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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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These small Balanus crenatus or Crenate Barnacles were covering pipes and pilings in the marina.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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Here's what I think may be Barentsia sp. or Nodding Heads from the Phylum Entoprocta. I looked through Andy Lamb's Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, and it seems to be the closest match to this 10" mass. The bits of beige are debris that must have gotten stuck on this unusual animal.

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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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I believe these may be two colors here of Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidian, the orange one and the black and white. They were hanging onto the edge of the dock at the marina, and I'd never seen any Botryllus schlosseri until today, so I'm posting a few examples, hoping someone will do a positive ID.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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I believe this may be Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidian, found growing on mussels that were hanging onto the edge of the dock at the marina. I'd never seen any Botryllus schlosseri until today, so I'm posting a few examples, hoping someone will do a positive ID. Each ascidian was about 1" across, and most were this bright orange.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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I believe this may be Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidian, found hanging onto a thick rope at the edge of the dock at the marina. I pulled the rope out of the water for a quick photo. I'd never seen any Botryllus schlosseri until today, so I'm posting a few examples, hoping someone will do a positive ID.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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I believe this may be Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidian, found hanging onto the edge of the dock at the marina. I'd never seen any Botryllus schlosseri until today, so I'm posting a few examples, hoping someone will do a positive ID. Here are two photos with different colors. Most of the ones I found were bright orange, the color of the California Poppy.

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Sea Anemones and Corals Class Anthozoa

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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These unusual animals measured about 2" across and may be an anemone or a soft coral or something else. They were living on the sides of the wooden dock at the marina, submerged in about a foot of water. They were the only ones I've ever seen.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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Here is a Crassostrea gigas or Pacific Oyster, about 4” across, found living on the side of the dock at the marina. A Short Plumose Anemone was nestled on top.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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I found a few examples of what I think are Metandrocarpa dura or Fused Orange Social Ascidians, living on the side of the dock at the marina, including this 3" bright orange one on the right. There were also what I think were Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidians in the same area. I'm not sure what is on the left, the beige-yellow one that looks like a brain.

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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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I found a few examples of what I think are Metandrocarpa dura or Fused Orange Social Ascidians, living on the side of the dock at the marina, including this 5" orange one. The other was a darker, brighter orange. There were also what I think were Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidians in the same area.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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Here are a couple of photos of a colonial animal that has been puzzling me. They may be Orange Zoanthids, Epizoanthus scotinus. I first noticed them two weeks ago living in a clump about 14" across, with the individual animals measuring less than 1" across. Now there is one much larger clump, about 2' across, and all of the animals looks tattered and worn.

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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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These tiny Semibalanus cariosus or Thatched Acorn Barnacles were filter feeding with their little cirri along the edge of the dock at the marina.

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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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This lovely Serpula columbiana or Red-trumpet Calcareous Tubeworm was living in its hard, coiled tube on the side of the dock at the marina, right beside a solitary Eudistylia vancouveri or Vancouver Feather-duster.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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This solitary Eudistylia vancouveri or Vancouver Feather-duster (on the right) had an unusually thick tube. It's unusual to find one by itself, as more frequently they form groups. It was living beside a lovely Serpula columbiana or Red-trumpet Calcareous Tubeworm on the side of the dock at the marina.

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wendy5

Date

September 26, 2014

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Here are three examples of a red algae I can't identify. It was growing about a foot under water on the wooden dock at the marina, intertwined with sponge. It looked quite stiff. Each plant was from 3-10 inches long.

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wendy5

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September 26, 2014

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This unusual, colorful Watersipora cucullata (aka subovoidea) or Black and Red Encrusting Bryozoan caught my eye as it was the only one of its type growing on the dock at the marina. It was a few inches under water, just about 2 to 3 inches high, and quite pretty!

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Western Swordfern Polystichum munitum

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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Here's an older Polystichum munitum or Sword Fern with sori and a young new frond just unfurling.

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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This Dryopteris expansa or Spiny Wood Fern had one frond with a two-headed tip! I've never seen that before in a fern.

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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This is the largest Formica obscuripes or Western Thatching Anthill I've ever found. It measured 2' tall and 3' diameter, and was at the base of a tree. The mound was crawling with ants, and covered with conifer needles.

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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This Mentha arvensis or Field Mint plant smelled lovely, although it was on the shore of Anderson Lake, strangely filled with toxins!

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Common Merganser Mergus merganser

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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There were NINE Mergus merganser or Common Mergansers on this log or swimming about, some clearly juveniles.

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Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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The sori of this Polypodium glycyrrhiza or Licorice Fern were bright and orange.

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Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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The Pteridium aquilinum or Bracken Fern shows that autumn is here.

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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The rosehips of Rosa nutkana or Nootka Rose are brilliant red in the late afternoon autumn sunlight.

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Rubus discolor Rubus armeniacus

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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The Rubus discolor or Himalayan Blackberry is an introduced shrub from India via the UK, and sadly is out of control in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless, it provides many delicious berries for people and other animals. This time of year some of the berries are ripe, some will never ripen with the frosts, and others are overripe and mildewed.

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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This looks like the last of the lovely Spiraea douglasii ssp. douglasii or Hardhack, growing on the shore of Anderson lake at the beginning of autumn. I always like seeing David Douglas's name attached to a local species.

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Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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Not a great example, as sometimes there are many more berries, but here is Symphoricarpos albus or Common Snowberry, growing in a mixed conifer forest beside a lake.

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Douglas' Squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasii

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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This Tamiasciurus douglasii or Douglas Squirrel made its presence known while I was looking at the lake. It kept calling to me, and wanted me to watch it scamper up and down and around the Western Redcedar tree trunk.

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Western redcedar Thuja plicata

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2014

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Walking along the shore of Anderson lake, I noticed many Thuja plicata or Western Redcedars, a most amazing tree. Some were just stumps from previous logging, some were covered in holes drilled by sapsuckers, some showed the turning of the season to autumn.

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Sitka valerian Valeriana sitchensis

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brewbooks

Date

August 28, 2014 05:24 PM PDT

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Valeriana sitchensis (Sitka valerian) ripening fruit and releasing seed (the feathery portion of the plant that is released into the wind).

nearby Meadowatch Plot 8
Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Elevation 1840 meters (6040 feet)

Hiking and botanize in Reflection Lakes and Paradise area of Mount Rainier as part of MeadoWatch

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This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, ...more ↓

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