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Flowers of the Desert

The summer rains have reached Southern New Mexico, we can look forward to the desert becoming greener and even more beautiful.  The Chihuahuan Desert is home to many beautiful flowers. Here are a few to keep an eye out for on your next hike.

For links to additional information on these flowers, go to our plants list at

Bird of the Week: Great Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)

One winter’s evening, as the last light of the sun leaves the sky dark, you step out your front door and hear the cawing of what seems like hundreds of black birds. And there, by your car, in the tree is a sight seemingly from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. The tree is filled with birds, lots of them.  Are they watching you? Waiting for you to turn your back as you open your car door? They seem to have a disturbing purpose, just waiting for the right moment, for you.

Bird of the Week: White Winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

The white winged dove is common throughout the desert southwest across to California, but also is found in south Texas and the far southern tip of Florida. You have heard its call in the morning, and even throughout the entire day. Some find it pleasant, but it can also be regarded as annoying, especially during breeding season. Though closely related, it is incorrectly referred to as a pigeon.

The Jornada - White Winged Dove (Zenaida Asiatica)


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