Bird watching in Zion can be an awe-inspiring moment for you when you watch the beautiful and colorful birds flying in the open sky. The sight makes you feel like flying in the open sky freely by spreading your wings, yes it sounds dramatic, but your feeling is true. The Zion National Park is around 229 square-miles that located in Iron, Washington, and Kane counties. The best and famous feature of the national park is Zion Canyon, which is around 15 miles long and half mile deep. The Zion Park’s distinctive geography and an array of life precincts let animals and rare plants variety between riparian, desert and Ponderosa controlled habitats.
The entire area is drenched with beauty and fresh snow springs. Zion Canyon is home for more than two hundred bird species, and many birds visit the park during their annual migration. Some bird species such as ospreys and white throated swift build their nests on high cliff walls. You can observe several red-tailed copper’s hawks, and beautiful Steller’s Jays. In recent years the turkey population has increased in the part and you may not be surprised to see them coming on your way for a handout.
These outstanding bird species travel around 15,000 miles every year. And the Avian hawks are considered as the fastest habitant on earth as it crouches down to earth to catch the prey with a horse speed of 100 to 200 mph. It mates and hunts on the wing, and it doesn’t come down often to earth to carry out the easy tasks. They build their nests on the corners of sandstone cliffs that are of hundreds of feet high. Only by canyoneering, rock climbing or with some other technical way can help your get a glimpse to watch the beautiful avian family.
The Beautiful Peregrine Falcon:
The beautiful falcon is famously known as Peregrine, which means the wanderer. These graceful falcons was almost got extinct in 1970, there were only thirty nine breeding pairs left in 48 states. 90 percent of these beautiful falcons died during that period. The electrifying book released in 1962 proved that because of using pesticides for decades on the fields caused the death of falcons, it was one of the world’s most tragic chemical disaster happened. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring explains the scientific reasons of this tragic event and the affect on the food chain. This revelation caused the modern environment movement. The DDT chemical which is responsible for the death of falcons was totally banned in America. In 1970 Dr. Tom Cade who worked for Cornell University helped to recover the situation, and they recovery efforts were undertaken successfully. The main object is to bring back the famous peregrine falcon from the edge of extinction. Now, you can see around 4,000 falcon breeds are flying in that area happily. Dr. Tom Cade organization also helps to recover bald eagle and various other breeds that are almost on the edge of extinction.
The best part of the Zion National Park is, it not only a home to several birds but also its intense effort of recovery programs to make sure the birds are in safe environment. You can see the beautiful California condor, the elegant bald eagle, and the gorgeous peregrine falcon, etc fly happily in the park. The management of the National Park takes few extra steps to protect these unique breeds by providing the safe environments, and take care of their needs for nesting, food and habitant. Their hard work and enthusiasm paid off well, in 2008 around 2.16 chicks per pair find their home somewhere in South and Central America. You can see the beautiful California Condors at Canyon Overlook. Bald eagles come back to their home at Zion for their winter break. The Zion Park often celebrates their success in bringing back the glory of falcon, and other endangered species.
The beautiful Zion National Park is now home for more than 288 species, and the birds fly happily in fresh and safe environment. You can enjoy visiting the park and watching the birds till your heart is content. The sanctuary is covered the area around 232 square miles and we guarantee you that you will be lost looking at the beauty of the park surroundings and watching the amazing and beautiful birds.