Local Wildlife & Native Plants

Hungry Mountain Ranch provides habitat and movement corridors for various species, including golden eagles, kestrels, marten, black bear, cougar, mule deer, pileated woodpeckers, songbirds, western toad and Townsend’ big-eared field bats.

The Wetlands and ponds provide riparian habitat for songbirds and amphibians, with moose visiting spring and fall.

The steppe shrub is home to western meadowlarks, Western Skink, spade-foot toad, short-horned lizards sharp-tailed grouse, bats, long toed and tiger salamanders.

The property also houses conifer forests of pine and fir, with willow, pine grass, cottonwood, snowberry, boxwood, elderberry. These landscapes provide great habitat for black bear, cougar, bobcat, western gray squirrel, and coyote, among others.

The area boasts a wide range of perennial forbs and grasses, with scattered native shrubs like bitterbrush — a prime winter deer feed — Idaho fescue, blue bunch grass, ceanothus, choke cherry, serviceberry, rose, vine maple, ocean spray and several species of currant. Forbs include arrowleaf, balsamroot, silky lupine, desert buckwheat, Chelan penstemon, scarlet gilia, bitterroot, yarrow, arnica, and many more small wildflowers that provide color year round.

Here’s a complete list of plant species found on the ranch:

Trees

  • Quaking Aspen
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Black Cottonwood
  • Mountain Alder

Shrubs

  • Blue Elderberry
  • Chokecherry
  • Mock Orange
  • Red-Osier Dogwood
  • Wild Rose
  • Serviceberry
  • Oceanspray
  • Squaw Currant
  • Bitterbrush
  • Sagebrush
  • Snowberry
  • Oregon Grape

Forbs

  • Mariposa Lily
  • Brodiaea
  • Yellow Bell
  • Bluebells
  • Cryptantha
  • Arrow-Leaved Balsamroot
  • Little Sunflower
  • Wyethia/Mule’s Ears
  • Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary
  • Silky Lupine
  • Meadow Death Camas
  • Pinedrops
  • Cat’s Ear Lily
  • Chocolate Tips
  • Spring Gold
  • Yarrow
  • Thread-Leaved Phacelia
  • White-Leaved Phacelia
  • Penstemon
  • Paintbrush
  • Big Buckwheat
  • Thyme Buckwheat
  • Strict Buckwheat
  • Northern Buckwheat
  • Snow Buckwheat
  • Sulfur Buckwheat
  • Cushion Buckwheat
  • Fleabane Sp
  • Prairie Star Flower
  • Lemoonweed
  • Fern-Leaved Desert Parsley
  • Narrow-Leaved Desert Parsley
  • Salt And Pepper
  • Fiddleneck
  • Sagebrush Stickseed
  • Collomia
  • Rosy Pussytoes
  • Low Pussytoes
  • Scarlet Gilia
  • Shooting Star
  • Spring Beauty
  • Bitterroot
  • Alumroot
  • Stonecrop
  • Aster
  • Oregon Sunshine
  • Groundsel
  • Hawksbeard
  • Microsteris
  • False Dandelion
  • Milk Vetch
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Star-Flowered Solomon’s Seal

Native Grasses

  • Bluebunch Wheatgrass
  • Idaho Fescue
  • Sandberg’s Bluegrass
  • Needle And Thread
  • Needlegrass
  • Junegrass
  • Pinegrass

Non-Native Grasses

  • Crested Wheatgrass
  • Intermediate Wheatgrass
  • Bulbous Bluegrass
  • Cheatgrass
  • Quack Grass
  • Alfalfa
  • Orchardgrass
  • Dwarf Ryegrass
  • Reed Canary Grass

 

 

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