Archive for the ‘Animals-Misc.’ Category

Jewell Meadows Bulls

Monday, December 8th, 2014

IMG_8475 - Version 2Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April). The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group. The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time. Call (503) 755-2264 for information. Photo: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014IMG_8483 - Version 2

American Badger “Taxidea taxus”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

MG_4108_1-480x371American Badger “Taxidea taxus”  Length 24″ and weight approx 20 pounds.  Then are omnivorous and will eat ground squirrels, insects and vegetation if hunting is sparse.  Photo:  N.W. Trek near Eatonville, Wa  11/01/2008

Black Bear “Ursus americanus”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Black Bear “Ursus americanus” This little bear was thought to be a second year cub and we were observing it from a boat in Hell’s Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border. _MG_8220 – Version 2Adult Black Bears usually weigh 200 to 300 pounds. Photo: 8/19/2014

Gray Wolf “Canis lupus”

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


Gray Wolf “Canis lupus” Length about 4.5′ long, tail 1′ long, weight 60-100 lbs. Wolves were originally wide spread in Western Or. and in N. E. Or. but they were completely eradicated about 75 years ago. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa. 11/14/2009

Pacific Treefrog

Monday, July 21st, 2014

_MG_8031 - Version 2Pacific Treefrog “Pseudacris regilla” These little frogs (1.5 inches long) are brown or green with a characteristic black stripe extending from the snout to the shoulder. The males call in a great chorus and they make quite a racket. Photo: Near Conboy Lake WA, 7/20/2014

Bullfrog “Lithobates catesbeianus”

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

_MG_7475 - Version 2Bullfrog “Lithobates catesbeianus”  Length 4-8 inches, Introduced into the Northwest from the Eastern U.S.  Females “eardrums” are about the size of the eye.  The males are smaller and the “eardrums” are approximately twice the size of the eye.  Bullfrogs will eat any critter that will fit into its mouth and that has resulted in the decline of some of our native aquatic species  Frogs lay their eggs in the summer and the young overwinter as tadpoles.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/23/2014

Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”. Length approximately seven inches.  Found throughout Oregon in areas with rock piles and logs. They feed on a variety of insects.  Photo:  Near Baby Foot Lake in S>W. Oregon 4/8/2014



Raccoon “Procyon lotor”

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


Raccoon “Procyon lotor” Length approximately two feet. Weight ten to fifteen pounds. They are cute but they can become quite a nuisance. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, WA. 11/04/2009

Pacific Sideband Snail “Monadenia fidelis”

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

2007-09-13Pacific Sideband Snail “Monadenia fidellis”  Shell reddish brown and 0.75 to 1.5 inches in diameter.  Found in or near forests in Western OR and WA and they eat herbaceous plants.  The twinkles in the foot are from a flash.  Photo: Near Rainier, OR. 9/13//2007

Mule Deer “Odocoileus hemionus”

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

_MG_5060_MG_6224_1Mule Deer “Odocoileus hemionus subsp. hemionus” are generally found east of the Cascades and Black Tail Deer “Odocoileus hemionus subsp. columbianus”, west of the Cascades.  Upper Photo:  This buck is slow in shedding his antlers and he is busy browsing in an area where there was a fire last year.   Near Frenchglen, OR 3/17/2013.  Lower Photo:  The doe was drinking across the lake and paid no attention to us.  Photo:  Near Krumbro Resevoir, OR  7/02/2009