Most of the wildlife in this area and on the river is nocturnal. Coyotes, badgers,beavers, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, and ring tail cats are rarely out during the daylight hours, their time to roam is after dark so these animals are rarely spotted during the day along the river. This Desert Bighorn Sheep is the only large mammal that you might see along the river if you are lucky.
These spectacular animals were eradicated by the early pioneers, but reintroduced to the area in 1984. There is currently a very healthy population of Desert Bighorns and they are becoming more common along the river each year.
If you like birds, we have lots. The Colorado River is a major flyway and great feeding habitat for waterfowl and wading birds and is a major nesting area for migratory songbirds. We also commonly see Bald Eagles, Golden eagles, Red Tail Hawks, and Peregrine Falcons.
The river gets more than 20 species of waterfowl that migrate here for the winter.
Another winter visitor is the Bald Eagle
Great Blue Herons are a common sight on the river.
The most recent arrival to this area is the California Condor which is America’s most endangered bird species. The condors were released here as part of a project to attempt to bolster the wild population. We currently have more wild condors here than anywhere else in the world, more than 80 birds.
Every condor is marked with a number and a tracking device.