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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.

WHAT’S NEW (Recent Posts):

2016 Meeting: Recap
Newsletter:The Murreletter Vol 23 #1 (Sept 2015) |
Other Resources: Recent Member Publications

Photo of the Month



This Common Murre (Uria aalge) was observed enjoying a sunny late November (22nd) day in the waters behind the extensive bull kelp beds of Freshwater Bay just west of the mouth of the newly transformed Elwha River mouth…. Read More

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Thirty-one years ago, on October 16th 1984, Forest Service wildlife biologist (and future longtime SNVB member and contributor) Keith Aubry was checking pitfall traps in a stand of old-growth Douglas-fir and western redcedar southeast of Packwood, Washington when… Read More

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This video from Ranger Ryan, The National Park Service and California State Parks was first published to youtube on September 24th, 2015:

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This image of a recently deceased juvenile Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) was found on Hope Island, Mason County, WA on August 15, 2015. Although it was sad to see this individual motionless on the wrack line & under… Read More

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This White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura) is showing the camouflage that it is (in)famous for below Echo Rock in Mt. Rainer National Park over the 4th of July weekend. This wasn’t the only exciting vertebrate spotted in the greater… Read More

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A sculpin (Cottus spp) observed in Trap Creek, a tributary of the Willapa River in Pacific County, Washington on June 17th, 2015. Photo by Eric Lund, who really doesn’t want to be one of “those folks who can… Read More

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A Pacific chorus frog (Psudacris regilla) floats in the shallows of a pond near Mt Saint Helens, WA (pictured in the background of the full image – click here ) on May 2nd, 2014. The pond is one… Read More

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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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