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Forest Animals

Forests in the Redwood Region are home to a variety of amazing animals. The Timber Industry employs a host of dedicated Wildlife Biologists who work hard to protect and learn as much as possible about the creatures that call the forest home. Enjoy the photos of some creatures that have been captured on game cameras.

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Spotted Owl - Female

Woodrat Nest

Black Bear

How Many of These Forest Critters Have You Seen?

American Kestrel

American Shrew-Mole

Bald Eagle

Banana Slug

Barn Owl

Barred Owl

Big Brown Bat

Black Bear

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Black-Tailed Deer


Broad-Handed Mole

Brush Rabbit

California Condor

California Myotis

California Vole

Carpenter Ant


Coast Mole

Common Green Darner Dragonfly

Cooper's Hawk



Dark-Eyed Juncos

Deer Mice

Del Norte Salamander

Douglas Squirrel

Dusky-Footed Woodrat


Flammulated Owl

Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog

Fringed Myotis

Golden Eagle

Gray Fox

Great Blue Heron

Great Horned Owl

Hoary Bat

Humboldt Marten

Humboldt Mountain Beaver

Little Brown Myotis

Little Willow Flycatcher

Long-Eared Myotis

Long-Legged Myotis

Long-Tailed Weasel

Marbled Murrelet

Marsh shrew

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat


North American Beaver

Northern Flying Squirrel

Northern Pygmy Owl

Northern Red-Legged Frog

Northern Rubber Boa

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Spotted Owl



Pacific Giant Salamander

Pacific Shrew

Pallid Bat

Peregrine Falcon

Pileated Woodpecker



Red-Tailed Hawk


River Otter

Roosevelt Elk

Ruffed Grouse

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Short-Tailed Weasel

Silver-Haired Bat

Southern Torrent Salamander

Spotted Skunk

Steller's Jays

Striped Skunk

Tailed Frog

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat

Tree Voles

Trowbridge Shrew

Vagrant Shrew

Western Gray Squirrel

Western Red Bat

Western Red-Backed Vole

Western Screech Owl

Winter Wren

Yellow-Spotted Millipede

Yuma MyotiS

Humboldt Marten

Spotted Skunk


Pacific Giant Salamander

Green Diamond Resource Co. Wildlife Biologist, Desiree Dorvall's Favorites:

Banana Slug - Gastropod found in local redwood forests. One of the largest slugs in North America. Secrete a layer of mucus over their bodies to keep themselves moist and will numb the mouth and tongue of predators if ingested.

Yellow-Spotted Milipede - Arthropod with 31 pairs of legs (not a thousand like the name suggests). They do not bite, but they can release a foul-smelling toxin from small pores in each leg segment.

Black Bear - Black bears in our area of California rarely hibernate. They enter into a state of 'winter lethargy' where they may slow down for periods but are easily roused. Some bears even stay active the entire winter.

Dusky-Footed Woodrat - Woodrats build large houses out of sticks and leaves. The houses can be on the ground, on top of a large stump, or up in a tree. The houses can be taller than an adult human and wider than your armspan. 

Northern Pygmy Owl -Small forest owl active primarily active at dusk and dawn but can be seen and heard throughout the day and night. They have a pair of spots on the back of their neck that look like eyes which likely help fool predators or mobbing birds into thinking the owl is watching them.

Northern Spotted Owl - Nest in forested areas usually in cavities or on large branches or deformities that create platforms. They sometimes save their food for later by caching the prey item on a limb. After placing the cached item on the limb, they often walk backwards on the limb stepping away from the cache and it can look like they are doing the 'moon walk' dance move.

Humboldt Marten - This forest carnivore was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Recent research has documented martens denning in old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forests, young managed forests, surpentine forests, and dense shrub cover in coastal dunes. Visitors to Redwood National and State Parks have even photographed this species near the the hiking trails. 

Tailed Frog - Associated with small streams with cold water. Its larvae are equipped with sucker-like mouths that enable them to cling to rocks and boulders in fast-flowing streams.

Tree Voles - Red and Sonoma Tree Voles are aboreal (tree-dwelling) and rarely visit the ground.

Spotted Skunk - This species will often do a handstand and flip their tail down along their back before spraying.

Did you go to the Conservation Ambassador Show with Gabe Kerschner? What animal did you like the best?

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