The Big Bend National Park is home to innumerable species of birds and animals including some of the rarest birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians. With around 650 different varieties of wildlife, the Big Bend National Park is favored by these animals because of the easy availability of food, shelter, water and breeding conditions. The land is covered with desert oases, grasses, upland shrubs and junipers along with the elevation of the Chisos Mountains.
The population of each of these animal groups differs and fluctuates in number because of their distinct abilities to adapt to the changes in living conditions and weather. However, some of the most common mammals that can be spotted throughout the year are black bears, mountain lions, badger, bobcat, kit fox, mule deer, and others. if you set up a campsite somewhere inside the park, encountering a wild animal at a few arm’s distances is nothing abnormal.
When the fire from the camp-wood goes off and the surrounding is invariably silent, you can have a visit from the bats including the Mexican long-nosed kind and the grey fox commonly known as javelina. Apart from this, capturing javelina that is often confused for a pig because of its resembling features in the lenses of your camera would be an interesting part of your visit.
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Coming to the birds, they are most active during the springs and the summers and their colorful feathers, when contrasted against the bright blue sky, form a picturesque setting that is difficult to spot somewhere else around the world. When in the Big Bend National Park, the chances of noticing Yellow-headed Chickadees, black and grey hawks along with woodpeckers somewhere around the sky are the highest.
The part that is known as the Rio Grande is the park’s predominant source of water and it consists of around 40 distinct species of fishes including the waterfowl, turtles, beaver, etc. Other than all the above-mentioned varieties of animals, the content also contains both rare and common species of nocturnal creatures like the prairie and crevice spiny lizards, bullsnake, ringtail, tarantulas, jackrabbits, rattlesnake, coachwhip and scorpions which if gone unnoticed can cause severe damage to your tent or the people dwelling inside.
The low desert and the riparian areas of the desert too are sustainable spots for the animals because of the presence of water and cooler conditions. The Javelinas are the most common visitors of the springs because there, it can feed on the vegetation that has been catalyzed with the freshwater and the small animals that flourish around the water body. Out of all the other nocturnal creatures, the skunks and raccoon frequent this area the most making it one of the most superior locations of the park if you want to spot at least seven varieties of birds and animals.
The overall weather at the Big Bend Park is harsher when compared to the other spots of the country; nonetheless, this doesn’t stop the area from nourishing 1200 species of plants along with these animals. If you visit the park during a hot summer day, the chances to spot an animal around the place, especially at the low-desert area is quite less when contrasted with the night, when the temperature goes down and they get started with their hunting activities.