Tag Archives: Wildlife

Amphibians and Reptiles of Miami River

Pacific Chorus frog

Western Toad

Red-legged Frog

Green Frog

Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Alligator Lizard

Rubber Boa (at Hot Springs Source)

Northwestern Garter Snake

Photo: Green Frog

Mammals of the Miami river

Mule Deer

Mountain Lion (cougar)


Striped Skunk

Short-tailed Weasel

American Mink

Northern River Otter

Common Raccoon

Harbor Seal

Black Bear


Black Rat

House Mouse

Vole sp.

Common Muskrat

American Beaver

Townsend’s Chipmunk

Eastern Grey Squirrel

Douglas’s Squirrel

Eastern Cottontail

Little Brown Myotis

Coast Mole

Trowbridge’s Shrew

The endanger Pacific Water Shrew is also present in the Miami but seldom seen.

Photo: Douglas Squirrel on Western Red Cedar trunk

Miami River Bird List

Species in Purple nested or brought young to feeder

  • Great Blue Heron

  • Turkey Vulture

  • Green Heron

  • Canada Goose 

  • Wood Duck

  • Green-winged Teal

  • Mallard

  • Blue-winged Teal

  • Cinnamon Teal

  • Northern Shoveler

  • Gadwall

  • American Wigeon

  • Lesser Scaup

  • Bufflehead

  • Hooded Merganser 

  • Common Merganser

  • Bald Eagle

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

  • Cooper’s Hawk

  • Red-tailed Hawk

  • Merlin

  • Northern Bobwhite 

  • American Coot

  • Spotted Sandpiper

  • Killdeer

  • Greater Yellowlegs

  • Wilson’s Snipe

  • Band-tailed Pigeon

  • Mourning Dove

  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

  • Great Horned Owl

  • Barred Owl

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl

  • Common Nighthawk

  • Black Swift

  • Vaux’s Swift 

  • Rufous Hummingbird 

  • Belted Kingfisher

  • Northern Flicker

  • Pileated Woodpecker

  • Red-breasted Sapsucker

  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Hairy Woodpecker

  • Western Wood-Peewee

  • Willow Flycatcher

  • Warbling Vireo

  • Red-eyed  Vireo 

  • Steller’s Jay 

  • Common Raven 

  • Northwestern Crow 

  • Barn Swallow 

  • Violet-green Swallow

  • Tree Swallow

  • 103 species and counting

  • Black-capped Chickadee 

  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee

  • American Dipper

  • Bushtit 

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch

  • Brown Creeper

  • Pacific Wren

  • Bewick’s Wren

  • American Robin 

  • Varied Thrush

  • Townsend’s Solitaire

  • Swainson’s Thrush 

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  • European Starling 

  • Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Nashville Warbler

  • Yellow Warbler

  • Townsend’s Warbler

  • Black-throated Gray warbler

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

  • American Redstart

  • MacGillivray’s Warbler

  • Wilson’s Warbler

  • Western Tanager

  • Black-headed Grosbeak 

  • Spotted Towhee

  • American Tree Sparrow

  • Chipping Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow

  • Fox Sparrow

  • Song Sparrow 

  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

  • White-throated Sparrow

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

  • White-crowned Sparrow 

  • Dark-eyed Junco 

  • Red-winged Blackbird 

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

  • Brewer’s Blackbird 

  • Brown-headed Cowbird

  • Northern Oriole (Bullock’s) 

  • Purple Finch

  • House Finch 

  • Common Redpoll

  • Hoary Redpoll

  • Pine Siskin

  • American Goldfinch

  • Evening Grosbeak

  • House Sparrow

Photo: Hairy Woodpecker

Salmonids in the classroom

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P1050501 two Coho ready to be released, HHS BC May 19,2015

Salmon fry released May 19th 2015. Read all about it: http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/community/304436871



PSF 8c Salmonid Tank

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School is pleased to announce that our class will be participating in the Project. We have had a lot of support from the local Miami Stream Keepers and are moving forward with the project.
Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are lined to these complex environments.

