O’Neall Ecological Reserve
The O’Neall Ecological Reserve was donated to the Department of Biological Sciences by Robin O’Neall. This 100 acre site, located along the Portneuf River between McCammon and Inkom, contains riparian areas along the river and upland areas on lava benches. Riparian areas include several permanent ponds that are used as nesting sites by a variety of bird species. This site has been used by faculty, graduate students, and classes for studies of magpie behavior, amphibians, vegetation, and insects.
An aerial image of the O’Neall Reserve is below. The parallel lines on the left (west) side of the image are Interstate 15. The Union Pacific railroad tracks are the next linear feature to the right, curving east of due north in the upper half of the image. The Portneuf River is the dark line immediately to the right (east) of the railroad tracks. Some of the old oxbows that were cut off by the railroad are visible to the left of the railroad tracks in the lower half of the image.
Species Found at the O’Neall Ecological Reserve
Amphibians and reptiles found at the reserve.
Common Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scientific Name
Northern leopard frog..............................Rana pipiens
At least 15 species of odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) are found at the reserve.
Common Name Scientific Name
Variable darner..............................Aeshna interrupta
For more information about these and other amphibians/reptiles and dragonflies/damselflies of Idaho (including pictures and a visual key),
visit the Digital Atlas of Idaho webpage.