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Outreach Coloring Sheets

Our center has prepared wildlife coloring sheets for the classroom and field trips. Click the image or title of each sheet to download a PDF.

Black and white outline of man holding a duckling with a transmitter on its back

Mallard Duckling with Transmitter

A USGS scientist holds a mallard duckling with a transmitter, based on an image taken in Suisun Marsh, California.

Credit: Allie Weill/Sarah Peterson



Black and white outline of snake coiled up on a duck nest, with its mouth around an egg


Gopher Snake with Duck Nest

A gopher snake attempts unsuccessfully to eat a mallard duck egg in a nest, based on an image taken in Suisun Marsh, California.

Credit: Allie Weill/Andrea Mott



Black and white outline of a bird at the top of a pine tree


Whitebark Pine with Clark’s Nutcracker

A Clark's nutcracker at the top of a whitebark pine tree. Whitebark pine provides Clark’s nutcracker with food, while the Clark’s nutcracker is responsible for dispersing a very large proportion of whitebark pine seeds.

Credit: Allie Weill/Rob Klinger


Black and white outline of woman holding a tagged goose


Scientist Holding Goose with Collar

A scientist holding a Lesser Snow Goose recently marked with a solar powered GPS collar.

Snow geese captured on the Central Valley wintering grounds have been marked with GPS transmitters to track them in the Central Valley and during migration to breeding areas.

Credit: Allie Weill


Black and white drawing of a bat

Hoary Bat

A hoary bat in flight.

Credit: Allie Weill


Outline drawing of the top of a cypress with round cones


Tecate Cypress (pdf)

This rare California cypress has serotinous cones, meaning they only open in response to fire.

Credit: Allie Weill/Jon Keeley

Black-Crowned Night Heron (pdf)

This secretive, twilight hunter of fish, snakes and other animals can be found on five continents, and is one of several bird species that breeds on Alcatraz Island.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Roger Hothem


Brandt's Cormorant (pdf)

The Brandt's Cormorant nests along the California coast, including on Alcatraz Island. Like other cormorants, it likes to dry its wings after a long swim.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Tom Suchanek



Fijian Banded Iguana (pdf)

USGS scientists from San Diego traveled to the Pacific island of Fiji and discovered this rare species of neon-green iguana.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Robert Fisher




American Bullfrog (pdf)

These voracious predators were introduced from the Eastern U.S., and now they are eating California's native frog species.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Chris Brown




California Newt (pdf)

This orange and brown California native is under threat from invasive species that eat its eggs, such as crayfish released from bait shops and classrooms and mosquitofish released for pest control.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Chris Brown







 Cabrillo Birds (pdf)

USGS surveys have found that many colorful songbird species use Cabrillo National Monument as a stop along their annual migration.

Credit: Ben Young Landis, Suellen Lynn



Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (pdf)

Also known as the Sierra Madre yellow-legged frog, government and zoo scientists are studying this endangered species.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Adam Backlin




Banded Water Snake (pdf)

Imported from the Eastern and Central U.S. as pets, these nonvenomous snakes now prey on California's native fish and amphibians. When handled by humans, they often defecate and emit foul-smelling musk.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Chris Brown




Red-Eared Slider (pdf)

People sometimes release this popular pet turtle into the wild, but this species can bully California's native pond turtles for food and shelter.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Chris Brown






Western Pond Turtle (pdf)

The only freshwater turtle species native to California, it is under threat from habitat loss and exotic predators.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Chris Brown






Western Gull (pdf)

Like many other gull species, western gulls have different color patterns depending on age and whether it is breeding season.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Tom Suchanek





Northern Sea Otter (pdf)

USGS scientists are studying sea otters from Alaska to California, because sea otter health can offer clues to the health of our Pacific coastal waters.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/USGS and C.J. Casson/Seattle Aquarium




Southern Sea Otter (pdf)

Sea otters depend on the nearshore ecosystem for their survival, using their big hind flippers to swim and hunt in kelp forests and even securing themselves with kelp fronds during naps.

Credit: Ben Young Landis/Joe Tomoleoni