Night Skies and a Falcon’s Cry

Night Skies and a Falcon’s Cry

Home to the largest intact portion of the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem in the United States and host to over 5,500 flora and fauna; Big Bend National Park is a love letter to the mission of the service established in The Organic Act of 1916.

“….to conserve the scenery and the natural and
historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of
the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the
enjoyment of future generations.”

National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. § 1 et al)

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Howdy everyone! My name is Jeremiah Wright and this summer I am the Natural Resource Management Assistant for Big Bend National Park under the Mosaics in Science program. The primary study during my stint here at the park is related to yellow-billed cuckoo, which you will hear plenty more about in future installments. As for my current excursions… 

Mule Training at Big Bend National Park
Mule Training at Big Bend National Park
In Plane Big Bend NP Trespass Livestock Survey
In Plane Big Bend NP Trespass Livestock Survey
Big Bend NP Trespass Livestock Survey Plane
Big Bend NP Trespass Livestock Survey Plane

In our first backcountry research excursion, we visited a historical peregrine falcon eyrie to assess if they were still used by the birds of prey and their nestlings. In these two surveys, we discovered a single falcon and may have heard another. However, we could not confirm if these individuals were using the nest.

These studies help not only the Science and Resource Management (ScRM) team here in the park gain a better understanding of the population dynamics here in the park but, allow the park to make decisions on trail visitation for areas that may contain sensitive species’ like state listed American Peregrine Falcon.   

Editor’s Note: I would like to credit Mitch Urban for the wonderful shot of the Juvenile Peregrine Falcon in the featured photo. 

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