[Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

March 2, 1997

 


Grass widows at right.
Governor Tom McCall Nature Preserve & Rowena Overlook:

1. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglassii

2. Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera

3. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi

Animals Seen:

1. 5 Mule Deer

2. Common Crows (about 1 dozen)

3. American Robin (numerous)

4. Red-winged Blackbird (about 1 dozen)

5. Male and female Bufflehead Ducks


The Dalles, OR (basalt cliffs to the west of The Dalles on old gorge highway & near the new gorge interpretive center)

1. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

2. Common Chickweed: Cerastium vulgatum

3. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra

4. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

5. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

6. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi


The Dallesport, WA and The Dalles Mt Road to the Dalles Mt. Ranch

Beware of the backroads in this area, which have very squishy, muddy shoulders at this time! Park with caution on the road shoulders!

1. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii

2. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Animals Seen:

1. Two Common Ravens

2. American Robins (numerous)

3. Western Bluebirds (six)

4. Red-tailed Hawk and rodent prey

5. Black-billed magpie (one)


Catherine and Major Creeks (between Bingen, WA and Lyle, WA)

1. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii

2. Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

3. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

4. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra

5. Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

6. Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis

7. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

8. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi

9. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Animals Seen on the Major Creek Plateau:

1. California Ground Squirrel

2. Common Merganser

3. Mallard Ducks (about 1 dozen)

4. Canada Geese (about 2 dozen)

5. American Robin (numerous)

6. Western Bluebird (about 1 dozen)

7. Starlings (several dozen)

8. Scrub Jay (several)

9. unidentified swallows (six)


Paul Slichter