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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teton Tuesday: little more than a mud puddle...

Western diamondback (Crotalus atrox)

     A few weeks ago I shared a post that focused on the incredible abundance of wildlife that can occur along just a little stretch of creek deep within the ranch’s interior. This week I would like to post something similar, although this time, instead of looking at couple kilometers of creek-bed, we are going to focus on what amounts to little more than a mud puddle in the desert. Over the last month I have had a camera recording wildlife movements around a small spring in the upper pasture of Sacatara Canyon, as part of a larger monitoring effort in the area. The videos below were recorded over only two weeks from late July through mid-August, which speaks to the critical value of even such a miniscule water source this time of year in such a sunbaked and thirsty environment. I had never seen a diamondback drink before, but the stern looking fella pictured above was having its fill on the morning I installed this fated motion-sensor camera.    
Mountain lion (Felis concolor)
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
American black bear (Ursus americanus)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Mule deer (Odocileus hemionus)
Northern pygmy owl (Glaucidium californicum)