[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2015]

Logan Valley

Malheur National Forest

(includes vernally wet meadows, riparian areas, upland shrub-scrub and upland coniferous)

August 10-12, 2015

The Strawberry Mt. Range viewed from western Logan Valley.............August 20, 2011.

The Strawberry Mt. Range viewed from the moist sedge and grass meadows of western Logan Valley, Malheur National Forest.............August 20, 2011. Much of the sedge (dark heads) in the foreground is probably Carex simulata.

* indicates wildflowers currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant List for Logan Valley

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Mountain Alder: Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Birdsfoot Trefoil: Lotus corniculatus

* Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus var. aridus - Fading out of bloom.

* Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Purple-leaved Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum

* Diffuse Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum (ssp. parviflorum ?)

* Rangers Buttons: Sphenoscadium capitellatum - Along Big Creek.

* Prairie Skyrocket: Ipomopsis aggregata - Fading out of bloom.

* Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - Blooming along Big Creek.

Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpinum - Past bloom.

* Dalmatian Toadflax: Linaria dalmatica - Fading out of bloom.

* Common Monkeyflower: Erythranthe guttata - Past bloom except where moist.

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - Fading out of bloom.

* Spotted Knapweed: Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos

* Green Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus ssp. viscidiflorus

* Hoary Aster: Dieteria canescens var. canescens

* Showy Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (var. oreophila ?)

* Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus

* Blanketflower: Gaillardia aristata - Fading out of bloom.

* Canada Goldenrod: Solidago lepida var. lepida

* Eaton's Aster: Symphyotrichum eatonii

* Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum

Animals Observed in the Logan Valley Area:

Coyotes - Howling at various places around the valley.

Mule Deer

Pronghorn Antelope

Rocky Mountain Elk

Red Squirrels


Bats - One large and one medium species ? Fairly numerous at dusk.

Bald Eagle - Immature ?

Kestrels - Numerous pairs in the valley. One kestrel observed hazing an intruding sharp-shinned hawk.

Sharp-shinned hawk

Turkey Vultures

Great Horned Owl ? - Heard at a distance, so ID unsure.

Great Blue Heron - Flying over Big Creek

Sandhill Cranes - 9. Several family groups?

Turkey - Several hens with upwards of 20 young.

Northern Flickers

Red-naped Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

Belted Kingfisher - Heard along Big Creek.

Clark's Nutcrackers


Steller's Jays

Nighthawks Flying amongst the trees of Big Creek Campground at evening twilight.

Brewer's Blackbirds

American Robins - Numerous

Mountain Bluebirds

Western Tanagers

Horned Larks - Numerous

Western Meadowlarks

Western Wood Peewees - Calling in trees near Big Creek.

Cassin's Finches - Numerous along the road east of Big Creek.

Brewer's Sparrow ?

Dark-eyed Juncos

Song Sparrows

Vesper Sparrows - Numerous

Brown Creepers - 2 at Big Creek CG

House Wren

Non-breeding warblers and fledglings.

Mountain Chickadees

Red-breasted Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatches

Wood Nymphs - Numerous on the shrubby asteraceae.

Pine Whites - A few alighting on the needles of ponderosa pines.


Mosquitos - Occasional at night.

Paul Slichter