Wilderness Library

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

A Gray Jay perched in a tree. Boreal Forest Library Image Source Almost everybody who hikes or camps in the boreal forest will see a Gray Jay. That is because they are not shy and will swoop down to visit campsites to find food. The Gray Jay is a bird of many names; they are Read More

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Gray wolf U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John and Karen Hollingsworth Image Source Wolves are one of the most misunderstood animals in the forest. Many people fear wolves and think they are a threat to humans. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales depict wolves as “big and bad.” In reality wolves are shy and much more Read More

Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda

Great barracudas are strong swimmers and can move quickly through the water. By Laban712 via Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. See link below. Image Source Great barracudas have long, narrow bodies that allow them to move quickly through the water. Barracudas are predators that rely on their fast swimming abilities to catch and eat other fish. Read More

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

The Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world. Amanda Boyd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Image Source The Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world. They have dark gray to black backs and wings with white underparts. Their bill is thick and yellow with a small red spot. Their legs Read More

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Stolz, Gary M. 2008 Image Source The great horned owl is common throughout North America.  It is a powerful predator with strong talons and sharp beak.  It eats mammals, birds and reptiles when available.  In the far north it eats snowshoe hare, geese, mice, voles and  lemmings.  Further south it might also eat snakes, lizards, squirrels and skunks.  Like most Owls it Read More

Green Darner Dragonfly

Green Darner Dragonfly

A green darner flies through the air in search of food. By Mike Ostrowski Image Source The Green Darner dragonfly is an insect that lives near water and can be found all over North America. Each spring, Green Darners leave the southern United States and Mexico and fly north for the summer. Each fall they Read More

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green herons live in habitats with calm and slow-moving waters. By “Mike’s Birds”, via Wikimedia Commons. See link below. Image Source The green heron is a small bird with dark feathers that lives near water. Green herons like streams, marshes, and areas where the water moves slowly or not at all. The green heron has Read More

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bear in autumn in Denali National Park. Jean-Pierre Lavoie Image Source Grizzly bears are large brown bears.  They are a subspecies of brown bear. In North America, grizzly bears are found in western Canada, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. They used to have a much bigger range, from Alaska to Mexico, California to Read More

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

Olafur Larsen 2009 Image Source The Gyrfalcon is the largest of the falcons measuring 22 inches long with a wingspan of 50 inches, and is a very fast flier.  This raptor hunts mainly ptarmigan and small mamals abundant in its arctic habitat but will hunt a wide variety of birds if available.  It’s color is Read More

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gulls are quite common throughout North America. Amanda Boyd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Image Source Herring Gulls are large gray-and-white, pink-legged gulls. Adults Herring Gulls have light-gray backs, black wingtips, and white heads and underparts. Young Herring Gulls are mottled brown. As they increase in age, they gradually transition to the adult plumage. Herring Read More