PREVIOUSLY, ON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA:-Grace Albers and I are taking a trip down to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado.
-We checked out some cool petroglyphs and then camped the night.
Grace was up before I was, and got some cool pictures near the Green River that went right by our campsite!
golden-mantled ground squirrel back at the campsite! These things sure can get pesky, especially if there's food around!
Pyg definitely enjoyed our view of the Green River!
The Green River in the bottom of the shot!mother, don't worry). Her instincts were right: it was a golden eagle! Here are a ton of great shots she took!
Stegosaurus statue out front! Here is a picture of Grace next to it!
lizard footprints from the Chinle Formation, a Late Triassic formation of North America, whose rocks are around 225 million years old!
Morrison Formation predator Allosaurus!
Dinosaur National Monument posts, but pretty much the two pictures below are before and after pictures. The first picture is what the intersection of the Green and Yampa Rivers looks like today. The second is a drawing of what the area WOULD look like if a dam had been built downstream in 1950! Fortunately, the dam plans were averted! We will talk more about this dam thingy later!
Jurassic Park reference, Zack.
birds of prey soaring above our heads! Originally, I thought that they were two of the same birds, and it wasn't until after I put the pictures onto my computer that I realized that these were two very different birds, indeed! However, I had little to no idea what these birds were, so I contacted Anne Price, the Curator of Raptors at the Raptor Education Foundation, who often brings some fantastic birds to the Best Western Denver Southwest! To see some fantastic pictures of these experiences and to learn more about them, click HERE and HERE!
red-tailed hawk, "with a very distinct “dash-and-comma” markings on the wings."
Anne got pretty excited about this last picture, though! Here is what she said in the email:
"I am 99% certain it is an adult goshawk!! Very rare to see this bird soaring, and totally in an unusual area; this bird is getting ready to migrate, or has already started to. Of the 3 accipiters in the US (which are known for having short wings and long tails), the goshawk has the longest wings proportionally to the body and tail. You can very much see that in evidence in your photo. The distinct stripes on the tail are a giveaway too."
shallow inland sea!