The project was undertaken by the Grade 2 and 3 students at the end of January 2015 when the fish eggs were delivered. Miami River Streamkeepers received grant money from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help finance the project. Four members of the Miami River Streamkeepers viewed the newly set up operation on Feb 4, 2015 . The Chilling Tank is kept at a constant temperature and is covered with an insulated wrap to keep the light out. The children test each day to make sure the temperature is between 5 & 10 C. The students also check th ATU (Accumulated Thermal Units) by adding each day’s temperature to the previous day’s total temperature. The second time the streamkeepers went for the viewing was Mar 2,2015. The eggs had not hatched yet but Mrs Emsley said she comes in even on weekends to check the temperature and the progress. There is information about fish up on the walls and everyone is very enthusiastic about the whole process of the fish cycle. We just noticed on the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School site that six of the eggs have hatched and are now in the alevin form.


Manual – Salmonids in the Classroom

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Salmon Eggs – Information

Northwestern Salamander

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Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Salamander

The Northwestern Salamander is a stout, 5 1/2 to 8-inch long uniform dark brown to black, amphibian (cold-blooded animal that start life in water & later transform to a terrestrial form) with a oval tail flattened towards the end. It has strong , well-developed legs and prominent parotoid (swollen area behind eye). Salamanders are voiceless.

It is found mainly in south-western BC. Eggs are laid in February to May in jelly-like masses about the size of a elongated grapefruit. The larvae hatch in about a month and stay in the water about a year. Some metamorphose (change into adult form) in the second summer but others remain in the larval stage indefinitely (neoteny) and breed without gaining adult form.

In the aquatic form they eat voraciously preying on all other living things small enough to swallow. On land look for them under leave litter.

Western Toad

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Western Toad

Western Toad

The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) (formerly Northwestern toad – Bufo boreas) is a stout, squat 2-5 inch amphibian of the west found from Alaska to northern California. It has shorter front than hind leg. The skin is rough with large warts. Colour is variable from dark brown to reddish brown background with lighter warts.

Adults congegrate in early Spring along margins of wetlands and lakes to spawn. The male calls with a high pitched note. The eggs are laid in long strings in shallow water. Jet-black tadpoles hatch in a few days and gather in large swarms. Growth is rapid and they exit water at 1/2 inch long to migrate to near by woods. Highway crossing prove dangerous and many toadlets are squashed.  Ryder Lake road is a well known hazard.

Adult toads wander considerable distance form water and can be found foraging at dusk for insects and other small creeping organisms.  At dawn they retire to damp holes and shaded spots.  Look for them along the Miami greenway riparian area.  Western Toads are a species of conservation concern.

Species of Conservation Concern

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Species of Conservative Concern are those whose numbers and well-being is in question. Their status is assigned by various agencies including the  BC Ministry of Environment,  Canada’s Species at Risk Act(SARA)  and by the Committee on the status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. (COSEWIC)

Great Blue Heron

Peregrine Falcon

Bandtailed Pigeon

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Barn Swallow

Red-legged Frog

Western Toad

Oregon Forest Snail

Pacific Water Shrew

Salish Sucker


Fraser Valley Species at Risk

BC Species & Ecosystem Explorer

Fish and Amphibians of the Agassiz Slough and Miami River 2012

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Letter to the Editor Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer Summer 2012

Jill Miners, Agassiz

For the past four months I have had the opportunity to study the Agassiz Slough and Miami River watersheds as part of my Masters thesis at UBC. Part of my project is to estimate the population size of the endangered Salish sucker and also look at other fish presence and abundance. In Agassiz Slough I set traps from outside the dyke, all along Tuttyens road and along McDonald road. The Miami River was trapped from McCallum road to the floodgates.       In total I caught almost 800 fishes and 40 amphibians in Agassiz Slough and nearly 4000 fishes and 20 amphibians in Miami River, including juvenile salmon and adult trout. I identified about 20 different species in each watershed. The table below highlights some of the interesting species and abundance from each watershed. So next time you wander by or along your local watershed watch to see if you can see fish jumping.

Salish Sucker

Salish Sucker


Salish Sucker Agassiz Slough = 197
Miami River = 134
Coho and Chinook Salmon
fry and smolt
Agassiz Slough = 2 (last year I found 30)
Miami River = 632
Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout Agassiz Slough = 24
Miami River = 23
Large-scale Sucker Agassiz Slough = 6
Miami River = 14
 Red side shiner Agassiz Slough = 194
Miami River = 2175
Three-spine Stickleback Agassiz Slough = 246
Miami River = 708
 Roughskin Newt
and other amphibians
Agassiz Slough = 40
Miami River = 20
Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon