[birding] JGEMS annual bioblitz highlights at LSNA

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Fri Oct 2 15:05:49 PDT 2015


Hi all,

Students from Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS) fanned
out across the south unit of Luckiamute State Natural Area this morning,
in their annual survey of the biota. The bird group found 22 species,
the most memorable of which were a couple of GREAT BLUE HERONS and CEDAR
WAXWINGS, and a flock of BUSHTITS being their usual adorable selves. 

There were plenty of sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers around but
getting good looks was a challenge, for a group who were mostly using
binoculars for the first time. A couple of the kids did get good
mimicking the whistled songs of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. One patch of
feathers took some sleuth work -- we eventually deduced that it was
where a juvenile American Robin had met its end. In another spot we also
found clumps of rabbit fur, some with still-wet blood, perhaps the work
of a hawk or owl.

Snakes, frogs, fish, plants, lichens, and macroinvertebrates were also
tallied with lots of cool finds overall. The most exciting find overall
(by the mammal group) was a group of four RIVER OTTERS that initially
swam away, but soon went back to their usual antics. Two of the otters
were youngsters that appeared to even nurse from their mother (in the
water) at one point. They also found the shell of a large WESTERN POND
TURTLE.

Always a fun event, with a bunch of very inquisitive kids from the Salem
public school system!

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis






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