The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large, black bird with a heavy bill and a wedge-shaped tail that is commonly seen at Lake Mead. It is larger than the crows which are not found in the park. Ravens occupy a variety of habitat types. They are intelligent birds, but are sometimes disliked because of their role as an opportunistic feeder and predator. Diet: They feed primarily on carrion, including small rodents, insects, bird eggs and tortoise hatchlings. They have learned that steady food sources are the garbage cans around the Lake Mead area. Therefore we encourage people who use this area to be careful to throw away all of their garbage in sealable cans so it is harder for the ravens to access the garbage. Habitat: They nest on cliffs, ledges, and in trees.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area explodes from the desert floor in a sweeping panorama of red sandstone palisades called the Keystone Thrust. Some of the peaks reach 3,000 ft. in elevation making them popular sites for hiking and rock climbing. There is a 13-mile scenic loop road that allows you to explore Red Rock Canyon from the comfort of your car. The scenic loop is also popular with bicyclists. The route begins with a moderate climb from the visitor's center then becomes mostly downhill or flat.
The name Bassariscus means “little fox” and may refer to its fox-like face. The Ringtail is buff gray, with black and white bands on the tail ending in a black tip. It has relatively large ears and eyes, with white or pale eye rings, and it has five toes on each foot. It is a bit smaller than a domestic cat. Very little is known about the habits of the ringtail because of its secretive nature. Other common names are miner’s cat, civet cat, coon cat, and cacomistle. Habitat: It lives mostly in rocky areas where there are caves and large crevices, and a water source close by. Diet: The Ringtail is a nocturnal omnivore that hunts small mammals, birds, insects, spiders, frogs, but also will eat fruit. Adaptations: Its large dark eyes enable it to see well in the dark.