On this day, President Bush signed the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990 into law, which established 38 new wilderness areas and expanded the Aravaipa Canyon wilderness. The bill also established the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area featured here.
The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian NCA is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.
Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford, Arizona.
These Illustrations Highlight Iconic Roles Birds Played in The History of Mankind
Created in a classic etching style, this is a series of illustrations by Cape Town (South Africa)-based creative studio MUTI that tries to highlight some of the iconic roles that birds played in their relationship with mankind throughout history.
American White Ibis ~ Schneesichler ~ Eudocimus albus
Hello! :-) White Ibis hanging out at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehab Center. (Note: The birds depicted here are not injured and recovering in aviaries, they are wild birds who can decide to fly away when you approach them ;-).