Alaska Species List

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Tufted Puffin, Glacier Bay National Park

Three weeks in Alaska yielded a huge species list. That it happened to come out to exactly one hundred identified species is a coincidence. Although by the time our count was in the mid-nineties, I went back and checked and double-checked to see if we could get the satisfaction of one hundred. It’s a good thing that I did, since I’d have forgotten the Steller’s Jay if I hadn’t. Obviously, we saw a great many more species than this (particularly plants), but these were the ones we could identify successfully. The one hundred breaks down as follows: nineteen mammals, thirty-eight birds, no reptiles or amphibians, one fish, eight mollusks/jellyfish/etc., one insect, four blooming wildflowers, twelve trees, and seventeen other plants or non-blooming wildflowers or fungi.

Mammals

  • American Beaver (Chugach National Forest)
  • Arctic Ground Squirrel (Denali National Park)
  • Black Bear (scat only) (Denali National Park)
  • Caribou (Denali National Park)
  • Dall Sheep (Denali National Park)
  • Grizzly/Brown Bear (Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Harbor Porpoise (Glacier Bay National Park, Tongass National Forest)
  • Harbor Seal (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Hoary Marmot (Juneau)
  • Humpback Whale (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Tongass National Forest)
  • Lynx (scat only) (Denali National Park
  • Moose (Denali National Park, Anchorage)
  • Mountain Goat (Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau)
  • Orca (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Porcupine (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Red Fox (Denali National Park)
  • Red Squirrel (Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau)
  • Sea Otter (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Steller’s Sea Lion (Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)

Birds

  • Arctic Tern (Gustavus)
  • Bald Eagle (Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Chugach National Forest, Gustavus)
  • Belted Kingfisher (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Black Oystercatcher (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Black-Billed Magpie (Denali National Park, Anchorage)
  • Black-Legged Kittiwake (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Seward, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Boreal Chickadee (Denali National Park)
  • Canada Goose (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Chipping Sparrow (Juneau)
  • Common Murre (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Common Raven (Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Anchorage, Juneau)
  • Dark-Eyed Junco (Denali National Park)
  • Double-Crested Cormorant (Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Glaucous-Winged Gull (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Golden Eagle (Denali National Park)
  • Gray Jay (Denali National Park)
  • Hermit Thrush (Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus)
  • Herring Gull (Seward)
  • Horned Puffin (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Long-Tailed Jaeger (Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Marbled Murrelet (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Merlin (Denali National Park)
  • Northern Wheateater (Denali National Park)
  • Northwestern Crow (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Orange-Crowned Warbler (Denali National Park)
  • Pacific-Slope Flycatcher (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Pelagic Cormorant (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Pine Siskin (Denali National Park)
  • Redpoll (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Rhinoceros Auklet (Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Rock Dove (Juneau)
  • Sandhill Crane (call only) (Denali National Park)
  • Steller’s Jay (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Surf Scoter (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Trumpeter Swan (Chugach National Forest)
  • Tufted Puffin (Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • White-Crowned Sparrow (Denali National Park)
  • Willow Ptarmigan (Denali National Park)

Fishes

  • Silver Salmon (Seward)

Mollusks/Jellyfish/Etc.

  • Acorn Barnacle (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Blue Mussel (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Moon Jellyfish (Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Ochre Sea Star (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Pacific Razor Clam (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Snail (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Sunflower Sea Star (Kenai Fjords National Park)

Insects

  • Mosquito (Denali National Park)

Wildflowers

  • Arctic Cinquefoil (Denali National Park)
  • Fireweed (Denali National Park)
  • Mountain Harebell (Denali National Park)
  • Northern Geranium (Juneau)

Trees

  • Black Cottonwood (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Black Spruce (Denali National Park)
  • Dwarf Arctic Birch (Denali National Park)
  • Dwarf Willow (Denali National Park)
  • Quaking Aspen (Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Shore Pine (Glacier Bay National Park, Tongass National Forest)
  • Sitka Alder (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Sitka Spruce (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Seward, Juneau, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, Tongass National Forest)
  • Western Hemlock (Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Tongass National Forest)
  • White Spruce (Denali National Park)
  • Willow (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Yellow Cedar (Glacier Bay National Park)

Other Plants and Fungi

  • Bearberry (Denali National Park)
  • Bull Kelp (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Bunchberry (Juneau)
  • Coastal Strawberry (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Cow Parsnip (Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau)
  • Cup Lichen (Denali National Park)
  • Deer Fern (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Devil’s Club (Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau)
  • Dogwood (Denali National Park)
  • Lady Fern (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau)
  • Lichen (Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Seward, Juneau)
  • Lilypad (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Lowbush Cranberry (Denali National Park)
  • Red Baneberry (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Rockweed (Kenai Fjords National Park)
  • Shelf Fungus (Glacier Bay National Park)
  • Wild Rose (Denali National Park)

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