lower delta

Middle Sky, Cocopah - Frank A Rinehart - 1899

The Cocopah Indian Tribe, known as the River People, have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta for centuries, maintaining their traditional and cultural beliefs throughout many political and environmental changes. Descended from the greater Yuman-speaking people who occupied lands along the Colorado River, the Cocopah had no written language, however, historical records have been passed on orally and by outside visitors.

Pair of Parakeets by Seth Patterson on Flickr.

A pair of Green Parakeets pose near the entrance to their nesting cavity in an old palm.

Parakeets have taken a strong hold in Brownsville, Texas and can be seen flying in large numbers all over the city. It is unknown as to whether these individuals are escaped, released, or a migrant population of wild birds from further south into Mexico. But they most certainly are flourishing in this new northern range, successfully nesting and reproducing generation after generation.

It seems they, as well as many other bird species in the area, favor adopting old woodpecker nest cavities in dead palms. So do the birds a favor and leave up those old palm logs!

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This trail will be by water, and starting at the point where five rivers empty into Mobile Bay. It’s a fisherman and hunter’s paradise, but it’s also a draw for naturalists and history buffs.

Ben Raines, director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, a conservation group, has got a center-console skiff that’s small enough to navigate the more than 40 miles of rivers, creeks, bays and bayous that make up the Mobile Delta.

“You can see downtown Mobile over there,” Raines says. “And then within a few minutes we’re teleported into this totally alien world.”

In moments, we see egret, osprey, pelicans, wild rice, the giant yellow blooms of the American Lotus, and purple pickerelweed. The lower end of the Delta is a wide expanse of water and wetland grasses.

A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

Photo Credit: Debbie Elliott/NPR