americanus

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

Black bear feeding sign on blackberry vines.

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Smooth Harvester Ants Genus Messor

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

nest in dirt road, with black bear and blacktailed deer tracks

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

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beartracker

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

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West Coast Lady Vanessa annabella

Observer

tiwane

Date

July 26, 2014 03:04 PM PDT

Place

Marin, California, United States (Google, OSM)

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Ants Family Formicidae

Observer

beartracker

Date

the past

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

Ant making a trail on a steep slope at the edge of a dirt road. Possibly harvester ant? Need help with ID of species.

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watermelon algae

Observer

reginar

Date

July 13, 2014

Place

Cascade Pass, Washington, United States (Google, OSM)

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California Quail Callipepla californica

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

California quail dust bath form and full hind foot tracks. You can even see wing imprints at the top of the form. The entire heel left an imprint. The left one is clearest.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

beartracker

Date

July 24, 2014

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

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Genus Castilleja

Observer

reginar

Date

July 26, 2014 02:55 PM PDT

Place

48.5010..., -120.75... (Google, OSM)

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Veronica ciao kiwi

Observer

reginar

Date

July 26, 2014 02:11 PM PDT

Place

48.4998..., -120.75... (Google, OSM)

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Castilleja his pods

Observer

reginar

Date

July 26, 2014 02:53 PM PDT

Place

48.5010..., -120.75... (Google, OSM)