As we continued our tour of places otherwise off limits we finally came to the bulk of the Cibola Spring flow.
We saw a few things walking back to the car. It’s funny how you see certain things going one way on a trail and others going the reverse.
Hiking up Pino gave us a chance to see one of the many watering holes that remain on the refuge.
When the land was owned by the Campbell family wells and drinkers were put in place for their animals. Although the refuge has a goal to return the land to its original state, the natural flow of water sources has been augmented via human intervention. A decision had to be made about removing or keeping the drinkers and so cameras were set up at them to log their usage by refuge inhabitants.
The conclusion of the study besides the fact that we have some very clean bears is that the drinkers are heavily relied upon and thus they shall remained on the property.
Until we meet again....
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair and let us huddle together as
darkness takes over. We are at home amidst the birds and the trees, for we are children
of nature.” - Susan Polis Schutz