Wednesday, May 3, 2017

If you are doing a Pacific West Coast Rainforest, here is a starter species list


Trees: Conifers:   Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar,
   Douglas firs are home for douglas squirrels and bats.
Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Yellow cedar are home for barred owl.

Deciduous:    Alder, Vine Maple, Big Leaf Maple, birch
              All the deciduous trees are home for the flicker and the bushtit and chickadee

Bushes:     Salmonberry, Huckleberry (vaccinium parvifolium) , Blueberry (vaccinium ovalifolium) ,  Salal, red elderberry, holly (invasive)  blackerry (invasive) 
These berry bushes provide habitat for insects, caterpillars and spiders which are eaten by chickadees and bushtit

groundcover:  mosses      (mosses, and lichen and spiderwebs are gathered by bushtits to make nests)
                       ferns :  swordfern, bracken fern, deerfern,
                       OTHER ground cover : skunk cabbage,
vine English Ivy (invasive)

Animals:  Mammals:  coyote, douglas squirrel, flying squirrel, little brown bat, grey squirrel (invasive),  raccoon,  rat (invasive),  
coyotes eat the small rodents

Birds:  black capped chickadee,  crow,  Northern Flicker or sap sucker, bald eagle, mallard duck, canada goose, Barred owl, sawwhet owl, hummingbirds, bushtit , Heron, more about their diet etc here 
     hummingbirds eat blueberry nectar and also eat mosquitos. 
bushtits eat spiders and use their webs to mae nests
Sapsuckers eat insects

invertebrates: spider, mosquito, bumblebee, honey bees, dragonfly, dragonfly larvae eat mosquito larvae

Reptiles:  garter snakes eat tree frogs
Amphibian:  pacific tree frog eat mosquitos and are eaten by invasive bullfrogs 
Fish:    Salmon (are eaten by eagles and their dead bodies feed trees).

 NURSE LOG - Dead tree which supports plants

FUNGI:  bracket fungi, lichen (found in west coast rainforest), WETLAND AREA:  
cattails, juncus, yellow flag iris, alder,  Beaver, duck

Make a new set of playing cards based on Pacific West Coast Rainforest ecosystem OR BOG