The rainforest in and around Sitka National Historical Park is home to approximately 30 species of marine and land mammals, more than 200 species of birds, and several migratory and resident fish species.
Insects and other macroinvertebrates serve as indicators of the health of our rivers and streams, which is why NPS researchers look at the insects surviving in the ecosystem monitor the health of our water systems.
Birdwatching in Sitka NHP
Though the charismatic bald eagles and ravens might dominate Sitka's skies, alpine, rainforest, riverine, and coastal ecosystems support both migratory and resident bird populations.
Fish: Anadramous and Resident
Pacific salmon (especially pink salmon), two species of trout (cutthroat and rainbow), and one char (Dolly Varden) spawn in the Indian River.
Spotting Mammals in the Park
Mammals are less commonly spotted in Sitka National Historical Park than birds and fish, but these fauna are present in the park and fill a unique niche.
Did You Know?
Brown and grizzly bears are classified as the same species. Brown bears found inland and in northern habitats are often called “grizzlies” while “brown bear” is used to refer to animals found in coastal areas.