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The Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology is the longest running scientific association devoted to the study of vertebrate ecology in the Pacific Northwest. Our society strives to promote professional working relationships among ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists, and ichthyologists in our region.

Please explore our website and be sure to check out our flagship publication, Northwestern Naturalist. If you share our passion for learning about the natural history and ecology of the Northwest consider attending our annual meeting, a great place to meet new people while learning about research that is currently being conducted in our region. Learn more.

Photo of the Month



From left to right: Rose colored Van Dyke’s salamander (Plehodon vandykei), Western Red-backed salamander (Plethodon vehiculum), and yellow phase P. vandykei. All were observed in close proximity to one another along a tributary of the upper Chehalis River… Read More

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This yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor) was photographed at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington on March 18th, 2015 by Teal Waterstrat. The racer was observed alongside this garter snake den:

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Kayleigh Mullen, sporting her new SNVB jacket and proudly showing off her first plethodontid capture, a Dunn’s salamander (Plethodon dunni) on February 28th, 2015. Kayleigh was part of a group from Central Washington University that stopped along the… Read More

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Surprise sunrise on the Columbia River looking towards Mount Hood from Vancouver, WA on January 6th, 2014. Photo by Eric Lund.

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This American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) was overlooking the Willamette River near the Union Pacific Railroad bridge in North Portland, Oregon on December 6th, 2014. Photo by Eric Lund. We will surely put a bird on our Portland meeting… Read More

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Nov 11, 2014: A cold, sunny paddle along the west coast of Fidalgo Island, Skagit County, Washington with good friends and naturalists Curtis Thompson (pictured) and Peter Frey provided opportunities to see numerous birds, including marbled murrelets, oyster… Read More

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This Bear’s Head or Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium sp.) was observed and photographed in October 2014 by Brent Matsuda in Whistler, BC. From the photographer: “While not a vertebrate, it was most definitely consumed by vertebrates! A very… Read More

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Cora Lake and Mount Rainer from High Rock Lookout on Sawtooth Ridge. Cora Lake is home to the western toad, prickly sculpin, brook trout, fingernail clams, and a host of other invertebrates including freshwater sponges. Photo taken 14-Sept-2014… Read More

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This Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) was photographed by Roxy Tripp on June 23, 2014 near Merritt, British Columbia.

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This flock of big horn sheep (Ovis canadensis) was headed home to the Yoho National Park just outside Radium Hotsprings, British Columbia on July 22nd, 2014. The next morning the same sheep gave my son and I a… Read More

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Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) passing through the fish ladder at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, June 6th 2014. Photo by Eric Lund.

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Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa), Falls Creek Falls trail, Skamania County, WA. Photographed on Mother’s Day (May 11th) 2014.

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April 2014: Pseudracris regilla blue color morph.


Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla) blue color morph observed in a cranberry bog 6 miles north of Port Orford, Oregon on April 22nd, 2009. Photo by Lois Miller.

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Palouse Falls, Washington. Photo by Erim Gomez.

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Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii). Winner of our 2011 photo contest. Photo by Erim Gomez.

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