Ecology and Natural History of Gorge Harbour

Gorge Harbour is a naturally protected haven, making it an ideal anchorage, home, worksite and playground. In addition to human activities, many animals and plants call Gorge Harbour their home including migratory birds, invertebrates and marine mammals. Over time there is a natural progression and anthropogenic (human induced) turnover of species within the harbour. By creating a biological inventory, we hope that all members of the Gorge Harbour community can enjoy the life that shares this bay with us and help to create an environment that we can all enjoy and share.

This section will be a work in progress as we gather information, photographs, and catalog the life within Gorge Harbour. We encourage everyone's input on this project! To contact us, check our Contact Us page....

Biological Inventory

Marine Bio-inventory
Rockweed (Fucus distichus) Broadbase tunicate (Cnemidocarpa fimarkiensis) FISH
  Encrusting sponge (orange, species unknown)
Blackeye goby (Rhinogobiops nicholsii)
  Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) Copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus)
  Giant plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen) Kelp perch (Brachyistius frenatus)
  Giant sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) C-O sole (Pleuronichthys coenosus)
  Green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) Pacific sandlance (Ammodytes hexapterus)
  Leather star (Dermasterias imbricate) Penpoint Gunnel (Apodichtys flavidus)
  Lion’s mane jelly (Cyanea capillata) Striped Seaperch (Embiotoca lateralis)
  Monterey sea lemon (Archidoris montereyensis) Shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregatus)
  Moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) Tidepool sculpin (Oligocottus maculosus)
  Mossy chiton (Mopalia muscosa)  
  Rainbow star (Pisaster ochraceus) BIRDS
  Red rock crab (Cancer productus) Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
  Stalked tunicate (Styela montereyensis) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  Sunflower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  Tube-dwelling anemone (Pachy cerianthus fimbriatus) Belted King Fisher (Ceryle alcyon)
  Vancouver feather duster worm (Eudistylia vancouveri) Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
  Vermilion star (Mediaster aequalis) Common merganser (Mergus merganser)
  Bay Ghost shrimp (Callianassa californiensis) Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
  Giant piling sea-nymph (Nereis brandti) Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
  Purple shore crab (Hemigrapsus nudus) Harlequinn Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
  Bat star (Patiria miniata) Common Loon (Gavia immer)
  Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida (conchaphila)) Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus hachmani)






    Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)
    Pacific Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina)
    River Otter
    Common Porpoise

Terrestrial Bio-inventory
  Banana Slug (Ariolimax) Merlin (Falco columbarius)
    Red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
    Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Northwest Crow ( Corvus caurinus)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
    Northern Flicker ( Colaptes auratus)
    Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
    Dark eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
    California bat (Myotis)
    Douglas Squirrel

*Red Listed

*Blue Listed


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