On a road trip into rock, canyon and absolute nothingness, we have discovered strange life (or no life at all) in the most barren and remote regions of the Utah and Nevada deserts.
|Townsend's Warbler-How does a warbler get here?|
|Great Blue Heron along a waterway|
Like any trek, we found a lot of amazing things in the many various habitats. There were rocks. Rocks with trees. Rocks with streams. A weird need for grass lawns that don't belong in a desert full of rocks. And so on and so forth.....
There were wonderful slot canyons that we explored just for fun. I loved that they were dark and cooler. The heat in the West has still been a bit much. Temps hit the 90's while we were in Southern Utah.
We visited places like the Hoover Dam(above) and Arches National Monument(below) while surveying these areas for birds.
Over the next several weeks, we'll take a look at several stunning places during our visit. I am thankful we had a friend in Salt Lake City show us some of the incredible birding hotspots around the lake.
|Winged Figures of the Republic|
The Hoover Dam was the Hoover Dam. It was interesting but I could only find a couple coots(the bird kind:) and like a billion tourists. We didn't stay long.
And somehow we found wildlife in these desolate or overcrowded areas. Most people never even noticed the few critters that stayed hidden in the shadows. Part of that had to do with the heat! Everyone was on the move. But the critters knew best:)