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The last day of September is the end of Monsoon season. October sees a well-watered desert burst with life, in what has been called "Second Spring". Many animal species also shift their behaviours around this time.

Event Calendar

Monarchs on the Move

Bats!

Weather

Ripe Prickly Pears means Monsoon season Close

Raptor Celebration Month!

Tarantula Season

Fields of Gold

Nature TrendingOctober 2023

at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada, USA

Everything on this page is interactive! Each clickable item will show you an (hopefully) interesting fact, open a relevant webpage in a new window, provide further information, or show a video/photo. Enjoy! Happy Spooky Season!

Many people have a fear of spiders, but have you ever wonder what a tarantula might be afraid of??

Click the link to find out, but fair warning, it is much creepier than these crawlies!

Desert Tarantulas are out & about looking for love

Throughout October, it is not uncommon to find (usually) male tarantulas roaming across the landscape looking for a receptive female with whom to breed. The males will walk substantial distances searching, while the females usually stay close to a familiar shelter.Males live an average of 1 year while females can live 25...might have something to do with the fact she usually eats her mate after breeding.

Click if you dare

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Arachnophilia

A desert tarantula scurries across Creosote bush-scrub

Hawks Owls Vultures Falcons

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Raptor Appreciation Month

In High [Flying] Regard, our Nevada Birds of Prey:

Hypercarnivorous predators with keen eyesight, sharrp talons, and curved beaks, Raptors were designed to hunt and to kill.

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Bats!

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October repeatedly has the highest density of Monarch sightings in Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area!

Monarch Migration:

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butterfly flutters by

Bat to the Bone!

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Frenetic F lyers of the Evening

Red Rock is home to over 17 bat species, all isnectivores. Some of these can only be found within the Conservation Area, as far as we know. These mammals are more closely related to humans than rodents (cotnracy to popular beliefe) and are the only mammal that can fly!Click each question mark to guess on our most charismatic little insectivores!

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Fields of GoldPlant Profile: Chinchweed

A sunny & bright native winter annual forms dense carpets in RRC,' following late-summer rainfall, as far as the eye can see.

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Chinchweed aka limoncilloPectic Papposa Family: Asteraceae (sunflower)Description:low-lying rounded mounds, dandelion-like flowers, zesty lemon odorLocation: American SW. valley floors, <6,000 ftEthnobotany: food (condiment-fresh/dried), laxative, perfume

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When the Prickly Pears are ripe, Monsoon season has come to a close

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Monsoon season or "churaskca", which generally runs from 15 June to 1 Septenber, is characterized by torrenrial rain, flash flooding, synapse-like lightning across the sky, and the final hurrah if wildflower blooms for the year.

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Tarantula Hawks

To Humans, the most painful sting in the world. To Tarantulas, a dreaded foe. To the ecosystem, an important player in it's proper functioning.

Eric Januszkiewicz

  • Species of tarantula hawks have been seen as far north as Utah and as far south as Argentina, with more than 250 species living in South America.
  • Fifteen species of Pepsis are found in the United States, most of them residing in the desert.
  • They are generally active during the summer months. They avoid the hottest part of the day (mine was out in early evening).
  • Due to their extremely large stingers, they have very few predators; only roadrunners and bullfrogs will take them on.
  • The tarantula hawk is the state insect of New Mexico.

Weird n Wild Wiki

This is the best week of the month (due to the New Moon on the 14th) to view and photograph the Galactic Center of the Milky Way, visible jsut above the horizon after moonset. If you miss it, you can try again at winter;s end.

Galactic Center of the Milky Way at it's most visible.

What's a Galactic Center?

  • The Galactic Center is a supermassive black hole
  • The blackhole weighs the same as about 4 million of our Sun

Galactic Center of the Milky Way and a Meteor, as seen from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

source: Brocken Inaglory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_Center#/media/File:Milky_Way_Galaxy_and_a_meteor.jpg

Informational Video from 2020 by the Nevada Deptarment of Wildlife: Join one of our amazing Americorps interns for an online presentation to introduce some of Nevada's raptors, their defining features, species you can find near you and the roles they play in their ecosystems!