Below is the text that can be revealed in the trivia section of the panel “Wildwood’s Web of Life” (hidden under the flaps).

A full-size image of the 38.5″ wide panel is here.

 

  • 1. He is one of more than 120 bird species seen at Wildwood. The species’ common name gives you a clue about the material in which it nests. 
    • Answer (on the back of the flap, revealed when it is completely opened):
      Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
      Wood ducks nest in holes in trees. This protects eggs and chicks from predators. They are one of only a few duck species that have claws (used to hold onto branches). 
  • 2. Find this large plant along the Wetlands Trail. It contains toxins, but is eaten by wildlife like bears and deer in moderation. 
    • Answer: Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) 
      Native peoples eat its dried/cooked leaves and root stalks. This destroys its toxins.
  • 3. This small fry’s habitat is the slower-moving water of stream edges and backwater pools. It grows much larger during its migration to the ocean and time feeding there.
    • Answer: Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
      Look for different species of young salmon and trout in the Underwater Viewing Windows.   
  • 4. You might spot this amphibian hunting in wetland pools or other damp areas of Wildwood.  
    • Answer: Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)
      This the most common salamander in Oregon. Its skin contains a strong toxin that keeps most predators away. 
  • 5. This shrub’s blue-purple berries develop from its yellow flowers.
    • Answer: Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
      Watch for its sharp leaves and tart berries throughout Wildwood. Oregon grape is our state flower.
  • 6. These slow-growing plants cover many of Wildwood’s trees, logs, and other surfaces.
    • Answer: Moss 
      Observe Wildwood’s many species of moss, lichen, and fungi closely. Use a magnifier and/or phone camera, if possible. What else do you see? 
  • 7. What formerly living materials do you see in the picture? How are they important for Wildwood’s diverse species? 
    • Answer: Root Wad and Leaves
      Living and dead roots protect streambanks. They also provide habitat for fish and other animals. Leaves and other dead material are important food sources. Continue along the Cascade Streamwatch Trail to learn more…