Last of the Puget Sound’s Pond Turtle

This female NW Pond Turtle is one of the few remaining in the Puget Trough.  Currently this species is listed as endangered in Washington State and is being evaluated for ESA protections by the USFWS.

June 2020 Straits of Juan de Fuca

Nothing like a nice saltwater snorkel to drown the chaos of the world out. Sandlance, perch, greenling, clingfish, gunnels, and California sea lions (and a host of amazing invertebrates we won’t mention here) bobbed along with the pulse… Read More

February 2019

  How meetings happen…

August 2018 (Jamie’s excuse for a missed a board meeting)

I had planned to make the 1600 call on Thursday, August 24th, but I had a longer field day than planned. Volunteered for Green Diamond’s herp crew doing a two-day turtle dive on the Mad River….this was year… Read More

August 2016

This beauty of an Oregon Spotted Frog was found near Little Lava Lake, OR on August 20, 2016.  The photo comes courtesy of Vernon Wolf who took this picture while surveying with Jay Bowerman of Sun River Nature Nature Center.  … Read More

July 2016

Paul Hendricks took several photos of this cooperative fledgling Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch near the summit of Scapegoat Mountain in Montana (on the Continental Divide) in July 2007. The youngster was digesting the meal its parents had just delivered.

May 2016

Dark male western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) was basking on an eroded hill on the Mt Wilson trail in Sierra Madre, California on May 14th, 2016. Photo by Sonny Sluiter. Another image of the same lizard:


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


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


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