California Quail – Flushing, Egg Dumping, and Dust Bathing

Follow the Salmon to Learn About the Impacts of Dams,
Fish Hatcheries & Hydropower Management

Sierra Newt Has a Powerful Water Drive
and Deadly Skin

photo credit: Connor Long

Sierran Tree Frog: Amphibian Indicator Species


Dragonflies on Deer Creek

Grappletail – Octogomphus specularis

Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp May- August. Click here to learn more.

Click here to help identify insects and animals found along Deer Creek & Deer Creek Canyon

*Those with correct identifications will be listed in movie credits.



Audubon Guide to California Birds
California Amphibians – Joyce Gross Photography (toads)
California Birds – Joyce Gross Photography
California Reptiles – Joyce Gross Photography (snakes, turtles & lizards)


Arthropods of Nevada County – Joyce Gross Photography (spider, beetle & fly photos)
California non-oak Galls – Joyce Gross Photography
Essig Museum of Entomology – UC Berkeley (bug identification)
Gall Wasps – BugGuide.net
UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology (bugs)

$5 from every sale of ‘Life on the Creek’ art goes to support the website/film production project. Upon completion, the proceeds will be donated to Deer Creek watershed stewardship organizations.