I joined Wings Birding Tours for their tour of Arizona and Utah, Fall Migration in the Canyonlands. The tour superbly combined birdwatching with some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Southwest. I recommend it.On our first day on the road, we visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum, east of that sun-baked madness known as Phoenix, and then rose up to the southern end of the Colorado Plateau.Then, in a climb up the Grand Staircase, we saw the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Cedar Breaks, and Bryce Canyon, before returning to Arizona and the Navajo Nation, where we walked into Antelope Canyon and skirted the edge of Canyon de Chelly. Don’t forget Monument Valley and the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert! We explored the pine-filled White Mountains near the New Mexico border. On our last day, we descended from the mountains to the desert, feeling the temperature rise 50 degrees, passing through the lesser known but no less spectacular Salt River Canyon, and ending in the Water Ranch, a riparian wonderland in Gilbert, AZ, made of reclaimed water and a magnet oasis in greater Phoenix’s suburban sprawl.
- This cool night really seems to have cut the katydids off. Some crickets cricketing, but no tumblers from the trees. 27 minutes ago
amphibians ants Arizona bees beetles birding birds books Brooklyn Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Bridge Park butterflies Cape May caterpillars Catskills Central Park cicadas Climate crabs Croton Point damselflies Dartmoor Dead Horse Bay dragonflies fish flowers Floyd Bennett Field Fort Tilden Four Sparrow Marsh frogs fungus galls Gastropoda Geology Gowanus Green-Wood harbor honey bees horseshoe crab Hudson Iceland insects invertebrates Jamaica Bay ladybugs Maine mammals Marine Park mollusca Montreal moths mushrooms Nantucket New Mexico New York Botanical Garden Odonata owls plants Prospect Park Ranger Robin Red Hook reptiles shells slugs snails spiders St. John Staten Island Texas Thoreau trees turtles Virgin Gorda wasps Wheeler Woods
This work by Matthew Wills is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.