Native of the Month: Bark Beetles

Native of the Month: Bark Beetles

Bark BeetlesBark beetles are both friends and foes. They are native decomposers, pollinators, and food for wildlife in Washington state forests, but they also cause tree mortality which is exacerbated by climate change. Bark beetle species in Washington include red...
Native of the Month: American Pika

Native of the Month: American Pika

American Pika- Ochotona princepsThe American pika lives in high elevation, cool climate areas west of the Rocky Mountains including places like Mount Rainer National Park. Typically found above the tree line, they live on rock faces and cliffs near the...
Native of the Month: American Robin

Native of the Month: American Robin

American Robin – Turdus migratoriusAmerican robins can be seen anywhere in North America and are often spotted running through lawns or perched in a tree. In the spring and summer, robin calls are a lovely sound to wake up to in the morning. As larger songbirds,...
Native of the Month: Coho salmon

Native of the Month: Coho salmon

Coho salmon – Oncorhynchus kisutchThe Coho (or silver salmon) are anadromous which means they spend most of their lives in the ocean and return to freshwater to spawn. They can grow up to 30 inches and can weigh up to 20 pounds or more. Most...
Native of the Month: Townsend’s mole

Native of the Month: Townsend’s mole

Townsend’s mole – Sccapanus townsendiiWestern Washington Is home to the largest mole in North America, the Townsend’s mole (Scapanus townsendii). The Townsend’s Mole can be found west of the Cascade Mountains ranging from southern British Columbia...