|Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area|
A thirteen-mile (one-way) scenic drive leads to trails, narrow canyons, sandstone cliffs, and riparian areas that attract roadrunners, rufous-sided towhees, white-throated swifts, loggerhead shrikes, and several upland birds. Clumps of vegetation shelter white-tailed antelope squirrels, black-ta...
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: Paiute Indians named this oasis of lakes and marshes “a place of many water.” Dikes bordering North Marsh and Upper Lake offer easy viewing.|
Wildlife to Watch: Shoreline cottonwoods attract many types of warblers, orioles, finches, and sparrows. Deep water provides habitat for double-crested cormorants, also western and Clark’s grebes. Canada geese, tundra swans, and bald and golden eagles are common winter visitors. Cultivated fields attract greater sandhill cranes during spring migration. Geese, cormorants, and great blue herons nest at the north end of the refuge. Look for muskrats in the shallows, along with mallards, northern pintail, green-winged teal, and several species of egrets. Shorebirds come in all sizes, from western sandpipers to black-necked stilts. Scan the fields bordering the wetlands for western meadowlarks, mule deer, coyotes, and bobcats. The surrounding desert may yield views of mourning doves, Gambel’s quail, greater roadrunners, and several reptiles. Northern harriers and other birds of prey are common.
Special Tips: More than 200 bird species. Good year-round viewing of a featured birds and mammals. Waterfowl and songbird populations peak March, April, September, and October. Excellent viewing from car along Upper and Lower lakes. Non-motorized boats only.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 5380 acres
Closest Town: Alamo
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