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May 29, 2014 - First day at South Campground

Date: May 29, 2014 Weather: partly cloudy - warm Temperature: start 97º High 70º Wildlife count: Zion Bats, Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 257 Birds: House Wrens Today was our first day of work at South Campground. It began at 6:45 am and was non-stop data collection till 11 am when we called the campground filled. Then we made a round to register the remaining campers and had a quick bite of lunch. After lunch, another round allowed us to record license plates. One would think that all could be done in one round, but speed is of the...

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May 28, 2014 - The Narrows, Zion Canyon

Wednesday, 28-May – Zion National Park Trip miles: 0 miles Route taken: Zion Park Shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava at the end of the canyon Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: warm (63F) in the morning, hot (91F) in the afternoon Elevation: 3920ft Highlights: - getting our permit for the Zion Kolob Canyon hike - hiking up "The Narrows" lower portion of the Virgin River from the head of Zion Canyon No sleeping bags were required last night and no gloves this morning. It was very warm already at 6:00, with a strong wind blowing. After a...

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May 28, 2014 - Move to South Campground & new tires

Date: May 28, 2014 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 69º High 101º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Collared Lizard, Zion bats Year List: 257 Birds: Cedar Waxwings, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wrens We were NOT up at 5 this morning, but slept till after 6, which was delightful. As we had packed a lot yesterday, we were able to enjoy our morning coffee and breakfast. Since we were only moving about ¼ mile, we didn’t need to pack everything with the intensity that we usually pack, so we left around 9:15. Once over at South,...

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May 27, 2014 - Last day to work Watchman Campground

Date: May 27, 2014 Weather: very, very warm Temperature: start 68º High 99º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: We were up before 5:30 am to be over at South Campground for our shadowing of Mike around 6:30. After a fast 2 mile walk around the many loops of the campground where we collected all expired tags, Mike dismissed us till things started to get crazy. He thought it would start at 9:30, but he called at 8:30 and told us it was starting, to get there quick. Sooooooooooo, we joined the frenzy – new campers...

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May 27, 2014 - North Rim to Zion National Park

Tuesday, 27-May – Demotte Campground (North Kaibab Forest) to Zion National Park Trip miles: 152 miles Route taken: SR-67 N → US-89A W → US-389 N → US-9 E Average Gas Mileage: 26.7mpg Weather: cool in the morning (40F), hot by 10:00 in Zion Canyon (100F) Elevation: 8700ft - 3900ft Highlights: - getting a campground 1 mile outside the park in Springdale - hiking the Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon Trails We were wearing gloves this morning to pack up the tent at the Demotte Campground. Little did we know that in a few short hours we would...

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May 26, 2014 - Large groups, wrong site, Condors

Date: May 26, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 63º High 94º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrel, Zion Bats Year List: 256 Birds: Plumbeous Vireo, Cooper’s Hawk, Black-chinned & Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Bluebird, Summer and Western Tanager, Rock & House Wren It was a crazy busy day! We began the morning by repacking the ‘basement’, our cargo space – everything out and reset for travel. After the morning rounds to get everyone out after the long holiday weekend, we found that there was only one site that we had...

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May 25, 2014 - Church and new tires

Date: May 25, 2014 Weather: beautiful sunshine Temperature: start 63º High 89º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: Turkey Vulture kettle Today was our last day to celebrate corporate worship, and it was delightful. Pastor Michael had a very interesting sermon. Afterward, Mindy joined us for lunch at Black Bear, followed by a short trip to Walmart. Costco was the real need – we ordered tires for the truck, to be installed on Wednesday, as well as stocking up on basics, as from here, we plan to be in the Tetons...

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May 24, 2014 - Changing Elevation changes EVERYTHING!

Date: May 24, 2014 Weather: partly cloudy Temperature: start 61º High 80º Wildlife count: Albert’s Squirrel, Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 256 Birds: European Starling, Eurasian-collared Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, American Coot and chicks, Canyon Wren, Western Tanager, Common Raven, Steller’s Jay, American Robin, Mountain Bluebird, Tree & Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Red-backed Junco, Green-tailed Towhee, Northern Flicker, Cassin’s Finch, Brown-headed Cowbird, Mallard, Brewer’s Blackbird, White Pelicans, White-faced Ibis, Least...

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May 23, 2014 - Dutch Oven Cuisine

Date: May 23, 2014 Weather: mostly cloudy, gusts of wind, a few sprinkles Temperature: start 61º High 72º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Mule Deer Year List: 256 Birds: Western Tanager, Least Goldfinch We enjoyed a very relaxing morning with bacon and eggs for breakfast. Without any birding, we went into Hurricane to buy a few groceries and then came home to begin to prepare dinner. All of the volunteer hosts joined us for brisket in the Dutch Oven, which we began preparing at 11am – charcoal had to be added every hour, so we had the...

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May 22, 2014 - Critters of Zion

Date: May 22, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 54º High 84º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrel, Bat, California King Snake Year List: 256 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Scrub Jay, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Bluebird, Least Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow It was a crazy day at work, with all of the rush toward the Memorial Day weekend. There were 20 Casitas that checked in all at once, and they completely blocked the campground entrance waiting to add water to their trailers. Later, while we had a few...

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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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