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May 21, 2014 - Great work day.

Date: May 21, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 48º High 84º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Bluebird, It was a good day of work and we were able to talk with lots of folks, sharing information, giving away firewood – we had fun. Dinner was Hartter House filets, ½ baked potato and buttered peas – it was a real treat.

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May 20, 2014 - Another campground story - bloody bags and cute kids

Date: May 20, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, a few lovely clouds Temperature: start 62º High 82º Wildlife count: Mule Squirrels, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: Gray Vireo, Western Bluebirds, American Robin, Common Raven, Yellow Warbler, Western & Summer Tanager, Turkey Vulture, Black-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk It was a good work day. There was an incident that proves our warnings to all campers when they enter the campground. A group of tenters evidently had a lot of trash around their...

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May 19, 2014 - Kaibab National Forest

Date: May 19, 2014 Tonight’s Location: home at Zion National Park Mileage: End - 41839 Start - 41669 Total Miles for the day: 170 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 55º at Jacob Lake High 85º Zion Canyon Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Golden-mantle Ground squirrel, Chipmunk, Year List: 256, Year List: 435 Birds: House Wren, Violet-green Swallow, Brewer’s Blackbird, Western Bluebird, Common Raven, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cassin’s Finch, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Northern Flickers, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Robin,...

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May 17, 2014 - Last trip to the EDR

Date: May 17, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 63º High 92º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 254 Birds: Turkey Vulture, Mourning and Eurasian-collared Dove, Canada Geese, American Coot, Mallards, Western Grebe, Say’s Phoebe, Virginia’s Warbler, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Forster’s Tern, Gambel’s Quail, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Killdeer, Wilson’s Phalarope, Western Kingbird, American Goldfinch, Great-tailed Grackle, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, House Finch,...

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May 16, 2014 - New volunteer position for next spring

Date: May 16, 2014 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 58º High 89º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 254 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, Cooper’s Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Lesser & American Goldfinch, House Finch, Chipping Sparrows, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, We enjoyed a wonderful phone conversation today with Stephanie Martinez, the volunteer coordinator for Anahuac NWR, and she invited us to work in interpretation there from March through the middle of May. We...

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May 15, 2014 - Zion National Park

Hello Everyone, Leaving Calico Ghost Town we headed further southwest into Utah to see Zion National Park! WOW, the scenery in Zion is spectacular, and of course, we wanted to see it all. So, we stayed in Zion at Watchman Campground for two days, and started our hikes all over the canyon! We hiked the Watchman Trail, Archeology Trail, Kayenta Trail and the Emerald Pool Trails! This filled all our days with only short stops of a quick lunch. To see all the beautiful mountainous cliffs, valleys and streams, click on the following...

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May 15, 2014 - Talking a lot with campers

Date: May 15, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 58º High 87º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 254 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, American Robin, Western Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Today was an interesting day – some folks simply did not want to leave, and I guess I don’t blame them! Who would want to leave such a beautiful place? It was well after noon before the last person checked out, and check-out time is 11am. After lunch, we walked the campground, picking up trash and talking with...

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May 14, 2014 - The Flowers of Zion - Watchman Campground

Date: May 14, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 40º High 81º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Antelope Ground-squirrel, Rock Squirrel Year List: 254 Birds: Black-throated Sparrow, House Finch, House Sparrow, American Robin, Red-tailed Hawk, Western & Summer Tanager, Western Bluebird, Lesser & American Goldfinch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Flicker, Downey Woodpecker, House Wren, Turkey Vultures As we worked today in Watchman Campground, we were aware of all of the lovely flowers around us and decided to...

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May 13, 2014 - Laundry, Grafton, and the EDR

Date: May 13, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 41º High 73º Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Rock Squirrel Year List: 254 Birds: European Starling, Black-throated Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Great Ble Heron, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, American Goldfinch, House Finch, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Wild Turkey, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Western Bluebird, Turkey Vulture, Spotted Towhee, Bullock’s Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler,...

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May 12, 2014 - Birding with Allison & lunch with hosts

Date: May 12, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 39º High 66º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Chipmunk, Rabbit, Lizard Year List: 254 Birds: Western Kingbird, Mourning and Eurasian-collard Doves, Common Raven, Black-headed Grosbeak, Plumbeous Vireo, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Gambel’s Quail, House Finch, European Starlings, Chipping Sparrows, Roadrunner, Phainopepla, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, Northern Mockingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Say’s Phoebe, Wilson’s Phalarope, American Wigeon,...

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May 11, 2014 - Mother's Day

Date: May 11, 2014 Weather: cloudy, cold, windy, rainy Temperature: start 43º High 58º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Year List: 253 Birds: Albert’s Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, American Robin, Turkey Vulture, Brewer’s Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Eurasian-collared Dove, Tree Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove, Violet-green & Northern Rough-winged Swallows, House, Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows, Western Kingbird, European Starling, Say’s Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, European Starling, Killdeer, Western Tanager, Lesser...

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May 10, 2014 - Relaxed day at work, but look out later!

Date: May 10, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 56º High 82º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Bats, Collared Lizard Year List: 253 Birds: the usual, except a female Black-headed Grosbeak It was an easy day at work – we spent the afternoon relaxing – even got our reservations for the camping spot when we go to visit Glacier. Our park is 5 miles out of the Glacier entrance. Mike and Robin came over and we enjoyed visiting. Ken and his wife Gayle arrived around 3:30, and we visited with them as well. Dinner was country-style...

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