Ranger Kathryn's Arches

August 1, 2010

Odds, Ends

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:19 am
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Ant lion on stucco, with my fingertip for size

1. This Ant Lion is an odd creature; the female will mate with the male and then decapitate and eat him… supposedly all for the good of their future babies. (Does the male not know what’s coming? Don’t the guys talk to one another?)

2. James, the injured boy in the last post, was helicoptered to a distant hospital in Colorado. When I called there today to check on him 24 hours after the rescue, he had been released, which was very good news. He’s going to be fine.

3. I’ll be gone for the next three days in the backcountry, tracking radio-collared desert bighorn sheep in The Needles with our resident wildlife biologist. It was decided to skip the monitoring of peregrine falcon nests this time around as the two main falcon canyons are currently laden with quicksand.

I'm happy to help search for large elusive mammals in Canyonlands NP


  1. Note to self, in my next life, don’t come back as a male ant lion…..

    Comment by john — August 1, 2010 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  2. It’s surprising how hard it is to talk to the other male ant lions AFTER having mated with your cutie and she has responded in traditional ant loin manner . . .

    Comment by leroque — August 1, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

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