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Bingo - Golden Gate National Recreation Area Riddles

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    Image of Diadophis punctatus

    Image of Diadophis punctatus

    I am usually dark with an orange neck ring.

    I live in moist habitats, often under logs or stones.

    I eat salamanders, small frogs, lizards, small snakes, slugs, and worms.

    When I feel threatened, I coil my tail and startle a potential predator by exposing my brightly colored belly.

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    Image of Zonotrichia leucophrys

    I have a black-and-white striped crown and a whitish throat.

    Scientists have extensively studied geographic dialects of my song.

    I am present along the Pacific coast and in the western mountains of the United States year-round, but depart most of the U.S. in summer to breed in Canada.

    In winter, I travel in flocks, looking for small seeds on the ground near brushy thickets to which I can retreat in case of danger.

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    Image of Hemigrapsus oregonensis

    Image of Hemigrapsus oregonensis

    I have a nearly rectangular upper shell.

    I have visible fringes of "hair" on my legs.

    I feed mainly on seaweeds, especially green algae.

    I am common in salt marshes all along the northern Pacific coast of North America.

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    Image of Phalacrocorax auritus

    Image of Phalacrocorax auritus

    As an adult, I have a black body and long neck, with some orange on my face.

    I can be found around both saltwater and freshwater across North America.

    I eat mainly small fish.

    I can often be seen perched on rocks or posts in the water with my wings outstretched, probably to dry them.

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    Western Snowy Plover western-snowy-plover-9450eflatten Charad...

    Image of Charadrius nivosus

    I have a thin dark bill and dark legs.

    I lay my eggs on the ground along sandy coasts and brackish (somewhat salty) inland lakes; my chicks leave the nest within hours after hatching to search for food, but cannot fly for around a month.

    Populations of my species along the Pacific coast of North America are threatened by habitat loss, human activities along beaches where I breed that result in the accidental destruction of my eggs and chicks, and other factors.

    I am about as cute and adorable as a bird can be.

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    Image of Ruditapes philippinarum

    Image of Ruditapes philippinarum

    I am originally from Asia, but was accidentally introduced along the coast of British Columbia in the 1930s along with young oysters for oyster farming.

    I can now be found in the Pacific Ocean from British Columbia to southern California and am one of the main clam species harvested along the coasts of Washington and British Columbia

    I have a ribbed shell, with two sides connected by a hinge.

    Tiny pea crabs sometimes live inside my shell.

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    Image of Elgaria coerulea

    Image of Elgaria coerulea

    I am long and slender, with a long tail, short legs, and mostly dark eyes.

    I can be found under bark, inside rotten logs, and other rocks and other objects.

    I live mainly in woodlands and forests, but also in grasslands and sagebrush habitats.

    I eat insects, ticks, spiders, millipedes, and snails.

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    Image of Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata

    Image of Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata

    I am long and slender, with a long tail (as much as twice the length of my body), short legs, and pale yellow eyes.

    I can sometimes be found in old woodpiles and trash heaps.

    I am typically found in relatively dry habitats, such as grasslands, chaparral, oak woodland, and open pine forests.

    I eat slugs, insects, centipedes, scorpions, and spiders--as well as lizards, small mammals, and (occasionally) the eggs and young of small birds.

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    Image of Lupinus chamissonis

    Image of Lupinus chamissonis

    I am found only in California.

    I grow in sand dunes and other habitats right along the coast.

    I have a shrubby growth form.

    I produce a long cluster of purplish flowers, which develops into a pod containing my seeds.

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    Image of Plantago maritima

    Image of Plantago maritima

    I am very widely distributed across Africa, temperate Asia, Europe, northern North America, and southern South America.

    I grow mainly in sandy soil along the coast.

    My thick, fleshy leaves grow in a dense cluster.

    I produce dense spikes of tiny flowers.

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    Image of Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca

    Image of Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca

    I am native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California.

    I grow in a range of moist habitats, both coastal and inland.

    My stems may sprawl on the ground.

    I produce flowers with five white to lavender-pink petals.

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    Image of Spergularia salina J. Presl & C. Presl

    Image of Spergularia salina J. Presl & C. Presl

    My flowers each have five petals that are white to pink.

    I grow in a variety of wet habitats.

    My stems may be erect or sprawling.

    I have a very wide native geographic distribution and have also been introduced widely around the world.

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    Image of Distichlis spicata

    Image of Distichlis spicata

    I am broadly distributed in North, Central, and South America.

    I grow in coastal saltmarsh habitats, as well as inland salt flats and other salty soils.

    I am a grass with erect stems that grow to around 30 to 50 cm tall, often in dense stands.

    My leaves have salt glands that help me excrete excess salt.

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    Image of Frankenia salina

    Image of Frankenia salina

    I live in western North America, including California.

    I am often found growing in coastal salt marshes.

    I excrete excess salt from my leaves, living visible salt crystals on them.

    I have small fleshy leaves and produce flowers with five pinkish petals.

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    Image of Jaumea carnosa

    Image of Jaumea carnosa

    I am found along the Pacific coast of North America from British Columbia to Baja California.

    I often grow in salt marshes.

    I am a member of the daisy family and produce yellow heads composed of many tiny flowers.

    My leaves are linear to oblong in shape and fleshy.

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    Image of Limonium californicum

    Image of Limonium californicum

    I am found in western North America, mainly along the coast of California.

    My leaves are thick and leathery, growing from the base around my stem.

    My small flowers are lavender to nearly whitish and borne in stiff branching clusters.

    I am available from many native plant nurseries in California for planting in your garden!

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    Image of Abronia latifolia

    Image of Abronia latifolia

    I am native to the west coast of North America, from southern California to the Canadian border.

    I like to grow in sandy soils along the coast.

    My leaves are fleshy, glistening with glands, and I form sprawling mats on the ground.

    I produce rounded heads of rather large yellow flowers.

  • 72696_88_88 Animalia > Myidae

    Mya arenaria

    Softshell Clam

    My native home is the Atlantic Ocean, but I was introduced to San Francisco Bay by the 1870s and spread as far north as Alaska by the 1950s.

    I live buried in sand or mud.

    I have a hard shell and thick tube-like "siphons" that are used to bring in water, which I filter for food particles then expel.

    Many humans say I am delicious.

  • 93450_88_88 Animalia > Muridae

    Microtus californicus

    California Vole

    I live mainly in California.

    I am found in grassy fields, meadows, and around wetlands.

    I am active mainly during the day, but try to stay hidden from predators in runways I make through the grass and shallow underground tunnels.

    I eat green vegetation when I can, but lots of roots and seeds during the dry summer.

  • 86280_88_88 Animalia > Gobiidae

    Clevelandia ios

    Arrow Goby

    I live in the water along the Pacific coast from Canada to Mexico.

    To keep me safe from predators and drying out, I often live in burrows in mud or sand made by shrimps or worms.

    I am quite small, just around 4 to 6 cm long.

    I feed on tiny bits of algae and invertebrate animals, sometimes placing large food particles near crabs and waiting for them to shred them into pieces I can eat.