Monthly Archives: April 2015

Varied Thrush

Found throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Varied Thrush (Passeriformes: Turdidae: Ixoreus naevius) is a relatively common inhabitant of dense, wet forest understories. These birds live year-round in western Washington and Oregon. In the summer many migrate as far north as Alaska … Continue reading

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Steller sea lions

Steller sea lions (Carnivora: Otariidae: Eumetopias jubatus) can be found scattered along northern Pacific coastlines from California to Japan. These ocean-dwelling mammals often congregate for breeding, feeding, and socializing. They’re perhaps most often encountered resting together on rocks and shores, basking … Continue reading

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Random Hydrozoan: Billions of purple sailors washed up on Pacific beaches

This past weekend my wife and I spent a few days exploring the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  One of the more interesting discoveries we made involved innumerable blue marine invertebrates (Anthomedusae: Porpitidae: Vellela vellela) that had washed up on the … Continue reading

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