The Elliott Nature Preserve is home to many threatened and endangered species. Please help us protect their habitat and become stewards of the canyon.
“What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an endangered species act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing.” – Jay Inslee, Governor of the US state of Washington on the importance of the Endangered Species Act, in which 99% of listed species have avoided extinction since its inception in 1973.
Saving the spotted owl will save an entire ecosystem on which plants, other animals, and humans depend. The spotted owl is considered an indicator species -- a gauge of the health of the ecosystem that provides its habitat.
Dusky-footed woodrats are named for their sooty-gray feet. Woodrats’ instinct to gather food and sticks also sometimes drives them to pick-up shiny objects, too, which is why they’re also called packrats and trade rats. They build large, domed dens that can reach several feet in height and house many generations.
A striking stream-dwelling amphibian with a distinctive lemon-yellow color under its legs. The rest of their body is variable in color, ranging from black to olive or greenish-brown. Females lay an average of 1,000 eggs that all hatch at the same time, sometimes after only 5 days! Usually timed with late spring flows.
Northern Spotted Owl
SF Garter Snake
Dusky Footed Woodrat
Foothill yellow legged frog
CA Tiger Salamander