What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
There is a local legend about a great fire and a mouse goes from bigleaf maple to western red cedar asking for shelter, but they all tell him they won’t survive. Then he asks the Douglas fir who lets him hide in his cones. You can still see the mouse hiding in the cones.
The Douglas fir is an ongoing motif throughout the show being featured many times and even including a character named ‘Dougie’.
He was the first European to describe the Douglas Fir and the scientific name is Pseudotsuga menziesii. The common name comes from David Douglas and I highly recommend The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet.
The Douglas fir is Oregon’s state tree because of it’s economic value in timber.