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Rough-skinned Newt Taricha granulosa

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sarka

Date

March 30, 2015

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Found by the front door in the early hours of the morning during a moist overcast day.

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sarka

Date

August 19, 2014

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wendy5

Date

March 28, 2015

Description

These two Morchella esculenta Morels were by the bike path in this general area. The larger was about 2" tall.

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wendy5

Date

March 28, 2015

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This large mat of what I think is Polytrichum piliferum (Awned Haircap Moss, on this site Bristly Haircap Moss) was quite conspicuous beside the road due to the long, bright red sporophytes!

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Brant Branta bernicla

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2015

Place

sequim, wa (Google, OSM)

Description

A couple hundred Brant flew in flocks around the bay and then settled in a cove.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2015

Place

sequim, wa (Google, OSM)

Description

A Bald Eagle flew over the bay, seeming to enjoy the updrafts.

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2015

Place

sequim, wa (Google, OSM)

Description

Huge clumps of Macrocystis integrifolia (Perennial Kelp) washed ashore with the tide. I haven't seen this beautiful kelp very often on our beaches.

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Mossy Chiton Mopalia muscosa

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2015

Place

sequim, wa (Google, OSM)

Description

This was the only chiton I saw on the beach today, a very fresh looking Mopalia muscosa (Mossy Chiton).

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

Here are two Black Oystercatchers foraging for limpets. Today I saw six together, and yesterday there were nine. I'm sure they are the same group, sometimes breaking off into smaller groups.

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This is new seaweed for me, and I'd love to have an expert confirm it. I think it's Bonnemaisonia nootkana (Delicately-branched Red Seaweed). The frond was about 5" long.

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

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Here's a second example of what I believe is Bonnemaisonia nootkana (Delicately-branched Red Seaweed). The frond was about 5" long, and it's quite delicate-looking!

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

The Halichondria panicea (Yellow-green Encrusting Sponge; on this site Bread-crumb Sponge) was fresh and abundant today at low tide.

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

A few young Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp) were growing, attached to rocks with holdfasts, among masses of young Alaria. The floats were about 1" diameter.

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

I think this beautiful, slightly stiff, red seaweed is Osmundea spectabilis (Sea Laurel). This piece was on the beach at low tide.

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Sea Lemon Peltodoris nobilis

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This cute 2" Peltodoris nobilis (Noble Sea Lemon) was visible at low tide today.

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Sea Lemon Peltodoris nobilis

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

Two more Peltodoris nobilis (Noble Sea Lemons), probably hermaphroditically exchanging sperm!

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This frond of Pleurophycus gardneri (Broad-rib Kelp) was almost 2' long, and found on the beach at low tide. I don't see it very often.

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Graceful kelp crab Pugettia gracilis

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This Pugettia gracilis Graceful Kelp Crab had a 1" wide carapace, and was decorated with bits of seaweed and sponge.

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Red Dorid Rostanga pulchra

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This miniscule Rostanga pulchra (Red Sponge Nudibranch, aka Red Dorid) was less than 1/3" long. I found it on a red encrusting sponge on a boulder at low tide, and returned it to the exact same spot.

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wendy5

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

This is the best example of Scytosiphon lomentaria (Soda Straws) I've ever found, healthy and still attached to a rock by its holdfast.

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brewbooks

Date

March 20, 2015 03:15 PM PDT

Description

Equisetum hyemale (Scouring-rush horsetail)
biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.ph...
growing on a hillside among Polystichum munitum (western sword fern)
Shoreline, Washington, USA
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red alder Alnus rubra

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brewbooks

Date

March 20, 2015 03:14 PM PDT

Description

Alnus rubra Red alder male catkin (I think)
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brewbooks

Date

March 20, 2015 03:10 PM PDT

Description

Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood) buds. They are sticky and smell pretty good, sort of a resin odor. They contain Salicin, which is an anti-inflammatory compound.

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wendy5

Date

March 24, 2015

Description

This 3" Doris montereyensis (Monterey Sea Lemon) was on a boulder, exposed at low tide.

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

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wendy5

Date

March 24, 2015

Description

Two Double-crested Cormorants on a boulder.

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wendy5

Date

March 24, 2015

Description

This Halosydna brevisetosa (Eighteen-scaled Worm) was under a rock at low tide. I noticed one scale missing, and learned they can regrow them in as few as five days.

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wendy5

Date

March 24, 2015

Description

The gorgeous Sarcodiotheca gaudichaudii (Sea Noodles aka Succulent Seaweed) with fronds about 10" long.

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wendy5

Date

March 24, 2015

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This almost 2" Scyra acutifrons (Sharpnose Crab) was lightly decorated in sea lettuce.

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wendy5

Date

March 23, 2015

Description

This nudibranch (below) is only the second Acanthodoris nanaimoensis (Nanaimo Nudibranch) I've ever found, this one in its gray phase. It was about an inch long, found on the beach at low tide. I could tell it was a nudibranch, so placed it in a cup with water and saw its gills and rhinophores emerge.

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Papillate Sea Slug Aeolidia papillosa

Observer

wendy5

Date

March 23, 2015

Description

I found this nudibranch (top in photo) on a beach at low tide, a bit over 1" long, a Shaggy Mouse Nudibranch. I added it to a cup of water with the Acanthodoris nanaimoensis.

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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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