Wildlife of Canyonlands Seminar

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Vehicle tour, short hikes, 1 - day seminar with Dr. Tim Graham

  • Where: Canyon Country near Moab, exact location TBA depending on conditions, sightings
  • When: September 20, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • Cost per Person: $100
  • Deposit: Full fee
  • Notes:

    Trip begins and ends in Moab, Utah


Plants and wildlife are adapted to particular conditions that in combination comprise “habitats”. We discuss environmental conditions that are significant in arid and semi arid environments in determining whether a particular place is suitable for a particular species of wildlife. Taking note of all animal signs and activity, we will likely see grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, ants, and many aquatic arthropods, lizards, birds, and small mammals. We may even be lucky to sight larger mammals or signs of them (tracks, scat, browse) such as Big Horn Sheep. We will visit a variety of habitats such as sand dunes, springs and intermittent streams, rocky ledges, pinyon juniper woodlands, grasslands and desert shrublands.

The trip will be led by Dr. Tim Graham, a biologist formerly with the US Geological Survey staff in Moab.

Habitats we’ll visit:

  • sand dunes
  • springs and intermittent streams
  • rocky ledges
  • piñon-juniper woodlands
  • grasslands
  • desert shrublands

Activities during the day:

  • nets in aquatic habitats
  • aerial nets for terrestrial arthropods
  • rolling rocks and turning logs
  • peeking at plants