[2001 Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflowers in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Tom McCall Nature Preserve

March 4, 2001

Pond along the lower trail at Catherine Creek. Note the low waterlevel.............March 4, 2001.

Wildflower bloom at Tom McCall Nature Preserve currently seems to be about a week or more behind than last season.

* indicates the wildflower is blooming.

*1. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii -Moderate bloom, probably peeking in about 7 days.

*2. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii -Numerous.

*3. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum -A moderate number of plants, mostly flowers with leaves just beginning to poke out.

*4. Biscuit Root/ Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form) -A few plants in bloom.

*5. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi -Numerous bloom.

Animals Seen:

1. Scrub Jay

2. Horned Lark

3. Northern Flicker

View of the mouth of the Klickitat River at Lyle, WA, as viewed from Tom McCall Nature Preserve...........March 4, 2001. Note the low water levels in the Columbia River.

A rainy view east from Rowena Viewpoint.................March 4, 2001.

Paul Slichter