[Tweeters] Hanford ALE burn area

Gaylord Mink gmink at charter.net
Thu Sep 20 13:31:50 PDT 2007

Just a note about some of creatures that are re-inhabiting the area on Hanford Arid Lands Ecology Reserve near Richland that was severely burned last month. Although very little green remains on most of the land, groups (10-50) of deer and elk move back and forth between the burn area and nearby wheat fields.
Very few tracks around the most popular springs suggest that most of the large mammals have moved away from the burn for now.

At the moment the most numerous creatures by far across the burn are the insects which are being pursued by a variety of small birds (YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, probably other warblers , WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, SPOTTED TOWHEES and HORNED LARKS). Dozens and dozens of CROWS and RAVENS patrol the hillside along with some raptors; RED-TAILED HAWKS, FERRUGINOUS HAWK, PRAIRIE FALCON checking for exposed small animals . An infrared camera indicates that many rodents are alive and well among the unburned plant debris along the stream banks.

Gaylord Mink
Prosser, WA

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