Flora - Fauna, Grand Canyon
Needless to say this place is absolutly magnificant. But did you know there are a bunch of squirrels that are pretty much domesticated and run around and hang out with the tourists? Yes, infact if you have an ice cream cone you may find yourself a new best friend who thinks she/he can come right up and lick the ice cream right from your cone if you allow it to. But be smart. It's not cool to feed any wildlife human food.
If you like nature and also wildlife,this is your place!.Is not hard to view amazing birds at Grand Canyon.If you spend more than a few minutes at any rim overlook,you'll see swifts and swalows darting through the air after insects;red -tailed hawks,golden eagles and vultures soaring on the thermals rising from the canyon.Also you can see not just birds but,here there are so many wildlife species.
We were very lucky,because during our day exploring the Grand Canyon,we saw: a wild elk,deers,squirrels, a lot of birds,and a couple of beautiful California Condors,they were flying for more than one hour upon Grand Canyon Village.
This is a picture of a Stellar's Jay,I didn't know the english name of that bird,but the bird expert Steve,just told me!! :)
Well, this is another tree shot that I really like.
For our trip, we drove from Phoenix, stopped by Sedona, then stayed overnight in Flagstaff. Early morning, off we drove to the Canyon. It was great, the only problem is that the drive back to Flagstaff was a bit boring, after seeing the canyon.. ;)
on saturday the 7th of june i went to the information half hour about the condors.
condor talk: wings over the canyon.
it was from 16.30 till 17.00 at the lookout studio every day.
i was there about 16.15 till 17.15 and took about 40 pictures of the condors.
one warning because people feeding the squirrels there is now also an bobcat who has nice snacks (the squirrels) nearby the condors who have maybe a nest.
so again dont feed wild animals!!!!!!!!
i heard you can also see condors from the bright angel trail.
on the picture you see number 10 if i remember correctly this is a female 4 years old an has maybe a nest.
how to regonize: bold heads, white feets?,white number on the wings ang colored tags on the wings like orange green and blue.( a test which tag they can see the best)
The south rim of the Grand Canyon is for the most part a desert. There is no surface water to be found anywhere in the area and there are few springs. The plants and animals that live on the south rim have, over millions of years, adapted to these conditions to present the flora and fauna that you see today. Trees like the Pinon Pine and Utah Juniper that require very little water and are very good at storing the little that happens to find their roots, do very well here. There are some groves of Douglas Fir scattered here and there along the south rim, most of these being in the area of the visitor center and along the Desert View Drive. Along with the conifers there is also a healthy population of cacti, agave and yucca plants on the south rim.
When you are driving through the Grand Canyon complex, be on the lookout for the animals. Like this one!
But take time to enjoy other aspects of nature. Many of the plants and trees in the area were used by the Native americans for all aspects of live. The spines from this plant were used as needles.