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It was not a bad place to be looking for wildlife. There were deer, elk, and moose everywhere. Our best elk sighting was on the second to last day, when we came over a pass. Down in the valley we saw a group of about 50 elk, two bulls were fighting, their antlers clacking when they crashed together. From that exact spot at the top of the pass, we also saw a bull moose kneeling beside a lake, and four mountain goats along a ridge above him.
Crash and Kiltsman stayed with us for the first day out of town. The year before they had done the Appalachian Trail and they kept telling us it was harder than this trail. Not so much in terms of length but in terms of elevation gain and loss. Kiltsman got his name for the Scottish kilt he wears, no matter the weather.
Regardless of how you see them, these harmless creatures have an important role in the riparian ecosystem. They break down leaves in streams to start the food chain, are food for trout, and can even indicate clean water.
The NYC and Watersheds TIC virtual trout tank fry have lost their yolk and are swimming up to the surface of the tank. These important clues tell us that they are ready for food. Trout in the Classroom fry eat fish food called meal and crumbles. They are made from cuttings from seafood harvested for consumption. … Read more
The NYC and Watersheds Trout in the Classroom virtual trout tank’s alevin are looking great and especially active today. At closer look we noticed that they have developed strong fins. Eight fins to be exact. Why are these fins so important? Not only does every fin have a function and purpose, ichthyologists also rely on meristic characters, or countable structures, such as the numbers … Read more
But the thing about the desert that stands out the most to this Florida kid, there were no fish at all. Not one!
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The alevin at the trailside museum are looking great! How can we tell the males from the females?
The next morning was the day of the Cirque de Towers, a much anticipated hike. We left the trail in the morning and began to climb up to the valley of walls that formed a fortress of cliffs. Apparently, the way into the beautiful valley is called Texas Pass. This climb is much harder than any climb I’ve ever done, and I hope I never have to do one like it again. The trail walks along several lakes as it shallowly climbs up a gorge. But the trail and the gorge both disappear and leave you to make your own short, steep switchbacks straight up to the pass. Over the top you enter the famous valley of Cirque de Towers and drop down all the way to a lake.