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!

As a bonus, we have a guide of the various smilax species at NATL. Come see if you can spot them all! The link to the image is here.

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


Aristida stricta


Pontederia cordata

Partridge Pea

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Spotted Beebalm

Monarda punctata


Trumpet Creeper

Campsis radicans

Purple Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata


Ampelopsis arborea



Apis mellifera

Eastern Bumblebee

Bombus spp.

Cloudless Sulphur

Phoebis sennae

Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charitonia

Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae

Carpenter Ant

Camponotus floridanus


Green Treefrog

(Hyla cinerea)


Southern Toad

(Anaxyrus terrestris)


Green Anole

(Anolis carolinensis)

Brown Anole

(Anolis sagrei)

American Alligator

(Alligator mississippiensis)


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)


White-tailed deer

(Odocoileus virginianus)

Nine-banded Armadillo

(Dasypus novemcinctus)


(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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