Lea Eider, Coastal Programs Intern
Red Tailed Hawk
Photos: Wendy Miller, Veit_Stan Lupo, and Henry T. McLin on Flickr.
California Slender Salamander
(Batrachoseps attenuatus) or hlkerrwers in the Yurok language.
This is a type of lungless salamander primarily found in Northern California.
These salamanders are active on the ground during wet weather, and at this time they can be found under logs and in other damp environments. They retreat underground in hot or dry weather.
When feeling threatened, they may coil up into a tight spiral or detach their tails, which will regrow within 1-3 years.
Batrachoseps attenuates (Amphibiaweb.org) and California slender salamander (Wikipedia)
Photos: Marshall Hedin and Greg Schechter on Flickr
These American shorebirds have long thin legs, slim wings, and a needle-like bill. They primarily feed on insects or crustaceans that they scoop out of water or air. They are social birds that nest together in colonies. When their nests are threatened, these birds may participate in a “popcorn display,” grouping around a predator and jumping or flapping their wings at it in an attempt to drive it away. You can find them in environments with shallow water, like mudflats, salt pans, and salt marshes.
Black-necked Stilt–audobon.org, Black-necked Stilt Identification–All About Birds, and Black-necked Stilt–Wikipedia
Photos: _Veit_ on Flickr