“birding hotspot, lions & bighorn”
The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge protects the remaining native riparian area and the surrounding desert upland and manages the landscape to provide habitat for endangered species and neotropical migrants. The distinctive kek-kek-kek of the Yuma clapper rail echoes across the 4,000-acre Topock Marsh. Endangered razorback suckers swim in the backwaters of Beal Lake. Bell’s vireos buzz in the surrounding vegetation and hundreds of waterfowl descend into Pintail Slough, a restored wetland. Doves and snow geese rest in the agricultural fields planted with wheat, rye, and millet. Coyotes, foxes, and bobcats cross the roads searching for rabbits and mice. Desert bighorn leap nimbly from steep rock faces along one of the last remaining natural stretches of the river, the 20-mile Topock Gorge. Elusive mountain lions roam and thousands of bats emerge from historic mines in the 17,600 acre Wilderness Area. Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is a birding hotspot with 318 bird species relying on the diverse habitat. Western and Clark’s grebes perform synchronized dances in the waters of Topock Marsh and Beal Lake and nest in the emergent vegetation.
If you're starting to feel like the desert is a sandy wasteland, then stop by here to hike through the refuge, spot wildlife and even go fishing and boating!
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