Mommas and Babies

Driving the back roads — and I mean seriously back roads — and hiking in the Gila National Forest last week.  The elk herds have moved down off the high mesas to raise their young near water and new grass.  What a treat to see 100 or more mommas and babies in 4 separate herds.

On the other side of the predator-prey scale, we found wolf tracks and old scat up on the mesas.  This is the area of the reintroduced Mexican Gray Wolf so we were tickled to see their presence.

I took the long way home with a good view of the Mogollons just as the afternoon cumulus began to build.  That’s Mogollon Baldy peaking up under the clouds; at 10,700 ft it’s one of the tallest mountains in the Mogollon range of the Gila Wilderness.

 

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I grew up and lived in the DC Metro area for most of my life. For the last 20-some years of my career, I worked for the Federal Government. Much of that time, I worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service. Visiting refuges and National Forests around the country, working with the folks whose jobs were to protect, restore, and manage the wild lands, forests and creatures that depend on them is where my heart resonated. I didn't know it then, but that's where my public lands advocacy must have been born. I moved from DC to southwestern NM in 2008. I continued to work until 2013, when I left the government in December. Now I spend my time volunteering for various conservation non-profits. And traveling through the west to National Parks, Refuges, National Forests and BLM lands in our little motor home. And advocating for the protection of these lands that belong to all of us. I enjoy writing, photography, reading, birding, and driving bad roads in my big-girl 2001 F150 4x4.

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