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We have started a species list for all the animals, plants and fungi that have thus far been found on the Alderleaf Property. I think it can be a great resource for us to have such a list, so that we can keep tabs on what is present here and, over time, what might be new or different.

You will notice I did not write anything for plants at all, nor for invertebrates and barely ventured into the realm of fungi. Given the limited time I have had, I have not really had the time to do an extensive inventory. So, I present a challenge to all of the students and anyone else out there with an interest in contributing to this list that you explore Alderleaf, and keep tabs on the species you see. Add to the list and post your finds here.

Please give common and scientific names so that confusion can be kept to a minimum.
Here is the start of the list below:
Alderleaf Property Species List


Red-legged Frog(Rana aurora)
Pacific Treefrog (Hyla regilla) also called (Pseudacris regilla)
Western Toad(Bufo boreas)
Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa)
Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)
Northwestern Salamander (Ambystoma gracile)


Northwestern gartersnake(Thamnophis ordinoides)
Northern Alligator Lizard(Elgaria coerulea)


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Common Raven (Corvus corax)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculates)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomames bewickii)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)
Black-headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma)
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)
Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Violet-green swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Western Tanager (Piranga ludviciana)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)


Black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Black bear (Ursus americanus)
Cougar (Felis concolor)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)
Townsend’s Chipmunk (Tamias townsendii)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Wandering Vole (Microtus oregoni)
Townsend’s Vole (Microtus townsendii)
Deer Mouse(Peromyscus maniculatus)
Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus)
River Otter (Lontra Canadensis)


Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Angel Wings (Pleurocybella porrigens)
Red-cracked boletus (Boletus chrysenteron)
Zeller’s boletus (Boletus zelleri)
Conifer boletus (Boletus coniferarum)
Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)
Sulfur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)
Emetic russula (Russula emetic)
Deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)
Questionable Stropharia (Stropharia ambigua)
Red-belted conk (Fomitopsis pinicola)
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
Witch’s Butter (Tremella mesenterica)








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Here is 2 more to add to the bird list:

Brown Creeper (Certhia Americana) and Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus).
Recently, Dixie, one of the Alderleaf students spotted a ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) on the property.

Also, we have heard and observed singing black-throated gray warblers (Dendrioca nigrescens), Wilson's warblers (Wilsonia pusilla) and orange-crowned warblers (Vermirova celata) on and around Alderleaf. Spring seems to bring up a lot of singing warblers to our cascade foothills region.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) - heard from campus - but seen just across the road.

American Shrew-mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii) brought in by Kinkers our campus kitty.

Pacific Jumping Mouse (Zapus trinotatus) also caputured by Kinders, but liberated by Steve and Tracy. It had an amazing overnight recovery, and was released in the blackberry brambles safe from the kitty.

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) heard and seen on campus near the West House.
Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) right on the road and drive way of Alderleaf! This one is a surprise, as this species generally is more of a mountain dweller.

I figured I should start in on the invertebrates too. There is a zebra jumping spider (Salticus scenicus) currently residing in the bathroom of the East house at Alderleaf. This is a common species found both indoors and outdoors. They are small, and harmless, but also very entertaining to watch.

Another bug that is appearing in large numbers right now at Alderleaf is the Black Lampyrid (Ellychnia hatchi) or a related species, which is type of firefly. Unfortunately, we do not have any fireflies in this region that are winged and glow.
Another species to add which has been very vocal lately at Alderleaf is the warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus). It has a rolling, warbling sing-song that could be summarized by "If I find it then I'll squeeze it... If I find it then I'll squeeze it, and squeeze it till it squirts."
Kinkers the cat killed 2 Townsend's moles (Scapanus townsendii) on the Alderleaf property. They often leave lines of impressively large mole hills throughout the more open areas of the property. They are the largest species of mole in North America.
Lincoln's sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) seen by the new pond in our forest, dubbed the Thanksgiving Pond.
While out on an exploratory amphibian search with some students, we found another species to add to the list: western red-backed salamander (Plethodon vehiculum).

One of the students also observed a pair of western bluebirds (Sailia mexicana) during a week in Feb.
Saw a golden-crowned sparrow(Zonotrichia atricapilla) during a momentary break at work in the office. It was in the shrubs near the small farm pond.

Also a merlin (Falco comlubarius) has been observed multiple times on campus.
Two days in a row, I heard a red-eyed vireo ( Vireo olivaceus) singing from the riparian forest edge around the farm.

This is the first time I have heard one of the property. It is likely only passing through, but it would be great to have it hang around for a while. :)


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