NATL Top 50 Species Checklist


On this page you will find a list of the 50 species of interest included in our NATL Top 50 Checklist! This page is meant to guide those working towards checking these species off their lists. If you find yourself stumped, you can view pictures and more information about these plants and animals of interest below. A printed booklet of this list is available at the kiosk near the pavilion, or you can download it here and fold it according to these directions. There is also a PDF of the list available here. This way, each trip to NATL can be an exciting scavenger hunt! Good luck!

Trees and Shrubs  

Water Oak

Quercus nigra

Slimleaf Pawpaw

Asimina angustifolia

Mockernut Hickory

Carya tomentosa

Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

Winged Sumac

Rhus copallinum

Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Longleaf Pine

Pinus palustris

Loblolly Pine

Pinus taeda

Forbs and Grasses
 

Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa

American Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Wiregrass

Aristida stricta

Pickerelweed

Pontederia cordata

Partridge Pea

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Spotted Beebalm

Monarda punctata

Vines
 

Trumpet Creeper

Campsis radicans

Purple Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata

Peppervine

Ampelopsis arborea

Insects
 

Honeybee

Apis mellifera

Eastern Bumblebee

Bombus spp.

Cloudless Sulphur

Phoebis sennae

Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charitonia

Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae

Carpenter Ant

Camponotus floridanus

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Amphibians
 

Green Treefrog

(Hyla cinerea)

 

Southern Toad

(Anaxyrus terrestris)

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Reptiles
 

Green Anole

(Anolis carolinensis)

Brown Anole

(Anolis sagrei)

American Alligator

(Alligator mississippiensis)

Birds
 

Northern Cardinal

(Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-shouldered Hawk

(Buteo lineatus)

Carolina Wren

(Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Little Blue Heron

(Egretta caerulea)

Great Egret

(Ardea alba)

White Ibis

(Eudocimus albus)

Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

Red-headed Woodpecker

(Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Pileated Woodpecker

(Dryocopus pileatus)

Carolina Chickadee

(Poecile carolinensis)

American Robin

(Turdus migratorius)

Wild Turkey

(Meleagris gallopavo)

Mammals  

White-tailed deer

(Odocoileus virginianus)

Nine-banded Armadillo

(Dasypus novemcinctus)

Raccoon

(Procyon lotor)

Eastern Grey Squirrel

(Sciurus carolinensis)


Where do you rank?

Beginner: 1-10 species
Undergraduate: 11-20 species
Master's: 21-30 species
Doctorate: 31-50 species

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