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Sanctuary Wildlife and Habitat

Plant, Mammal, Lichen and Bird Checklists for Aububon Wildlife Sanctuary

Pygmy Owl in the Audubon Sanctuary - Scott Carpenter
Pygmy Owl in the Audubon Sanctuary - Scott Carpenter

The mixed conifer forest along Balch Creek has a lush understory of Vanilla Leaf, Fendler's Waterleaf, Swordfern, Maiden Hair Fern, Oregon Grape, Indian Plum, Salmonberry and Stinging Nettle. Learn more: native plant interpretive guide.

A small stand of old growth Douglas Firs stands as testimony to the giants that once graced the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. 

Balch Creek is home to a small population of native Cutthroat Trout. An anadromous species, this population is landlocked due to several culverts along the length of the creek.

Look for Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Mourning Dove, Pacific Giant Salamander and Douglas Squirrel, as well as Roughskin Newt, Red-legged Frog and Western Painted Turtle in the pond.

Our small pond and pavilion structure provide a peaceful place to have lunch and let wildlife come to you. The pond provides sanctuary to a diverse group of amphibians.

Interested in learning more about native plants, birds and wildlife? Check out our classes and camps for kids and adults.

Native Plant List | Sanctuary Lichens | Sanctuary Mammals | Common Sanctuary Birds | Invasive Plant Management

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