Mammals of Washington State

Mammals of Washington State

In previous posts I have highlighted the deer family, reptiles, amphibians, and my favorite plants of the Issy Alps. In this post I will highlight the extensive list of mammals in the state of Washington. There are a total of 141 different species of mammals 

San Juan Island Expedition

San Juan Island Expedition

Apryle planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Juan Island on June 23rd. The morning of our departure we booked an airbnb cabin in central San Juan Island near Friday Harbor. It was a cute little cottage overlooking a grassy meadow and we were very lucky 

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

The arctic tern or Sterna paradisaea is one of the most impressive animals on Earth and since I began running long distance, I have always looked upon it as my power animal, whatever that means. The arctic tern belongs to Order charadriiformes, and family Laridae, 

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

In part I of this series: Herps of the Issy Alps, I covered amphibians; therefore in this post I will describe the reptiles of the area. Reptiles are ectothermic animals that have dry cornified skin containing spiky epidermal scales. They reproduce with internal fertilization and 

Small Park Mini Adventures

Small Park Mini Adventures

I enjoy big adventures in the National Forest, National Park, and even in my own neighborhood Issy Alps, however, sometimes big adventures are in your own neighborhood… That is why I have been visiting smaller, lesser known parks for the past few months and taking 

Hope Island Circumnavigation

Hope Island Circumnavigation

The Puget Sound is often divided into five sections: Whidbey Basin, Admiralty Inlet, Central Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and South Puget Sound. For further context, the Puget Sound is a region of the Salish Sea which I subdivide into four distinct regions: north Salish Sea 

The Deer Family: Cervidae

The Deer Family: Cervidae

After a recent trip to Teanaway with Apryle, we stumbled upon a herd of Elk on Bullfrog Road outside of Cle Elum and this sparked a debate over ungulate classification. As a result I turned to the research in order to learn more about family 

Herps of the Issy Alps Part I: Amphibians

Herps of the Issy Alps Part I: Amphibians

This post is intended to highlight the reptiles and amphibians of my beloved Issy Alps, however, I feel I must first dive into herpetofauna more generally. The study of these two classes is referred to as Herpetology. Herpetology as a term is anomalous because 17th 

Favorite Plants of the Issy Alps

Favorite Plants of the Issy Alps

I moved to Issaquah in June of 2018 after a four month home health contract in Pullman, Washington. We purchased our condo after living in our RV for one month and were ecstatic with our new place and the impeccable location. As with most places 

Trampled Underfoot: Snails of the Issy Alps Part II

Trampled Underfoot: Snails of the Issy Alps Part II

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by animals with shells. I was always on the lookout for box turtles in the woods, painted turtles in ponds, and snails in the garden. Fortunately for our garden, but unfortunately for me, I never