Woodland Park (Seattle)
Woodland Park is a 90.9-acre (36.8 ha) public park in Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Green Lake neighborhoods that originated as the estate of Guy C. Phinney, lumber mill owner and real estate developer. Phinney died in 1893, and in 1902, the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston was hired to design the city's parks, including Woodland Park.
The park is split in half by Aurora Avenue N. (State Route 99). Its western half is given over to the Woodland Park Zoo. Its eastern half, which is connected to the zoo by arched bridges over the highway and often called Lower Woodland Park, consists of trails, a picnic area, ballfields, a miniature golf range, horseshoe pits, BMX bike course, and lawn bowling, and is contiguous with Green Lake Park.
Wildlife in the park
The park is home to many species of birds and mammals as well as a few reptile and amphibian species. The most notable species are the western coyote, rabbit, barred owl, and red eared slider (released turtle).
The most common bird species are: American crow, American goldfinch, American robin, Anna's hummingbird, bald eagle, barn owl, barred owl, Bewick's wren, black-capped chickadee, bushtit, European starling, house finch, hairy and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, Oregon junco, Eurasian rock dove, spotted towee, Stellar's jay, various gulls, various sparrows, various swallows, and various waterfowl.
The most common mammal species are: western coyote, nutria, feral rabbit, Norway rat, gray squirrel, mountain beaver, and American beaver.
The most common reptile and amphibian species are: red eared sliders, spring peepers and garter snakes.
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