Wildlife and signs of wild animals abound along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The silty banks of the river hold the tracks of many species large and small while birds, from tiny canyon wrens to California Condors can be spotted on the water, in the brush or soaring above the canyon walls. Here is a little bit of what I found on my recent float trip down the river.
Animal Tracks in the Grand Canyon
Footprints of a wild animals were abundant along the banks of the Colorado river. Click here to view an entire gallery of images of wildlife tracks I took while on the river along with a few clues on how to tell what they are!
Grand Canyon Birds
Though I am not much of a birder I amassed a species list of about 35 birds during my November-December trip down the Canyon. The abundance and diversity of birds definately increased towards the end of the trip. Here are a few I managed to snap a photo of.
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Grand Canyon Mammals
While footprints revealed the presence of a great many more species of mammals than we actually had live sightings of our party saw bighorn sheep on several occasions and had some notable interactions with ringtails. Perhaps most unusual was the discovery of a ringtail in one of our party’s tent when he retired for the evening!
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