Packrat Paleobotany

Single-leaf pinyon pine is a surprisingly recent arrival at the Reserve and neighboring mountains. Our tour guide to this transition is the humble packrat (Neotoma). Before there were field botanists there were packrats. A packrat industriously gathers, hauls and piles snippets and bits of everything it finds within a few hundred feet of its, well,

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Ash-throated Flycatchers

Ash-throated Flycatchers have arrived to their northern-most breeding grounds in Idaho, which is to say City of Rocks and Cassia County’s pinyon-juniper woodlands. This one pictured here came within six feet of the photographer (no reccording was used). “Like” this Facebook site and follow along as we discover the arrivals and departures of the flora

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