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Park Wildlife

What kinds of wildlife might be seen at the Tacoma Nature Center? Below are some of the most common ones. You can also download a checklist to use when you are visiting, or pick one up inside the Nature Center before you head out on a walk. Remember, you will have the best wildlife viewing when you take a little time, keep noise to a mimimum and use all of your senses.

And please remember, the Tacoma Nature Center is a nature preserve. Leave pets and bicycles at home when you visit, take only pictures and memories, and do not feed the wildlife. Smoking is prohibited in all public areas within the City of Tacoma.

If you want to see what has been sighted lately at the park, click on any of the maps below. When you visit, come inside the Nature Center and tell us what you see in the park. Your wildlife sighting information could end up on a map too!

Recent Wildlife Sightings
 Week of June 17-23  Week of June 24-30  Week of July 1-7  Week of July 8-14

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 Week of July 15-21  Week of July 22-28  Week of Jul 29-Aug 4  Week of August 5-11

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 Week of Aug. 12-18 Week of Aug. 19-25  Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1  Week of Sept. 2-8

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 November 2012        December 2012

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Mammals
Red fox
Raccoon
Eastern Cottontail
Eastern gray squirrel
Townsend's chipmunk
Black-tailed deer
Reptiles & Amphibians

Pacific tree frog (chorus frog)

Western painted turtle

Common garter snake
Birds

Canada goose

 Mallard duck
Wood duck
Northern flicker
 Downy woodpecker
Violet-green swallow
American crow
 Stellar's jay
Black-capped chickadee
Red-breasted nuthatch
 Bewick's wren
American robin

Red-winged blackbird

 Spotted towhee Dark-eyed junco