Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Shoshone Pupfish Ponds... Come see for yourself !

After the formerly called "extinct" Shoshone pupfish was rediscovered in the 1980's the Shoshone Pupfish has gone through a remarkable recovery.

Tucked away in a private pupfish refugium for many years, the Shoshone Pupfish population grew. Now finally after countless hours of thoughtful work by many individuals, a series of streams and ponds provide the ideal habitat for this uniquely protected species to prosper. They are not shy and breed in sunny spots all along the new Shoshone Pupfish Ponds system.

The new ponds and streams are also perfect habitat for local and visiting people to enjoy nature and view wildlife. 
Ponds,streams, shady benches, and pathways are a rare find in the desert. Come to Shoshone Village,CA 92384 and see for yourself !

The Amargosa Vole project area in Shoshone, has recently been the "hot spot" for migrants.The new bulrush growth and removal of cattails has created a perfect little spot for birds to drink, bathe, preen and feed.

As soon as the sun hits this spot in the morning, warblers have been stacking up in the branches above. They carefully work their way down to pick insects from the surface,and  find a safe spot to drink and bathe. 

Audubon's Warblers

A Northern Waterthrush arrived yesterday and provided excellent close viewing, and some snappy one syllable chip-note calls.

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Savannah Sparrow

In Shoshone Village, CA this habitat project is designed to provide the best possible habitat for birds, including the Federally Endangered Least Bell's Vireo, fish the formerly called "extinct" Shoshone Pupfish, the Federally Endangered Amargosa Vole, and local and visiting  people.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

 A Painted Lady drinking from the stream

Monarch on Goldenrod

Chipping Sparrow

Audubon's Warbler

Audubon's Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler