Safari Journal - November 2018
Bears Ears National Park - Utah
Madidi National Park is one of the newest and most spectacular of the world’s reserves—enormous, encompassing some 7,345 square miles (19,000 km2) of largely untouched forest bordering Bolivia’s western frontier with Peru.
Still not fully counted, more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded—more than 50 percent of all neotropical bird species, 11 percent of all bird species on earth. Some 44 percent of all neotropical mammal species are here and 38 percent of all neotropical amphibians, in habitat rising through cloud forest and glaciers close to 20,000 feet (6,000 m) and dropping to just 820 feet (250 m) above sea level.
Spectacular macaws—some of the world’s largest parrots, more than a yard (1 m) long, both scarlet and scarlet-and-green—gather in raucous flocks to ingest mineralized clay in riverbanks. Mammal species only sparsely present elsewhere have been observed in numbers here—abundant populations of tapirs and spider monkeys—along with such extreme rarities as short-eared dogs, in forests likely to be as species-rich as any on the continent. Grasslands are equally rich, with heartening populations of avian species declining precipitously elsewhere, such as cocktailed tyrants and ...
Arch Canyon is still protected within Bears Ears National Monument, but other canyons and thousands of Native American archaeological sites now lie outside the monument’s newly reduced—and still contested—borders. The monument is named after the twin buttes on the horizon, which are held sacred by local tribes.
This National Geographic article:
INSIDE THE NEW BATTLE FOR THE AMERICAN WEST
The push to cut back federally protected lands is fueling a dispute rooted in our history and culture. The big question: Whose land is it?
Bears Ears: A Story of Homelands
For native peoples of the Colorado Plateau, the Bears Ears region is home. For hundreds of generations, their ancestors lived, raised their children, and buried their elders here. Their artists carved figures and left handprints on the rock walls. Clues about their daily lives—baskets, pottery, tools, and weapons—still remain.
The labyrinthine canyons, solitary hoodoos, verdant hanging gardens, and lush meadows of the Bears Ears region are also beloved by hikers, climbers, and other visitors who soak up the splendor, star-filled nights, and natural quiet of Utah’s ruggedly beautiful public lands.
Presented by the Grand Canyon Trust
Text - Heather Herold
Editor - Ashley Davidson
Story map - Stephanie Smith
Special thanks to - Tim Peterson, Blake McCord, Friends of Cedar Mesa (opening video), Josh Ewing, Jared Fehr, Jonathan Bailey, Marc Coles-Ritchie, Ingrid Taylar, Malcolm, NPS, and Roman Lacobucci for the use of your beautiful images.
Wildlife of This Area
A lynx (/lɪŋks/; plural lynx or lynxes) is any of the four species (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, Bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name "lynx" originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ("light, brightness") in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes.
This video show a heated conversation between two Canadian Lynxes.