One of my favorite insects to find in the city, and they're incredibly easy to see if you know what to look for, are the hover flies. The family Syrphidae contains about 6,000 species (890 in North America). They're known as...
While many species may come to mind with the term 'urban wildlife', otters are not likely among the first to come to mind. Despite this, they can be seen in urban areas. In fact in three of the last...
Common Name: American Wigeon Scientific Name: Anas americana Family: Anatidae The American Wigeon is a dabbling duck, which are ducks that tip their front ends into the water to forage while their back ends stick up in the air. They maintain a large geographic...
Common Name: Eight-spotted Skimmer Scientific Name: Libellula forensis Family: Libellulidae The Eight-spotted Skimmer is a common urban dragonfly that can be found in many parks, wetlands and other landscapes with water. Their range includes the Pacific Northwest, northern California and east to the Rockies....
Common Name: Pacific Chorus Tree Frog Scientific Name: Pseudacris regilla Family: Hylidae or Pseudacris (under debate) The most widespread and abundant frog in the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Tree Frog is also known as the Chorus Frog because they are one of the few frogs in...
Common Name: Jackdaw Scientific Name: Corvus monedula Family: Corvidae If you spend time in any European city, chances are very high you'll come across the Jackdaw. Found throughout most of Europe with the exception of the far north, it's a common bird in...